Trust In ME as I Trust In YOU

Trust In ME as I Trust In YOU

Trust is one of those interesting things.

It has similar principles and properties to faith, but it should be easier, shouldn’t it?  We all know trust can be there and we know it exists – it is quantifiable and can be measured and has value.  Why, if we all want to trust and be trusted, do we make it so difficult to do?  Betray each other’s confidences over silly or stupid things, or just because we think we know better or can get away with it.

I can admit that I’ve had my trust stepped on a few times in my life, but I am always willing to have another go at it.  Maybe not with the same people because once you lose my trust, it is certainly not something easily recaptured, but I do not shy away from trusting again (as I have in the past) because all that causes is loneliness for me, and my rationale is, “why should I be punished for others twatty douchebaggery?” – the simple answer is that I won’t fall into that rut.

Well, enough about that.  I said what was on my mind, and that was my intent.  Now, on to the image…

This was a shot I created for a project that I never had a chance to share.  I decided to share it anyway at this point because why should I keep it to myself when I created it to be shared in the first place?


So, I give you my image titled Trust Issues.

Have a happy Friday, my friends! ♥


Though She May Be Weary, Her Gaze Still Wanders Towards The Infinite Possibilities

52-Week Self Portrait Project | 52/45

Though She May Be Weary,  Her Gaze Still Wanders Towards The Infinite Possibilities

This week, I have spent most of my free time (other than the holiday) learning about and practicing my computer design.  I am not going to lie, my head has been pounding, my eyes are tired, and I am nearly punch drunk goofy because there is little room left in my head at this moment for anything except school and work.

When I finally got home tonight and finished up one of my 3 projects due by Sunday, I decided to go for my self portrait image for the week.  At first, I tried a few clicks in front of the window that I wasn’t thrilled with, and then when I was making a few adjustments, I saw the light from the window in my eye.  Eureka!  I had my “eye-dea”!

It has been too long since I created an eye macro anyway, which seems like such a disservice to my community The Expressive Eye(

(Damn right, I am shamelessly plugging!) ♥

For Week 45 out of 52, I merged a few of my favorite elements – eyes, catchlights and an achromatic color scale, and I explore being in#aplaceofinfinitepossibilities .

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Would You MOOC?

Would You MOOC?

Nine times out of ten, I am going to post something photography or art related on social media because that is what I am known for, but today I was listening to Dan Pink talk about motivations or more specifically what motivates people.

It comes down to Autonomy, Mastery, and Contribution.

We want to work freely, become masterful at things, and then we want to share and contribute to a greater goal.

This makes complete sense if you look at most of us who use social media as a tool for learning, growing and exploring.  We pick a passion – be it art, music, applied mathematics, video games, or general tech/innovations.

I have a full time job in education, but my passion and one day dream, is to be able to switch from full time in education to full time artist with a consulting gig in education.  I wouldn’t even mind a healthy blend of educational innovation mixed with the creativity that goes along with artistry.

In my efforts to be able to make that huge shift, I have gone back to school…again…and it takes up a good deal of my time outside of the full time job.  That being said, I had a chance, recently, to see my education work meld with my post-work art life when I began doing research on the projections for the future in education and I happened upon more reports and data on MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), which are free and turning the education world on its ear.

If you do not know what a MOOC is, read here:

This started with Stanford, and now you can take courses from Harvard, MIT, Penn State and so many others by way of Coursera, edX, Udemy, and Udacity.  Many of which are free and open to anyone willing/wanting to learn.  There are some “pay for” classes, some that have signature tracks that cost money, but there is a huge number of courses that are free and you receive a certificate from the instructor for passing, which can be added to your resume or portfolio, and who knows, maybe one day it will be accepted by many colleges as course credit that may be transferred in and save you money towards a degree.

Of a personal interest, and one that I thought might be something that my artsy/photog friends might be interested comes from Udemy, which offers some “pay” and some free art classes:

Even if it is just for a little professional growth and development or to help you kickstart a new profession or something you are passionate about (there are even Entrepreneurial courses available), I really would encourage you to take a peek at what they all have to offer.  In addition, some of these platforms allow you to create courses so you can share/contribute to the world!


(I do not work for or endorse MOOC education over formal training, but I am enrolled in a few beyond my college courses to further enhance my own knowledge base)


The Only Constant Is Change

52-Week Self Portrait Project | 52/44

The Only Constant Is Change

“Always remember that the future comes one day at a time.” – Dean Acheson

This week, I spent some time thinking about the year to this point, and I also took stock in everything I have accomplished (and hope to accomplish) in my life.

Each day offers us the potential for so many things – trials, victories, mistakes, and defeats – and it is up to us to handle them and make choices that will reflect the type of soul we have inside us.

I made a decision this week and I am happy with it, though the path it went down was not so pleasing; yet, at the end of the day, I know my choice was sound and just for me.  That is what counts.

We never really know what the future will hold; it happens one day at a time (like the quote above), and all we can really be is “right” with ourselves.  The rest will continue to move around us, and that is okay too.

This week, I explore being in #therightframeofmind .

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Week 21: Coming Clean

Not Another 52 Project?!?!?!

A 52 Week Project | Monochromatic/Achromatic/Color Portraiture

Week 21: Coming Clean

Another week, another staged portrait shot composed through the use of natural and artificial lighting and water.

This week, I wanted to work with higher speeds and moving water while keeping with the feeling of coming clean with others and myself about how much I can physically and mentally tax myself before I reach a point of decisions…

For me, this was an intimate set-up, lighting, and moment.  There wasn’t any major editing besides converting it to an achromatic image.

I hope you can appreciate the sentiments…

So, without further ado, here is my shot for Week 21 of this portraiture project!

The rules I have laid out are simple – 1) these portraits can be of myself or another model, but cannot be the same image as my other project; 2) There must be a lighting element – whether my studio lights or a consciously planned shoot using natural lighting from the golden hour, etc. The key being consciously planned – no “on a whim”, point the camera at someone and call it complete. These will be portraits per the definition:



1. A painting, drawing, photograph, or engraving of a person.
2. A representation or impression of someone or something in language or on film.

picture – likeness – portraiture – portrayal – effigy

My goal is to expand my portraiture abilities and processing as well as direction I give others while also working on my creative muscles and my own personal style, which I believe to be shooting what I like to see!

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Lollipop Moments In Life

Lollipop Moments In Life

If you have never heard Drew Dudley talk about everyday leadership, I urge you to watch this video from TEDxToronto to understand the post fully:

Drew Dudley “Everyday Leadership” – TED Talks

Okay, hopefully you have watched it and I can begin…

“It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?

~Marianne Williamson~

Since becoming a part of this amazing G+ community, I don’t think I ever thought much about lollipop moments, leadership, or inspiration.  I was in one of those conflicted places where I had been brow-beaten to believe I was just a smudge in the world and of no real importance.

Of course, this goes against the fundamental principles and core values of my being, but it is amazing how negativity and silence can help you recede into your darkness.

With baby steps, confidence, self-reassurance, an amazing network of friends and family, and people providing me with lollipop moments, I have evolved into a bright color – a white hot light – that cannot be muted or shaded to a gray ever again.

Watching this video over again today while at work, I felt an increased need to let each and every one of you know that over these last few years, you have given me those lollipop moments that have allowed me to shed fear and gain strength enough to continue growing and learning in so many ways.

Each one of you, in some form, have handed me that lollipop and provided me that peace – that calm – in my heart and mind to keep going – no matter how tough things seemed to be.

I can only hope, in return, that I have handed out a few lollipops along the way to each of you!

Happy Wednesday! ♥ ♥ ♥

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Focus on Your Actions

Focus on Your Actions

“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” – Leonardo da Vinci

She is out there and happening to the things in life that are important to her!