getting down to business.

i shared with y’all a few days ago that i had been asked to be the photographer for a band during their upcoming gig on friday night. well, i’m completely over the moon with excitement because i love their music & i love that i have an opportunity to do some photography for more professional reasons. (eeee!!!)

so, that got me dreaming a little. ya know, sometimes i can be a little materialistic. hehe. and since i am working to make my writing & my photography a little more serious these days, why not get down to business and get a fun camera strap & camera bag which seem to suit me. yeah. why not? there’s nothing wrong with a little funky, fun accessory for my camera, right?

well, i’m dreaming about this series. putting it on my wish list.

i can just imagine myself, carrying my little black bag with the orange polka dots inside, as i board a plane for india, ready to embark on a spiritual & cultural journey, documenting my trip all along the way… the people, the customs, the religions, my reflections… and then, after india, a village in africa. the urban jungle of nyc. the tropical paradise, bali. the shrines & temples of the east. the holy ground in jerusalem. mexican festivals. greek islands. parisian sidewalks. scottish castles. the american heartland. the wild west. irish cliffs. the australian outback. caribbean beaches. northern sweden. and everywhere in between.

yep. me, my camera (with its polka-dotted strap & bag), my moleskin notebook, & my love. traveling. photographing. writing.

oh man, i am so ready to get down to business.

dream big, my friends. peace.

a world full of art.

“Go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.” Kurt Vonnegut

i never really thought of myself as an artist. but, then i saw this:

 and suddenly it all made sense.

i am an artist.

i am a writer. i need to write. writing is like breathing. and when i write, i believe that i create something.

i am a photographer. taking pictures is like capturing a moment of beauty, sharing something wonderful through an image.

i may not get paid for the things that i write or photograph (yet!), but that doesn’t make me any less of an artist. and, you know what, being an artist isn’t really something one does anyway… it is who one is. an artist is a person that notices details, observes the world, appreciates every little beautiful thing. an artist is someone who seeks to be aware.

but, of course, the idea of art is not to keep it for one’s self, is it? it’s not just some cozy writing moment or some beautiful image staring back at you from your computer screen. no, art is meant to be enjoyed & shared. art builds community, evokes emotions, challenges ideas & beliefs, teaches, calms, and inspires.

in truth, aren’t we all artists?

“Let’s just say that I think any person who aspires, presumes, or feels the calling to be an artist has a built-in sense of duty.” ~ Patti Smith.

peace, my fellow artisans.

the village on the canal.

söderköping (south borough) is a cute, little village about 30 minutes from where i live (norrköping-north borough) that lies on a canal, göta canal, to be exact. the canal winds it’s way from eastern sweden, where the baltic sea lies, to the western coast and the city of gothenburg. in the summer it is a favorite vacation destination. you know, grab your sailboat or sleeping cabin motor boat, and slowly make your way across sweden by water, stopping at little villages and harbors along the way. for all you east coast americans, think the intercoastal waterway, only on a much smaller scale. sounds like, fun huh?

well, the cute, little village of söderköping fills with tourists and boats during the summer, and lina & i thought we’d pay the canal town a visit yesterday. that’s right… a mini road trip!

being the earth-conscious friendly people that we are (and also because we don’t have a car. hehe.), we hopped on the public bus after lunch and began a cozy, lazy afternoon of wandering around the village on a typical, crazy-weather, swedish summer day…

 ready to ride!

 you’re always beautiful, sweden.

 looks like a storybook, huh? people actually live here. and the thing is, everything’s all modern inside. i’m sure of it.

 i could hunker down in this little cottage, uh huh.

 the perfect tourist street.

 the canal’s boardwalk: cozy shops & restaurants.

boats from all over show up here. isn’t this the french flag? but, the boat says “holland”. i’m confused. or i need to study my flags.

ok. you have no idea how important this place is. it’s an ice cream restaurant. swedes love their ice cream like i could never even begin to describe with words. on the other side of this building is a line so long that it takes about an hour to get into the restaurant. what’s on the menu? only ice cream, of course! this side of the restaurant is take-away ice cream. shorter lines, but still amazing ice cream.

 i had a scoop of chocolate and a scoop of mint chocolate. delish!

 my love enjoying her ice cream.

this picture means everything to me. she means everything to me. our life means everything to me. when i see us here, i think of the past 3 months… the fear, the struggles, the lessons, the tears, the challenges, and my amazing wife… to be standing here with her, so close, my heart is filled with love. it means everything that we were standing together, that she is with me. all my love to you, my baby.

 the swedish flag against a swedish sky.

you know, you gotta just grab the days as they come. get creative with your life, make memories & moments, and never take for granted any time spent with loved ones…

hmm… i wonder what’s in store for me today? i wonder what’s in store for you? work or play, today is all we’ve got. let’s make it count!

wishing you some lazy summer peace.

 

ending july on a good note.

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it’s the end of july and another month of photos are done! and yes, i’m up for another challenge tomorrow. but first, here are the last three pics for this month:

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hope your tuesday night is beautiful! mine’s been filled with tacos, a girl’s night of music, and now a showing of “rent”!!

see ya in august! peace.