I’ve been up since 4 AM. I’ve learned to go with the flow with insomnia.
I write, plan, think, meditate, contemplate, look at my day ahead. I always get great ideas at 4 AM, or reminders of things I wanted to do but haven’t tried yet.
Sooooo, today, I’m looking forward to trying out a new-to-me, photo-art technique just for fun. I learned about it many years ago but just haven’t got around to doing it.
Today feels like the right day. Thank you 4 AM.
“The morning garden heals me, with colour dripping wet.”
Patience has never been my best quality, but having cancer, and spending time in the garden with my camera, is proving to be my best teacher for learning patience.
I let a bunch of other competitive “professional” photographers (in an organization) squash me, silence me, crush me. I regret that. I got bullied. I took less and less photos. I went into hiding. I quit. I let friends and family tell me I could not be a photographer. I broke their hearts by taking better images. I got bullied. I listened. I could not handle breaking the dreams of others who had wanted to pursue photography but didn’t. I quit. I let a group of dog trainers and dog professionals gossip and try to destroy my dog photography Facebook page and phoDOGraphy business. They spread the word in a small town that I cost too much. (I had charged too little and went broke doing so). I quit. I got cancer. I immediately changed all my social profiles and removed “photographer” and “iPhoneographer” and “travel photographer” (wanna be). I couldn’t see how I could travel and be a photographer on the road and have cancer and be in treatment. I quit.
All this crazy thinking and shrinking smaller behaviours and quitting to please others has lead me to …
Today. Lesson learned. I begin again.
xxoo Brenda Johima
I have a new opinion of what a “professional” photographer (which I have never called myself) is … they don’t bully other “wanna-be’s” as they call it, into submission. They encourage, they motivate, they inspire, they remember where they came from when they began, they know that their words and actions displayed to those starting out, ARE their brand and affect their own reputation. They know that anybody may refer them work and clients … even possibly the “wanna be” that they bullied.
It’s been over a year since I have posted to this blog.
I told myself that I would never be a blogger who blogs just because you are “supposed” to.
Writing … and life, has to have meaning for me, and … especially if you are putting it out to the entire world to read.
So I have waited and waited for something to light enough fire under me that I felt it was worth writing about. It was a long, long break.
Now, I write again. It’s time.
I have breast cancer.
I’ll be blogging about my breast cancer journey over here: brendajohima.CA (note the .ca)
I’ll be back to fill you in on what’s upcoming on this website! This space will remain a creative smorgasbord for all that I do … I write, I paint, I speak and teach, and make photos with mobile devices (mostly iPhone) and also my big girl cameras, my DSLR’s. My focus and niche, is 150% whatever I am immersed in, at the moment, and I love it that way!
For the purists who only want to view my photography, I’m launching a separate portfolio website where you can view and purchase images.
Stay tuned, and I’ll be back soon!
As I walked through the forest I came across this rusted out old car, colorful and turquoise … a work of car art.
That’s how I saw it, at least, even before I took a photo.
This was the coolest thing I had seen in awhile and I couldn’t wait to capture it with my iPhone camera and then rush to apply some apps to create some new art.
(I’ll post the original photo in a separate post so that you can see, the composition, color, texture and moment was awesome, even with no apps or image manipulation applied)
But for now, here you go. This wild piece of camera art gives me so much JOY!
(p.s. environmentalists, I agree, we need to get this junk out of the forest, should never be there I suppose, but in the meantime, it’s an artist/photographers dream)
HAPPY New Year!
2013 for me, feels like it’s filled with promise and optimism, moving forward and going for it!
How about for you?
2012 was tough for a lot of people, myself included, and there’s something magical about beginning with a blank canvas, a brand new year to start all over again. I’ve not made any New Years resolutions, zero. However, I am super excited to begin anew.
On a business note, watch for my new eBook in 2013, as well as a new website right here, and a brand new (separate) portfolio website that only showcases my photographic images.
Be well, be happy, look for the good, love more than ever before, and I look forward to connecting with you throughout the year.
— Brenda Johima
Copyright 2012Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used Without Written Permission
(Revised April 11, 2013, Start Date for New Launch was instead, April 1, 2013. And that’s no April Fool’s joke
November 1st, 2012, today! I’ve launched a new business! Johima Photography.
Please stay tuned while my website is updated to reflect this great news! More focus! A new focus!
— Brenda Johima
All Art and Photography Copyright 2012 Brenda Johima