I wish I remembered exactly what Porter said when he was two, about tickling the sun. But that phrase stuck with me and that’s where this blog name came from.
Photography is my passion– my lifeline– and I take pictures occasionally but not nearly often enough. I am grateful to Jared for pushing me toward photography as therapy. I am in my happy place when I am using my camera and it helps me see the world as a brighter place. In late April of 2017, I decided to take the plunge into part-time professional photography. I’ve been very fortunate to meet a lot of great people this year. It’s like a breath of fresh air to do what I love– what helps my brain stay balanced– and bring in a little to at least support the photography as a hobby, because goodness knows it isn’t a cheap creative outlet. My current setup includes a Fuji X-Pro2, a Fuji X-T2, and 16-55mm f2.8, 35mm f2, and 90mm f2 lenses, along with a 1970’s Minolta 50mm f1.4 MD Rokkor-X lens lent to me (permanently, I think) by my parents. I rarely use flash– I have two of them, the EF-X500 and a Neewer manual one, but I like the simplicity of natural light photography. For personal work, my favorite setup is to throw the 35mm or Minolta 50mm onto the X-Pro2 and throw it into the purse and go.
For personal projects, black and white photography is mostly where it is for me. Colors can be too loud for my brain and I love the textures that appear, the emotions that shine through in black and white photography. I’d be thrilled if, someday, I can specialize and only concentrate on black and white photography.
Crochet is another outlet. I have been known to both crochet and knit, but crochet is my favorite of the two. In the past I’ve kept a project going all the time…I’ve crocheted shrugs and purses and hats and scarves. Finished my first blanket this summer after not having the patience to follow through for years. It was still a small blanket. Oh well. Making stuff is not where it’s at for me in the end, though. I’d rather have a house full of silver gelatin prints.
I have weird tastes and am a picky eater. Coffee and peppermint-ginger tea are daily indulgences. I use a Bodum pour-over system for my Peet’s coffee…I think there’s a post about Bodum somewhere back somewhere. Starbucks is still okay, but Peet’s is better. I discovered Jin + Ja over a year ago now and it is GOOD stuff. Half a bottle of it mixed in with water, a minute and 15 seconds in the microwave, and then a peppermint teabag…I am set for the evening. I also occasionally boil fresh ginger and add in turmeric to the concoction.
Journals…I could go on and on about journals. I started my first diary in fourth grade– one of those cute little pink hardcover diaries with a lock on it. It’s still in my closet. I bet there are probably over twenty-five journals in various states of fill socked away in various corners of this house. Heaven forbid the boys decide to publish those things after I am gone… I write more when I am depressed but I am working on changing that fact.
There is a lot to be thankful for in this life of mine, all in all.