The Bear Bulletin: Vol 7 (Deluxe Edition)

This is part of an ongoing series in which I round up a week’s worth of bear photos along with some thoughts on my photography.  You can find previous volumes of The Bear Bulletin here.


I played with our 16mm lens this week and had more fun shooting around than I have in a few months.  Perhaps due to my subjects?

The photos of Misty Bear and Nimbus were taken under our dining room table and the bears were so patient while I stuck my camera just inches from their perfect little faces.  The light was so interesting and I really enjoyed editing these photos.  I played around a lot with the warmth of some of Misty Bear’s photos to get more of a sepia feel. The afternoon had a very comfortable, lazy-day, feel to it.  I love my little ladies!

Are you ready for the “deluxe” part of The Bear Bulletin?  Take a deep breath and make sure you aren’t completely cute-d out.  Because your heart might explode.

You’re welcome.

Happy Caturday, friends.

March for Our Lives

This week’s Bear Bulletin is postponed due to the March for Our Lives.  I am eager to share photos from Austin, and interested in hearing your experiences at marches around the country.March for Our Lives Austin TX

To be honest, this is the first march I went to, I stayed for an hour to take photos, and I missed the speeches. Marching for 3 hours is just not something I can do with narcolepsy. But I’m finally doing well enough on my meds that I can be at the start of the march (on time) and stick around for an hour.

I’ve beat myself up about it and been so ashamed that I’m not pulling my weight. But I’m letting those feelings go. I can show up NOW! I can take and share photos that preserve and amplify the movement.

Photos from marches over the last year are what gave me hope when I was home in bed, groggily scrolling through the ‘gram at 1pm on a Saturday. I hope that these photos fuel your enthusiasm, if something is keeping you from participating the way that you want to.

So here we are! I spent most of my time at the march covered in goosebumps with my eyes watering, as I felt true hope for the first time in months.

The youth in our country have mobilized in a remarkable way and it was an honor to walk alongside them, to see them owning their power, and to see them stepping into their duty as members of a democratic society.  Below are portraits from the march.  They are portraits of kiddos, high schoolers, teachers, grandparents, Texas men, mothers, among so many others who I approached about photographing them and their signs.  There is a fierce, fiery, hope and determination visible on these faces that comes from the frustration of being silenced and vulnerable.  Enough is enough.

Photos in the gallery below show signs without faces.

Did you go to a march? Did you participate in the entire march? What did you think of the speeches? If you manage chronic or mental illness, how does that help or hinder your ability to participate in sociopolitical movements?

The Bear Bulletin Vol. 6

This is part of an ongoing series in which I round up a week’s worth of bear photos along with some thoughts on my photography.  You can find previous volumes of The Bear Bulletin here.


I’m back!  After spending a warm, colorful, delicious, completely beautiful 10 days in Mexico (first with my husband and then on a retreat with Stasia Savasuk and 6 other incredible women), my reentry to the northeast was…cold and gray to say the least.  Maybe that makes it appropriate, then, that I could only make the first several photos of the bears work in black and white.  The first block of photos was taken before Mexico (with the exception of my Project Sleep #SleepIn2018 photo of me in bed with the bears), and then the second block was taken afterwards. It might be kind of obvious.

The most exciting thing to happen this week was introducing Misty Bear to El Pollo.  We bought El Pollo – a bear-sized, rainbow colored, clay chicken – at the Museum of Mexican Folk Art at the Xcaret Park in Playa del Carmen.  We spent some time in the gift store (museum gift stores are my FAVORITE stores aside from thrift stores because of the impeccably thoughtful curation of goods) and left empty handed, but as we passed by the shop window El Pollo caught our eye and we couldn’t go on without her! I used my Spanglish to learn that she was made by an artist in Jalisco, and to negotiate a metric ton of bubble wrap to ensure El Pollo’s safe journey to her new home in Connecticut.  Evidence suggests that The Bears love El Pollo.  (El Pollo series shot with Fujifilm – ya know, the clear photo – + iPhone.)

I’m eager to get back into my routine and have some colorful posts planned for the next couple of weeks.  Thank you for following along!

The Bear Bulletin Vol. 5

This is part of an ongoing series in which I round up a week’s worth of bear photos along with some thoughts on my photography.  You can find previous volumes of The Bear Bulletin here.


This week’s photos are some of my favorite yet. I put the camera on the tripod while the bears helped me pack for a few days in NYC with my best friend and this is what happened.  I love pretty much everything about these photos: the color, the light, the texture, and of course that the bears are adorable.

 

The Bear Bulletin Vol. 4

This is part of an ongoing series in which I round up a week’s worth of bear photos along with some thoughts on my photography.  You can find previous volumes of The Bear Bulletin here.


This week’s Bear Bulletin turned into a study of black and white photos.  The bears were being intensely adorable as they stared out the window in our bedroom, which meant that I shot directly into the sun for most of the photos.  I loved the silhouettes I captured so after playing around in Lightroom for a while and realizing that I wasn’t going to get what I needed with color, I finally opted for black and white.

How do you decide when a photo should be in black and white versus in color?


 

DSCF0344Beginning this week, there will be a new segment in which Darrell writes about the bears’ behavior and snuggle status, among other things.

Bear snuggles are up 2.75 on a promise of tasty food.  While Michelle was out of town for NY fashion week, the bears stole and ate part of a carrot out of a casserole dish on the stove, and I cleaned it up the next day when it didn’t agree with Misty Bear’s stomach. That’s the Bear Report, TM, INC, MD.