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There Was A Time

Is it spring? Yesterday it was autumn. Is it morning? Why, it was midnight only an hour ago. Is it summer? It is impossible; last night was winter. Have I eaten, slept, drunk, walked, spoken, worked? When? A moment ago I ate my dinner. Yet my stomach is empty. When did I bathe? I do not remember. I do not remember. I never remember. This street seems familiar. When did I last walk down it? What has happened to the morning, to the hours between the morning and this minute? Where have they gone? I never experienced them. – Janet Taylor Caldwell

Words for thought, sentiments to appreciate.

Mis Primas Bellas

Whilst I was in Michigan vacationing at my aunt and uncle’s cottage home, I was lucky enough to do a photo shoot with my two beautiful cousins, Gabriella (left) and Sofia (right), as well as Sofia’s lovely friend Samantha (centre). The following were shot on my Pentax Asahi, using Kodak Portra 400. Most of the makeup used is from MAC Cosmetics. Makeup, photography, and post-editing done by me. These lovely ladies helped out with hair and styling. Enjoy!

Many, many thanks to my gorgeous and enthusiastic models!

I am currently on the second half of my vacation, in West Palm Beach with my dad and step mom. We’ll be driving up to Jacksonville (where they live) tomorrow. This trip has been amazing. Though, I dearly miss Philippe and the cats. Also, the use of my cellphone (ha ha). I’ll be back in Canada soon enough, though, so I’ll enjoy this change of temperature and scenery as long as I can. I am in love with the fat lizards that reside here!

Photo Shoot Part I

Sometimes my friend Jessie and I get together and take photographs! Makeup, photography, editing by me. Shot with my Pentax Asahi, on Kodak Portra 400 film. Stay tuned for the second (and very different) shoot I did with Jessie…that role of film is yet to be finished/developed!

Birthday Madness

June is a crazy month for birthdays in my family, and on top of that it has been a busy work month. I don’t think I have ever worked this many days in a month before. Can’t complain, just wish I had a teensy bit more time for personal projects.

I think I have a thing for sticking candles out of animals (in drawings). This isn’t the first time…

A week and some on Instagram…

Yep, I have become completely hooked to instagram. I’ve always been an extremely visual person, and I see it as the picture version of twitter.  My name is flossyflotsam on instagram, or you can also see all my photos on instagrid!

On another note, I still cannot believe I work at MAC. It’s like a dream come true!

Visit to the ROM

A selection of photographs from my recent visit to the Natural History section of the Royal Ontario Museum. All were captured with my Pentax Asahi SP 1000. I could have stayed in there forever.

Multiple Exposure Me

I’ve felt like experimenting with multiple exposures for a while now, and have finally gotten around to it. The top photograph actually has three images fused together. Two of the photos are of mine and Phil’s skyline view, but from different evenings/weather conditions. The bottom photograph is of myself and a wild flower bush. Editing multiple exposures is simultaneously challenging yet completely fun. There are just so many directions they can be taken in. I don’t know how I feel about the “finished” outcomes, but getting the hang of editing multiple exposures is a process.

I hav never written about my personal life on this blog, but I think the time is ripe for a little update. Life has been swell of late for a couple key reasons. My career prospects have improved drastically, for one. After a long three interview/over a month process, I have been hired by MAC Cosmetics! The position begins as on call, but after three months I can apply for a contract/permanent position…which I fully intend to do! I still work at Starbucks part time, mainly because I need their amazing health/dental coverage, but now I can at least see my time with them ending in the not-so-distant future.

Another reason life has been looking up is that I’ve felt the motivation to get back in touch with my creative side. Not a day goes by that I don’t either draw or take photographs or practice playing my guitar and ukulele. I have also been reading loads more, thanks to my new kobo. Some days are more productive than others, but I am trying and succeeding in keeping up with it.

Lastly, over the past several months I have discovered that I have a growing fascination/obsession with astronomy. I have pretty much watched every documentary space-related, and have been reading books on the topic as well. I have decided that eventually I plan to go back to school to major or minor in astro physics. This is a long term goal, and I need to be more financially stable and acquire a ton of mathematics to get there first. Math has always been a subject that I’ve exceeded at when I had the proper concentration/tutelage/motivation. So as scary as it seems to me right now, I have faith that once I’m back in it, I will probably appreciate and even enjoy it.

I never thought I’d be the scientific type, but I am elated to know that my interests are capable of growing outside of the arts. In a sense, it has taught me a lot about human behavior. We are all changing and evolving, maybe some more than others, but no one is set in concrete. Not just in interests, but in personalities and beliefs. A person is not who they were a year, a month, a day, an hour ago. Not just psychologically, but physiologically. This realization has opened my eyes to the way I interact and interpret people for the better, I’d like to think.

First Ten Days of Monochrome

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The first ten days of my month of monochrome challenge! Some days I took less, others more. Enjoy!

Place of work.

I wanted to take this little kitten home so bad. read more »

Month of Monochrome

Happy new year everyone! To kick off 2012 I’ve decided to challenge myself to a month of shooting monochrome. This doesn’t mean that I will be excluding colour photography altogether, but that I must take at least one monochromatic photograph each day. I will try to update once every week with the fruitions of my efforts. For today, though, I thought I’d start easy with my most willing models. That last photo cracks me up every time I look at it, heh.

Furthermore, I want to get on top of being proactive in other art departments. I fervently miss painting and drawing and plan on delving into that world once again. I’d call it my new years resolution, but really, I’ve been planning on immersing myself in it once again for a while now. Here’s to hoping that I can keep to that plan!

Up High, Down Below

Just thought I’d share some silly end-of-the-roll photographs from my Ricoh. They are nitty-gritty, and not at all glamourous. I like that about them, that they’re so honest. These were taken in August-September, and my oh my has Elizabeth ever grown since then!