Stories behind Stories

Space in photography is such a great concept. It speaks volumes!

In Flow

© Nicolaas Kuipers © Nicolaas Kuipers

© Nicolaas Kuipers © Nicolaas Kuipers

© Nicolaas Kuipers © Nicolaas Kuipers

© Nicolaas Kuipers © Nicolaas Kuipers

© Nicolaas Kuipers © Nicolaas Kuipers

When Nicolaas Kuipers attending my workshop in Villajoyosa, Spain, this spring he arrived full of energy and with an exhilarating positive attitude. He had been a passionate photographer before, but lately had put the camera away. Just before signing up for the workshop, he had found the old passion again, which was very evident during the workshop. He worked hard with his photography, he was out shooting early and late, and he was willing to open up his mind for new ideas and thoughts I and the other students in the workshop could offer him. Space was one of the concepts he really caught on to, I believe – that is the space that exists around the main subject, the scene, one could say, where the situation being photographed unfolds. Nicolaas began capturing this space…

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A Promise is a Promise

Alright, so I promised I would give an update on what all happened with that weird ER visit I alluded to in my last post. Since that happened two weeks or so ago, the world feels topsy-turvy. We have since found out what was wrong after visiting four different doctors not including the ER doctor who was, in fact, useless. That whole trip just provided us with first hand knowledge about how terrible our healthcare really is. It needs some help…

Unfortunately, none of the doctors except the chiropractor even had a remote clue as to what was wrong. We ended up doing our own research, along with the chiropractor helping and taking into account some things his physical therapist mentioned (thoracic extension, or lack thereof), and we have found this: When he was in high school he had a basketball injury where he stuck out his arm in front of the guy with the ball, but the guy with the ball was running full speed, so it spun Casey (the boyfriend) around and tweaked his back to the point where he had to limp off the court. That was the day, 8ish years ago, that he started going to the chiropractor. She helped some, but he also tried acupuncture as well and after going several times and feeling moderately better, he thinks he just learned to live with it and started thinking it was the normal way to feel. Turns out, that hit had messed up his whole body.

His rib cage was shifted, affecting everything.  His thoracic extension was all messed up and he didn’t know why, we know now that his injury shifted his body and over extended his body so that any extra stretch he did would result in a muscle spasm. This lead to bad posture and developing the wrong muscles in his core. I don’t know what order this all happened, but it all happened at some point these in these 8 years. Come to find out, one of his ab muscles had been compensating for the other and became attached to his sternum some how and the night that I took him to the ER, he had been stretching, and it caused a severe muscle spasm that pulled his sternum farther down and to the left. This resulted in nerve issues and a huge difference in breathing capabilities. Because he was so upset that he suddenly lost all the good feelings that he had been slowly getting back by doing proper exercises, it had aggravated it so much more that it made everything worse.

Thus the ER visit. The best resource he found is this article The Scapula and Thoracic Spine: A Classic Love Story To Improve Your Overhead. It explains how he went wrong to being with, in general terms, and then breaks down exactly how to fix that weird place in your body that the average person just doesn’t think about. Go figure, breathing correctly is the key to a healthy life!

In the conclusion, he is improving more every day but it is a journey all the same. Please, dear readers, keep him in your thoughts even if it’s just a second and send good vibes and JuJu his way!

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Song of the Day – It’s A Good Life

I heard this song while I was getting ready for my day and after the past few days I needed that uplifting song. I had to take my boyfriend to the ER the other night (he is fine now!) but it has been a rough couple of days taking care of him, we are both ready for his pain to go away, and this song about freedom helps keep us focused on what we are fighting for. I’ll write about it later but, for now listen to this lovely song by the Kongos! I present to you “It’s a Good Life.”

Yeah we all have had those dreams
O-o-of the sun, and the sea and an island
Where you switch off
It’s a good life
It’s a good life
For me

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

O-o-of the sun, and the sea and an island

O-o-of the sun, and the sea and an island…..

 

Life is Like a Turtle

“Take a walk with a turtle. And behold the world in pause.” ~ Bruce Feiler

Some days, life seems to catch you off guard with how fast time flies. Other days you are just begging for it to hurry up and move on. I can’t believe that it’s already September. I barely feel like I had a summer! So much has happened in the world that I feel like my own life is at a stand still. I’m waiting for several things to come through or work themselves out, but I never seem to be “caught up” or just ready. I keep telling everyone this year is going to be a big year and I think so far it has been. I just hate being that idealist because no matter what, we never get as much done as we’d like to.

I don’t want life to hurry up at all, I’ve come to realize all those story books about time speeding up as you age, THEY ARE ALL TRUE. Life has flown by this year, at least on the Calender, while my day-to-day life at work has been increasingly dull I still try to make the most of every evening. Not as well as I should… I still get lost in video games and Bob’s Burgers or Southpark. BUT I do try.

I’m ready for another adventure and another trip far away. Distant mountains, rivers and oceans call to me! I can get as melodramatic about this as y’all want but I’ll hold myself back and exercise that famous self-control.

I just want life to stop with the turtlesque type deal. Lets get on to the travelesque type deal! I am a gemini after all. We thrive on adventure.

Also side note, we are thinking about getting a pet turtle!! They seem pretty chill and relatively easy to take care of, which is always a good thing in my book. Give me your vote on whether or not that sounds like a fantastic idea or a rather misguided ideal, if that makes sense.

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Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out. ~ James Bryant Conant

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