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Sunday
Oct092011

Instrument of Beauty

361.365 50mm (+12mm mac tube) f2 1/60 ISO 400The first night I met my husband he played Friend of the Devil on guitar and I was smitten.  Completely, utterly hooked.  (Looking back, perhaps I should have seen it as a bit of a warning too, but all's well that ends well, right?)

We have been married for five years now so obviously he doesn't play guitar for me much anymore.  His good guitar has been at a friend's house for about six months now but it finally came back to us this week.  Yesterday I was just admiring how gorgeous this instrument is.

That's not even to speak of the beautiful sounds that come out of this guitar.  I may just have to prevail upon him to pretend for a moment that he still wants to impress me and play.  My birthday's this week, so he couldn't possibly say no, right?

Saturday
Oct082011

Bound for Glory

360.365 24mm f3.5 1/250 ISO 200With the impending end of the 365 I've been thinking a lot about what I've learned in the year of the project and the threads coming out of it that I'd like to follow.  One that keeps coming up for me is the idea of revolution.

Revolution.

Just writing it makes me tingle a little bit.  Makes me nervous.  It's kind of a scary word because of the associations it has with violent revolt.  But I think it doesn't have to be that way.  It comes from the Latin revolutio, "a turn around," and I get excited when I see that it is already happening in ways large and small all around us.

Time to get on board.

Friday
Oct072011

Glossary

A brief, incomplete list of relevant words right now:

overcommit
\oh-ver-kuh-mit\ verb 
to commit more than is feasible, desirable, or necessary.
rush
verb
1: to move forward, progress, or act with haste or eagerness or without preparation
2: to perform in a short time or at high speed
[not to be confused, unfortunately, with]
3: a sudden feeling of intense pleasure or euphoria
breathe
 \ˈbrēth\ verb
1: to inhale and exhale freely
2: to pause and rest before continuing
3: to feel free of restraint

359.365 19mm f3.5 1.6s ISO 400renew  

\ri-ˈnü, -ˈnyü\ verb

 1: to make like new : restore  to freshness, vigor, or perfection 
2: to make new spiritually 
3: to begin again : resume
Tuesday
Sep202011

Hero Worship

341.365 135mm f5.6 1/640 ISO 200Christine is my bestie's bestie from kindergarten.  I met her years ago on a backpacking trip and promptly fell in love.  She's like that.  She's smart and beautiful and funny as hell, the kind of woman you would hate because you're not her, except that you can't because you're too busy wanting to be next to her.

I had the good fortune to spend time with her last week when she was in town being a professional badass and she let me shoot her on a down day.  These aren't the photos she'll submit for the conference program at her next keynote address (though I think we got some of those too) but for me these pictures catch a sense of her confidence and the comfort she has developed in her own skin.

She is an inspiration to me - her career, her courage, her grit, her conviction.  I'm hoping the more time I spend with her the more it will rub off on me. 

Plus, we'll laugh.

Tuesday
Aug232011

Unsolicited Advice

315.365 iPhoneThe view from my run yesterday morning, and a bit of sage advice, in case you are ever seized by the urge to go for a dip in the Hudson River.

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