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It has been awhile since I last posted, that is because I have been too busy taking photographs. I have so many I would love share, but so little time. Or maybe its that I would rather be photographing. Anyways, if you check out my flickr site you will see I have added a new set labeled “Northern Arkansas”. This set is all photos taken on a client’s property. I am in the process of creating images for her to choose from, for her empty wall space. I am thrilled about the assignment. Capturing the beauty, in literally someones backyard, is exhilarating. I love the challenges it brings, and I especially love the output of awesome images. Check back on the set because I will be adding more as I feel so inclined. It is a privilege to be given the task of capturing God’s beautiful landscapes.

Here is one I took from the clients back porch. Not a bad view huh?

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Off to Wisconsin

Well, I am on the way to Wisconsin today and will be gone for the weekend. I have every intention to update my blog over the Thanksgiving week. Until then, have a marvelous weekend.

MT

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As my viewers may have noticed, lately I have become enthralled with the philosophy of identity. No particular reason other than the subject matter leads to a myriad of photographic possibilities. So, I have begun a project that documents my day to day materialistic identity. Materialistic I say? Yes…materialistic. Do I consider myself such type of person? No, but I too fall to the trap of it once in awhile. In order to study this enigmatic idea of appearance and identity, I must understand myself. Therefore I will routinely be photographing myself in my own car’s window. It is after all part of ones appearance; the car you drive says a lot about an individual. Well, it supposed to. (according to my theory)

I know, this might be some scatter-brained idea that will not amount to anything. But, if it does than I have accomplished what I set out to do. Plus, I will be using my creative juices all the while. I have enclosed a sample of what I am doing. Usually when I work on a project, I do not show the product until completely finalized. I am showing the beginnings to motivate me, as well as set the standard to improve upon. Keep in mind that these images are not supposed to be, “WOW” or “AWESOME” type images. These are documentation, with the real art being the methodology and output of the philosophy behind the images. I hope this makes some sense. I am experiencing a major high right now and had to get my ideas on paper(???)…okay, on the screen. hmmm Oh, I am “high” on caffeine, so don’t go calling my parents. They are well aware of my addiction and have already enrolled me in CA.(caffeienaholics anonymous) Well, I am off to do something else….Although I haven’t decided what….Maybe I will go skinny dipping in the pool….naw my neighbor might like that too much. teehee Sorry to all those who don’t get it. Trust me, its funny.   

MT

Identity Triptych 1

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From time to time we all must do it. We have to take a step back and look at the image we are portraying.

We stand in the mirror and put on that face of materialization, the cloak of disguise.

We smile and convince ourselves its real. We laugh and hope it sounds sincere.

We pace our steps, not too slow but not too swift. We look around but do not stare.

We must look at ourselves in each reflection. I go beyond this and photograph myself.

Surely I can make an assessment from my images. I need to fit the social norm.

What is the norm I ask. Am I not human just like her? Am I not a male just like him?

Oh the questions raised in this materialistic world. Oh the answers are not really so important.

Only the mirror will tell us the truth about the lies.

MT

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Leaving a Trace

My Trace

No matter how hard people try to not leave a trace of themselves behind,

it is impossible to think that we will in deed be invisible.

MT

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As I walked around the Nelson Atkins Art Museum in Kansas City, I came upon this huge window. There I stood, looking myself in the eye. I realized that the image before me was very impacting to me. It was as if I was looking at a stranger, but looking at my best friend. I guess that is how we all feel at times, is it not? We seem to know ourselves so well, but not at all simultaneously. Hmmm. Ponder on this idea for awhile.

MT

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smile

Sometimes things don’t go the way we expect them to, sometimes they do. We never know which though. We must always remember to try and find gratification in the small things and not only in the big things. Maybe look at the smaller picture instead of the bigger one for once. Not everything that happens before us is ground breaking, but that doesn’t matter. We all have things we must smile about. It can sometimes be very tough, or seemingly impossible. We must stand up, smile, and continue on. I know this is tough, but it is the right thing to do. Smile, it looks better anyways.

🙂

MT

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