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My New Book, Smoke Art, Arthritis and Depression

What does Smoke Art Photography, Arthritis and Depression all have in common?  Well, these are the main topics inside my new book (just published earlier today)!

The description in the photo caption (above) gives a really good indication of my book’s content.

  • My book shows 34 of my smoke art photographs, the Ethereal Dreams & Hope Collection, which includes photos taken between 2007 and June 2011.

Because I have suffered with arthritis for many years, a little over 30 years now, and have coped with long bouts of depression, I wanted this book project to be more than just a book of photographs.  I wanted to mix in words of hope, and together the photos and the words of hope make up this project.

  • I discuss a little about my beginnings with photography.  I also discuss very general details about ankylosing spondylitis, and depression.  I talk about some of my own personal experiences finding out that I have these conditions, and some story about dealing with these medical issue.

Over all, I just want to offer my book as a way to help other people dealing with pain and despair, a way to see things in terms of ‘hope’, and to stress the importance of ‘action’ to make ‘hopes,’ ‘dreams,’ and ‘goals’ to come true.

  • If nothing else comes out of my book, I will be very happy if someone, somewhere, has gotten some reassurance from my words, that things can be better even when living with pain and sadness.  It does not always have to be this way, but much of the effort will be up to you.

Perhaps by reading my book, this can be a small step, at least to see things in terms of ‘hope.’  You may also like seeing my photographs of smoke art – and that would be a real added bonus.

Thank you and take care!

 

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Eye with Colored Contact, Edit G (But in B&W)

Eye with Colored Contact, Edit G, originally uploaded by fine-grain.

Eye with a colored contact lens (& textured design).

Thanks to my model, Zuhairah, I owe her 2-Panadol for asking her to stand in direct sunlight, and looking in its general direction.

Notes about this Image:

This was a spur-of-the-moment shot. I was with my model and noticed she had her contacts in and asked her to go stand out in the sun, and she obliged – very kind heart!

The interesting thing is that the original looked nothing like this. I cropped, adjusted, and re-adjusted many times, using several different editions until I got the look I needed to get.

I think the total time it took to get this look was about 6-hours of Paint Shop Pro and Photo Impact work.

I had a general idea of what I wanted, but again, it wasn’t until I saw it, that I knew the look I was going for and needed.

And then, I said, enough is enough, I like this.