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Photo  “Macro 15,” Gallery/Macro Photography Copyright © Richard Keys, Photo Sociology:  “Exploring Sociology through Photography”  All rights reserved.  Used with permission.  Thank you! ♡

I have loved snapping photos, as most of us do, all my life.  When I was a little girl, I was given a Kodak Pocket Instamatic.  It was tiny and came with little decorative stickers. I loved that little camera. I used it so much the trigger mechanism broke. I sent it to the company and said I would pay whatever it cost to fix it.  I sent them all the money I had at the time (one dollar and some coins).  I even wrote a contract and signed it promising to pay the rest over the course of my life.  They sent me back a brand new camera.  There was no note in the package, so I can only hope their accountants won’t discover the error 40 years later and decide it’s time I paid this bill.

In high school, I joined a photography club.  I think it turned out to be me (a freshman) and three sophomore boys.  To raise money for our club, I came up with the idea of “putting a hit” on a subject.   Say you wanted a candid shot of the cute high school quarterback.  You filled out a contract, and one of our “shooters” would do the rest.  I was a big fan of spy novels and action movies, so it seemed like a great idea — at the time.  It was successful, too, until the principal got wind of it.

When I began to follow Richard’s blog, I noticed he was posting assignments from photography school.  When I hear the words “Photography School” I feel the way I imagine Harry felt when he heard “Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.”  I wrote Richard a note asking a lot of questions about how to improve my own photography.  He wrote back generously and at length with some great advice.  I was touched and very grateful.

Not so long ago, Richard did a series of photos of the homeless people he met in London.   “Homeless People Are Only Invisible If We Choose to Ignore Them.” I felt intimately connected to every single soul because of the compassionate and respectful way Richard treated his subjects.  He took the time to ask questions and get permission to take the photos.  He learned a little about their lives.

I hope you will visit Richard’s wonderful blog, Photo Sociology.  It is not just about photography, but about the life of a transparent, brave and beautiful soul whom I am happy and proud to know.

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Here’s another light-filled ¤ Gem ¤

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Photo by Orlando, Heidelberg, Pixabay

 

Special thanks to John Olander, one of our favorite featured artists, for sharing this wonderful song.  I love the guitar rift intro especially and Eric Bibb’s smooth jazz voice. Thank you dear Johnny O.

Special thanks also to Richard Keys Photo Sociology, for offering his beautiful photos to be used any time we like for our daily quotes.  You’ll be seeing some of Richard’s photos next week.  Thanks so much Richard!

In the meantime, if you know any homeless artists who would like their poems, photos or art featured on under1000skies as well as our accounts on TwitterPinterestInstagramG+ and through our email list, please pass on our information. Thank you!

Have a great weekend.

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Photo “Sunlit Forest Path” by 44833, Pixabay

I was devastated, as I am sure you were, to read about another shooting last night in California.  My prayers and healing thoughts go out to the families who lost loved ones.

One of the antonyms to despair is comfort; another is encouragement.  I hope this quote is one you find as comforting as I have.  Joseph Campbell instructs us to follow our bliss.  Bill Phillips, in his book Transformation, wrote an entire chapter about how finding our “why” is the keystone for everything we do.

What is your “why”?

May your heart find a way back to peace today.

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Photo “Opotiki, North Island, New Zealand” by ReginasPhotos, Pixabay

I love this quote from The Results Book by Wally Minto.  I found him by way of a beautiful soul, Heather Noёl, during her free 60-day eCourse, The Giving Game.  If you want a huge shot of inspiration and light in your life on a daily basis for two months straight, I highly recommend her course.   This quote spoke to my heart.  Worry is natural when things go wrong.  I have learned that worry only drains strength from my days and adds nothing.

“And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?” Jesus, in the Gospel of Saint Matthew, New Testament

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Painter unknown.  One of my earlier graphics from Great Advice from Wise People Living and Otherwise, Pinterest

A Persian poet named Hafiz who lived in the 14th Century wrote about worry. You’ve probably seen many of his quotes on this site.  He is one of the most quoted poets of the 21st Century.  His writing is filled with love and light and understanding.  Even though he lived so long ago, his wisdom always feels fresh, and it proves to me that our hearts are connected through space and time.  Our human lives are so different now than they were 800 years ago, but we all share common emotions – love, fear, and worry.  Wisdom can be found everywhere if we search for it.

“For I have learned that every heart will get
What it prays for
Most.” 

 

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Photo “Butterfly, Insect Macro” by Ronny Overhate, Pixabay

 

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Nic Askew SOUL BIOGRAPHIES Nowhere

“This will take your undivided attention. Which is not an insignificant request…Warning. This is haunting. You might be haunted. It was filmed in front of an audience in the INNER VIEW METHOD.”

THE WHISPER AND THE ECHO

A man looked for meaning.
For his very place in life.

He searched high and low.

He’d often hear a whisper, calling
his name from the other side
of what seemed like a door.

A door that remained hidden
from his ability to see.

Frustrated, he’d knock on
everything that resembled
a door. Turning here,
and there. Turning
just about anywhere.

Then one day,
unannounced,
it opened.

And he realised that he’d been
knocking from the inside.
And that the whisper
had been an echo.

The echo of his own soul
reminding him that
he was already home.

-Nic Askew

 

I hope you have a moment to watch (full screen, with ear phones) this beautiful video, the latest of Nic Askew’s “Soul Biographies.”  I have wanted to take Nic’s “Inner View Method” course since I first saw Amo La Vida with Julio Olalla.  His incredibly beautiful method of interviewing is exactly the kind of biography I would love to offer for Volunteer Biographers.   It’s a dream.   Until then, Volunteer Biographers has three clients and we just assisted in the biography of a fourth client through transcription.  Also, today I’m very happy to announce that one of our homeless artists (who has made incredible changes and is no longer homeless) will be our next Volunteer Biographer client.  More on that in the months to come.  Meanwhile, if you are a photographer or videographer, you might find Nic’s course as compelling as I do.

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Photo by Alex Sidlinskiy, Pixabay

If you know any homeless artists who would like their poems, photos or art featured on under1000skies as well as our accounts on TwitterPinterestInstagramG+ and through our email list, please pass on our information. Thank you! ♥.

Have a great weekend.

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homeless creatives.