In the studio: William

15 01 2014

My main light was a Westcott Ice Light (love this new gadget!); supplemental lighting was the Nikon Speedlight SB-900 on-camera firing an SB-700 remotely (in softbox). Raw shots converted in Photoshop using “Awesome B&W,” one of my Totally RadLab b&w filters (with a bit of tweaking).

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Stock Shots: Karen & Gina

15 01 2014

My friends Karen and Gina modeled for me for the Hearing Loss Magazine last month. Karen owns Karen Wyatt Skin Care, a skin care salon in Burke, VA.

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Seen & Heard: Chelle George

15 01 2014

Chelle George is our Seen & Heard profile in the January/February 2014 issue of Hearing Loss Magazine, published bimonthly by the Hearing Loss Association of America. I  photographed Chelle at HLAA’s Convention 2012 in Providence, R.I.

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S&H Chelle George

CHELLE GEORGE

Salt Lake City, UT / Born 2.6.1968, in Redlands, CA

MY HEARING LOSS… I was talking to my mom on the phone, answering questions wrong when she said loud and clear, “For God’s sake, get some hearing aids!” I was 23 years old and 22 years later, I’m still wearing hearing aids.  My current pair are translucent red and I love to show them off.

SAGE ADVICE… In the beginning, have the audiologist adjust the hearing aids to a lower volume to get used to noise again.

FUNNY HEARING LOSS MOMENT… Getting lyrics wrong. Some years ago, my kids popped a new Eminem CD into the stereo while we were driving. A ballad came on and I just knew a big bad rapper wouldn’t be singing about that. I turned the music off with a smile and asked the kids, ‘Is he singing about being queen of his carpet?’ When their laughter died down, they told me he was singing, “I’m cleaning out my closet.” We never could sing the right lyrics after that.

FAVORITE CHILDHOOD MEMORY… Watching thunderstorms with my family in the middle of the night. We would get up and gather in front of the sliding glass door to watch.

PETS? Squeaker, my 19 lb. cat. He’s my buddy. The reason I named him Squeaker was I thought his meow was ‘broken.’ Only later did my family tell me his meow is fine and it was my hearing that was broken! At least Squeaker meows a lot, so the name still fits.

WORKING NINE TO FIVE… hairdresser, day care, hairdresser again, worked with people with intellectual disabilities (loved working with them) and back to hairdresser again.

I LOVE THE SOUND OF… I love it when it’s quiet enough I can hear the clock tick (only possible with my hearing aids in). Big wind chimes charm me. I love my grandson’s laughter and listening to drums.

IN MY SPARE TIME, I… write about hearing loss trying to get hearing people to understand what it’s like. There are so many misconceptions and I want to set them straight as much as I can.

I COLLECT… butterflies. Butterflies are about transformation, metamorphosis, a process of becoming which I identify with. A friend once told me, ‘Butterflies are Free’, and proceeded to tell me about the movie. I like that too. “There is nothing in the caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.” —R. Buckminster Fuller

I AM… dependable, honest and easy going.

BEST THING SINCE SLICED BREAD… Digital hearing aids. When I switched from analog to digital, I was amazed at the difference. There are so many options to chose from now and I’m glad I live in the technology age.

I AM DEFINITELY NOT… stuck up as many people assume. I just can’t hear them until they have my attention first.

PEOPLE WOULD BE SURPRISED THAT I… attended the Burning Man event for years. I still go to the regional events and find that all the people are patient and accepting of hearing loss.

MY THREE FAVORITE THINGS ARE… My computer, my smartphone and my car. They keep me independent.

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT… Helping to pull together Salt Lake City’s first Walk4Hearing in 2010. It was the first big event I ever organized and it was all done by volunteers.

I HAVE A WEAKNESS FOR… homemade cookies!

FIVE PLACES I HAVE LIVED… Blythe, CA; Twentynine Palms, CA; Albany, GA; Bullhead City, AZ; Salt Lake City, UT

I CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT… my hearing aids, a book in my hand and laughter.

FAVORITE QUOTE… From Auntie Mame—“Live! Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death.”

I like reading people’s personal stories in Hearing Loss Magazine.

 




On exhibit at the Art-Center in Saint-Petersburg, Russia

13 01 2014

A few months ago I was contacted by Asia Ershova, curator at the Art-Center in St. Petersburg, Russia, asking if I would participate in their annual International Photo Festival, “100 Wonders of the World.” This year the show runs from January 1 through March 2 (in case any of you just happen to be in Russia during this time). It was visited by more than 4,000 people in the first two weeks. They requested five of my images, which I’ll share in the next posting. Below are photos of the exhibition that show two of the pieces (koi fish pond with statue and a Buttonbush plant). Visit their site at www.artcenter.su. (You will have to ask my friend and fellow photographer Michael Powell to translate the site—he’s fluent in Russian!) Thank you to Andrey Bazanov, General Producer of the Art-Center, for providing these images from the festival.

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2013: A Visual Recap

3 01 2014

I’ve picked one photo from each month of blogging in 2013 to recap the year visually (starting with December 2013 and working my way back to January). Now here’s to 2014—hoping it is a year of immense creativity, staying connected to family, nurturing friendships both near and far and old and new, growing my graphic design and photography business in fresh and challenging directions, continuing to dust off my rusty sketching and painting skills, hosting soirees, decluttering my physical space, communing with nature, photographing more flowers and bugs, updating my garden with quirky and photogenic new plants, hitting the road in search of adventure (and fresh photographs), honing my writing craft, acquiring new skills and learning something new every day.

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GBH Stretching

Sunset Through Trees

Rehoboth Sunrise lorez

CHM Summer 2013 Cover Blog

Portulaca lorez

BugOnPricklyPearCactus lorez

PainterlyDaffodil

MattShellyBlog

CHM Winter 2013 FInal Cover

Sunrise Lake Lavon