Sunday, May 30, 2010

Thoughts on Aloha

I love how "aloha" means both hello and goodbye, love and affection, a way of treating people with warmth and respect. Literally, it means presence of breath and is considered a way of life - living with the spirit of aloha - respecting yourself and those around you. I've spent the last ten days in the "Aloha State" (with two more to go!) and find myself reflecting on the places I've been and the choices I've made during the last few years. My dear friend, Raj, who I met in India, told me once that "every obstacle is an opportunity" - and I've tried to embrace those wise words and see the value in every lesson that I learn, especially the hard way. I'm often surprised with how much I appreciate my mistakes.


I'm focusing on new goals, including looking beyond my peripheral vision and absorbing not only the information right in front of me, but the hidden messages on the outskirts of my experiences. I'm trying to "see" differently, as well, and capture some of the sights that I used to look right past, ignoring or avoiding.


I'm also committed to slowing down, not making so many commitments, driving myself less crazy by leaving more empty space on my calendar. I want to stop and smell the flowers, no matter how cliche that sounds. I want to give the people I care about more of me, not just the minimum needed to get the job done.


Today I saw these locks (and several more) hanging on a fence at Makapu'u Point. I had no idea why they were there, seemingly out of place and not actually holding anything together. I stopped, snapped a few frames and stood there, wondering about them, and staring out at the dazzling, blue-green ocean that surrounded me. After a few minutes I heard some other people talking about the locks, explaining that they were called "locks of love" and had been left there by couples who fastened them to the fence and threw away the key, so that the locks, which could never be undone, represented their eternal love.

I know it's a little cheesy, and I'm not really convinced that eternal love even exists like that, but I thought it was clever and I realized something else. I had looked around, not just at the brilliant ocean in front of me, but at the fence. I stopped to think and took my time appreciating the breath-taking view. Then I listened and learned something about what I saw...

I felt the spirit of aloha swirling around me and it made me smile.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Back to blogging...the loves of my life

These two munchkins are my sister's kids, Layna & John Myers. If you've had the pleasure of spending time with them then you know this is a rare quiet moment between these two energetic, opinionated, rambunctious little tykes. I love them dearly and I am delighted to have them in my life, especially since my own boys are practically teenagers! I don't miss the diapers though...


My own boys, Kelby & Kyler, constantly amaze me. I love them madly even during the most frustrating moments of motherhood. Watching them grow into mini versions of myself and their dad is both terrifying and exciting at the same time...and it's happening way too fast! They make me laugh and think and cry and reflect every day - and I love it.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Back to reality...

Well, all of the India openings have come and gone, the book and DVD are amazing souvenirs that I am loving to share with everyone I can, and I have finally reached the theoretic place that I have been talking about for over a year where life settles down..."when India is done." I'm not sure that place actually exists, but it was a nice thought. In fact, I feel like my life is more hectic than ever now! I just spent five days in Irvine where I was part of Sports Shooter Academy VI, a very cool workshop that I had hoped would help me add some cool sports pics to my portfolio. I learned a lot but don't feel I have much to show for it yet...mostly I gained inspiration and ideas for the future. Now I am scrambling to catch up in my flash class and finish my new website which will be posted VERY soon, and get final projects done for my math and marketing classes. Meanwhile, here are a couple of my favorite shots from SSA VI, including a shot of Newport Beach from the last night when lacrosse was canceled and we decided to shoot surfing instead. Check back soon!






Friday, March 27, 2009

I love my camera.

It has been quite a while since I have taken out my camera and just taken pictures for fun, without any pressure or deadlines. I spent last weekend in Southern California and visited Joshua Tree National Park and the Living Desert while I was there. The wind was pretty crazy but the scenery was breathtaking. Here's a little bit of what I saw...




I've never been much of a nature photographer but I am finding myself intrigued and challenged by it lately. In between exploring and snapping I found some time to write this article about my time in India...

http://www.sportsshooter.com/news_story.html?id=2188


Unfortunately, the weekend ended with a LONG drive home to San Luis Obispo and the next day it was back to my hectic school schedule of four classes (usually I only have two) and final preparations for the SVARA openings that start next week. Check out the schedule AND the trailer here...

http://documentary.brooks.edu/india/

Hope to see you in Santa Barbara or Ventura next week!!!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

The book is done...SVARA is coming soon!

I am back. The book is off to the publisher and hopefully I will now have time to pick up my camera and take some pictures again. Here are the lovely promotional materials for our upcoming openings/exhibits...please attend one or all of them if you can...you won't be disappointed!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Happy New Year!

I have received many messages about updating my blog lately and I apologize for being out of touch for so long! Returning to California right before Christmas, compounded with my seven weeks away, made for a very hectic holiday season to say the least. Besides the regular Christmas festivities, I spent a week in Big Bear with some friends and family. I have to say that the most shocking part of returning home was the temperature difference and hanging out in the snow did nothing to alleviate that. Two weeks ago school started up again and we are under extremely tight deadlines to finish our various products. So...I should get back to work on that book. Photography and updates to resume after those deadlines pass...

P.S. For the first time in about 10 years I did not send out Christmas cards - ahhh! This picture of Kelby, Kyler and I was going to be on the card but I honestly don't know if or when it will materialize. Hope this will work for now.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Goodbye, India. I will miss you.

I am sitting in the Hong Kong airport on this day that will last 37.5 hours, contemplating what India meant to my life. Everything about India is a paradox: messy is beautiful, chaos is organized, yes is actually no, the pace is intense yet relaxed, and the simple things are often complex. So it is only fitting that after leaving that fascinating place, I am feeling positive and negative emotions all at once - I am so excited to go home, yet so sad to leave India behind. I know I have truly changed throughout this experience and I loved being reminded (over and over, every day) that if I just go with the flow, things will work out the way they are supposed to. Here are a few previously unreleased pictures that remind me of things I saw a lot in the last seven weeks...

persistent street vendors, willing to be paid in rupees, or even watches...

thousands of travelers getting on and off the trains...

all kinds of items available to buy and sell at the market...

women in saris, patiently waiting for buses...

the tranquility of a train station, in between trains...

amazing, dark eyes and curious, friendly faces...

awesome shadows and ever-changing light...

the constant beauty of water on the most mundane surfaces...

the importance and abundance and yumminess of chai...

fabulous houseboats roaming the backwaters of Kerala...

mass amounts of everything, including ducks...

and smart, happy, curious children.