AS a novice photographer, I wanted to challenge myself. Thus I began the 365 day challenge, where I need to take a photo or write something everyday.I chose with the very broad topic "The World Around Me" because my desire to become a capable photographer has it's roots in the desire to share the world how I see it. This is a journal to document my journey!
Monday, June 27, 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
"All right... I'm glad it's a girl. And I hope she'll be a fool--that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool."
Gatsby was written in 1925 and yet this one line impacted me so much 75 years later because for me, it was still true. I have always been a strong independent woman that follows her own path. I don't let the influence or opinions stop me. In this world, a woman cannot find the right path. People snub you for deciding to be a career woman, people snub you for wanting to stay at home with your kids. When I chose to leave college for a family, it was a waste... or so they said. I was too smart for the life of a housewife. It doesn't matter to the world that I want the best for my family and since I am "so smart" I think that I am the best for my family.
Women still hear you can't do that. Whether it is traditionalists or feminists, they don't want women to be capable of making their own choices. They want to guide them down the path that is the best roll for a woman in their opinion.
For me, I will live life with the male mindset and make my choices knowing that they are my choices. I will deal with the consequences and accept the responsibility. My life is not a waste and nor am I a fool.
On a side note, it was a blast to shoot these self portraits. I have to say I don't look too bad as a guy...
|These men were escorting the beam from the World Trade Center|
|High-school Band playing taps. I love his solemn expression.|
|This is the face of a boy who is looking down the path of how he wants to become a man. He is listening to a moment of silence, knowing that the path he chose isn't the safest. He has fears but faces them. Still in high school, yet deciding to put himself in harms way for the greater good. He is a future hero, he is a junior marine.|
HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!!! I hope you enjoy these patriotic photos. They were taken over the course of the parade and ceremony in front of our veteran's monument. It was a very emotional day for our town given that we recently lost one of our hometown boys. As Americans, it is our duty to remember that freedom is never free. Freedom must be taken, when freedom is given it can be taken away by the givers on their whim. Thank you to all those that have served and sacrificed.
Last night I spent 3 hours standing in my daughter's room in the dark trying to photograph the exact moment when the lava in her lava lamp separated. It is almost embarrassing to admit that. I really wanted to work on my night photographs because I don't really have a good handle on the settings I should be using. Then I laboriously sifted through the hundreds of pictures. It was tedious task and complicated because the colors were not very accurate. The whole project slowed my 365 day project down because the editing took so long. A lot of work went into these pictures, but every time I passed her room I had the urge to get some shots of the lava. I think the abstract photos turned out great and so I didn't mind the work one bit.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Two years ago my mom brought me over a bag of iris bulbs that my grandma had dug up from her yard and was going to get rid of them. I planted them and waited and then waited some more. Then we moved and I had to dig them up and transplant them... twice. Finally, after two years of waiting, they finally are starting to bloom. I have been checking their progress several times a day just to make sure that the instant one pops open I can capture it forever. Today was the day that the first one opened!