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Three Months

I’ve had some challenges over the last three months. I like to look at challenges as opportunities. I do take a break after each semester, but I didn’t plan for this break to be quite so long…haha.

This break was so important. It gave me a chance to think about where I’m going in my career, as a photographer, as an artist, as a business. I’ve been studying the business of photography even more. I’m really excited to take everything I’ve learned over the last three years and launch my business this year.  (It’s official….yay!)

It will be a slow and careful start but very, very exciting.

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
– Confucius

The King of Pop

This semester (or should I say last semester since it’s the summer?…time flies) I was challenged with designing a promo piece / mailer for my photography studio. I wanted to do something interesting that also revealed me as a person so I came up with this retro inspired piece. My family has a doll collection that was passed down from my grandmother who traveled all over the world. With each country she visited she added to her collection. She was also a huge Michael Jackson fan.  My sister and I both dance and are hugely inspired by the king of pop. So I couldn’t help but be notice the irony of the King sitting among the other dolls.

Moving is a Good Reason to Buy Art

As I was preparing to move last month one of my favorite photo labs just happened to have a blow out sale. So I took the opportunity to get some large prints made. There’s something incredibly fulfilling about having large art prints on the wall…I’m the type of person who craves color. White walls start to make me uncomfortable…for me it’s a blank canvas itching to be covered. So I’m all about paint. Adding to this with art, lighting, and other pieces just adds more flavor.

wall art close up

wall art with light

The prints are mounted but haven’t been hung yet. I had some fun here with light…couldn’t help myself…haha. In addition to moving I have new roommates 2 of which are of the canine kind. We get along great. And I was babysitting last week a german short-hair called Coco. She seemed to take to me well…even curling up on my bed for a nap.

Charlie

Charlie

 

April

April

 

Coco

Coco

 

Who I’m Admiring: Margaret Bourke-White

“The camera is a remarkable instrument. Saturate yourself with your subject and the camera will all but take you by the hand.”

Margaret Bourke White peck dam

Margaret Bourke-White

Margaret Bourke-White is a woman of firsts. She was the first photographer hired by Fortune magazine, the first to have a photo on the cover of Life magazine, the first American photojournalist granted entry to Russia, and the first to document concentration camps at the end of WWII. She is an amazing woman. She often worked under difficult circumstances and is known for her courage and willingness to do anything to get the shot. During her first assignment for Fortune magazine she photographed Swift & Co., a hog processing plant. The conditions were bad due to the stench and blood and her co-worker could not continue. She finished the story {having created the fist photo essay} and left her camera equipment to be burned. She went on to be the first foreign correspondent to cover the start of WWII. She went to India and Pakistan and photographed Gandhi before his assassination. She covered Korea and apartheid in South Africa. She had a knack for being in the right place at the right time. Like Ansel Adams, Margaret Bourke-White is a giant in the world of photography. She was a pioneer of photojournalism, a humanitarian and one of the most important photographers of the twentieth century. Two recent films covering Bourke-White are Double Exposure: The Story of Margaret Bourke-White and the film Gandhi.

“I have always thought that if I could turn back the pages of history and photograph one man, my choice would be Moses.”

– Margaret Bourke-White, Portrait of Myself by Margaret Bourke-White

Gratitude

I am so happy to be free. Free to express myself, free to speak my mind, free to get an education. To vote. To love who I want to love. Freedom to own property and have my own business. Freedom to choose who I marry. I’m focusing on freedom here because freedom isn’t free. It costs. And I’m incredibly thankful that I live in this country among wonderful people. I read today that there are more than 25 million living veterans. That’s a lot of people serving and who once served. That person may have served three years or thirty. May have served in war-time or peacetime. The outcome is the same: we are free. I know how difficult the job can be because I served too. So did my sister and brother and our grandfather {a World War II veteran}.

The thing is because military members work so hard and sacrifice so much they often suffer as a result. Families struggle when a mother or father {or both} deploy. Sometimes, because a military member is overseas and cannot take care of their obligations at home {especially if they are single and don’t have a spouse to oversee their estate} they return to a foreclosed home or other financial hardship. There are some who return who suffer from medical issues {physical and psychological} and are unable to get or keep a job. They sleep in their car or are homeless. This just shouldn’t be. I believe that gratitude can be expressed in many ways. Words are good but sometimes we can go beyond words to truly express that we care. You can show that you care and support our troops and veterans by giving {of your time/money/other resources} to any of the organizations below. Reaching out to others in a practical way really shows you care.

 

 

United States Veteran’s Initiative – http://www.usvetsinc.org/

VFW National Home for Children – http://www.vfwnationalhome.org/

Homeless Resource Center for Women Veterans

Crisis Center for Military Women
Operation Gratitude