A Thousand Words




This marks post 100. When I began TGM I had no intentions of reaching one hundred posts or even people for that matter. But here I am and with this post I have also reached 1000 visitors; I’m telling you these numbers because they are important to me. Each number represents one person who has taken the time to visit this page, a person who took a moment out of their busy life to peek into my developing album. Some days show ambiguous photographs with no overt subject and other times its a collection of images from one single event. Truth is, I don’t know what this is going to be yet, and as I write this post I’m even more confused as what I’m supposed to talk about (because I feel like I should talk about something). But words, I realize, are just small details and without a greater picture these details will fall short. So to stay true to old cliches and traditions, I’ll let these photos speak the 1000 words that I couldn’t even begin to express.


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If you can succeed in trying, then you have succeeded. – Marcus Aurelius 

People – Humans are always looking to make the impossible, possible. 

 The first set of images below are dedicated to those individuals who have helped me or TGM grow in some way. Thank you.

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Fishing Woman -: The First Candid.+
G. Yamazawa -:The Poem Prophet.+
Francis -:Opportunist Rising.+
Dj Crossfade -:Turntables and Tequila.+
James -:First Steps to Being a Roadie.+
Cata y Constanza -:Los Observadores del Amanecer.+
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Fabiola y Angela -: Las Rosas de Playa.+
C.P. & Kris -:Ink and Ivy.+
Matthew Vaughn -:Carbon Melodies.+ 
Joc -:Hometown Hero.+
Cecil -:A Vessel of Transparency.+
Sir Abstraxxx -: Lord of the Bleeding Pen.+
Sam -:Pearl Harbor.+
Jas -:Interview With a Leader.+
Brandon -:The Newgrounds King.+
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Ace Henny -:The Inquisitor.+
Brandon  -:The Noxin.+
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Lj -:The Onyx Chronicles.+
La’Mon -:The Apprentice’s Master.+
Plus Almighty  -:Carpenter Child.+
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Virginia -: Amor.+
Manny -:The Talent.+
Nana -:The Precursor.+
Grandmother -:The Oracle.+ 
Sydney -:My Sister’s Keeper.+
Tammy & John -:The Phirst Foundation.+

Places -“A story is only as good as it’s scenes, and that which is unseen.”

It’s not where the destination is but rather what was learned on the journey. Take a look and see all that He created.

Light x Hope x Honduras
Space x Freedom x Detroit
Dusk x Joy x California
Sunset x Imagination x Charlotte
Art x Life x NoDa
Water x Refresh x Cullhowee
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Reflection x Divine x Charlotte
Night x Solitude x Charlotte
Cloud x Wonder x The Library
Shadow x Tension x Raleigh
Metal x Man x New York City
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Wind x Change x Home
Well x Knowledge x UNC-Chapel Hill
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Poetry x Passion x Punta Cana
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Marble x Foundation x Winston-Salem
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Time x Beginning x UNC-Charlotte

Things – “Its who you are during an experience that causes change, not the experience itself.”

The last set of images are snippets from my journey through life.

Gordon Parks. It was his story that inspired me to pick up the camera and begin exposing everything in my world. I hope to leave a legacy as heartfelt and impactful as his. 
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“The tools to find the truth” – Combustion Child
“The first submitted photo, thank you Converse” – Undergraduate
“Never let your ink run dry, even if your pockets do.” – Volunteer
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“Cheap jewelry can hold priceless memories” – Human
“I thought I knew my grandfather, discovering these proved I have more to learn.” Grand Son
“A debilitating curiosity towards the unknown. Winding pathways that lead to no destinations.” – Anxious
“Somehow I left chalk dust on the minds of scholars.” – Teaching Assistant
“A man who trains his hands is ready for anything” – Spectator
“The lights from home, a cure for wanderlust.” – Traveler
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“Brought to you by Bachata, Four AM Breakfast, Pablo Neruda and Strangers” – Tourist
“How a Best Friend found his Man.” – Rescuer
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“Even notebooks must be purified” – Arsonist
“Welcome to The Nuclear Cottage” – Poet
“These are the conversations we need to be having.” – Videographer
“I need to get home, my city is hurting and I’m stuck here” – Black Male
“When you see another human being in trouble…you can either stay seated or stand up. I chose to stand.” – First Responder
Dec 24th Northlake Mall” – Survivor
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“Hey, I brought my camera. Do you mind if I take pictures?” – Amateur
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“I’m going to go shoot a probate in the mountains” – Freelancer
“The Poets that push my Pen” – Performer


“This pen, it’s going to be the sigil for a movement”  Camera Man
“If you reach out, somebody will come” – Supporter
“Shadows and strings make for a wild time” – Listener



“Untitled” – Me


When I began this post I didn’t know what it was going to be, and as I finish it I am still not sure. It could be a milestone, a collage of my cherished images, or a spark of inspiration. I will leave it up to you to decide, because isn’t that what we do with pictures anyways? The beauty of photography is that each person will look at the same image and have a different experience. Each of these photos are unique, because every Golden Moment from above has been the same but different. Same camera, same format, same buttons; different subjects, different locations, different elements. And the photographer? I’m not sure which one he is yet.

Thank you once again for taking the time to visit my page. As we enter the sixth month of TGM I want to invite viewers to be more active and involved. I’ll be creating a new poll and finding other ways to include you all in the creation process. Dogwood is still in the works, I have covered at least 6 different locations within NC, with many more ahead. As always there is more to come, so stay tuned and hit the follow button if you’ve enjoyed the work thus far. Catch me on Instagram highlighting my 2014 adventure through Spain.



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