WC: Super Names

“Words are pale shadows of forgotten names.  As names have power, words have power.  Words can light fires in the minds of men.  Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.  There are seven words that will make a person love you.  There are ten words that will break a strong man’s will.  But a word is nothing but a painting of a fire.  A name is the fire itself.”
― Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

What is a name?  Names identify objects, people, places, trees, churches, lakes, storms.  But names are merely a label.  You might treasure the name given to you on the day of your birth, but that name does not define you.  Many women assume their husband’s names.  Some people choose to legally change their names to something more appealing.  But that doesn’t change who they are.

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Weekly Challenge: Failing at being a Con Photo Manager

When I saw the first challenge for this week – “It’s not this time of year without…” – I thought I’d have fun with posting some beautiful autumn pictures, odes to squash, or my anticipation of a big family Christmas.

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Ghost Neko were everywhere!

Then I saw “Mind the Gap” as the second prompt – highlighting the challenges between a goal or intent and the resulting product, and the endeavor to close that distance and realize your objective.  This is a poignant topic but an important one.

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Caitlin Glass during her Kumoricon interview

With most photographers, you see only the finished images.  You seldom see what it took to get there.  And photographers aren’t quick to tell you about their failures.

For this post, I’m going to be especially candid, as it’s important to recognize photography isn’t all amazing pictures and praise.  In fact, it’s a lot of rejection, missteps, and blundering before you get it right.   Continue reading

Weekly Challenge: …and a Puppy Makes Three

This week’s double challenge is tiny and numbers.  I thought about the number of macro shots I could do to satisfy the first, and the second could be interpreted in any number of ways.  But then I realized I’m currently in a place where everything is rendered tiny, and everyone is experiencing this time in their own numbers. Continue reading

Weekly Challenge: Chaotic Song

Goodness, these challenges really make me think!  This week’s double-header is “chaos” and “song.”  As usual, the first comes easily, but the second makes it difficult.

I enjoy concerts, and I can usually bring along my trusty commuter camera.  I love the small venues and the intimate settings.  And whenever possible, I prefer amazing artists before they’ve gotten big.

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I Notice You

Everyone has a routine.  And when each individual goes through the same motions day in and day out, those threads weave themselves into patterns – a tapestry of life.  Most go about their business without ever recognizing their neighboring threads.

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Do you notice the person who always sits in the same place on the bus with you? Do you see the woman who walks her dog past your living room window every morning?  How many times along your commute do you make eye contact?  Say “good morning” with a genuine smile?  Do you remember what any of them look like?

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