Where Do You Go To Unwind?

One of my favorite places to go, to relax and to get exercise at the same time, is the forest.

Vancouver Island (paradise) gives me loads of options for forests to explore … especially in Spring. This time of year, Seal Bay Nature Park in Comox, is ripe for walking and for creating ART, with the fresh and new, lush green baby leaves on trees, and with spirit moving through the forest, side by side with me, every step of the way. How much better can it get? ART and Exercise, the Forest and Nature, all at the same time. These are my most recent creations. Enjoy.

 — Brenda Johima

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Seal Bay Nature Park photo

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Seal Bay Nature Park ART

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Seal Bay Nature Park Artwork

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Walking along the beach in Ships Point, Fanny Bay B.C. (in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island) … I came across this boat, and photographed it at … exactly the right angle 🙂

Ship on shore in Ships Point Fanny Bay in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island


Fanny Bay Photographer : Copyright © Brenda Johima

*** Please note the change in the NEW date for submissions to be received below. You have more time! … and time is running out! Looking forward to receiving your print submissions. Please read below:

  • Entries must be RECEIVED no later than Monday, April 16th, 2012.

Please join me in Victoria B.C., during Earth Week 2012 to celebrate everything good for the planet, with like-minded artists and creatives at the Creatively United for the Planet Festival.

What’s my part in it all other than to enjoy 3 days of incredible creativity, speakers and performers at a First of it’s kind Festival? Well, something super exciting!

One, I’ll be a speaker, sharing my passion for iPhoneography.

Two, I’ve initiated, instigated and am coordinating the 1st ever Mobile Phone Photo-Art Show for the Creatively United for the Planet Festival!

I welcome you to contact me with any questions, and please do, submit your images! This concept, I proposed many months ago but only have 4 weeks to pull it off! … and … it’s exciting that we are now at the point to make it a reality. I’ve been inspired by Mobile Phone and iPhoneography photo shows that have already being done around the globe in many major city centres. It’s very exciting to have this movement now happening on Vancouver Island!

In order to make this event inclusive of everyone, and for all ages, and to have a greater reach for increasing awareness for the environment, we decided to open it up, not only to iPhone cameras, but to all cell phone cameras. My dream is to have photos coming in from not only locals, but from all over the world … yes, it’s now a very short time frame … you only have 4 weeks from today! Sooooo, GO!

Below is the “official” blurb for the iPhoneography and Mobile Phone Photo-Art Show. In addition, please do click on the links and Creatively United logo below, to visit the website, support the Festival, attend many of the free events, and purchase tickets to hear and see some amazing keynote speakers and performers such as International Conservation Photographer Garth Lenz, and Ann Mortifee who has received the Order of Canada and has traveled the globe as a keynote speaker. singer and performance artist, the legendary world renowned flutist, Paul Horn, Shivon Robinshong and the Gettin’ Higher Choir, and wildlife artist and environmentalist, Robert Bateman, to name only a few.

I’m also honored to work (as a volunteer for this festival) in the company of award winning Professional Photographer Frances Litman (MPA, Master of Photographic Arts), who is the Founder and Creative Director of the Festival … and a BIG thank you to Frances for saying YES, to include a mobile phone photo-art show component to the festival.

There is a brilliant and committed core group of volunteers working tirelessly to pull together a world-class-talent event to benefit environmental charities, right here on Vancouver Island. There’s a multitude of free community sessions for you to attend, as well as ticketed (pay a fee) sessions that include a stellar lineup of performers, speakers, facilitators, musicians, visual artists and more FUN!

(P.S. Do you want to volunteer during this April 20-22 Earth Week festival?)

I support the success of this Festival and think it’s time that Vancouver Island lead the way with environmental initiatives through the powerful voice of creatives and artists. This is a festival is not to be missed!

So here we go … Please celebrate with me by submitting and sharing your cell phone art, and help us increase awareness of the fragility of our environment … showcase the beauty of nature and be … “Inspired By Nature.”

iPhone nature photography by Brenda Johima

Photography Copyright 2012 Brenda Johima
(image captured and post-processed using only an iPhone 4s)

Creatively United Mobile Phone Photo-Art Show (with Brenda Johima)

We’re celebrating nature with a collaborative exhibit of iPhone Photography (iPhoneography), Mobile Phone Photography and the Phone Arts, using only camera phones as the medium for creative expression!

If you have any questions about the photo-art show, please contact Brenda Johima directly, by telephone at 1.250.335.1195 or via email at CUphoneart@gmail.com



”Inspired by Nature”


There is a maximum of 4 images per participant. Each submission must be in print format, submitted at a maximum final print size of 5X7. (or 7×7 square format)


  • Each printed image submission must be accompanied by a 640px X 480px digital image to be emailed to Brenda Johima at CUphoneart@gmail.com
  • Please label your digital submission with your last name at the beginning of the file name. For example : JOHIMA_IMG_0566
  • Please use the email subject line “Mobile Phone Photo-Art Show” for your submission(s)
  • By submitting your images you are agreeing that the photos may be used on the Creatively United For The Planet website and on social networks to promote the festival (with photographer credit attached)


  • All post-processing of the original image must be done in-camera (in-phone)
  • Camera phone apps are permitted however, no external image editing software programs such as Photoshop, etc. may be used.


  • Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope along with your payment.
  • Submissions with insufficient entry fees, postage or missing information for their delivery will not be considered or returned.


  • Entries must be RECEIVED no later than Monday, April 16th, 2012.
  • All submissions must include a self-addressed stamped envelope including the participant’s full name, mailing address, postal code, phone number and email address.
  • You may include your Twitter @ profile and Facebook profile or page if you wish to be connected there as well.
  • We reserve the right to decline any submission at our discretion and any fees paid are non-refundable.


  • Entries will be on display in St. Matthias Hall (600 Richmond Road, Victoria, B.C.) during the Creatively United for the Planet Festival, from 7 pm Friday April 20th to 6 pm Sunday April 22nd, 2012.
  • We will not be responsible for loss or damage.


  • Participants must be the original copyright owner of the images submitted and have necessary model releases if required. You retain copyright of your image, however, images may be used to promote the Creatively United Festival and/or be posted to social networks.
  • By submitting, you are agreeing for your image(s) (if selected) to be used by Creatively United For The Planet and its affiliates for promotional purposes.
  • Creatively United reserves the right to publish the images (with photographer credit) on the Creatively United For The Planet Festival website and Facebook page(s)


  • Entries will be mailed directly to:Creatively United for the Planet
    c/o 474 Nelson Street, Victoria B.C., V9A 6P4
  • Please include the following with your submission:
  • Name: First and Last
  • Mailing Address (including postal code):
  • Phone:
  • Email:
  • Type of iPhone or Cell Phone Camera:
  • Location that the photograph was taken:
  • Brief Description of how the image was made:
  • Apps applied (optional):


  • Any questions, information, or other inquires can be sent via email to Brenda Johima, Mobile Phone Photo-Art Show Instigator & Coordinator, at CUphoneart@gmail.com or she may be reached by telephone at 1.250.335.1195
  • Please note: Brenda will be also speaking at the festival on the topic Create Incredible Nature Photography using Your iPhone. Watch for details to come.


— Brenda Johima


Creatively United for the Planet Festival

Say NOtoCoal on Vancouver Island

On January 23, 2012, in Comox Valley, NOtoCoal, Vancouver Island, by brendajohima

I live in the beautiful Comox Valley, in Fanny Bay, on Vancouver Island and rarely take a stance on political issues on my blog … I prefer to keep the focus on my art and photography … however, as this proposed Coal Mine will be minutes from my door, I do want to say that I am 100% opposed to a coal mine on Vancouver Island. There are newer, greener technologies available at this time and there is no need for a coal mine now, or anytime in our future on this planet.

The damage to our health, our drinking water, the very air we breathe is at risk … as well as our ocean, the sensitive ecosystem, the fish, the wild salmon, the birds, the wildlife … as is the very beauty that inspires artists and photographers to create their works on this paradise we live in, called Vancouver Island.

Say NO to Coal

FREEBIE !! … I feel so strongly about NO Coal Mine in the Comox Valley and on Vancouver Island, I created this. Say “NOtoCoal

Please share it, use it, put it on your Facebook profile or business page, share via other social networks and/or your website/blog … please spread it and help STOP this proposed Coal Mine. In addition to the damage it will do to our environment and the beauty that surrounds us on Vancouver Island, coal is a known carcinogen.

More info. here : CoalWatch.ca and here : Solidarity not Compliance

** P.S. If you want to download (and please do), the LARGE full resolution image file, over 2+ MB, I want to provide the highest quality possible. ** … you can download here at any of these places  :

Brenda.Johima.Creative on Facebook
Brenda Johima on Flickr
Brenda Johima on Google+

(the above image is an almost full resolution image from my iPhone … created entirely using an iPhone 4s) … please use the high resolution images from the links above if you can … and if you are able to please credit “Brenda Johima” that would be lovely but not crucial … I just want the word out …

Thank you for your support on this issue that will affect not only those living in Fanny Bay, and in the Comox Valley, but it will affect every one of us on Vancouver Island, including tourists in future.

Surf’s Up (Long Beach, Tofino, Vancouver Island)

Here’s an image from one of my favorite places, Long Beach, in Tofino … and since I’ve been posting primarily iPhone Photos ( iPhoneography ) I thought I would add an image from my DSLR ( I do have one 🙂

This one was a FUN one to edit in Aperture (no Photoshop),  for artistic effect … Surfers, getting ready to Surf  Long Beach.

~ Brenda Johima ~

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Copyright 2011 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission


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In 2011 I was selected as a Featured Speaker at Social Media Camp (a social media conference in Victoria, B.C., on Vancouver Island) and I spoke on the topic of iPhone Photography for Marketing and for Personal, Self-Expression.

In order to show some of the elements of fine art and design used in photography, I used this image as one example, as a display of the elements of both texture and line.

This is Number 40 of my 50 Photos 50 Years iPhone image project.

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All Images Copyright Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission


There is SO much beauty everywhere, and one of my favorite places to find it, is in reflections. It takes time, to slow down enough to find, and see, the really magical ones. (this image was taken, as the title suggests, on the road to Tofino, on Vancouver Island)

Please enjoy, “Reflections on the Road to Tofino”

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Reflections on the Road to Tofino

Copyright 2011 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

Although I’m a few days behind in my posts, for my 50th birthday iPhone Art and Photography project, I’ve taken way more than 50 photos since beginning on April 13th, 2011.

The challenge of the iPhone 3G camera, the challenge of finding something new each day to photograph that excites me or calms me, and the challenge in choosing daily, what might have meaning for you, has been an incredibly joyful process.

The image below comes from my forest walk this morning, and it is almost better than what I saw in the forest, yet at the same time, when I look at it, it’s almost as if it takes me back there again in a flash … but it also takes me to a new place that I’ve never been before. Fascinating. What do you see?

So, here is Number 23 of my 50 Photos 50 Years iPhone image project and lucky me, I live within minutes of this forest walk, and no matter how many times I walk it, it changes every day. When in the forest, what I see, what I feel, what I find and how I view it, changes daily. That’s what I love about nature. It’s just never the same.

Going to the same place, never reveals the same image, if you just look, and SEE.

~ Brenda Johima ~

Copyright 2011 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

Copyright 2011 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

Here we go … (50 photos at one per day is a lot more than I thought! LOL) … More Vancouver Island images … LOVE the beauty that surrounds me on Vancouver Island, and the fact that it changes every single day. Number 17 of my 50 Photos 50 Years iPhone image project. A friend of mine commented “Deluscious!” on this photo, and I like it! It’s a perfect description and I’m enjoying this 50th birthday photo adventure all the way, every day.

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A little gem I found on Vancouver Island. This is Number 16 of my 50 Photos 50 Years iPhone photography project. Having Too Much FUN! Beauty surrounds us.

Copyright 2011 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

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