I spent most of my day in old Montreal today. It took a few attempts and I managed to get the shot I was hoping for. I like how the reflection turned out.
I talked to a painter and a photographer. I watched people try and haggle them down in their prices more than 50% of the price the artists were asking.
I found it pretty insulting. The photographer was asking $25 for his med sized prints. A woman tried to convince him to sell it for $10. The retail value on the matting (that came free with buying the print) is $15. He would in fact lost money by selling it to her. I am happy he laughed it off and didn’t succumb. It is just annoying that people don’t understand how much cost there is involved and what a piece of art value is.
Found a Heron while on the job shooting a wedding. I like how it turned out.
I took a trip up Mount Royal today. It turned out I took one of the more difficult ways up. My knee was ready to give out by the time I got to the top. I sat down and rested under the radio tower. I took all back trails on the way down. Thankfully my uncanny sense of direction guided me down all the twists and turns and brought me back to where I wanted to go for dinner.
Enjoy some of the flowers I found. I will post more of my walk soon.
Found some old Images on a hard drive and decided to play with them and make something.
Snocket, My Step-mother’s new cat.
Playing around with with some lights. Image needed a little more bounce lighting on the top left.
I picked up a new used lens last weekend. I find that shooting on a fixed focus 50mm is both fun and a challenge at times.
Finally found the folder with these shots.
The other night I was unable to sleep and my mind was racing. I decided to try something I have not done in about 4 years. The cards don’t lie (if you believe they work at all), I got the answers back and it turned out to be factual. I may not have recived the answers I was hoping for but the cards left me with the message that I need to stay strong to preserver.
This is not only good advice for myself, but good advice for everyone. If you want to make it through this world you really do have to stay strong. Can’t let the bad get you down.
As Edward Elric always said, “Keep moving forward”
Today’s post is highly personal. It took me a few weeks to decide if I would even do this at all.
I am in the midst of clearing out things I have collected over the year that I carry with me from place to place. I think it is time to let this emotional baggage go as well.
When I see so many cases of bullying in the news, it makes me extremely sad.
I was a victim of bullying when I was growing up. While now I am well adjusted, I had a very dark spell around the end of Grade 8 and through my first year of high school.
People like to take my things and hide them, make fun of me for anything they could think of.
To make matters worse I lost my grandfather this year. He had given me my first real camera, which is what lead me down the path I am on today.
These pictures of my grade 8-year book. They were not anonymous and clearly signed from the people they were written by.
I fought slightly with leaving them for the stronger image but I have decided to blur them out. When we are all young we do stupid things, things we regret. I don’t think I should call out all the people who have hurt me in the past, but to forgive them and hope they do not raise their children to do the same.
Needless to say, I had many dark thoughts over this time. I could find little hope in anything, little comfort in the few friends I held at that time (most not living within a towns distance).
After a while I began live my life to spite the ones who told me I was worthless.
Here I am today, I am closer with my family then I have ever been. I have some of the best friends (new and old) anyone could ask for.
I have witnessed love and loss, and am that much better for it.
If anyone out there is being bullied, I just want to tell you it gets better. You just need never give up. Lots of awful and stupid things may happen to you, but it does get better.
Don’t give in to bullies! Keep moving forward. There is no reason for anyone else in the world to hold you down. Keep on living.
To those who witness bullying, take a stand. Intervene. I know it can be scary, but you will be making the world a better place.
Finally to the bullies.
I know things must not be going well for you in some way. Talk to someone. Be it a teacher, friend, parent, grandparent, uncle, ant. Don’t take it out on your self. You will regret it later in life. You will never have true friends, or find real love until you treat everyone the way you want to be treated. If someone kills them self for something you did or said to them, do you really want to live with that guilt?
Thanks to all my family, friends and everyone I have ever loved. You may not have known it, but I owe who I am today to you all.