1. When your friends ask you to hangout, and you don’t feel like it, don’t go. Don’t ever do things halfway or do something that makes you uncomfortable. With everything, give all of yourself, even the pieces you never knew existed.
2. It is okay to not know. Everyone always despises the phrase, “I don’t know” but no one tells you that it is okay to not know. The becoming is more important than the being, anyways.
3. If someone ever makes you feel less, in any way, you have every right to walk away. You have every right to cut out toxic people in your life. To close the door on people who make you feel bad about who you are or what you stand for. Friends don’t tear down, they build up.
4. Loss is always going to happen. Just like paint will always chip and rain will always fall, loss will always be part of life. No matter how much I don’t like it, or avoid it, it is going to walk my way at several times in my life. Learn to embrace it and learn to get closure.
5. Give yourself a chance. Stop saying, “I don’t think I can” or “But what if I am not able to?” and give yourself a chance. This may be cliche, but try to believe in yourself. When you get older, your knees won’t work the same and you won’t have the best memory, and you are going to wish you’d given yourself a chance years sooner.
6. Fall in love. Don’t be guarded before you fall in love. You could fall in love three times and still not find the right one, but none of it is going to make “the one” matter less. Don’t fall into that idea that your first love has to be your best love. Fall in love as many times as it naturally happens.
7. Firsts are going to be messy. First loves, first kisses, first dates, first failed tests, first college class, first time you drive a car, first time you ride a plane - first times were made to be imperfect. Just because it’s messy and all over the place, doesn’t mean it can’t be good or worthwhile.
8. You want another scoop of ice-cream? Go get it. Get three more scoops of ice-cream if that is what you want. “Fat” is not the opposite of beautiful and it is not the opposite of happy. Don’t let anyone tell you that your body type isn’t beautiful. Beauty is a social construct, create your own, become your own.
9. Let yourself be alone. Loneliness is not a bad thing. It is healthy and normal. Everyone needs to spend a good portion of their life alone. We learn who we are when we are alone; life is less crowded and more clear when we are alone.
10. If you aren’t happy where you are, change it. Quit your job, move, become a vegetarian, get a new hobby, pick up an old hobby, whatever you do - make sure it benefits you. Life is too short to not be alive, to not be passionate, and overflowing.
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Oh. My. Sweet. Lord. Really? Are you that curious? Are you 41 questions of curious? Also, don’t use my name lol. You don’t know me and I you. I know that’s odd but please don’t.
2) If you could meet anyone on this earth, who would it be?
I would say something cheesy like the Dalai Lama. But, it would probably be David Tennet or Florence Welch.
3) Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 23, give me line 17.
So, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows - “…my book will be the first of very, very many.” Rita Skeeter talking about her book on Dumbledore
7) What’s your strangest talent?
I have a knack for chemistry, especially balancing equations. Like I love it.
11) Do you have any strange phobias?
Too much of anything is never good. But, there isn’t one thing that I can’t do.
12) Ever stuck a foreign object up your nose?
Nothing that I remember, but I’ll say I probably have.
17) What was the last lie you told?
I’ll be fine.
21) Who is your celebrity crush?
22) Have you ever gone skinny dipping?
23) How do you vent your anger?
Sleep, fantasize, eat, or text people angrily.
24) Do you have a collection of anything?
Key chains and playing cards.
25) Do you prefer talking on the phone or video chatting online?
Phone since I can do it anywhere. Though video chatting is fun.
27) What’s a sound you hate; sound you love?
I hate the sound of nails of a chalk board, but I love the sound of bells.
29) Do you believe in ghosts? How about aliens?
Nope and yes.
30) Stick your right arm out; what do you touch first? Do the same with your left arm.
Right - the wire that charges my phone. Left the foot board of my top bunk.
32) What’s the worst place you have ever been to?
The hospital my dad worked out during a Hurricane. We were crowded, but comfortable, in a single room. It was dark and quiet, expect for the storm. The wing we were in was deserted. You couldn’t go anywhere for fear of being lost and could tell things were happening all around.
34) Most attractive singer of your opposite gender?
Beyonce or Lana Del Ray
43) Do you have any nicknames?
Bonah, Panda. I more give nick-names then have them.
44) What was the last movie you saw?
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
45) What’s the worst injury you’ve ever had?
A deep gash on my right leg that I got when I fell off my bike. I needed seven stitches, lol.
47) Do you have any obsessions right now?
Weird you choose this one. I just got weird of one. But not really.
49) Ever had a rumor spread about you?
51) Do you tend to hold grudges against people who have done you wrong?
Unless you truly hurt me or a friend, I normally forget it by the next day.
59) Where were you yesterday?
In class, in the office, and in my room. Where I am everyday.
61) Are you wearing socks right now?
62) What’s your favorite animal?
Cats. Big, little, and otherwise.
63) What is your secret weapon to get someone to like you?
Hahahahahahahahaha. No one likes me.
I have been told that I have a lovely personality and listen well.
67) What were you doing last night at 12 AM?
Waking up from a small nap and either doing nothing or on my computer.
70) Are you the kind of friend you would want to have as a friend?
73) You can only have one of these things; trust or love.
Oh damn. Shit son….Trust.
74) What’s a song that always makes you happy when you hear it?
Ummm, Live for the night by Krewella
79) What is the single best decision you have made in your life so far?
Go to Italy in high school
80) What size shoes do you wear?
81) What would you want to be written on your tombstone?
Its always darkest before the dawn. OR
Forward unto Dawn. OR
82) What is your favorite word?
87) What is your current desktop picture?
A fall road scene.
91) You accidentally eat some radioactive vegetables. They were good, and what’s even cooler is that they endow you with the super-power of your choice! What is that power?
Psychic powers (or if that is too broad) able to read minds.
92) You can re-live any point of time in your life. The time-span can only be a half-hour, though. What half-hour of your past would you like to experience again?
Would it be sad if I sad any half-hour where I’m having sex?
93) You can erase any horrible experience from your past. What will it be?
Losing any of the people or boys that meant something to me. Which one, I don’t know. Maybe Logan.
95) You just got a free plane ticket to anywhere. You have to depart right now. Where are you gonna go?
London or California.
99) If the whole world were listening to you right now, what would you say?
Its always darkest before the Dawn.
This is the sign to change your life for the better.
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Sweet fucking lord. Anon. Are you happy now?
“Life is crazy. You have to squeeze as much fun out of it as possible.” Brad Sloan is a self-taught photographer living in Springfield, Oregon with a wife and two children. Graduated from the University of Oregon in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism focusing on electronic media, he is currently a Production Manger at a local ABC affiliate TV station. Photographer on Tumblr since 2010, Brad is also an excellent Black and White tag editor since early 2012. His eye manages to capture the unseen beauty you likely missed rushing your kids to the bus stop or dashing down 5th avenue on your way to work. Inspired very much in 2012 by his 3-day trip to New York City, his passion for cityscapes was born. His work has been featured in Forbes Magazine in both 2012 and 2013, displaying a stunning view of Oregon typically found in most all of Brad’s photography. His breathtaking landscapes were featured on Artchipel in early 2012; Leslie Seuffert interviewed the Artist for Artchipel’s Art Writer’s Wednesday #7.
Leslie Seuffert for Artchipel: How long have you been taking pictures?
Brad Sloan: I have been taking pictures since April of 2009. It wasn’t until 2012, that my passion came into play after a 3-day trip to New York City. My wife is a photographer and that year we got a second DSLR body. With a spare camera lying around, I decided to pick it up and just started snapping away.
LS: Living in Oregon, away from anyplace like NYC, you seem to post many amazing cityscapes and reflections. Why is that and how did this become your focus?
BS: In April of 2012, I took a short trip to Manhattan and fell in love with urban photography. I was only there for three days but managed to take around 3000 pictures. I’m still pulling pictures from that trip and editing them now. There are, however, lots of urban photography opportunities pretty much wherever I go especially a couple hours north in Portland, Oregon. As for reflections, that’s a fun thing to do with cityscapes. Turning complex subjects back onto themselves makes for interesting viewing material I really enjoy.
LS: What is your primary technique?
BS: I don’t have a particular style or technique. To me, there’s no such thing as reality captured on a camera. There will always be variables and adjustments that are made on any digital or film medium that alter the outcome. Photography is about your interpretation of what you are seeing and hopefully being able to translate that interpretation into presentation. As for post-processing, I do whatever I want and nothing is sacred. If I don’t like something in the shot, I have no compunction about removing it or adding something else in. This gets mixed reactions from some other photographers but that doesn’t really concern me. I’m not doing this for anybody other than myself.
LS: I’ve been told that your favorite piece is Empire State of Mind. Could you share with us your process and how do you work this image specifically?
BS: Empire State of Mind is a three exposure shot. Those three exposure were combined in a HDR program called Photomatix. After that, the combined image was converted to black and white using Nik Software’s Silver Efex Pro.
LS: What has been your biggest challenge or achievement to date?
BS: At this point, I’m not really trying to achieve anything. I had a gallery showing last year where I had my picture Empire State of Mind hanging up in the Empire State Building lobby. That was pretty cool, but this isn’t really a challenge or achievement based activity for me. I will continue taking pictures as a hobby and whatever happens, happens.
Brad Sloan can be found with updated posts regularly on Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, 500px and Google+. You can also find incredible, mesmerizing, in depth perspectives of New York City in his book Visions of Metropolis.
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