Environmental Portraits.

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Some shots I’ve taken over the past few months.



 It’s finally Thursday! This week was grueling. I worked a total of 39 hours and had 2 exams and 2 projects due. I’ll be taking 1 more test today and then it’s RELAXATION time. Valentine’s Day was crazy at work, probably the busiest day we’ve had since I began working their in July. Luckily I requested off this weekend and my request was fulfilled, hallelujah! 😀 My birthday is Monday and I planned on going out of town this weekend but after such a long week and exams and projects due this Monday and Tuesday, I plan on spending it here in Columbia. It’s been far too long since I have had a day to myself. No plans, no work, no school- sounds perfect right about now. I am exhausted & can’t wait to have some me time. So many wonderful possibilities I can do with these three days…hmmmm..I think I will…

  • Sleep in 😀
  • Finish reading my book
  • Take a few long walks/yoga/workout/be outside
  • Finish environmental portraits for photo class
  • Go to farmers market on Saturday
  • Drink lots & lots of tea!
  • Paint my nails 😛
  • Study for Econ and Graphics exams on Monday/Tuesday
  • DIY projects
  • Cook some delicious food
  • Relax!

I need to work on mastering the art of stress free productivity. Or just quit my job! (hehe, I wish..) I usually work atleast 4 shifts a weekend so this break is going to be amazing! yaaayyyyy………Now, I’m off to the library to study and then class from 12:30- 7 pm. It’s going to be a long day but I believe I’ll get through it by daydreaming of my weekend plans……

now for a little inspiration, just incase you’re feeling anything like I am today 🙂




exactly what I needed to read this am, great ideas.

BA Expat

Changing or improving your life doesn’t have to be a long, frustrating, drawn-out process. I’m always in search of the smallest changes that yield the biggest returns, and below is my collection of quick tips that can make your life easier, more fulfilling, or just less of a pain in the ass.

Try one or two of these and tell me how great they worked.

Sleeping at the desk

Zack’s Not-So-Secret List of Simple Ways to Increase Happiness, Productivity, or General Awesomeness

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I love places that make you realize how tiny you and your problems are.

Here is a picture I took while hiking Montserrat. Montserrat is a multi-peaked mountain located about an hour and a half outside of Barcelona. What a lovely day this was. A perfect spot to clear your mind. It would be nice to have a place near Columbia where I could go to relax and take in the world. I have been looking but am still yet to find a remote, calm area. any suggestions?

Lights, Camera, Action!

Practiced using a strobe and a telephoto lens this weekend….excited to post the pictures here and get some feedback! Will post soon. Happy Tuesday!

Dorothea Lange

Migrant Mother, 1936

“I saw and approached the hungry and desperate mother, as if drawn by a magnet. I do not remember how I explained my presence or my camera to her, but I do remember she asked me no questions. I made five exposures, working closer and closer from the same direction. I did not ask her name or her history. She told me her age, that she was thirty-two. She said that they had been living on frozen vegetables from the surrounding fields, and birds that the children killed. She had just sold the tires from her car to buy food. There she sat in that lean-to tent with her children huddled around her, and seemed to know that my pictures might help her, and so she helped me. There was a sort of equality about it.” -Dorothea Lange

Lange was an influential American photographer/photojournalist, noted for her work for the “Farm Security Administration”. Her photographs humanized the consequences of the ‘Great Depression’ while influencing the development of documentary photography. Most of her work is done with a Graflex camera.

 <–how awesome is that!?

I love her photographs & her response’s. I’ve been reading about famous photographers and I’ve decided this is a perfect place to keep note of photographers that inspire me.

 <-Dorothea Lange

“You put your camera around your neck along with putting on your shoes, and there it is, an appendage of the body that shares your life with you. The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.” – Dorothea Lange

here are a few more pictures from Lange….

Ditched, Stalled, and Stranded 1935

Plantation overseer and his field hands 1936

Elm Grove 1936