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I had a bizarre dream once that I’d like to share with you. I had gotten off a plane in Kathmandu, Nepal. I was heading for the Himalayas in search of a wise man, an ascetic who had shunned all life’s luxuries and niceties. I found him adorned in nothing but a loincloth meditating by a lake at the foot of the mountains. I waited patiently for him to awaken, and as he fixed his gaze on me, I solemnly intoned the words I wanted him to hear. “Phil Collins…” I said.

He silently nodded and did the drum break…


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As the kids say these days, I don’t know who needs to hear this, but fuck all the isms and fuck all the ologies. Unless you’re a complete sack of jello, of course. If you are a sack of jello, please at me because I need to know how you got offended by this.

There is exactly one ISM you need. Here’s how it works. Say your last name. I’ll wait.

Now add ISM to the end of it. There it is. Now you’ve named it, what the fuck do you do with it? Well, the straight answer to that…


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Hey, I don’t know who needs to hear this but just because you have a camera and like photography, you don’t ever have to go pro no matter how many times your friends tell you.

Look, your reasons are your own. I certainly have mine, and chiefly among them is that I love photography and don’t ever want to put myself in a position where I hate it. One of the reasons I like talking about several different platforms that I’m interested in is that I don’t spend all of my time on just one. …


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This may or may not be a really long one today, kids. It’s a pretty straightforward point if I don’t end up confusing you with my half-baked, meaningless babble.

I have a friend that had a character he invented — I think it was for a short story if I recall correctly — who had a saying. Who we are now is not who we’re going to be at the end. I was reminded of this recently when I re-watched “The Time of The Doctor,” which is Matt Smith’s last episode of Doctor Who. He says, “…We all change when…


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I have something I want you to marinate on for a second. Take this and weigh it. Every time you take a picture, you have the opportunity to share with people how you see things in a way no one else can. But to do this, you need to start seeing things the way a photographer does. You need to train your eye to see things to shoot.

The advent of digital cameras and smartphones is absolutely wonderful, and it allows everyone to take thousands of pictures of anything and everything. Still, there is one thing it took away: The…


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This week, I’m thinking about the concept of boldness. Taking chances. I don’t know about you, but I’ve not exactly been keen to step up and do something out of the ordinary, and I’ve been wondering why. Is it because of the past year? Is it because I’ve set expectations of what I should or shouldn’t do? Am I assuming you have expectations of what I do? Am I just scared?

Maybe a little of all three if I’m honest with myself. That said, back on episode 372 of this fine bit of poddlement I talked about a period of…


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As you’re listening to this, we’re about 2 weeks from what will hopefully be an uneventful inauguration here in the US. Joe Biden will become President of the United States, and Donald Trump will hopefully go away. I doubt it, but I’m hopeful.

As we end this terrible chapter in American History, I look around, and it’s just mind-boggling. The amount of damage done, the number of things we have to fix now. Hundreds of thousands dead. Millions out of work, So many slipping into poverty because of what’s happened this year. But all of this needs to serve as…


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Happy Lensday, kids! That’s right. I said Lensday. Photography is what we’re going to talk about on Wednesdays! This could be a tip, an opinion, a review if I have something to review, but it’s gonna be a talk about photography. Today though, we’re going to talk about how Photography and I got together in the first place. Now, I need to make it clear that I’m not a pro. I’ve been paid for my photography by some very nice people that have asked me to do a couple of things for them, but I’m not a pro in the…


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Photo by Nik Shuliahin on Unsplash

Happy Monday, Friends. Welcome to the First Monday of 2021. I felt like we all needed to hear that. We’re now 2021. If you hear this, that means you made it. Maybe we all need an award for making it through 2020, yeah? The Bluejacket Creative Award for Chronological Perseverance. It’s all yours, kids.(Note to self, actually make an award for this, maybe?)

Of course, there’s quite a ways to go before we can look at the nightmare that was 2020 and put it behind us because the things made 2020 the toxic hell stew it was are very much…


Part of this series of conversations I’ve been releasing in my podcast, as well as the regular weekday episodes have been about how we’re doing right now during this time. A career in the creative field right now is tenuous it seems, freelancing even more so.

Another reason for this series is meant to be for those of us who are really starting out or don’t have an idea of what to do, or people like me who have come to it later in life. We’re beginners. We need direction. We need encouragement. We need solidarity.

This is something that’s…

Kris Roley

Autism Dad, Multimedia Producer, Podcaster. http://krisroley.com

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