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A blog with a writer attempting to live a translucent life [trans·lu·cent /transˈlo͞osnt/ >> >> >> Allowing light, but not detailed images, to pass through].
Well, it has been four months since I have even looked at my blog or thought of it. My life has changed so much in those four months in a chaotic tug-and-pull, more-so than I have ever experienced. And today I decided I’m going to start blogging again, not like that has to do with anything really. I just decided I would. So, here, we’re starting with this.This guy is awesome with his work, I love the typography he creates. And I discovered him on Instragram of all places! See, guys, Instagram doesn’t totally waste your life…

Well, it has been four months since I have even looked at my blog or thought of it. My life has changed so much in those four months in a chaotic tug-and-pull, more-so than I have ever experienced. And today I decided I’m going to start blogging again, not like that has to do with anything really. I just decided I would. So, here, we’re starting with this.
This guy is awesome with his work, I love the typography he creates. And I discovered him on Instragram of all places! See, guys, Instagram doesn’t totally waste your life…


— 1 year ago with 3 notes
#Life  #lessons  #positives  #negatives  #New days  #Zachary Smith  #typography 

Grand Junction, CO
05/28/12

I cannot say enough about this family. Matthews fam is just amazing and his sister has the best three little chaps I have ever met. These boys are just great. Reed is the most intelligent 6 year old who will hold a very full conversation with you. Finn is 4 and he’s an adventurer who loves his blue polka-dot blanket and loves chasing goose Bruce. Grey is a tad too young to talk yet but I’m sure that little guy will have the most beaming personality as well. And I miss them all.

— 1 year ago

'Post-Wedding’, Grand Junction, CO
05/3-6/12

Davaun and I were the lucky two to get to see the new Youngers the day between wedding and honeymoon, as we were housesitting and babysitting their goose, Bruce, and chick, Noname. These are our laughs, personal wedding gifts, and adventures on our own.

(Did I mention their honeymoon location was to a little cabin off in the middle of the mountains and woods?! Sounds like a fairytale!)

 

— 1 year ago with 2 notes
#Grand Junction  #Colorado  #friends  #family  #wedding  #honeymoon  #laughs  #gifts  #trees  #mountains  #PURE JOY 

Now, listen to this tidbit of goodness! This was Matt & Sara’s love song, perfect to go along with this current wedding theme, also one of my favorite bands so you should probably give them a listen.

— 1 year ago
#The Avett Brothers  #I And Love And You 

'Wedding’, Grand Junction, CO
06/03/12

These are the kind of people you know, whether you spend the rest of your life with or not, will always have that place inside of you. This little spot that they alone reached and left their mark. These pals mean so much to me, after going through such deep transition together; such a humbling period in our lives that shook us to the core and rebuilt us from the ground up. We watched as God did crazy things with each others lives, in New Zealand and all the way to Israel. Now, being able to reunite to celebrate these two getting married brought SO much joy, and affirmed in me their place they hold inside. 

Also, it was a fairly entertaining experience, as we had all met in NZ and from there had only traveled outside of North America, being in a first-world nation together with ‘normal’ clothes and vehicles and licenses… it brought on a whole lot more fun times! 

— 1 year ago with 1 note
#Grand Junction  #Colorado  #reunions  #AW80 '12  #wedding  #friends  #family  #new love 

'Pre-Wedding', Grand Junction, CO
05/26-30/12

Well, folks! It has been far too long since I’ve had the time to post some of my photo’s! 
I’d like to share with you some of my closest friends and our reunion in Grand Junction, Colorado. These are the family-like friends of mine whom I traveled with in 2011. Matthew and Sara fell madly in love and brought us all back together in May/June to celebrate with them this new start of their lives as they tied the knot (yay!!). One adventure came to a close as another began. 
So this is a summary of photo’s brought from yours truly! 

— 1 year ago with 1 note
#Grand Junction  #Colorado  #reunions  #love  #wedding  #AW80 '12 

fotojournalismus:

Tribal Olympians

(via Guardian)

The London Olympics will test the athletic limits of the world’s most talented sportsmen and women. To celebrate the 2012 games, Survival reveals some of the astonishing skills of the world’s tribal peoples, from the Awá archers of the Amazon to the Bajau divers of Borneo and the Tarahumara long-distance runners of northwestern Mexico. Words by Joanna Eede.

Photos : 

1 - A young boy with home-made wooden goggles grasps the tail of a tawny nurse shark as it pulls him through the shallow waters of the South China Sea. The Bajau people of Sabah, Sulawesi, can free-dive up to 20 metres deep when hunting for fish, pearls and sea cucumbers on the sea-bed. Known as ‘sea gypsies’, the Bajau spend most of their lives at sea; when they free-dive, they can hold their breath for up to three minutes. Scientists have discovered that the Bajau are submerged for up to 60% of the time they spend in the water, which is nearly as long as a sea-otter. (© James Morgan/Survival International)

2- Mongolians define themselves as the people of five animals: horses, sheep, goats, camel and cattle. Horses are prized above all others – one horse is traditionally worth ten goats – and are still an integral part of daily nomadic life. The national drink, airag, is made from fermented mares’ milk; strands of horse-hair are used as ties in nomads’ homes, or gers. Their equestrian skills are exceptional; boys are often taught to ride as soon as they can walk, learning on silver-engraved leather saddles that are passed down the generations. During the naadam festival, boys as young as 5 years old race bareback and shoeless across the Mongolian steppe for up to 30 kilometres. (© Joanna Eede/Survival International)

3- In southern Papua, a few degrees south of the Equator, there are no roads in the coastal homeland of the semi-nomadic Asmat people. As a result, the Asmat have long used canoes to journey along the extensive network of deep, wide rivers that run through their rainforest. Canoeists propel and steer while standing, their skill lying in maintaining their balance as they dip and sweep long tassled blades through the tidal waters; a particularly difficult and dangerous task when cross-currents are created from rivers flowing into the Arafura Sea. All Papuan tribal peoples have suffered greatly under the Indonesian occupation, which began in 1963, and is almost unparalleled in its brutality. (© Jeanne Herbert/Survival International)

4- The ocean is our universe, said Hook Suriyan Katale, a Moken man from the Surin Islands. The semi-nomadic Moken, who live in the Mergui Archipelago in the Andaman Sea, are said to be able to swim before they can walk. A recent scientific study conducted by Sweden’s Lund University showed that the eyesight of Moken children is 50% more powerful than that of European children. Over hundreds of years they have developed the unique ability to focus under water, using their visual skills to dive for food on the sea floor, thus stretching the efficacy of their eyes to the limits of what is humanly possible. (© Cat Vinton/Survival International)

5- They move through the rainforest at night, carrying torches made from resin. The Awá people of the Brazilian Amazon, Earth’s most threatened tribe, are expert archers. Awá men hunt with bows up to 1.85 metres long and carry a bundle of arrows made from bamboo, palm fibre, tree resin and bird feathers. Arrow heads vary in shape and size according to the type of prey. While waiting for howler monkeys to appear, hunters sit in the branches of trees up to 30 metres from the ground. Arrows are shot at the target from this dizzying height. Today the Awá forest is being cut down faster than that of any other tribe in the Amazon; they will only survive if their land is protected. (© Fiona Watson/Survival International)

Credit to the living

— 1 year ago with 312 notes
If I had an ultra-icon for anything it would be Chuck Close

chazmcintyre:

While you may already know Chuck Close as that incredibly talented American artist who creates those huge photorealistic paintings, you may never have seen this mind-blowing piece. Called Fanny/Fingerpainting, it’s a beautiful portrait of Close’s wife’s late grandmother Fanny created with fingerprints!

Created in 1985, the oil on canvas work represents one of the largest and most masterly executions of a technique the artist developed himself which involves the direct application of pigment to a surface with the artist’s fingertips.

By adjusting the amount of pigment and the pressure of his finger on the canvas, Close could create unbelievable contours of the face.

It currently hangs at Smithsonian’s National Gallery of Art. As they state:

“Seen from a distance, the painting looks like a giant, silver-toned photograph that unrelentingly reveals every crack and crevice of the sitter’s face. Closer up, the paint surface dissolves into a sea of fingerprints that have an abstract beauty, even as they metaphorically suggest the withering of the sitter’s skin with age. The fingerpaintings provide a far more literal record of the artist’s touch than most abstract expressionist brushwork — but are at the same time dictated by an abstract, distinctly impersonal system.”

(Source: facebook.com, via really-shit)

— 1 year ago with 127 notes
#Chuck Close  #art  #realism  #unbelievable  #talent 

Educate yourself.

This happens in India, this happens in Thailand, this happens in China. Argentina, Bolivia, Costa Rica. Canada. And over 100 more countries.

— 1 year ago with 2 notes
#Born into Brothels  #Documentary  #Children  #Women  #Work  #Slaves  #Human Trafficking  #India  #Education  #Awareness  #Active 
fotojournalismus:

People watched a mass burial ceremony in Vucitrn, Kosovo, Tuesday, May 22, 2012 for 12 Kosovo Albanians who were killed by Serbian security forces in the 1999 war. The victims’ remains were identified 13 years after the war.
[Credit : Visar Kryeziu/Associated Press]

I feel like I can say I am fairly educated and aware of the past and present conflict around Northern Africa and the Mid-East, but I have to admit my huge lack of knowledge of the history of these many European countries that have dealt with so much strife. In the past year I keep hearing and reading about so many hidden wars and massacres in the Czech Republic, Croatia, Albania, Serbia (just to name a few). Makes me sad to know that I am so unaware, along with many people maybe, of the deeply cruel and disturbing history of these countries. 

fotojournalismus:

People watched a mass burial ceremony in Vucitrn, Kosovo, Tuesday, May 22, 2012 for 12 Kosovo Albanians who were killed by Serbian security forces in the 1999 war. The victims’ remains were identified 13 years after the war.

[Credit : Visar Kryeziu/Associated Press]


I feel like I can say I am fairly educated and aware of the past and present conflict around Northern Africa and the Mid-East, but I have to admit my huge lack of knowledge of the history of these many European countries that have dealt with so much strife. In the past year I keep hearing and reading about so many hidden wars and massacres in the Czech Republic, Croatia, Albania, Serbia (just to name a few). Makes me sad to know that I am so unaware, along with many people maybe, of the deeply cruel and disturbing history of these countries. 

— 1 year ago with 54 notes
#International  #Conflict  #Europe  #Albania  #Serbia  #Educate 
timelightbox:

Carol Guzy: War and Innocence. 11″ x 14″. Inkjet print.

Trauma journalism is dangerous, emotionally challenging work that carries personal and professional risks. The Dart Society is a network of journalists who cover conflict, tragedy and social injustice throughout the world and who have a special understanding of the nature of emotional injury. They provide direct, peer-to-peer outreach and support to journalists struggling with the impacts of covering trauma; publish an award-winning human-rights magazine, Dart Society Reports; and give an annual award, The Mimi, to print editors who demonstrate excellence in the management of trauma narratives.
On Thursday the Dart Society will hold its second benefit auction of photojournalism prints at 25CPW, honoring the work of  Joel Simon of the Committee to Protect Journalists, photojournalist Lynsey Addario, and writer and documentarian Sebastian Junger. The event features an auction of some 50 photographs, including prints from the best photojournalists in the U.S., as well as books written by Dart Society journalists and other items.

Read more about the auction here.

timelightbox:

Carol Guzy: War and Innocence. 11″ x 14″. Inkjet print.

Trauma journalism is dangerous, emotionally challenging work that carries personal and professional risks. The Dart Society is a network of journalists who cover conflict, tragedy and social injustice throughout the world and who have a special understanding of the nature of emotional injury. They provide direct, peer-to-peer outreach and support to journalists struggling with the impacts of covering trauma; publish an award-winning human-rights magazine, Dart Society Reports; and give an annual award, The Mimi, to print editors who demonstrate excellence in the management of trauma narratives.

On Thursday the Dart Society will hold its second benefit auction of photojournalism prints at 25CPW, honoring the work of  Joel Simon of the Committee to Protect Journalistsphotojournalist Lynsey Addario, and writer and documentarian Sebastian Junger. The event features an auction of some 50 photographs, including prints from the best photojournalists in the U.S., as well as books written by Dart Society journalists and other items.
Read more about the auction here.

(via fotojournalismus)

— 1 year ago with 199 notes
#Passions