Friday, February 18, 2011

Photo Friday

This week has gone by without much time for photography, as usual. I really must get out with my camera more, but I've been saying that for the last couple of months. Perhaps it is time to meet some new photography friends here in Bozeman.

I'm not really that into Valentine's day, but I still like flowers, so I just had to photograph the bouquet of flowers that I received. The bottom two photos are for last weeks' photography project over at Photography 139. The theme was one that I suggested: GO! Check out the other contributions and future ones on Monday afternoons under the RWPE Y2 header.

Valentine flower



Friday, February 11, 2011

Photo Friday

Another busy week with interviewing for a new job and all, and last weekend was too cold to take my gloves off to take photos while skiing. Oliver is my only subject this week so it's a good thing that he likes being photographed. The top photo I was playing with zoom blur, and the bottom photo he is just being himself.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011


When I first decided to quit my job as a bench jeweler last September, I was excited about entering a different part of the industry. It might even have been great; to work in the gem sector would go right in line with my studies, and I would have someone to learn from. Well, that didn't quite work out as well as I had hoped. However, whenever a door closes, a window opens, right?

Many of my friends told me I was doing the right thing to change sectors. But some of them thought I was doing the wrong thing. Why give up on a talent and an eye for design that many people just don't have? For many reasons I agreed with both sides. I was bored with my job, sick of the drama, and sick of bad things happening to good people that I worked with. I was no longer inspired to design unless someone needed something specific. I needed to get back to that place where I could just sit and design because I wanted to.

After being a goldsmith for 8 1/2 years, I realized that doing something different was difficult. I had no idea what I was doing anymore; a far cry from what I was used to. I had known that I would miss being a goldsmith eventually. It just didn't take as long as I'd thought it would.

In December I decided that I would start designing on my own. I even came up with a name for my little company: Dilettanti Designs. The problem with making my own designs was not the lack of the ideas, rather the lack of money, equipment, etc. I had no way to move forward, something that I hated. I had decided that maybe it was time to go back to work, doing what I am naturally good at, and to be honest, what I love to do. But where? I didn't really want to move again but maybe I wouldn't have a choice.

This is where luck or perhaps fate intervened. I decided to do a search for a job in my town, and low and behold there just happened to be one. And the manager is best friends with someone that used to work for the same company I had, and he advised him to hire me, all before my first interview, which I had yesterday.

Now I just have to take a few tests and see what their offer is. I'm not one to hide my emotions very well, and this is no exception. I'm actually excited!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Photo Friday

Again, not much going on this week on the photography front. Hopefully that changes this weekend! Have a good one...

Old International truck

Dieffenbachia in sunlight