The best things in life are silly.
Creating another life, being a parent, changed my life in so many ways, and it’s taught me just how strong I am. There are so many moments that can test you, but the ones presented to me by parenting are far and away the most intense ones I’ve ever experienced.
I have always considered myself a strong person, but there is nothing in my life that challenges my personal and emotional limits as much as being a mother. There is this other person in the world who would not be here were it not for my actions. His personality, experiences, well being and future life depend on me – on the choices I make every day of my own life. Am I capable of being this dedicated, this trustworthy, this responsible… this selfless?
You’re damn right I am. Being a parent has shown me that I’m far stronger and more resilient than I ever thought I was before – every time I look into my son’s eyes, I know it, without question. I am capable of anything for him – he is the most simultaneously frustrating and fabulous gift I’ve ever received.
I’d die for him, but what’s more important is this: I’d give all the moments of my long life to him, too.
I hope you find something useful here! I loved seeing the post that DeShaun Craddock made after the show last night – a beautiful photo with some great thoughts to go along with it. See it here: http://goo.gl/sbKHRd
I’m very inspired by a variety of things – emotion of my own and that of others (particularly universal human emotion) as well as a blend of memories, experiences, poetry, literature, music and the magic of a dreamer’s mind. Consuming the art of others, staying in touch with my own emotions, and interacting with others are the main things that drive and inform my own work.
For example, this photo was inspired not only by the current season, but by a very special and nostalgic childhood memory of catching leaves with my brother, my belief that dreamers/creatives have a mental eye that others do not (see things differently), and my great admiration for this quote from an Edgar Allan Poe short story: “Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.”
So tell me… What Inspires You?
San Francisco (TONIGHT!) with Tony Eckersley: http://goo.gl/di5KWn
New York with Rich e. Miller, Seth Meyerowitz, & Matthew Ciscart: http://goo.gl/QMnMMz
Chicago with Dan Braun: http://goo.gl/8mUulf
San Antonio with Jackie Burroughs Anderson: http://goo.gl/vF0Xji
Edmonton, Canada with Dawn Sulyma Smith: http://goo.gl/nLDfGM
Vancouver, Canada with Jordan Oram: http://goo.gl/dssYQN
Stuttgart, Germany with Dirk Müller: http://goo.gl/aKtM1T
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As the twig is bent the tree inclines.
We had a great time on the show this past Saturday. Did you miss it? Watch it now. I was joined by guest Mark Rodriguez and panelists Christi Nielsen, Sandra Parlow, & Jake Johnson to talk about post processing and share images.
During the show, we unveiled the winners of the Drink and Click™ October Challenge: “Shadows”. Dara Choy (Drink and Click ™ YEG), Björn Kleemann (Drink and Click™ Monterey – Santa Cruz) and Ina Gat (Drink and Click ™ BLN) took 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, respectively. Thanks so much to our prize sponsors: Think Tank Photo, c’t Digital Photography, & Stuck In Customs by Trey Ratcliff.
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Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.
~Edgar Allan Poe