Mickey Smith: Darkside of the Lens

Sometimes you come across something that speaks to you, that moves you in one way or another. Something that sends chills down your spine, and you feel some sort of connection to it. I remember watching this short film for the first time over 4 years ago, and feeling just that. I was in the final year of my undergrad degree and I was at a point where my career was all I was thinking about. Fast forward 4 years and nothing has really changed, I still think about my career all the time and this film still brings chills down my spine. Figuring out what it is you want to do for the rest of your life is a big deal, and while money is an important factor, it has never been my driving force. I believe that if you love doing something, the money will come through the passion, drive and focus you have for what you are doing. If you care about something enough you can move mountains and you won’t mind the hardships that may come, because you know in the end they will all be worth it. This is what came across to me in Darkside of the Lens and why it spoke to me so much.

“If I only scrape a living, at least it’s a living worth scraping. If there is no future in it, at least it’s a present worth remembering. The fires of happiness, the waves of gratitude. For everything that brought us to that point on earth at that moment in time, to do something worth remembering with a photograph, or a scar. I feel genuinely lucky to hand on heart say I love doing what I do. And though I may never be a rich man, if I live long enough, i’ll certainly have a tale or two for the nephews. I dig the thought of that.”

-Mickey Smith

Mickey Smith, a surf photographer released this short film, quietly on the internet in 2010. What was created for his nephews in memory of his sister, who was his biggest fan, ended up winning multiple awards and drawing heavy attention to his work from all corners of the globe.

Every aspect of this film is beautiful. The narration alone is powerful, but combined with the mind blowing imagery of a cold, wet paradise it delivers a strong message of passion, gratitude, determination and the desire to do something that is worth living for.

If there is anything that keeps me motivated to continue searching for that passion, to continue practicing gratitude, and to take full advantage of the cards i’m dealt every step of the way, it’s this film.

Enjoy,

Darkside Of The Lens from mickey smith on Vimeo.

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Friday Finds

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1. Photo printing using the sun // A Beautiful Mess 

2. These amazing toasted marshmallow peanut butter bars // Sunday Public

3. These delicious fruit infused water flavours // The Beauty Department

4. This super soft Lou & Grey popover top i’m dying to buy // Loft

5. This amazingly easy Ikea Hack DIY // The Vault Files

6. How to create a capsule wardrobe // Unfancy

Happy Friday! Have a relaxing, enjoyable weekend!

Inspiration: Floral Arrangements

Nothing makes me smile more than a vase filled with fresh flowers. It’s one of those things that I try and make room for in my budget because it really brightens my day. That and a nice smelling candle, can almost always improve my mood. I’ve never been one for traditional bouquets of 12 perfectly cut roses. I’ve always liked something a little unique, a little more rustic and wild. Different flowers, mixed with things like fruit, or greenery that jets out. The imperfect look of it all makes it perfect to me. I have been drooling over Saipua’s Instagram account that fills my feed with images of their amazingly creative bouquets and makes me wish I was a florist! Here are some of my favourite floral arrangements at the moment.

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Happy Tuesday!

Always Sunny – 3 Ways to Add Pops of Yellow in your Home

I attended an event at Dry Bar last month and if you have ever been, you know that yellow is their signature color. Pops of yellow in the form of hair tools, light fixtures, trays etc… are thrown in to an otherwise neutral space. It made me fall even more in love with this color. I first started crushing on it last year when we inherited these two huge, yellow antique lamps (Which you can kind of see in this post from last year). I loved them the minute I saw them because they were grand, bright, sculptural and unique. Without even thinking about the fact that they were a super bright yellow I knew I needed them in my space, one way or another. My couch, walls, furniture and carpets are all very neutral so I knew I could make these big guys work. They ended up not only fitting perfectly in the living room on either side of the couch, but are my favourite part of the whole space. They also inspired me to incorporate more pops of yellow in other rooms. It turns out, it’s now one of my favourite accent colours because its fun and cheerful. When you don’t live in sunny California and have to put up with a grey, dreary winter for over 6 months, you need a little sunshine in your life. Honestly, what colour says “happy” better than bright yellow?

Here are 3 of my favourite ways to add a splash of yellow into any room!

1. Accents: A painted door or window frame in bright yellow makes such a huge statement without overpowering the space. If that seems like too much of a commitment then toss a yellow throw pillow on the couch or bed, you can also add a yellow vase, lamp, fruit bowl or any decorative item for that matter, for a simple yet impactful way to brighten any room.

2. Rugs: Adding a bright yellow rug to a room will make it feel sunny all day long. I love the way these rugs pop out at you, but work so well!

3. Chairs: Bright yellow chairs are my new obsession and it’s a really fun way add a pop of yellow into your home. You can either buy one, or get your DIY on and paint one you already have lying around.

Here are some fun yellow things to get you inspired!

While I will always choose the real sun over anything else, while it’s hiding behind grey winter clouds, I am happy I have bright cheery things to look at inside! Hope you are inspired to add some yellow into your home!

Friday Finds

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1. Seven salads for eating fresh even in winter // Food 52 

2. Four ways to frost a cupcake with an open star tip // I am Baker

3. These really nice, free desktop wallpaper downloads // Design Love Fest

4. This E-book providing simple life solutions for our complicated world written by my good friend Donald Black // Solutionova

5. Homemade Valentines Day treat boxes // A Beautiful Mess 

6. This amazing website that brings affordable, amazing yoga classes to you! // Yogaglo

Have a great weekend!

Stop Waiting for…

It’s Wednesday, and I’m sure a lot of you are counting down the days until Friday right? I know the weekend is a great time to unwind and enjoy yourself more, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t look forward to Wednesday too. I have been trying to change my perspective a lot lately because I am the type of person who likes to believe the “I will be happy when…” story, and I am starting to realize its just total BS. Actually I have known that for a while, but it takes time to change old habits. I have so many reasons to be happy in this moment, and so do you. So instead of waiting for the next thing that you think will make you happy, find reasons to be happy right now. You with me?

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Happy Wednesday!

Tatyana Druz: The Point of No Return

I came across this photo the other day and my heart actually skipped a beat. The photo was taken by amateur photographer Tatyana Druz. I couldn’t find much information on her except that she is from Hadera, Israel. You can find her on Facebook and check out her website here.

This photograph captures so many emotions; trust, love, passion, fear, adventure… You have no idea where they are, or how high up they are. The way the woman is wrapped around the man leads me to believe that she trusts him completely with what is about the happen, she may feel fear but she is safe in his arms. The man’s back is turned to what lies ahead but he has a sense of adventure and is taking a leap of faith, bringing her along for the ride. He looks relaxed and in full control of the situation about to unfold, which is unknown to him. The composition and imagery of this photograph is stunning.

Art is so subjective, so I am curious, what do you get from this image? What emotions does it provoke in you?