Grasp The Moment Photography

No straight lines make up my life…

All my roads have bends
There’s no clear-cut beginnings;
And so far no dead-ends.

Thats what the great poet, songwriter and humanitarian, Harry Chapin tells us.

I could say that I’ve moved back to my old neighborhood as if it was a great change, but the truth is I could have hit my old neighborhood with a rock from where I lived last month. Not only have I moved back to my old neighborhood, or my old block but I moved into the very same house I was born and raised in.

My family’s home is a two family house, with an apartment upstairs. I’m moving up there, my own place, a place for me to hopefully jump start my stalled life.

Long story short – and not one I care to rehash anyway – the apartment was not ready to be lived in as planned. Quite a lot of work needed to be done and in the meantime I crashed downstairs on my parent’s living room couch. I’ve been working up there as much as I could and more, teaching myself skills I doubted I could ever do.

I was thrown down another well, but this one I’ve been clawing out of. The whole experience has left me with a renewed sense of optimism, maybe this isn’t the only well I can get out of.

I’ve been using my hands for so much lately that they haven’t had much time to be around my camera, but when they have been, it’s been seeing what’s around me, my tools, the miles and miles of electrical tape I feel like I’ve used, the screws I spilled on the floor and my youngest son who kept popping in to see what all the excitement was about.

I know the pause in my blogging has violated my New Years resolution, but I do have work to do. I’m painting today.

Electrical Tape


New Outlets

Screws On The Floor


I haven’t done all the work myself – there have been a few hands in the mix, and I’ve got to thank them. Mike, who thankfully (for me, bad timing for him) came back into my life just in the nick of time. Dennis, my partner in crime. Moose who can do anything, and pretty much has. Chuck who helped me move into storage, and will help me move out – even though he doesn’t know it yet. Jenn who among everything else helped my frazzled mother pick out the colors, and Steve who re-did all my molding. The Mailman for 24hr phone support. I can’t tell you how happy I was when he called last night and the first thing he said was “Looking good man!!”

And Mom and Dad for being the best Mom and Dad ever put on this earth. I don’t know how I could ever begin to repay them, but when I win the lotto, they’re going back to Europe.

Finally, Renee Brussaard and my brother, my best friend, and my rock, Jack for kicking me in the ass and telling me that there’s nothing I couldn’t do. I can never thank them enough for inspiring me.

Be back when the paints drying.

7 responses

  1. starting over from scratch can be a good thing. So glad for you that your parents & friends are there helping you through it. That 2nd shot is so cute! I like the calming colors it looks like you will be using.

    February 19, 2009 at 1:16 pm

  2. Chuck

    The place is looking great!

    You know I enjoyed helping. And believe me I already knew I was moving you out of storage. You call, I’ll be there.

    February 19, 2009 at 1:33 pm

  3. looks like the work is going well. I’m glad you have been able to get it done so quickly. The colour scheme should look great.

    You’ve got some nice photos from you surroundings. I see your foreman staring you down in the second shot. 😀

    Good work mate!!

    February 19, 2009 at 8:34 pm

  4. Jenn

    I’m just so happy you’re on the path to Elko!
    It’s been slow goin’, but it’s goin’.
    I can’t wait ’till it’s all over, and you can finally breath again…
    I’m thrilled to be a part of it, and will be there for you until the end, and longer 🙂
    Until then, sleep as often as you can, and don’t work too hard-
    Everything that’s happened to this point will see rewards.

    The photos are a great reminder, and perfect inspiration to move forward.
    And they’re beautiful!
    Be safe and be strong!
    I’ll be by soon to help…

    February 19, 2009 at 9:47 pm

  5. It’s empowering, isn’t it! To look at a seemingly hopeless case and bit-by-bit, to pull it together and build it into something uniquely your own. To discover that you can do more than you thought possible … it’s just the beginning.

    Everything looks great!
    I love how you find art in all the details.

    When’s the housewarming? ;p

    February 20, 2009 at 5:52 am

  6. JRP

    Brian, I’m happy you are overcoming yet another obstacle. I promised that 2009 was going to be our year and I swear it is. After all of the hurdles it’s going to be wonderful.

    I love the photos depicting all of the details of the job. I love the depth of field you get. Jack is so cute on the ladder – I hope you let him help you…I always loved helping my Dad with projects just like this. I think that’s what left me to be so handy with home improvements.

    It’s so wonderful to see all of the support you have from your family and friends. What a wonderful circle you have. ❤

    February 20, 2009 at 11:47 am

  7. Mike

    First blog I read after wakeup from sleep today!

    Are you tension? panic?

    March 3, 2009 at 11:25 am

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