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Once again I'm trying to have a more consistent presence here on :devart:.  The last few years have been a time of great transition and challenge on a variety of levels for me - work, personal, spiritual, etc.  The one great regret that I have is not dedicating as much time to my photography as I would like.  Time to change that.

Whatever the maelstrom of life throws at us we need healthy diversions to feed our soul.  I'm very blessed with amazing friends who sustain me and strengthen me.  I'm fortunate to work at something I really love, where I believe I help make a difference in people's lives and in turn am fed and transformed myself through those relationships.  The missing piece is the creative expression my heart craves.

So, for now at least, I'm back at it.  Some new photos posted today and a planned shoot later this week.  Already feeling better...
  • Mood: Content
  • Listening to: Pete Seeger
  • Drinking: Ice water

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touch-the-flame
WayHip
Artist | Photography
United States
Why "Touch the Flame?"
The title comes ostensibly from the U2 song "Where the Streets Have No Name"...

I want to run
I want to hide
I want to tear down the walls
That hold me inside
I want to reach out
And touch the flame
Where the streets have no name

But the idea of "touching the flame" - reaching out, taking chances, embracing inspiration, giving in to temptation - has always intrigued me. I remember as a young child visiting my grandmother and being fascinated by a burning candle on the table. "Don't touch it" she cautioned. "It'll hurt." But of course, when her attention was away I slowly moved my finger closer and closer to the flame, until I touched it and was burned. Despite that early lesson in fascination and trust and danger and pain I still desire to touch the flame.

I live in Baltimore, Maryland (if you're in town and want a tour of my favourite photographic haunts hit me up). I'm a romantic at heart - from my interests in art to books to film to whatever... but I'm also drawn to that which speaks to the soul and feeds the spirit.

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." ~ Gandhi
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Mosby1865 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014
Glad to stumble across a fellow Baltimorean on DA :)

Given the themes in some of your work, I'll admit I was expecting to see some photos of Antietam National Battlefield.  I assume you've visited out that way?

Also (and this is rather further afield) if you ever make it to Andersonville National Historic Site in Georgia, I'd suggest looking up the story of Father Peter Whelan, whose story I found to be very inspirational.

Heck, look him up even if you don't ever go to Andersonville :)  His Wikipedia page should be a good start: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Wh…
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touch-the-flame Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014   Photographer
I've shot at Antietam twice in the last year or so and both times the weather was uncooperative and I wasn't pleased with the results.  I'll keep trying.  :)

Thanks for the info on Fr. Peter Whelan.  I work in Catholic ministry myself so this is very interesting.  I'm sure I've heard the name before but never really investigated to find out what he was all about.
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Mosby1865 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014
Yeah, weather operates on no schedule but God's.  There's a lesson there in humility that I try to remind myself of, on occasion :)  I hope you have better luck in the future.

Are you associated with the Archdiocese of Baltimore directly, or one of the many Baltimore parishes?  We live inside the city line, but attend St. Agnes in Catonsville.
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touch-the-flame Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014   Photographer
OK - this is crazy.  We must meet... I'm the youth minister for St. Agnes parish.  :)
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Tenebrae76 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
:hug: Thanks for the new :+fav: 
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mertonparrish Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014
Your photographs are very beautiful, and I enjoyed reading your thoughtful and insightful deviant ID.  Just sent you a watch.  I will look forward to your work crossing my box.  Thank you for your comments on my work and page.  Have a good week and keep on creating!

Merton :)
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touch-the-flame Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014   Photographer
Those are very kind words - thank you very much.  I'll be watching as well!  :)
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mertonparrish Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014
:)
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tiny-sparrow Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you kindly. 
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artin2007 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
An impressive collection of funerary art.
I have much more than I have organized
or uploaded, esp since I'm seen many seasons,
and, I like what seems to last, at least a bit longer
than our other corporeal environments.
I must like the generic symbols, statuary,  crypts,
mausolems, architecture, esp those that have little or
no prominent Christian symbols...a silly perspective,
esp. in the West...but, there you are... There is still
much to admire and gaze upon and ponder...
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