Forbes and Pancakes with Blueberries and Peaches to Celebrate 5 Years of Blogging

“Every man, every woman, carries in heart and mind the image of the ideal place, the right place, the one true home, known or unknown, actual or visionary.” Edward Abbey

Time is such a slippery notion. We love celebrating it when we feel excited about what it has brought with it, and we're fearing its passage when we want it to stand still. So, every July I am looking back at the past, interested to see how these fragments of time, essentially memories, construct and enrich our experiences and help us moving forward.

This blog has continued to exist because of my passion to create pieces of art that could inspire and produce good feelings in me as an artist, and you as a viewer. But beyond just art, this blog has been also a place to share stories, encouragements, struggles for others to see and hear, who might need that extra kick to believe in themselves and follow their dreams. This blog has been a journey because it grew up alongside me, while trying to attain a true sense of purpose in life. Looking for that freedom in life, you name it - to think, to act, to simply exist -, is requiring not only a lot of courage, but comes with a lot of struggles to overcome. Following your own dreams is not easy, but when you feel that sense of purpose in you, you feel you can do it no matter what it takes or how hard it might seem.

And thus, I was so excited to share my journey story with Forbes Life magazine! I was so grateful to Diana-Florina Cosmin, the editor-in-chief of Forbes Life, Up by Forbes and Forbes Romania, for this inspiring cover story in which I shared from where I came from, how I had to overcome the challenges that I stumbled upon, and how to keep believing in yourself. Many may tell you that you can't do it, won't believe in you, but there is no other better person to believe in you than yourself. It is because of this obstinacy to believe that there is something better out there for me, that SCAD happened and everything that came with it. Today, I am celebrating not only this 5th anniversary, but also all the sacrifices I took to be here today, and joy sharing my stories with Forbes, SCAD and all of you who appreciate my work. Enjoy your Sunday and these Georgia inspired pancakes!

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Storytelling Photography and a Peach Cobbler with Pecans Recipe

I wanted so badly to have the time to come back here and write, examine, meditate and write again, as before. Especially after all the major new experiences that I was exposed to in the past year, I felt that I needed the time to look back, appreciate it all, and recalibrate my inner balance. So here we are at this milestone after graduation, still thinking seriously about photography and what it means to me and to the world; how it has shaped my thinking and allowed me to be taken to another place and time.

The act of photographing is a time for conversation with myself. Photography has enabled me to meditate on life and has turned out to be a formative experience of discovering how to bring forward those special forms and signs of life that we forget about. The act of photographing is clarifying my thoughts and it's urging me to capture an essence that I feel is getting lost with time. It is through what I photograph that I am talking to myself and eventually create an archive of thoughts and ideas; ideas that define my own universe.

Photography is for me like a visual discourse where my inner conversations come to life. It feels like liberation because of all this arduous desire to create and take joy from this artistic act. And I feel an extreme sense of joyousness by allowing my thoughts and perceptions to have an existence of their own.

I love the sense of history through which the distant time has shaped our lives in so many ways. And I feel that photography has enabled me to bring to life these nuances of time that altogether constitute our way of remembering and existing through time. I am grateful for photographically capturing these moments that become through their own existence already history. Like a peach cobbler on a sunny day in Atlanta, now that I am writing from the beautiful island of Hilton Head, seems more than a passage of time, it represents a state of mind.

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Love and a Caramel Rhubarb Panna Cotta

“Knowledge of each other, not of the flesh but through the flesh, knowledge of self, the real him, the real her, in extremis, the mask slipped from the face…” - Tom Stoppard

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