“What the fissure through which one sees disaster? The circle is unbroken; the harmony complete. Here is the central rhythm; here the common mainspring. I watch it expand, contract; and then expand again. Yet I am not included.”
(From the Dancer Series with Jessie Jewels)
Profound words shared by Anthony Hopkins:
''Let go of people who aren't ready to love you yet.
This is the hardest thing you'll have to do in your life and it will also be the most important thing.
Stop giving your love to those who aren't ready to love or appreciate you yet.
Stop conversations with people who don't want to change.
Stop showing up for, and showing care for people who are indifferent to your presence; who display temperamental emotions; who show disrespect or block you out and keep you at bay, despite your best efforts.
Those people have narrow perspectives and small hearts.
I know your instincts attempt everything to win the good mercy of those around you, but it's also this impulse that will steal your time, energy and mental, physical and spiritual health.
When you start manifesting yourself in your life, completely, with joy, interest and commitment, not everyone will be ready to find you in this place of pure sincerity.
That doesn't mean that you have to change who you are; or play yourself down to suit the judgements projected onto you by those who do not care .
It just means you have to stop bothering with people who don't want to love you yet.
When you are excluded, subtly offended, forgotten or easily ignored by people you give time to, you don't do yourself any favor by allowing them your energy and your life.
The truth is that you're not for everyone...
And that not everyone is for you...
That makes this world so special is, when you find the few people you have friendship, love or a true relationship with - you will know how valuable that is. Because you have experienced what isn't...
There are billions of people on this planet, and many of them will end up with you, on their level, with their vibration, from where they stand.
And many will love and care for you unconditionally.
But the smaller you stay, involved in the privacy of people who use you as background option, the more time you stay out of the community you deserve and which deserves you.
If you stop showing up, you might be less wanted...
If you stop trying, the relationship might stop...
If you stop texting, your phone may stay quiet because there will be no initiating from those you try to maintain closeness with.
Maybe if you stop showing love towards someone, the connection between you may dissolve...
That doesn't mean you ruined a relationship..
That means that all that this relationship had was the energy that ‘only you’ hire - to keep it in the air.
That is wanting to give a chance to those who don't want it...or who don’t value it, due to their own hidden agendas or disconnection from their core compassion.
The most valuable and most important thing you have in your life is your energy.
Its not just your time because it's limited...It's your energy.
What you give every day is what will become more and more in your life.
It's the ones you give time and energy (who respond to you in like fashion) that will define your existence.
When you realize this, you start to understand why you are become impatient when you spend your time with people who don't suit you, and in activities, places, situations which don't suit you.
You're starting to realize that the most important thing you can do for your life, for yourself and for everyone you know, is to protect your energy stronger than anything.
Turn your life into a safe sanctuary where only '' compatible '' people with you are allowed.
It's not your job to exist for people and give them your life, little by little, moment after moment.
Decide you deserve a true friendship.
Wait then... just a minute...and look how everything is starting to change..."
“If January is the month of change, February is the month of lasting change. January is for dreamers… February is for doers.”
~ Marc Parent
It was a cold sunny day at Colt State Park in Bristol, RI when I photographed the talented cellist Morgan Santos. There was an undefined magic in the elegant light and the project just evolved.
I don’t photograph things; I photograph only the difference between things, often with several layers of meaning. The veil in “The Cellist” series offers an illusion of a barrier/threshold and movement of wind energy, musical expression and the beginnings and ends of shadow, light and darkness.
Art, music, friends from near and far all contributed to the perfect opening of my photography and sculpture show at the Graduate Providence! #sweetdreamssociety
Deckie Hunt is an iconic musician in County Clare, Ireland and not so surprisingly, has friends in most of the animal kingdom.
Creating Your Vision Photography Workshop
David Lee Black Studios
The Graduate Hotel
11 Dorrance Street
Providence, Rhode Island
February 13, 11-1pm
Meet and greet 10:30 am
This uniquely experiential event is in an ongoing series of wonderful workshops. Together we are growing a community of supportive and talented artists of all skill levels who connect through photography and a love of art.
Creating Your Vision involves unique models interacting with the art of a unique space, often world-class art galleries.
For this event, we are thrilled to be returning to the Graduate Hotel, formerly the Providence Biltmore, the Graduate pays homage to Providence's history and heritage.
For this workshop, we are excited to have professional models Destiny Manton, Melanie Moore and Ilene Trang returning to interact with the gorgeous interior of the hotel with a "glamorous theme"
The Graduate is exceedingly photogenic and we will have backdrops and creative lighting in my artist residency space as well as the Capital Ballroom inside the historic hotel.
Participants will be instructed on composition, lighting, technical details and creating their own vision in a storytelling way. This event is open to all regardless of ability or camera gear. Even a camera phone is fine.
Free instructional handouts and refreshments are provided.
There will also be plenty of helpful guidance and suggestions to enhance your passion for artful photography.
Feel free to invite your friends, family or share this invite!
What to bring:
Your creativity and open mind
Cost: $50 (cash, check, Venmo, Paypal)
Street parking is free on Sundays or there is paid parking at the Biltmore Garage
Mark "Going" Here: https://fb.me/e/28fPXBlfx
I discovered this old red leather chair in New Hampshire and brought it back to my home studio where it has served me well with dramatic and sometimes subtle ways. For example, here with boudoir model Hannah just in from Montreal.