staley I have suffered and will again. Gladly. For a purpose. To Grow. To Learn. To Teach. To Understand. To Experience. To Survive. I wont shy away.

And I will even suffer for you. I'll shoulder your pack. I'll carry you on my back. Gladly. Without hesitation. I have and I will again. And with a smile.

But I wont suffer your ego. Or Ignorance. Or blind ambition. I wont suffer your laziness.

I wont suffer that.

And as I sit this morning, warming my hands on this flame I feel it warming me inside as well. Burning away the anger. Frustration. Disappointment. Burning it all away. Leaving only gratitude for the lesson. Gratitude for illuminating the values I had not held as close as I should have. Thank you for connecting me in this way to my deeper and truer self.

Thank you.
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staley Graves on beach 1d

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staley r e a c h . . . 2d

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staley This is Cosco, our AC. All around badass. 4d

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staley Devils Thumb, through masts, at dawn. 4d

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staley This is Ernie the sound guy. I make a lot of Mexican jokes at his expense. Because I like him (and Mexicans). He takes it well and easily holds his own considering he's vastly outnumbered by my camera crew. He has a great sense of humor. The people your with can make things tolerable in situations that are by any sane estimation, pure madness. I like faces. 5d

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staley The last few days of work have been elemental... #iphone 5d

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staley Ego, that little prick.... 1w

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staley It's nearly always worth it to rise before the sun and choose your meeting place. 1w

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staley Deacon Bleu // Local Flavor 1w

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staley Commute 2w

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staley Graves on Beach 2w

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staley untitled 2w

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staley I'm calling this one "in deep" 2w

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staley Alaska - And the big disappointment is that this fucking Instagram still works. What happened to the good old days when you could get the fuck off the grid... 2w

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staley 3w

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3w staley
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staley People want to shoot and then the questions come. What do I wear? Whats the concept? Whats the look? Etc... Etc.. I understand these questions and don't fault them but I'm really not interested in them. Or the answers they require.

Wear something you feel badass in. Bring some options. Bring a hoodie. Bring your open mind. Bring your open wounds. Bring your vulnerability and bring some strength if you have it. Bring your bravery. Bring a willingness to explore. Bring that inner 5 year old and bring a smile if you have it and if you don't we'll go looking for it and if its nowhere to be found then thats okay. Thats just fine.

Whatever you bring it better be real cause otherwise I'm simply not interested. We're all just wasting our time.

Leave the poses at home. Leave the false bravado at home. Leave your ideas about what is beautiful at home. I'm looking for something real. Authentic. Any definition beyond that is far down the importance scale.

This is Karri. A couple times when I shot Amanda Bloom she tagged along. She rolls up in a big old truck built for horse trailer hauling and climbs out with an even bigger smile. I like her instantly. Instantly I want to photograph her. Badly. She shyly but bravely agrees.

Look at that face. I struggle to imagine anything more beautiful. Or authentic. Or satisfying in a photograph.
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  •   ksusha This is amazing !! I love what you wrote !!3w
  •   aaroncoleofficial keep it up 3w
  •   fajardewa Just the way it is... That's life! I love this 'honest' potrait... 3w
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  •   poetic_art_ Wow *.* what you wrote was inspiring honestly 3w
  •   susantuttle Yes 2w
  •   missfirefetish I always thought it was just your unconscious style. Knowing this is your objective with full intention, now I am in awe. 1w
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staley Hot off her Grammy performance with Pharrell, Koyo goes full rockstar. I like cool people. 3w

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staley Chelsey 3w

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staley Always love shooting with Chelsey, she's so pleasant... 3w

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