Edward and I got engaged on Friday the 23th, took a trip to Johnson's Shut Ins in Missouri. I'm also applying to go back to college in January.
You can now buy a print of any image on this site by clicking the link at the top of the website. This starving artist would really appreciate the support.
October was kind of a difficult month. I suffered a lot with depressive episodes and feel like I did not get as much accomplished as I wanted to. Edward and I started off the month with a road trip (there are pictures from that in another post). I bought a hat (pictured). For my birthday on the 22nd we went horseback riding. I rode horses from ages 8-16 but haven't since. It was cool to be back on a horse but mine was poorly behaved so it ended up being kind of stressful. I started writing old fashioned snail-mail letters with a friend who now lives in California. I went to Castlewood State Park a number of times. I did a lot of reflecting on my life. I am hoping November is month filled with more outings, creative endeavors and ease.
I've started a new series, a re-make of my Bipolar Series, because I felt like my first attempt at the series was too "pretty" - it sugar-coated living with bipolar disorder. Here is the first picture for the new series. I took it on Friday when I was having a very low day.
I've also been learning to knit, Edward carved a pumpkin for our porch last night and, of course, the orchids are blooming.
Sometimes, with me being out of school and Edward working 9-5 M-F or sometimes even longer, my days feel like big lonely and empty voids for me to fill. It's nice in a way but also kind of daunting. Sometimes, knowing I am going to be alone all day, I wake up feeling panicky. I'm trying to keep busy and be productive. I've been having a hard time taking images lately, with getting the lines straight and the perspective right. I don't know what the disconnect with me and my camera is, it didn't used to be there.
I finally got them to upload! Here are photos from Edward and my trip to the Great Smokey Mountains National Park:
It's the last day of September (birthday month starts tomorrow!) and four of my orchids are getting new buds. I always get excited when this happens.
Edward and I are leaving for the Smokey Mountains tomorrow, so there will be a new post with pictures from the road trip when we get back next week. Also, here's another orchid shot and a picture of me with my beloved camera, Francis, this morning.
Some photographs I took in the apartment yesterday.
I needed to do something creative last week to get my mind off of school stress so I made more black and white abstractions in the vain of what I started at the beginning of this summer.
In August I: went on a spontaneous road trip to Michigan with a friend, said goodbye to my best friend who moved away, went camping at Mark Twain National Forest with Edward and I am going to be starting back up with my classes at Wash U tomorrow (two more semesters!).
An afternoon project I did. Sometimes when I am feeling bored and riddled with wanderlust I get on Google Maps and "drive" around cities I have loved or never been to. It gave me the idea for this series because the internet provides us with a (not perfect but better than nothing) way to travel when we have no money to or simply can't get away.
I spent a lot of time picking out the places/images that were used in the screenshots.
It's now the front page gallery on this site here so go check it out if you wish.
In July I: was readmitted to Wash U (one more year until graduation!), completed my summer classes, went to a family reunion here in St Louis (and intentionally left my camera at home), watched fireworks with Edward on the 4th of July, made a little story through pictures of buildings that have been significant in Edward & my relationship, bought Lena a ridiculous dress (pictured below) and started getting back into yoga.
My Wash U classes start up in about a month. I am excited for them to start but also nervous. I've been on leave from school for such a long time. I hope it's like that riding a bicycle thing...
In June I did several photoshoots, started my summer classes, dyed my hair back to its natural darker blonde, had a photograph in a show at the Regional Arts Commission, went to a handful of art museums with Edward, had some work done on my tattoo sleeve, started making my own coffee table art books from printed images and double-sided tape & took a quick trip to Chicago with Edward.
I did my first boudoir shoot on Tuesday. I can't post anything identifiable but here is my favorite non-identifiable shot.
Some photographs I took over the past month. May included - among other things - a road trip to Hot Springs, moving into a new home, photoshoots, writing a few poems, going swimming for the first time in ages & redoing this website.