As a target of FMS, CFS, and degenerative disk disease of the spine, I battle depression almost daily. Over the years I've discovered that the best medicine/therapy for me is in my outlet and passion for photography and digital graphic design. I can't always pick up the camera and shoot, but when I am able I make the most of it. My best work is in nature, but I love shooting portraits of friends and family...I've even shot weddings and senior portraits. With years of practice and an instructional course, I've learned to turn my hobby into my dream.
I'm pasting a few of my favorite candids and still shots below, plus some digital enhancements...and some comical [altered] zoo pictures in hopes of bringing a smile to your day (please note, I hold a legal ownership/copyright to these images and they are not to be copied and/or used without my direct permission...for viewing pleasure only).
I am challenging my fellow "Fibros" and friends/family of those afflicted with Fibromylgia and other invisible illness to send me your 3 favorite photos (that were taken by you...and if you don't have 3, just send 1 or 2). I will be posting the best one of your three (or if space permits, all three) in next week's blog (if I find I am not able to post them here, I will upload them to my own host server and include a link in next week's blog to view everyone's photos). This would be a good time to get out of the house--even if it is no further than your back yard--and take some pictures. I've found it is wonderfully theraputic and I think you'll enjoy it. Photos can be any subject--kids, pets, etc. BUT ABSOLUTELY NO NUDITY OR PROFANITY WILL BE POSTED, so please don't send it to me.
Please attach pictures in JPG format and include a note with your email stating that you are the owner of those photos and that you grant permission for me to publish them (ownership will remain with you). Also, specify if you would like me NOT to include your name or t-g user name as credit for the photo (otherwise, I will post either your name or your t-g username--please specifiy which name you would like used). Send attachments and release to firstname.lastname@example.org by next Thursday.
That gives you more than a week to find something that catches your eye and capture it forever.
Don't let your illness keep you down...fight it moment by moment, day by day. As always, I am here for you when you need me. Just email me at the address above and include your phone number if you'd like to talk directly. Remember, this photo challenge is open to everyone--sick or not--in support of those who are...Friends Lend Friends a Hand...
COMEDY CORNER-- PICTURES DESIGNED TO MAKE YOU LAUGH...or at least crack a SMILE!