Tightly knit, I keep myself
So I don't fall apart
Full of flaws and imperfections
I simply can't face the world.
Sometimes I get wound so tight
Like a balled up rubber band
I can feel my teeth cracking
In my mouth.
Then the unraveling begins and
I swirl around barely able
To see what happens in everyone
Else's grand universe.
The spinningcontinues until
I'm a puddle of mass
With no molecules left and
No desire to move.
Soon I begin winding up again
To start my Hell anew.
Self Portrait for School
Perhaps not safe for work.You used to say that your just fine, I still wonder all the time... ~Since I don't have a scanner the text on this image is not legible, but in case you are wondering it is just an essay on self inflicted injury.
All of these images are film prints with no photoshopping effects on them other then a histogram adjustment.
3 Rolls Later...
Our first assigned roll was a roll of our choice. It could contain any subject we wanted. I had to be at school on a Saturday for SAT prep class anyway, so I took my camera to class with me, planning to take photos after the class. When class was dismissed, I wandered over to the sand volleyball pit and took a picture of the drinking fountain next to it. Then I wandered over to tenis courts and took a photo of that. I took a few more photos in that area and walked down by the boys dorm, where I took a photo of the chains on the wooden bridge down there. On my way out of campus, I found some neat shadowy stairs.
Our second roll of film was chronicling an event during Spirit Week. I chose the Powder Puff Finals. The game began with the Senior girls in a huddle in hopes to intimidate the Junior girls with their power. Later in the game, a student coach was going over the game plan. The girls could sit on this bench if they wanted to, but no one did.
And, finally, our third roll for the year was our homage project. We were to choose a photograph we like and emulate it. I really liked the beauty and simplicity of Ansel Adam's "Oak Tree Sunrise" and after much searching, I found a tree to photograph. Here's a vertical shot of that tree.
[and I didn't do any post-processing to these, just so you could see the difference the lighting made]
What else don't I know?
Any other film recommendations for me?
The Last 7 of the 14 Theme Pictures
So here is what I chose/took:
What the heck were we thinkin? BONUS Question-Who can pick me out?
Is That Legal? Why must people trash our beaches? :(
Thanks for a great challenge, Lilbit!
What the? How a pig becomes pork.
Do you see what I see? Our oldest daughter took this picture. We had broken down in the desert with no water and almost no tools. My husband had worked all day to get the truck running. I was so relieved! I gave him a big hug without realizing that she had the camera.
Is that legal? What kind of babysitter lets a four month old smoke?!
It is the little things that make me happy!
My better half.
Echo gets sticky at the skate park.
During our last camping trip, the kids had a contest to see who could keep this little guy on the edge the longest.
This dummy was enjoying the graffiti across the street when I came along.
I had to include my husband for
faux, since that's what he does all day!
Every Sunday, we have a BBQ in the front yard and watch the kids play.
Today, I went with my son's class on a field trip to the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park. Most of the kids found the cow with a hole in it's stomach intimidating, but it didn't seem to bother the baby too much.
Our family has a lot to celebrate. My step-son and his wife welcomed their first child into the world today, making me a GRANDMA!! Her name is Madison Michele and she is just five pounds. What a cutie!
There is so much craziness in the world today. I looked at her little face, so innocent and trusting and my heart overflowed with emotion. In the end, love is all that matters.
Central Park Bits
I wanted to post a few photographs from a couple of film rolls I just got back. Most of these were taken in Central Park earlier this week.
More from the Balloon Fiesta
10. 9. 8. 7. 6. 5. 4. 3. 2. 1.....
And I know clouds are way overdone, but I have to share this picture I took of the couds over Elephant Butte on the way home. I am so in love with New Mexico skies!
Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
I was planning to make a trip to the Four Corners area to take some photographs over the long weekend. Just north of Albuquerque, my van broke down: strange town, after dark, alone with seven kids. SCARY! My husband drove up the next day to fix things. Instead of the trip north, we stayed in Albuquerque for the Balloon Fiesta. It was a great family outing. Since we went at night, we saw the balloon glow. The kids liked the balloons, but I was more impressed with the sky.
Just a few random shots...
Name that Bridge. This picture makes me long to be home.
A lesson in macro.
And finally my rubber ducky. This one had really strange flashburn so when playing with it in photoshop the histogram adjust gave me this eeri lighting... The vingetting was natural.
tall and proud
A long walk
A Cloudy day
I'm New Here!
A trip of a lifetime!
Out apartment in Barcelona was located off a really cool little road, but unfortunately was clogged up by a film crew making a movie of some sort. That didn't slow us down a bit. We headed straight for the Beach which was topless to our suprise! (family site, no smutty pics here!) After a day of that, we did a little sight seeing and hit up this museum, which was completely boring! So we jumped a train to Valencia!
It was around Jult 1st, which happened to be the month of flowers there. Our hotel looked out over this little square. We were only there for a day before jumping on this boat to Ibiza - sweet! Upon arrival, we saw a bay full of Yachts which seemed to be a good omen (for some strange reason!)
After checking into our new digs, we headed straight for club Eden for Judgement Sunday - it was an initiation tot he club scene in Ibiza. Soon after cam Manumission at Privelage, After hours at Space and afternoons at the Cafe del Mar wehre we met some great >.People. One friend with blue eyes was esepecially trouble!!! One highlight was seeing DJ Tiesto's album release at Amnesia. This is about what I remember of the evening/morning! Acutally that's the memory of most nights in Ibiza!
The next few days we hung out and took day trips ... here's me on one of those excursions The other times we just hung out in the West End or cruised up the main drag. After 2 weeks in Spain, seven spent in Ibiza, it was time to come home and let the sun set on our most eye opening adventure to date.
Thanks for reading, take care ... the Dancefloor
(fyi - all the pics are small because I had to scan them and the file sizes messed up - sorry)
HEAD SHOTS & CLOSE UPS, VOL IV
Now I have to think about adding to my collection with some new close up images. To me, portraits are the most treasured of all people images, but quite difficult to do well. Lots of luck involved in getting good ones, either posed or candid.
Soon, if not next, I hope to find some nice areas for landscapes, perhaps second on my favorite theme list.
I have enjoyed and thank you for your comments on the previous volumes, and hope this last one will pass muster.