Tuesday, January 29, 2013


More weird weather! It was about 60 degrees today and it rained all day.


Monday, January 28, 2013

Photo Update 4

 Here are some black and white shots that have been collecting in my folder! Enjoy!



It has been some kind of strange weather around here over the last 24 hours. Let me describe it to you... First yesterday out of nowhere I just starts hella snowing for a couple of hours then later that night it just starts pouring rain. After it stopped raining everything froze over, so when I went to bed my windows were all covered in a sheet of ice. When I woke up this morning for classes, the ice was gone, the snow all melting and the temperature was pretty warm. I hear tomorrow it is supposed to get up to 60 degrees. SO WEIRD.

I am ready for spring. 



My best friend from high school turned 21 this week end! I drove out to Lansing, Michigan to spend some time with her! It has been a long time since I have seen this gorgeous lady and it was a blast to see her place, meet her roommates and bond a little with some high school friends.

This week end was crazy! I started in Ann Arbor drove to Kalamazoo, lansing then back to Ann Arbor for work Sunday morning. It is safe to say I miss my family and my dogs in Kalamazoo but I wish they were all in the city I love, Detroit. I will get there eventually.

Stay posted!



My beautiful mother and the Sheriff of our county. There are a lot of things to be said about this photograph that aren't necessarily visually represented. 

First thing is first, my mother is an exceptionally amazing woman. She is a wife, a mother, a mentor, an artist, an innovator, an inspiration, my hero, a life changer, a go getter, the list could go on for days so let me just tell you one reason why. Our world is a very dark and scary place for adults, now just imagine being a child born into it. As grown ups we have previous experience and knowledge that help us through the world starting with our basic education and beyond. We couldn't get to the place we are now without that background and parents to mentor us to that place. You might be able to imagine where I am going with this but if you can't, here it is on the table place and simple. 

Children today are being exploited.

In order to combat the ways children are being exploited my mother has started a non-profit organization in the city of Kalamazoo in order to stop the trafficking of children. There are a lot of great steps forward just in the state of michigan toward the protection of children from this awful reality but it can't stop there. The real question is how and why did it begin? 

As a mother of four children, naturally my mom was terrified when learning more and more about human trafficking. This photograph is from an event she hosted with her non-profit to inform the public about human trafficking in the hopes of preventing it from existence. 

Her movement is about a year in the works but has been making great strides forward. If you need any information, want to learn about, have experienced, or see the signs of human trafficking or her organization the website is below but there are a million other resources to help you as well. 


Fight for what you believe in and if you see something that is wrong happening say something. In the end our children are the only means of the future we have, if we don't protect them our world can't move forward.

I have more images from this event and will post them in a photo update! I apologize for the crazy back up of pictures but this week end I travelled A LOT!


Wednesday, January 23, 2013


I have lots of thoughts today but the one most prevalent is that life is really, really hard some times. Everything builds up easily seeming to have control over your life because a lot of different factors pull us in every different way. Some times it feels like too much to handle, decisions, paths, work before play, love, trust, family, friends... the list can continue for pages and pages. Our brains are constantly multitasking, thinking of a thousand things at once my brain hurts or sounds like a bunch of static! When I start to feel this way I have to write lists, creatively write, and take long walks or showers to collect my thoughts.

Other than the conclusion that life is hard, I also decided that life is one large collaboration. I mentioned before that the people in our lives, any and everyone we meet have some kind of impact on us; that is how I understand life as a collaboration. We couldn't do all we do without the help or support of others we know. Collaborating with people is hard, we have all done it in school or at work, a lot of the time collaborating is successful and the results are astonishing. Some how we all learn from and achieve things together through success or failures. Having lived some 21 years I understand how failing can have more value to me than a success. Being able to learn form failure is one of the hardest things in life to do besides having the motivation, energy, and optimism to pick yourself back up to try again or never go back.

So I suppose what I am saying is this collaboration called life is very hard but that is what makes it so worth living! Be brave. Be fearless. If you don't fear making mistakes because you see the value in pushing forward, you will never truly fail.

I am sorry if these thoughts seem fragmented, I am still very much in the process of connecting a lot of these loose wires myself.


Sunday, January 20, 2013


HAPPY LONG WEEK END! Today is the launch of my weird food blog where I highlight the weird recipes that I make. It will be updated once a month with some of the most amazing weird recipes I can think of! Be on the look out for the link.


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

16/365 RIP Shaun Jackson

So my picture for today isn't anything special or crazy but I think some times words need to say more than the picture. Recently there was a death to the Art and Architecture family here at the University of Michigan. I unfortunately never had the chance to take a class taught by him or even the pleasure of meeting him but my heart still aches and goes out to the people who knew him. I can feel that the world, school, and his family have lost a wonderful, influential man to an uncontrollable circumstance.

Death is a tricky subject because while it is a very traumatic, saddening experience, it is also an opportunity to celebrate the people we lose. The reality of death is that death is real and if you have not yet been touched by it you inevitable will be. It is important to grieve in this process but we have to remember not to stop every thing in our lives for too long.

I have a funny way of thinking about death which I know is shared. I believe that the people we lose have their way of staying with us in ways that are some times not possible to explain to others. As people we are a cultivation of experiences and a lot of those experiences are influenced by people in our lives, you can be sure that parts of other people are a part of you. So no matter if some one close to us dies and we live on, a part of them is still alive in you.

I have a person who still reaches out to me to this day from some where above.

My grandfather was an amazing, motivated, passionate man who believed in supporting communities and preserving naturally beautiful things who through all of the complications in his life always seemed to push positively forward. I did not know him as well as I wish I did but I know he is still with me, helping me make tough decisions and find a path through this dark world we live in. How do I know he is with me? It might seem silly or out right ridiculous but he manifests himself in penny form. How I came to believe this is a story in its self, regardless it is what moves me forward because he has been with me through a lot of things I wouldn't have wanted him to miss.

For example I saw a penny on the ground at my high school graduation, which is something I know he would have been there for if he was here today. But other than that he follows me to the great city of Detroit, to my apartment, in the art studio, he is with me always and if I happen to forget I look down to  a smile in the form of a penny.

So I guess what I am trying to say is death is a part of living! It is important that we don't let that thought or happening hold us back from the life he have now because if you don't live your life, I honestly don't know what else you are going to do with it. Hold onto the people you lose with pride and celebrate them just like you would if they were still he with you. Death is only the loss of a persons physical existence on this earth, it does not mean that they have left you forever.

Be happy, stay positive, and push forward! That is what the people you have lost would want and if you keep your eyes and mind open they might present them self to you in ways you never thought possible.

Rest in peace Shaun Jackson.


Tuesday, January 15, 2013


I didn't think I had any usable material for my photo today but this one stole my heart in the end. While I was wasting my time in my jewelry class I popped my head into the weaving part of the fibers studio. My good friend Alana who also did a Semester in Detroit with me spring 2012 to my surprise was in the studio! I stopped to talk to her for a while and was quickly distracted by the beautiful morning light shining into the room of looms through the windows. My original intention was to catch the morning light shining in on the looms but I couldn't get the shot I liked so I moved to other subjects. This is the result.

On a quick side note! I am going to start doing monthly challenges with this project in order to push myself to do better more exciting work and gain some technical skills. Be on the look out for that, I think I will start that next month. 


Monday, January 14, 2013


Today has been full of really exciting things! I am even more energized by the classes I am taking right now than I was last week after the first session. Nothing could weigh me down right now and I plan to ride this energy until the end of my college career. I hope some of you, if any one is out there reading this, pick up on my energy and can feed off if it too.

So last night it rained and then got SUPER cold outside, so every thing on the ground was frozen. 

I can't decide if I like the color one or the BW one better but have a look this is what the ground looked like today. :]

Sunday, January 13, 2013


Today was not inspiring for me. I spent a lot of time at work and then when I got home I did a LOAD of home work which is what I am still working on. This is my un-interesting photo of the day. I can't say I'm proud of this one but I know I won't be inspired and photographic everyday this year so please take it easy. 



I just realized I posted my picture to facebook but not to my blog! I apologize!


Saturday, January 12, 2013


Updated, edited photos from my last shoot in Detroit. I tried some new editing skills so let me know if you have any thoughts. STAY WARM


Photo Update 3!


Friday, January 11, 2013




Yesterday marked the second day of classes for me. This is my last semester as a Junior at the University of Michigan school of Art and Design. One of the classes I am taking this semester is public art and urban intervention. In this class the professor decided to instead of using the white board or the chalk board, wrote on the windows.


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Chalked Cafe

So Monday Melania and I started a project for Commons Cafe which is right up stairs from where we work normally as baristas. Here are a couple quick progress shots from that. Today we chalked a couple fruits and veggies on the first panel.We will be embellishing these a little more over the next couple days but this is our start! We have two other panels to finish. 



The sky this evening was mind blowing and this was the only place I had the opportunity to capture it. I wish I got a shot of my drive home from here though!

It has been an absolute whirl wind of a last couple of days so let me be brief and I will give posts specific to the projects that I have been working on. They really deserve their own space!

Tomorrow marks the first day of classes for this semester and I am really nervous. I probably won't be sleeping that well tonight.

Stay tuned for photo updates and project updates!


Sunday, January 6, 2013


Today was a travel day. I am back in Ann Arbor getting my sleep schedule and mind focused on school. My buddy Tre and I have been working on some drawing and canvases since I got home. I am super tired and not feeling to well at the moment. If you look in the back ground you can see my basil plant died while I was on vacation. :[ I gave her some water and hopefully she will perk right back up for me but who knows! A photo update is soon to come and of coarse more writing, I just haven't felt inspired lately. I will keep up with the photos though. Have a good night and I'll be back tomorrow!


Saturday, January 5, 2013


If you find my mother you are bound to find a little yellow lab not too far behind or right under foot. Yankee is my other dog, isn't he cute?

Maybe some writing later tonight. but I am not certain about it. I feel a little tired and I am working on thank you notes from the holidays.


Friday, January 4, 2013

Coldly Collected Thoughts

I love the quality of light in the winter time, it feels so romantic and rich, especially at sunset. The sun gleams a lovely orange tone and the shadows created are a complementing gray blue. The angle of the sun as it goes down elongates and darkens replicas of everything it touches. 

Light is a wonderful thing, but while I was walking through the woods I caught a glimpse of the sun at the top of the hill. I just walked down about half way when my eye caught the shadow of a tree on the ground. Letting my eyes follow the long line across the snow covered ground to the source of the shadow and then to the sun.  I wondered metaphorically if it is possible for people to completely lose sight of light. More specifically is it possible for an artist to lose their source of light or do we simply lose the will or imagination to create?

But what really made me start thinking, was a plant sticking out of the ground that at a certain angle, with the light source behind the dried leaves glowed with the evening sun. If you moved a couple degrees to a different place the light wouldn't ignite the plant through the transparent leaves any more.  What I gathered from this is that different angles and perspectives show us different intensities of light. 

I would like to think that it is impossible for that kind of thing to happen to an artist and a person. I believe this because I understand that people constantly change and discover different perspectives. The thought of a lost light really haunts me though.

I can think back to times in my life where things seemed to be lightless and my thoughts perpetually caught in a starless, moonless sky. For instance there was recently when I stopped taking pictures all together for about a year. I was really discouraged about photography because of a bad class and I thought I would never pick it back up. As time went by I realized I was only discouraged because I needed to grow, I needed to better myself in order to find my style so I could progress. That took some time but no matter how dark or bad things seemed to get for me I always found a source of light. I think that is true for others too. Light made or seen through darkness isn't always self made though, sometimes we need outside influence to help our eyes open to the illumination still present in all situations. Even thought I still haven't come to a conclusion about the questions I was asking myself today, I have found that I feel pretty optimistically about it. I am at the understanding that perhaps it isn't that there is some kind of light around us somewhere that we are looking for but that we as a person are a source of light. Thinking like that means that we don't glow or shine at our brightest all the time but we are always luminous, even if it just a little bit. 

One of my favorite songs by the Foo Fighters has a lyric "all our deepest blues are black", that I used to see as a beautifully dark way of describing sadness. I would be reminded of bruises or having the blues so deep that they turn black. Today I interpreted it a little opposite, maybe all that is black is really deep blue and if you just add a little something like white it could become the sky, or a little red you could have a bunch of purple flowers or a brilliant end of the day sky. 

There are a lot of thoughts in here...What do you think?



Today I have been thinking about light. This is a normal thought for me but today I went into a deeper concentration on it. The image above is the first thing I saw this morning. When I woke up I saw a stripe of light stream across the floor that just barely illuminated the hallway. More writing about lighting later tonight. I have a long one for you!

Keep warm.


Photo Update 2

Here are some photos I thought were interesting from the week. I am trying this thing where I take my camera with me every where instead of just leaving it at home or instagraming.