Photo(s) of the Day: Ireland 2009

I know, I know.  I owe you a new house post… and a June Goals revisited post… and well, July and August Goals to boot. 

BUT, speaking of crossing off goals, I finally finished the photobook for my 2009 Ireland roadtrip.  (Sidenote: every time I type Ireland my brain keeps typing and writes “Irelando”  Guess it’s a side effect of living in Orlando.)  The book took nearly two and a half days of pretty solid focus to wade through the 1000+ “keeper” pictures that my travelmates snapped on our two-week road trip.1. Mizen Head, 2. Ring of Kerry, 3. Bantry, 4. Cashel, 5. Derryveagh Mountains, 6. Tully Castle, 7. Belfast Castle, 8. Lough Erne, 9. Giant’s Causeway 

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Expression

I’ve been feeling the black hole that exists when all inspiration is gone. I found a momentary peace in the lack of creativity, content to be in the present and just appreciate creation for a while.  Then I started to play what I call “Explore Tour” on Flickr and swirl endlessly in the black hole as I see the remarkable talent that is out there.  It makes me want to delete my account.

I was just sitting here, listening to Xavier Rudd. Come Let Go is one of the few songs that switches my mind to another state. There is something inside that I can’t quite grasp.

This got me thinking about what my work is lacking. I try to create, I try to capture… but in the end it’s empty. Expression is missing, the pulling out of myself and the pushing of this force into a project. Like sending messages into space that someone somehow somewhere someday might hear and just know, whether they understand or not, that I was here.

It’s been a while…

, originally uploaded by MariahKW.

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged… well it’s been a while since I pretty much did anything.  I gave up Facebook for lent (and I don’t miss it).  I haven’t really listened to much music to continue my song of the day run.  My Flickr-love seems to have run dry.   All the busy “doing” seems to get me nowhere so I give it up and stand still for a while.

It’s in these prosaic time that I look up and there it is… the most amazing artwork, well, ever.  These painted skies humble and embolden.  I wonder, is it always this amazing and I’m just not paying attention?  I’m reminded who the Creator is, and who the creator is not.
I give myself a break from forced “creation” just to keep up with some indeterminable force that we like to label “progress”.  I am thankful for the silence sought in this staleness.  Creation without the proper focus is dull… creation focused towards the heavens, well, there is nothing dull about that.

The 365 Day Challenge…

I’ve begun the Flickr 365 Day Challenge… again. For evidence of my attempts click HERE. For more about the project, check THIS out.

My first 365 shot:
foot warmer-day 8

The beauty of this project is that it forces creativity. It also stretches, ever so tightly, your comfort zone. I feel like most photographers and “picture-takers” (as I’d categorize myself-certainly not a photographer) I’ve met enjoy the anonymity of being the “taker” not the “captured.” It’s a daily effort to think of something unique to do (which in my case seldom happens). It’s also a huge test of my confidence… who wants to see bad pictures of me… EVERY DAY???

4:365



4:365, originally uploaded by MariahKW.

Dancing around the house, snapping pics in my favorite humongous sweater…

The Playlist

The Replacements – I Bet You
The Dead Kennedys – California Uber Alles
Gene Loves Jezebel – Gorgeous
The Smiths – These Things Take Time
Animotion – Obsession
The Pretenders – My City Was Gone
The Ramones – I Wanna Be Sedated
Front 242 – Headhunter
The Clash – Should I Stay or Should I Go
Joe Jackson – Pretty Girls
Elvis Costello – Radio, Radio
B-52s – Party Out of Bounds
The Normal – Warm Leatherette
Missing Persons – Mental Hopscotch
R.E.M. – Finest Worksong

(to be continued!)

You try not to jump around your house… I dare you…

The Shot for 2008

In the dark…, originally uploaded by MariahKW.

http://blog.flickr.net/2008/12/10/your-best-shot-2008/

As challenged by fellow flickrites, I search my photostream for something that would capture 2008.  Although it asked for “best” shot, I interpreted this as the shot that captured 2008 the best.

This time of year usually makes me think of all the things left unaccomplished, but this year was different.   2008 started off on a good note (it didn’t take much to beat 2007) but the running head start soon took a nose dive which led to some of my life’s biggest traumas, heart breaks, and world altering decisions.  This may seem a big dramatic (and to an extent it is) but my life turned a big corner this year.  So, I sit here, only days away from the end of another year, having seen every facet of emotion in my reflection over the past months, and for once… I am content to simply be emerging from the dark places.