Wait! What?!

Summer’s over?!
Somehow I got all caught up in the beautiful weather, pool lounging, a part time work schedule, and wandering around with my camera that three months have flow by and cooler, shorter days were sneaking up on me. I don’t mind yet, but once I have to start wearing gloves again, I’m going to.

So what have I been up to?

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My first wedding

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On June 2, 2012, I shot my first wedding. The weather didn’t completely cooperate, but it stopped pouring briefly for the ceremony. Carolyn sparkled. Ben beamed. The wedding party in their spring green dress and freshly pressed suits, as well as all of the little ones made everyone forget about the wet weather.

It was a beautiful wedding and I am thankful that I was able to capture it for them.

Congratulations!

Here are a few more from the day.
Rogers/Pershouse Wedding, a set on Flickr.

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New Projects

I promised myself that I would actually update this blog on a regular basis this year and well, that so far hasn’t happened. Why? The Plague. For the past 4 weeks I have had the worst head/chest cold that has allowed me to do little except flick through 300 cable channels and sleep on the couch. Thankfully, I’m over it and now my life can resume.

That means actually getting to do some art projects, finishing all of my clothing projects I started last summer, and getting a job (I really, really need a job! Anyone need a Graphic Designer with 6 years of publishing experience and a semester of graduate education at Pratt Institute? You can find my portfolio and resume HERE.) I went to my Dad’s and collected all of my art supplies and have taken over my mom’s living room. I don’t think she’s thrilled, but she is sleeping at the moment since she is now sick with what I had. So far, I have managed to put Sculpey ears on a 7 inch Munny. Apparently, you can bake final at 200 degrees and it doesn’t melt! I think they turned out alright. They need to be sanded and then I can prime it. I can’t decide if I want it to be a fairy or an elf. I’ll figure that out after I prime it.

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There was one weekend that I want too sick and went to the American Textile History Museum in Lowell and realized that I really like mechanical things with lots of little moving parts. They had a display of model steam engines and I spent way too much time in the loom room. I wonder if I ask if they would let me get a closer look so that I could take some better pictures…hmmm….

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Happy New Year!

This is how I started my new year. The Boston Sunday Globe and my Canon mug filled with Dunkin Donuts. There is no place like home.

It is looking like this year is going to be better than the last. Major changes are ahead and I’m very hopeful. I’ll tell more when I know more.

I’ll leave you with these images for now. I love the morning light in my mom’s living room.

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Brooklyn Sunrises

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Brooklyn Sunrises, a set on Flickr.

I knew that I was going to have a great view from the 16th floor of Willoughby Hall, but I had no idea that it was going to be this good! Everyday it is different and it’s fun to capture how the sun is moving across the horizon and the season changes.

I’ll be adding to this album as the year progresses. I seem to wake up just in time to see the sunrise, so this might become a twice a week thing. At least, I hope it does.

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The beginning of the rest of my life.

Well, I made! I packed up all of my things, shoved them into an SUV (with help from Dad, the packing master), and moved into a 110 sq ft room on the 16th floor of a dorm building in Brooklyn, NY. Some of you might think I’m crazy for going back to living like this after being out for the past 6 years, but I can’t be more thrilled. All of my bills are paid for, I don’t have to cook unless I want to, so all I have to do is go to class and do my homework. I have no responsibilities except go to school and do well.

 
 

It was a long 5 hrs to get here, but once I saw the place it was all worth it. The place is bright and clean. I have a closet half the length of the wall. I’ve never had a closet this big. Within a day, it felt like home and has a view to die for. I face NE, am the tallest building for about 20 blocks, and the sun rises are the best. I have met so many new people from all different majors I can barely keep track. A painter, a photographer, interior designers, industrial designers, new form artists, printmakers, and just a few communication design majors. The connections I make here I hope will last a lifetime. Even if they don’t, at the very least, they will inspire and expand my knowledge of art and design. For that I am grateful.

Things down here were pretty quiet until Last Tuesday. I was up on the 16th floor, making lunch, when suddenly the building started to sway by quite a lot. I am talking 4 feet from one extreme to the other. I have never felt anything like it. The building was evacuated and I had to haul my sorry butt down 16 flights of stairs. Not fun! Found out about 15 minutes later we had had an earthquake. An earthquake! In Brooklyn!

Then Saturday night, hurricane Irene whips through here. Complete subway shutdown from Saturday at noon until Monday morning. Flooding and trees down. Campus closed Saturday, Sunday, AND Monday! Here are some pics from the NY Times. It was pretty impressive, but even more impressive was the cleanup. Less than 24 hrs later, most of it was done and things have just about returned to normal. Really remarkable.

Today, I officially start graduate school. A little scared, but bring it on! There is no turning back now!

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You have all the weapons you need. Now fight!

Originally, this post was going to be about the end of an era; the end of working for the past 6 years for a college textbook publisher just outside of Boston. However, after spending my Sunday sitting on the floor reading the paper, and watching CBS Sunday Morning, Sucker Punch, and sorting photographs I decided that it is a beginning more than an end. From this point onward, for the next two years, my life and all of the art I create is mine. Sure, there will be assignments with constraints, but I get to push it to failure.

 
My view of Mom’s from my Sunday spot.

The next 2 weeks are going to be interesting. I am not working and school hasn’t started yet, so at the moment, I’m drifting and taking it all in. I’ve moved in with my mother, not far from where I grew up. I travel through and past places I’ve known my whole life. I even get to go to the same grocery store that my family’s been going to for the past 26 years. I get to return to the beginning before starting all over again. It’s rather comforting. I have some ideas for photos I want to take and at the moment I carry around my camera all the time. The sunsets are beautiful especially looking up the Merrimack River.

The sun has come out which means it’s time to go to the pool. Going to work on my tan and read Design As Art, by Bruno Munari. It was on sale at Borders and a must read since I’m a designer.

If you were wondering, the entry name is the last line from Sucker Punch and for this moment in my life, it’s very appropriate. Call it psychic movie watching.

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