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Infinity Street. The beginning of the endless road to learning Photoshop.

So what does one do with their free time? The time spent not fulfilling obligations. Time that you aren’t getting paid for. Too often those obligations tend and burn away any residual energy and life so who wants to spend what remains doing something that just feels like more work? Like learning something new, something that takes effort and doesn’t make you any dollars, Euro, or Yen. Continue reading


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My own graphic design.

Personally I have no graphic design experience but the process of creating something that would go onto my site was actually quite fun and challenging. I wanted to go for simplicity and as my first professor at ASU told me “simplicity is often the most complex thing to achieve.” Continue reading


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Rise

New York City is all mine. Well at least Wall Street is on a humid August night that found me alone. Trinity Church grows more impressive with each step and I see not a soul down Nassau or Broad. Seems the Financial District dies along with the workday. Gone are the amorphous, amoeba-like packs of Asians with cameras, no quintessential Wall Street business men, no more tourists climbing on and groping poor George Washington’s legs for pictures nor are there any locals. Just the night surrounding a humble boy from the desert of Phoenix on his first trip to New York City. Continue reading

Blue if by sea

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Everyone remembers their first and mine was a steamy and sultry Monégasque beauty. This picture was taken at the southern end of Port de Fontvieille near the Héliport de Monaco. It looks to be an almost perfectly centered, vertical slash between the sky and sea though I think the sky covers a bit more of the picture. I took this freehand with no tripod or any kind of horizon leveling assistance and from the smartphone I had at the time. It was an HTC Sensation and I really hated the camera on that phone. It took far too long to focus, write the information to the phone’s memory and reset the shutter before I could take a new photo. Sometimes I would have to wait five or more seconds between actually being able to take a new picture and on top of that, most of the pictures came out blurry. Back then I didn’t exactly care about taking beautiful photographs. I mean I tried but I only cared that my phone was conveniently on hand and took “good enough” pictures. Continue reading


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Built from the night

My desk isn’t fancy but it does the job. Upon it, a black bound notebook, my current literary escape, phone and two MacBook laptops. One old the other new. The notebook has nothing written in it, it’s there to give a workspace feel to the area. I sit down with a tall glass of ice water, slip on my headphones and start the music to a song I haven’t heard in far too long. Another solo mission carving a little corner out of the darkness putting in the work. Continue reading


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Hello world. Hello indeed.

Special Needs by Placebo is what plays while birthing my first post to WordPress. The light of my laptop is all that cuts through the dark of my room. I rather like it that way. Reminds of the fading embers and drifting ash of days long past. But as the name implies, and from the ash of dead day, the Phoenix rises with burning life and the light to see the enjoyment of humility and simplicity.

I’ve searched for a new hobby and I’ve swam in the ocean of blogging before, so I think I’ll dive in once again with no real care if people read this or not. It’s something constructive, often therapeutic even cathartic and I can do this while just letting the music play. I’m resolving to use time and not let it use me. Using time for composition of word and photograph in that order.

Here, well I hope, will be where more of my serious attempts at writing will be expelled. Most likely it will turn into a more personal look into what may be going on in my life. Perhaps a paragraph or two of fiction, a travel story, a thought or simply some free association and creativity. So welcome one and all.