February 25, 2014

February 21, 2014

3 yrs ago today Feb 21, 2011 Monday

Feb 21, 2011 Monday my journey began with a sore left breast and lots of test until May 24, 2011 when I heard the words "you have cancer!"

I am a photographer so taking photos is my stress reliever and therapy.  I photographed my journey and am work on putting a book together to inspire and share with others my journey.   I had 4 books I read while on my journey but being a photographer I wanted something visual.   I was so excited when I ran across the "The Battle we Didn't Choose (my wife's fight with breast Cancer)" on CNN one morning at work.  Finally photos of what someone was going through.

I fell in love with the black and white photos Angelo Merendino took of his wife Jennifer as she went through her battle with the breast cancer that came back.  Angelo's photos of Jennifer were so powerful in black and white and they showed me what I might go through if my cancer came back.  I was going through radiation by the time I saw their story but those photos WOW!!!!   I contacted Angelo to see if I could attend the show he was having in NYC so excited to see the photos in person.  I was shocked when I first read Angelo's reply - he said I couldn't attend the opening reception.  What are you kidding me.... then I read the rest of the email because I was still in treatment and my immune system was so low he wanted me to come the day before to meet him as he hung the photos.  Awesome! 
I arrived at the gallery and felt right at home with Angelo and 2 of their friends.  I have to admit I was totally in Awe of his work and it didn't sink in until later that it was Jan 20, 2012 and Jennifer had just passed away Dec.21, 2011.  Angelo is such a strong man and his passion for photography and his wife was very present in every photo.  I have kept in touch with Angelo via FB and tell everyone I meet about this amazing man, his beautiful wife and the incredible black and white photos.

Angelo and friend hanging his photos of Jennifer.

February 19, 2014

Snow, Ice, Rain - when will warm weather arrive?

I do love taking photos in the snow especially since I got the Olympus OM-D E-M5 and can use the art effect filters.  I am ready to try this camera out on the beach and on flowers, come on Spring!!

February 18, 2014

New Camera - new projects

I bought a camera over the weekend from my friend Debra.  She is an amazing photographer and is the one pushing me to do my book.  Debra was right, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 is an amazing camera and I am in love.  It is small and easy to use and I can easily carry it on my doctors appts to continue documenting my journey with Stage 3A triple negative Breast Cancer.

New projects I am working on include trees, shoes and skulls.....  as well as continue documenting my journey.

Below are some of the photos I took of trees in snow, skulls and a recent MRI test!!!

“The important thing is not the camera but the eye.” – Alfred Eisenstaedt 

February 7, 2014

Love when I can help people see the Beauty

I posted the photo below of a rusted chair in the snow in our backyard and got the best comment from a friend - Kim said - "you never stop amazing me.... I walk past this type of stuff and don't even notice it - you take a picture of it and I think "holy crap, that's beautiful"!" 
I love that I can do that for a person/friend.
I am glad I could help her see and maybe help her to start noticing the beauty in the world around her more.
Take the time in your busy day to see that the snow on a rusted chair, that small flower in the crack of the sidewalk or that red leaf that fell just right in the green grass.