Good Afternoon, Good Evening and Good Night

I quit my day job. 

It may have been the smartest, liberating and, the scariest, dumbest thing I have ever done, but I am proud of myself. It was really starting to take it’s toll on my health, and I couldn’t take it anymore. I put in my notice after I returned from my trip to New York City. 

I was too afraid to quit because I didn’t know if I could survive, but I had a last pay check and managed to get enough money together through Etsy sales to pay most of my bills this first month on my own. It’s hard to adjust to working for yourself and figuring out money and bills without a pay schedule, but it will all fall into place soon. It also may not have been the brightest to quit after taking a month off from the Etsy shops too, but it is what it is. 

Everyone asks what I’m doing to make money: I’m selling prints, focusing on hosting craft and photography workshops, making camera straps and items for my Film Photography Revolution Etsy store and restocking and gearing up for new products in my Gothcupcake Etsy store.

I’ve started doing some freelance writing for Lomography, Geek News Network and soon The Food Punks foodie blog. It pushes me to be creative, gives me structure, deadlines and keeps me sharp. Plus, I enjoy writing!

I’m organizing and curating a film photography show next month in downtown Phoenix, at Treehouse Bakery, featuring photography prints from myself and members of the Arizona Film Photography Club. I will have more time to dedicate to my photography and the photo club.

I’m also learning to play the harmonica, the guitar and finally going to sit down and spend a day figuring out how to use my serger! Goth darnit!

I’m keeping busy to say the least. Figuring it all out as I go. I think the key is to believe in myself more, have the confidence that I can do it and work hard. Wish me luck! (A little luck never hurt, right?)

-Mary

The Big Apple: Part 1

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Well, first things first, I am back from my trip to New York City and my first solo photography exhibition at the Lomography Gallery Store. It was an incredible trip, many parts I felt like I was in a movie, cheesy cliches and all, and I was so happy to have my friend Katie there to share the experience with me. I couldn’t have done it without her! 

The morning I was leaving for New York I was so anxious I was physically ill, so much so that Katie was concerned! I slept off some of my nerves in the car ride to the train station, some fresh air, water and food helped. I perked up a little by the time we got to the train station and were on our way. While on the train we passed a run down house with a handmade banner affixed to it’s cluttered deck. The banner read, in black spray paint: “YOU ALREADY SUCCEEDED” 

In that moment I felt all of my anxiety fade away, I was on my way to New York City, to show my art in my very own show, I had made it. Frank Sinatra kicked in “If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere” and suddenly I was enjoying myself. New York, New York. 

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I am still getting my film that I shot in New York back from the lab and Scott is helping me develop the black and white film at home, so it is coming back to me in batches. The image above is a print sale I’m hosting with some of the images I’ve already developed from my trip, if you would like to be one of the first to get your hands on my New York photos before I have an exhibition of them feel free to drop me an email or comment with your print choices and PayPal email address for an invoice. Photo A is from Rhode Island and photos B and C are from New York. 

Photo A was taken at Oakland Beach, in Warwick, Rhode Island during a Classic Car Tuesday event with a live DJ playing oldies favorites. I shot that image through the back of a VW bus that I fell in love with. I just love their fat fronts and rounded edges and big headlights. 

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Photo B is going to sound a little silly, but you don’t see many water towers in Phoenix, AZ. There were lots of water towers back home in Rhode Island and seeing them in New York amidst Gotham City-esque skylines made me feel warm and fuzzy inside. You can find water towers further north in Arizona, but still not as many as you’d find near the sea. 

Photo C is the building I fell in love with while we were in New York, it was across the street from our hotel and it was my muse for most of the trip, to the point that Katie yelled at me for taking so many pictures of it “You’re going to get back home and only have pictures of that building!” On our final day there I asked the concierge at our hotel what that building was “You thinking of living there?,” he asked “You better start saving up. It’s the Ansonia building.”

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Wikipedia gives some great history on the building, such as how it used to have a farm on the roof when it was a hotel and was referred to as “The farm in the sky.” I did take more than just photos of the Ansonia while in New York though, and I’ll be sure to go into more exciting details from the trip in future posts as I get my film scanned and ready to share with you! 

For now, keep following your dreams and trust in yourself and the universe. I’ll do the same.

Much Love, 

Mary

Martin Scorsese Urging to Keep Film Alive

Yes!!! Everything he says here, yes! This can also be applied to photographic film, not just movies.

Film is also an art form, and young people who are driven to make films should have access to the tools and materials that were the building blocks of that art form. Would anyone dream of telling young artists to throw away their paints and canvases because iPads are so much easier to carry? Of course not. In the history of motion pictures, only a minuscule percentage of the works comprising our art form was not shot on film. Everything we do in HD is an effort to re-create the look of film. Film, even now, offers a richer visual palette than HD.

He also warned that film remains the only proven archival medium that can last a least a century without the need to migrate to new media. Scorsese said: “We have to remember that film is still the best and only time-proven way to preserve movies. We have no assurance that digital information will last, but we know that film will, if properly stored and cared for. … This news is a positive step toward preserving film, the art form we love.” -Martin Scorsese

An exerpt from the original article from The Hollywood Reporter by Carolyn Giardina 

Digging Through My Old Live Journal

I used to blog incessantly on LiveJournal back when that was a thing. Recently I’ve been trying to track down a poem I had painted way back when I was in college, and I started digging around on LiveJournal to see if by some chance I had posted the poem there. No luck so far, but I have found quite a lot of interesting things.

Like, this playlist that I had created:

Sweetness-Jimmy Eat World
Say It Ain’t So-Weezer
Obla Di Obla Da-The Beatles
Mambo Italiano-Dean Martin
Undone The Sweater Song-Weezer
Southern Girl-Incubus
Drop It Like It’s Hot-Snoop Dogg ft. Pharell
Blood To Bleed-Rise Against
I Never Told You What I Do For A Living-My Chemical Romance
Mad World-Michael Andrews
Wonderwall-Oasis
Suga Suga-Baby Bash ft. Frankie J.
Killing Loneliness-HIM
Pantomime(live)-Incubus
Dancing For Rain-Rise Against
Champaigne Supernova-Oasis
Sick Sad Little World-Incubus
Razorblade Kiss-HIM

Though, it is easy to get sucked into the past, and I’ve since taken a break from Live Journal digging since I couldn’t find the droid I was looking for. Who else had a LiveJournal?

-M

Allowing Yourself To Feel

As my trip to New York quickly approaches I am finding myself a little nervous, and with little bursts of excitement here and there. I know I’ve probably driven my friends crazy talking about the ups and downs about it, but for some reason, despite this being a huge opportunity, I haven’t fully allowed myself to be happy or excited to enjoy it. Jack White has a few songs on his new album, Lazaretto, that touch upon this idea that it’s a no-no to live in the moment and enjoy your successes. It’s seen as a bad thing by society, to celebrate. There is a difference though between rubbing it in and living. If you’re not allowing yourself the pleasure of feeling happy, excited, joyous, abundant, loved, then you are depriving yourself of truly living and enjoying your life. You also are worthy of feeling sad, angry, anxious, upset, allow yourself to feel those feelings, don’t hide them or bury them, truly feel them. Just be careful not to let them rain on your parade and cover up the good things going on in your life. 

One of my life lessons is to allow myself to feel all the things. 

This ties in a little bit with a great blog post I read this morning from Jason SurfrApp‘s blog, on giving yourself permission. It’s a great read and I fully recommend it. 

Now, to tackle some list making and packing, and then to give myself permission to feel excited and celebrate :)

-M

Broken Toe Blues

Last Thursday (a little over a week now) I was making quesadillas and chopping up potatoes for part of the filling. The cutting board was half balanced on the kitchen counter as I was dropping the chopped potatoes into our food processor and I was holding the board with one hand, when the board slipped from my hand and fell, on it’s edge, right across the top of my left foot. I swore like a sailor, and clutched at my throbbing foot. The second toe in from my big toe was quickly swelling and turning a scary red/purple color. I knew without xrays I had definitely broken my toe.

For the first two days I used the aid of a cane to hobble around as I couldn’t put any weight on my left foot without extreme pain. The cane was a gift from a friend who said it had been in lost and found at her work for months and they were going to toss it since no one ever came in to claim it. I was originally hanging onto it for a Riddler cosplay, and for shooing kids off of my damn lawn. Suffice it to say I have much more respect for people who walk with canes and understand why some prefer the comfort and stability of a walker over a cane. After only a few days I began to form a callus in my left hand from putting so much weight on it as I walked. I now shuffle about, with sort of a limp.

That toe has since gotten very close to it’s neighbor, the middle toe, who it is currently wrapped up tightly with and I’ve been trying to keep off my feet to rest it, elevating it and icing it. For the most part the toe has been staying normal size, but it does get a little throbby if I’m on my feet too long.

I have been trying not to panic thinking about all of the walking I’ll be doing in New York just a week from today and hoping that my toe feels much better than it does now in time for my trip. I know that it can take 4-6 weeks for a broken toe to heel though. I will try to refrain from pouting at all the cute shoes I can no longer wear and how limited my choices now are. I have been wearing flipflops when I do have to leave the house and will attempt the adventure of getting my foot into a shoe later this week.

Has anyone else in the blogosphere broken a toe before? How long did it take you to heel? Any tips?

In the meantime I think I’ll paint my toes a cute color so at least they look cute poking out from the tape.

-M

 

Lomography Is My Homeboy

In a few weeks I will be in New York City prepping for my first photography gallery show of my work! I am super excited! I couldn’t have done it without the generosity and awesomeness of my friends and family, and my sponsor, the folks at Lomography.

Leading up to the big show I have a few articles being published in the Lomography magazine and I’m holding special print sales on facebook and in my Etsy shop to help get me to The Big Apple.

The first article published for Lomography magazine is about the last photowalk our Film Photo Revolution film club went on in Old Town Scottsdale.

The second article was just published today on Lomography magazine and is about our road trip to San Diego!

In honor of the San Diego article being published, I’m having a special print sale of photos shot during that trip. For a limited time 4″x6″ prints are $10 each, 8″x10″ prints are $20 each and 18″x24″ wrapped canvas prints are $250 each.

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I will post more details as we get closer to the big show!

-M

 

 

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