I speak about my journey and my experience in the Leadership Pasadena course.
I have to wait for some photos to reveal what they want me to do with them. This one’s been sitting on my phone since my visit to the Los Angeles County Fair in September, 2017.
Like usual, I opted not to bring my Canon camera since I was there with my wife and didn’t want to spend the day looking for shots, which I tend to do if I’m lugging that camera around.
Besides, I had my cell phone to take photos and it can be argued that I wouldn’t have shot this better with a DSLR camera, regardless of the lens.
That said, tgis was taken and processed using a #galaxys7 using free apps. I call what I do #expressionistphotography.
I took this shot of the representation of the Echo Mountain House in the Fairplex Garden Railroad which depicts various scenes from California history from the 1850’s to present day.
The Echo Mountain House resided above Altadena, CA in the late 1800’s and the Mount Lowe Railway that brought the outdoor enthusiasts up to the hotel.
It featured a sweeping dining room that could seat 200 people, had hiking trails that led to a variety of romantic vistas and a pony trail.
It’s less about where you go, than how you get there. It’s the journey that creates the story behind the dream.
Months before going to Paris, France, my wife and I had gone to the top of the mini-Eiffel Tower in the Las Vegas Strip as a kind of precursor and buildup to the real thing.
Then, we got to Paris, France and were unable to reserve tickets to go to the real Eiffel Tower. We learned too late that we should have made our reservation months earlier.
This is how we made our way to the summit of the Eiffel Tower.
It’s no secret that I have a soft spot for under-served youth and by extension, a fondness for organizations that seek to help them. When I bought my tickets for the Outward Bound Adventures 55 Years Garden Party Fundraiser for myself and my wife, it was merely to attend an event and support an organization that I believe in.
Outward Bound Adventures (OBA), if you didn’t already know, is dedicated to leading under-served youth through meaningful nature-based experiences. OBA empowers the youth they serve with both dignity and personal accountability by creating experiences that give the youth a greater appreciation of wilderness, self, family and community.
So, you can imagine the honor I felt when a piece of my art was chosen as the gift for this year’s recipient of the Helen Mary Williams Spirit Award. This year’s recipient of the award is Virginia Morrell (pictured above with myself), a NY Times Bestselling Author and National Geographic Writer whose keynote speech was both entertaining and enlightening.
Helen Mary Williams founded OBA and the Spirit Award identifies one person who best exemplifies Helen’s spirit of tolerance, inclusion and respect for cultures other than her own. Besides these, the Spirit Award also recognizes Virginia Morrell’s other outstanding qualities; a spirit of love and a deep appreciation for our natural world, especially animals.
To have a piece of my art be included in such an event is humbling.
The piece chosen by OBA’s Executive Director, Charles Thomas Jr., is entitled “Air Brush” and was created from a photo I took while at Descanso Gardens with my wife and sister. It was a special day for me for many reasons, and now this piece holds an even greater special place in my heart with the new home it has found.
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The winner will be announced via Facebook. January 5th, 2018.