Transient Orcas offshore from Tofino, British Columbia

Four years ago I started my blog and began to work at the art of photography. I never dreamt I would become so passionate about it. I never dreamt this art could take me around the world or be the catalyst to new friendships. More than that photography has fostered a sense of adventure and wonder that I doubt could have ever surfaced had it not become one of my foremost pursuits. It awakened a desire for me to see and collect light from every corner of my life. It changed how I see everything.
It seems to me that I have become more connected with the permanent things in this life: a bible, a rugged path, a mountain top, folk music and strong words. And though photographs in the grand scheme of things are temporary, they bring a permanence to moments otherwise lost in a cloud of memory. These images serve as anchors, pillars for my story, and they can bring me back to the times that mean the most to me in an instant. They become like forceps, delicately pulling every memory, every detail into the front of my mind, so I can recall them precisely as I should.
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"Psychologists believe that romantic love occurs when our unconscious becomes exposed to someone who matches the archetype of parental love we experienced growing up, someone whose behavior matches our emotional map for intimacy. Our unconscious is always seeking to return to the unconditional nurturing we received as children, and to re-process and heal the traumas we suffered." - Mark Manson


Cole Barash
A rainy day kicks off Golden Week.
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"Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell. And when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough." - Ernest Hemingway (via his-magnolia)

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As soon as you try to eliminate a thought or emotion, you make it stronger. The more you focus on an emotion, the more powerful it becomes.

Negative emotions are like quicksand: the more you struggle to get out of them, the further into them you sink.

The trick is to accept them and then let go. Whenever you feel a strong emotion or thought, disidentify with it and then take possession of it.

" - Mark Manson


by Tomas Kotouc
I love this photo.
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"It’s so beautiful to kiss someone who actually means a lot to you." - Alena M. (via breanna-lynn)