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recoveringmusician .
"First of all I would like to make one thing quite clear. … I never explain anything." - Mary Poppins.
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#WHPfairytale
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Thank you everyone, and thank you @iconosquare for this great concept.
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Normal Bret Ljunggren Pemelton
recoveringmusician .
Lying With Ghosts.
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I have found myself somewhat separated from my family since my 80 year old mothers return from taking a nasty spill and breaking her back. She shouldn't be left alone for any great length of time so I've been spending the night at her home for the past several weeks. Being in a place surrounded by relics of yesteryear, sitting a mere few feet away from my fathers ashes each night can begin to feel like one is being visited each night by the ghost of Christmas past. Sometimes it's almost like camping out in a mausoleum. Caught between two worlds, my home where my wife and children are fully in the present, and the guest bed where I lay my head on the pillow of my past.
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(Photo from upcoming video I shot and directed of @LostHollow "Water and Oil", featuring the lovely @dolcikey . I'll keep you posted.)
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recoveringmusician .
Thankful.
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(Waiting for the photographer. Actual family portrait coming soon)
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Taking Flight.
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My daughter, Molly, use to be very reluctant to pose for me. However, over the past year she has really come into her own. Her confidence level has soared and she's becoming a beautiful young woman. As her father that can be both wonderful and worrisome. Not quite ready for my sweet and (formerly) quiet little girl to start causing young male heads to turn in her direction. She's already experienced her first boyfriend (with extreme limitations set by yours truly) which resulted in her first heartbreak. That was the most heart-wrenching thing to witness. Something she needed to go through, but I would have moved heaven and earth to protect her if I could. She has the most joyous smile and tender heart. I couldn't be more proud of my Molly-dolly! Fly high my beautiful young aviator!
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recoveringmusician .
Nancy Drew and The Mysterious Open Bathroom Door
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Barista Angel.
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Three years ago this week I posted my first Instagram photo. Little did I know I was about to fall down a rabbit hole that would push me creatively and open up a whole world of new friends. I can't thank you all enough for your encouragement and kindness. Here's to another year of adventure and new discoveries!!.
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recoveringmusician .
Beard Science.
Here's #5 and the final post from my #Lurker challenge so thoughtfully issued to me by the lovely @kalais2 . This is me with my former pet beard, taken about 6 months ago. Even though it's been hiding away in my camera roll it was posted over on @bnw_city when we were doing our moderator spotlights.
The whole psychology behind why we do or don't post selfies makes for an interesting insight into how we see ourselves (or don't want others to see ourselves) I typically shy away from them unless I'm doing something stupid and want to make someone laugh. I'm always nervous when someone tags me in a photo on Facebook.
What's your take on self portraits?.
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(RIP Hipster beard)
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recoveringmusician .
#4 of 5 for my #Lurker challenge from @kalais2 . One of those shots I kept editing then re-editing and never quite "felt it". Kevin @lucyrunswild posted a photo he took at this same location, I showed him this one and he was like "So why haven't you posted this one?" And I was like "I dunno!" And he was all "like you totally should brah", and I was like "Shyeah as if" then we hopped on our boards and surfed into the sunset.
Aaaaaaaaaand SCENE!!.
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At least that's the way my California brain remembers it!
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recoveringmusician .
Maddie.
Here's #3 of 5 for my #Lurker challenge from @kalais2 . This has been sitting in my camera roll due to the fact I felt I did a bit of a rush job and didn't get a shot that I felt she deserved. I do like the contrasting patterns of the background and her sweater. What this fails to capture is Maddies fierce sense of fashion and attitude. This is a young lady who knows what she wants, and you best not get in her way!
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  •   kalais2 I agree about the patterns- lovely contrast. Seems to me you captured a bit of spunk here. 2mon
  •   1ies1 I think you captured her perfectly Bret... it reveals her strength of character. A captivating portrait! 2mon
  •   lucyrunswild These lurkers are killing! Love them. Isn't it crazy how close we get to our own work? We sometimes miss the diamonds. Great work here brother 2mon
  •   el_memov Beautiful portrait!! 2mon
  •   toim4woin Great portrait Bret 2mon
  •   jrperruccio Beautiful 1mon
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  •   rrrajat @recoveringmusician ! Very inspiring work. What camera? 6d

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Number 2 of 5 for my #Lurker challenge issued to me by @kalais2 .
This was a shot I took at my great niece's birthday. Not sure why I never posted this here. Maybe I thought it too "cutesy" for my dark mysterious mystique! (Insert laugh here).
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The mind is willing but the body is weak! My brain is swirling with ideas but I'm so stinking busy I don't have any free time to unleash the camera. I think my good friend Pam @Kalas2 sensed this and has challenged me to a 5 shot challenge of photos that are lurking in my camera roll that have been waiting in purgatory. So here's my first #Lurker . I'm fond of this shot from a recent instameet of @_Anchored who's arm got stuck in his camera strap as I was trying to take his picture. Joshua is one of those friendly unassuming people who's gifted with striking Jon Hamm-ish good looks that camera's just love. You should also check out his fantastic gallery! Also check out the #thatnashmeet tag and you might spot some dude with a gray beard lurking about.
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recoveringmusician .
reimmersion
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Dive in deep with these amazing people: @katrinaleeford @billsmith2315 @keep_your_wild_eyes_wild
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recoveringmusician .
Mother.
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4 weeks ago my mother fell and broke her back. Then about a week later a section of her intestines folded which meant major surgery to correct. She's 80 years old and has begun to experience short term memory loss and being cooped up in a bed for a month can really elevate the disorientation. So after being apart this whole time I was finally able to reunite her with her little dog, Heidi. Mother looked great and was the most alert and comprehending I'd seen in a while.
This is a very difficult season in life, when your parents become your children. Nothing prepares you for this moment. The circle of life doesn't always come with a Spielberg ending. The best we can do is love, be patient and not let fear or guilt get us off our path. My mother was always there for me growing up, it's now time for me to return the favor.
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Check out @Life_Portraits and @Bnw_City
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  •   schoenblick fantastic portraits! 2mon
  •   chudo_nomi Man, brudda. My pos vibes and prayers go out to you and yours. I can say I'm familiar - hang tough my friend. 2mon
  •   eva.lidbeck.ringgaard Know what you're going through! Much love to You both! 2mon
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  •   babakmani @recoveringmusician So nice portrait 3w
  •   twitchly So very true. I'm in the same place. A lovely portrait of your beloved mom. God go with her. And you. 3w
  •   rmsherwood Blessings to you! Caretaking is a tough job. I cared for my husband in his last months and it exacts a toll, emotionally and physically. 3w

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recoveringmusician .
immersed
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Eye of the Beholder
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recoveringmusician .
Remembering
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Collab When @vektorg asked if he could do a collaboration on one of my photos I knew I was in for something special. What I didn't expect was to be so deeply moved by it! Victor is good people and a great artist. If you don't already follow him then I insist that you at least spend a few minutes in his wonderful gallery, and if that doesn't make you a convert then you may need to take your soul in for a tune-up!!.
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Moon & space: Victor's.
Man: mine
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recoveringmusician .
Girl On An Island.
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I've been dreaming about this shot for several months now. It only took two boats, two cameras and two days to achieve. My friends @LostHollow asked me to shoot a video for their amazing song "Water and Oil". I kindly explained that asking a photographer to shoot a video is like asking a flute player to play a drum solo...sort of. Despite my reservations I agreed. I knew immediately that I would build the theme around this image that had been haunting me. I took this photo with the Canon 5D Mark II that we used for filming the video (so if any of you are unsure about what to get me for Christmas...).
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Big major thanks to @Jonathanpfahl for lending his acting talents, camera tech knowledge, and editing skills. Check out his awesome gallery.
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