CONNECTIONS BLOG

CONNECTIONS
Affinity. Closeness. Longing for connection. These shared experiences are what elevate our lives beyond mere existence. Good or bad, they are the muse for poetry, the rhythm of music, and the ‘heart’ in our heart. This body of work is about exploring just that: our humanity seen through how we connect with something outside ourselves. That moment when we bare our souls and open our hearts.

Seeing the World in Black and White

Christian has been awarded 3 nominations in the Annual Black and White Spider Awards. He has received 2 nominations in Advertising and 1 nomination in the Nature category. Celebrating its 9th year, the esteemed Black and White Spider Awards is the leading international award honoring black and white photography. Judging the awards are some of the finest industry experts. The judges include the likes of Curators, Gallery Directors, Academics and fellow Photographers.

An Award, that seems to just fit Christian like a glove, the Black and White Spider Awards look for photographers who are driven by their artistic eye and a desire to excel in this classic art form.

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A simpler time

`castles Ukraine isn't considered a tourist hot spot by most holiday makers. It's such a shame because it really does have a lot to offer. The country side is littered with stunning Byzantine and medieval castles,  Renaissance Baroque style churches and impressive fortresses and monasteries resembling castles as well as some Soviet architecture. Oh and some very special people.

My great-grandfather emigrated from Ukraine to America in 1917 and last month I was lucky enough to visit my third cousins for the second time in 15 years. In those 15 years Ukraine has now become more westernised with billboards seemingly everywhere, advertising everything from McDonald's to car washes manned by skimpily clad girls. In the cities my relatives are very European but in the villages my gorgeous relatives still travel by horse and cart, grow all their own produce and what they don't grow they barter for with their neighbours.

familyI'm sure its a hard life at times but staying with them was a much needed reality check of the simple life.  The produce was the freshest I've ever tasted and they treated me to one of their yummy lunches; roast meats, potatoes, dumplings, cabbage rolls, salads picked straight from the garden, cold meats, cheeses and freshly baked rolls. Mmmm mmm!

It had been 15 years since I last saw the Mushchenko clan. I would be happy to choose them as friends and feel very honoured to call them family. Nasdrovie!

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To be or not to be...

After my recent trip through Europe, I started wondering why it is that we take so many photos of ourselves? One answer on google was: "because ppl have a right to see this sexy body of mine!"   Hmm....not quite, but perhaps a kernel of truth in there. markets

Facebook would agree that we love to show photos where we're doing interesting things, in exotic places, with the people we love.

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I know personally that some of my earliest memories are from my parents slides of migrations around the world or in the backyard. All tinted with the nostalgic glow of old technology and the charm of a simpler time.

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Maybe this is the answer; we are building our own history, creating our own reality and carving out our personality. Selectively with social media we are really then sharing a polished persona with the world.

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selfiemyselfieI enjoy the ability to share experiences with my friends and especially enjoy the connection that comes from sharing a bit of who I am. But even more, I enjoy the deeper connection that comes from sharing something meaningful, something intimate, vulnerable and important to me, as I do in close friendships.

What do you think? What would you like to share with this world?