Friday, May 18, 2012

Summer Challenge. Getting my dream job.

It's time to give this site and myself a facelift.

I'm going to create a new blog all about the awesomeness of life and all of the crazy things I do.
I'll probably keep this blog as my personal blog as it already has a lot of exposure
I'm also going to build a portfolio site.

What's my motivation for this Travel Adventure site?
Well, I once heard that if you build it they will come.

In this case I want an awesome job working as a travel correspondent sharing all the amazing things people can do around the world.

The inspiration and sudden Eureka that brought this about?

Arrival Magazine NZ is putting on a promotion to hire someone for an all expense paid 2 month trip to experience and share with the masses all the crazy, fun, quirky, unique things you can do while in New Zealand.

Dream Travel Job

1st. I've always wanted to go to New Zealand. It's the mecca of extreme adventure sports and is surrounded by water. Two things I love.

2nd. This job would allow me to DO all of these said Adventure Activities

So stay tuned and expect to see a few changes :) 

Special thanks to Janet Newenham for making me aware (she's also in the running for it) Check out her blog Journalist on the Run

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Final Countdown!

There are just 17 more days left until I set foot back on American soil.
I've been super busy but I wanted to update you all on the craziness that has been going on as
the deadline approaches.


In two days I'll finish my Cambridge CELTA (Certification of English Language Teaching for Adults)!  I've been taking this intensive course for 3 months now and it feels great that to finally be finishing tomorrow.

My TO DO list today:

1. Write up last Teaching Practice about Dreams and 2nd Conditional grammar
2. Finish all of my DF's for remaining 14 Units (this may take all day)
3. Do last online observation with write-up.

If I'm able to finish all of this before my friend Tatlihan's birthday party tonight then I'll work on editing some photos for my portfolio from the Seoul Fashion Week 2010 show. I had so many shots and video from that show that I never really got to editing them all.


Thursday, May 10, 2012

Two new professional networking sites!

I wanted to announce that I now have profiles on the two professional networking sites and

Take a look and please leave any feedback if you see some changes that would be beneficial.
I'm a bit new to this.
Explicitly for model photography

Linkedin Profile

Being used to promote my professional image as both an educator and a photographer.
I'd like to have it be more open for anything..such as developmental/NGO work, customer service, etc however I don't think I can have more than one profile. I've also received a great reference from a friend and past model I've worked with on several occasions.

Looking forward to your feedback!


Monday, May 7, 2012

Photo Concept Contest!

Photo Concept Contest

How many ways can you photograph a horse?

Everywhere I look I see the same types of horse photos.
I'm ready to do something unique, something new. 

I'll be going home to Iowa for the summer where my family raises horses.
I plan to make this my biggest photo project to show what new things can be done in animal and especially equine photography. It'll take a lot of effort to create the designs, props, and scout for the best locations.

You can be involved in the process too!
All you need to do is submit what you think would make a unique and interesting horse photo.

Just add your great idea in the comment section below or even better add it to my photography page on facebook where I'll be keeping a tally of all the ideas.

If I choose your concept I will send you a personalized print from the shoot as well as recognition for your input into the creation of the photo series.   

Submissions open until June 1st

Plug away!

I'll begin with my own ideas

-Vogue-fashion horse
-Warrior princess/horse
(Native American/Valkyrie)
To submit your vote or see other comments click on the logo below linking to the contest page


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Thursday, May 3, 2012

"The Best Labor Day Ever" Istanbul 2012

I had a late start after staying up a bit the night before skyping with my mom and playing a little Skyrim.

I don't often go to Taksim unless I have a reason even though it's the center of what feels like life in Istanbul. So much is going on there.

I was warned by one friend to stay away and another friend recommended that I go there when I woke up and was deciding what to do since all the schools would be closed for the National Holiday and I couldn't go job hunting. Another friend of mine invited me to come visit at a park along the Golden Horn in Haskoy. I hadn't seen this friend in a while so I decided to accept her invitation and go.
One catch that I hadn't thought of though...I must go to Taksim to catch a ride to Haskoy as there are no direct buses from Besiktas.

I wasn't sure what to expect as I hadn't done any research until now on why their is a major protest on May 1st in Istanbul every year so let me give you a little history lesson.
This May 1st was an International Day of Protest organized by the Occupy Movement but in Turkey there are protests every year. Istanbul has had intermittent protests (often turning to violence between protesters and police)  every year since 1977 when the first protest was able to be organized after being outlawed from 1928-1975. However, this 1st protest is now notoriously known as Bloody May Day when 34-38 civilians(depending on the source) were killed by unknown gunmen and the following mass hysteria and poor handling by the security forces at the time. Celebrations in Taksim Square were prohibited after this and once the military coup happened in 1980 all Labor Day celebrations were outlawed.  Labor Day was finally declared a National Holiday in Turkey in 2009 and Taksim Square was opened up to be the main venue for celebrations/protests.

This year the police seemed to be ready to help ensure that the celebrations would remain peaceful and if they weren't...well they had 14,000 officers at hand to handle any problems. Many of the newspapers were declaring this to be 'the Best Labor Day ever' as it was largely a peaceful gathering aside from some anarchist youths breaking shop windows and damaging ATM's in Mecideyikoy which is a ways away from Taksim.

So back to the story.  I had no idea what to expect. I was arriving by dolmus around 1:30-2pm and the dolmus dropped us off at a different place than usual. Before I even got out of the van I could see smoke rising and just said "Oh my God"  thinking I have to go through that to get to my friend. A Turkish woman just laughed at my remark and when I get closer I found that all the smoke was coming from savvy entrepreneurs cooking up food outside the police barrier blocking off Taksim Square.

I then saw the large police barrier, could hear drumming, and a large body of people beyond. I was thinking, how in the heck am I going to get to Haskoy? I asked a police officer and they told me they had no idea because Taksim was closed and there were no buses. It was hard to understand how there could be no buses. There were some buses back in Besiktas.

So finally I decided I would go check it out.
I was immediately greeted to this scene of people drumming and a stream of people leaving Taksim. Now I'm still walking TO Taksim in this video.

When I get to just around the entrance of where you'd head across the street for the buses I can hear a person on a megaphone yelling something and people shouting back. I'm also noticing A LOT of TKP flags or Turkish Komunist Partisi (Turkish Communist Party)  I was thinking, 'man this is an odd feeling, McCarthy would be rolling in his grave.' It's typical to see youths handing out newspapers and talking to passersby on Istiklal where the TKP Headquarters is located but I never realized there were so many supporters! It seems the Turkish people really want a party to champion the workers rights.
I then see everybody around me putting their fists into the air and repeating the names of Turkish people. It wasn't until tonight that I learned that the people they were commemorating were those that were killed in the Bloody May Day massacre. I've also learned that all of the red banners are not just for the Communist party but also to commemorate those that died from the May Day massacre in 1977.

As I continue walking through the crowd I saw huge banners, people sitting on all of the buildings and even on top of the bus stop stalls. There was a massive banner being held by cranes but by the time I got there part of it had fallen. I asked somebody to take a quick snapshot of me with the banner so I had a memory of myself there. The atmosphere was a festive one. People were passionate yes, but as in the USA I think they were also just happy to have a Day off and to be with fellow Turks in support for a similar cause.



I ran into several groups doing traditional folk dances.
It reminded me a lot of the Trabzon/baltic folk dance.

It took me at least half an hour to get from Taksim bus station to Istiklal. More like an hour actually. It was just so crowded and the usual entrance was blocked off so I had to go down an empty Tarlabashi street where a crowd of people were walking.
Exodus down tarlabasi Street

Istiklal was business as usual. Not as crowded as I'm used to but the usual buskers as well as the popular native Americans playing and lip-synching songs in Spanish perform.  It was really nice to see Taksim without so many people. I was able to get a nice photo of the Aya Triada Greek Orthodox Church's main entrance.

The rest of my walk was uneventful until I got to Sishane where I was going to take a dolmus to Haskoy. I ran into dozens of police in full riot gear gathering in the shade of a photography shop. They seemed to be in the wrong place? I also saw a huge construction project taking place in Sishane.

When I finally got to Haskoy it felt like a completely different day. It felt like Earth Day. Park workers were busy planting dozens of trees and many people were laying in the grass, grilling, and playing on the playground. It was a really peaceful day.

Actually, I had a live room session for my CELTA that night at 6:30pm. My alarm warned me 1 hour earlier but it had taken me almost 2 hours to get to Haskoy and I can't afford a taxi home so I decided to use my friends computer. However my friends computer wasn't working and so she took me to her cousins house and I learned the Turkish word 'kanka' from her nephew. We were talking about opening a kebab stand in Iowa. haha  It was a lively conversation that evening and was a really interesting look inside a home on the Golden Horn.

Happy Labor Day

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