Bottomless Wallet

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PC: Juliandra Durkin

It’s two forty-five AM here in Madrid and though my eyes are burning a little in front of my laptop, and I have too much to do tomorrow to be tired, I have to admit I did not want to stop with my latest project and decided to post right away…. Even though I probably should wait because I need to submit this work in a month for my class portfolio.

“Bottomless Wallet” is a photo story of the consumerist culture we live in; inspired by the incessant shopping I’ve observed in Madrid. A two part photo series, I was able to capture part one today in the city with Bhavna who made modeling and styling the over the top consumerist appeal look easy.

These are just a few of the photos of part one, Bhavna taking in her phone and Starbucks, not a care in the world for anyone else. She did an amazing job and I am super excited for the direction of this project!

Even to the small things like a Christmas themed Starbucks cups, which is a reminder that we are in a ‘season of giving,’ we as a society have a tendency to ignore and look past people around us.

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PC: Juliandra Durkin

This season, give a little extra to people in need around you, buy someone else a coffee, put down your phones, look past (or better yet learn from) political differences for a second, don’t obsess about your hair or clothes so much, and find joy in the people around you more than the “stuff”– clothes, cars, football games, likes on social media, or whatever else you find yourself consumed with… More to come for Bottomless Wallet, and thank you again to Bhavna who I got to work with today!

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PC: Juliandra Durkin

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PC: Juliandra Durkin.

PS. I have got to learn how to watermark.

PPS. I don’t think that really matters as I’ll be uploading to Unsplash and all of those photos are free anyway!

Deep Dish Chicago

Got a chance to bite into this crazy city. Shedd Aquarium, Navy Pier, River Boat Tour, J. Alexander’s food and drinks, old friends, new friends. Luckily it was a Bye week, so no Football Production for me, and my dear friend Dan took me on a 3 day tour of his new home. Loved visiting Chicago for the first time. My eyes were opened to a different side of the city that I only hear crime stories of in the news. I experienced friendly people and a good time all around. I’d go back for sure, even if it was only to get another slice of that deep dish pizza. (Which you eat with a fork by the way. Who knew?!)

PS. You know that Bean? The shiny one in the middle of Millennium Park? Yeah. It’s not a Bean. It’s actually called Cloud Gate and is supposed to give a perspective of being “weightless” as it reflects the city around the person. I guess it worked for me? If you ever get to Chicago stand in the center of the Bean and look up. It’s pretty cool.

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chicago_at-night

 

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Dilapidated Mansion

Country living means you might stumble upon eerie but timeless places like this. This mansion is for sale not far from the home I recently moved from, though I just discovered it a few weeks ago. The mansion is tucked away behind foliage and pine trees older than the history of the people that might have lived here. It’s so creepy looking, straight out of a horror flick. Then again I have a pretty active imagination that took me places like a woman in a thread bare dress, awaiting her dead child, staring at me from one of the many windows.

Yikes and it’s not even Halloween yet!

I don’t do scary, so I didn’t spend a ton of time here. But oh man this place would be just perfect for some type of film!!

 

Falling Water

It’s easy to dream of going to far off places. Deserts, jungles, exotic animals, and languages I don’t understand all seem to call my name. But what about exploring close to home? This weekend a friend and I went to a beautifully painted canvas of waterfalls, bridges, and hiking called Ricketts Glen in Pennsylvania. And it was freaking amazing.

Here are a few photos of our day trip:

 

 

Where will you explore next?