Weekly Photo Challenge: Express Yourself!

Our friend Roger is always expressing himself!

He walked behind my mother and my husband while they were conversing at a New years Eve party just as I snapped the shutter. Out of the corner of his eye he caught me framing the next shot and decided to jump back into the picture with a flourish.

The second shot not only shows him sailing back into the frame, but also highlights the awesome t-shirt he’s wearing, printed with his own illustration of one his horseshoe crab masks.

Horseshoe Crab Mask by Roger Swezey.
Horseshoe Crab Mask by Roger Swezey.
T-shirt by Roger Swezey.

Roger has expressed himself with his artwork for decades, giving up architecture and becoming known as the “Vulture Sculpture” man exhibiting at several Renaissance Fairs for many years. His sculpture is made from gathered bits of flotsam and jetsam; shells, crab claws, horseshoe crabs, drift wood, coconuts, pine cones, tree roots and the like, salvaged from the water’s edge or the woodland floor.

Framed sculpture by Roger Swezey. Vulture in Moonlit Woods.
Framed sculpture. Vulture in Moonlit Woods by Roger Swezey.

More recently he developed his “Pixel Pointillism” designs and “Feral Coot” illustrations. Both descriptive phrases, he coined himself.

Pixel pointillism Bumblebee by Roger Swezey.
Pixel pointillism Bumblebee by Roger Swezey.
Can't We Just Get Along? Feral coot illustration by Roger Swezey.
Can’t We Just Get Along? Feral coot illustration by Roger Swezey.
The Hep Coots, a band of feralgenarians by Roger Swezey.
The Hep Coots, a band of feralgenarians by Roger Swezey.

Roger calls himself a “feralgenerian,” another word that he invented, and lives up to this resourceful, free-spirited description. After losing his home and just about everything else, in Hurricane Sandy, including most all of the supplies and materials which he gathered from beaches and woodlands over decades, he collected himself and began anew in the Hudson Valley. He accomplished all this starting-over while in his seventies! He had the help of a few wonderful and supportive friends, but even so, many other people in the same circumstances would have despaired and given up. Roger rallied his inner, stubborn curmudgeon and marched on!

Although he probably doesn’t know it, Roger has been an inspiration to me over the years. He’s an awesome example of someone walking to the beat of their own drummer; a perfect example of self expression! …

Roger Swezey, 1956.
Roger Swezey, 1956.
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More traditional work by Roger Swezey.

… I’m so grateful to have the pleasure to count him as one (or two!) of my friends!


You can find Roger and his work in person at the Maryland Renaissance Festival.

You can also find his work online at either of his two Fine Art America shops here or here, at Zazzle, at O Art Tee, and on facebook.

This post is in response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Express Yourself.”

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Many Thanks! … Plus a 2014 Photo Review

On this last day of 2014, I’d like to take a moment to thank everyone in the WordPress blogging community who has taken the time to peruse my blog, like, and comment. I’m still truly amazed by the response I have gotten! Several of you have graciously nominated me for awards for which I’ll make the time to accept sometime after the New Year. Thank you again!

I began my blogging journey only a few months ago in September not really knowing where it would take me. I seem to be leaning toward having a photo blog, but who knows where 2015 will lead… perhaps I’ll get brave and add more text to my image posts!

I’ll make a toast this New Years Eve to a happy blogging future with you all!

Happy New Year! ~Terry

Here’s a gallery of some of the images I’ve posted since September…

To see a synopsis of my photos from November’s Photography 101 click here.

Two Lovely Blog Awards

I would like to extend many thanks to gahlearner from Flights of Fancy, and Linda from Sofia Wisdom of the Ages for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog Award! I was notified by these two lovely bloggers in September and October, only two weeks apart. Receiving two nominations in such a short time was very, very encouraging and a pleasant surprise since my blog is so new!

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The One Lovely Blog Award recognizes blogs considered to be lovely, written by bloggers who share their story or thoughts in a beautiful manner to connect with their viewers and followers. The nominees are chosen by fellow bloggers, and the nominations are presented to new and up-and-coming bloggers. The purpose of the award is to not only give recognition, but to help the new blogger reach more viewers as well.

If nominated, in order to “accept” the award, you must follow these guidelines:
* Thank the person who nominated you for the award.
* Add the One Lovely Blog logo image to your acceptance post.
* Share 7 facts/or things about yourself.
* Nominate about 15 (I have seen 10 as a suggestion as well) bloggers you admire and inform nominees by commenting on their blog.

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Sign, Coincidence, Synchronicity

Hello, I’m still here! I’ve been absent from Blogging 101 for several days. Sometimes life, work, fatigue and unending tasks just snowball, and unable to find enough rejuvenating alone time, I slip into overwhelm.  Tonight I finally found some time to sit down at my computer when I am not completely exhausted, unable to think or write. I’m behind at least 4 assignments maybe 5 so I was a bit apprehensive to look and see exactly what I needed to do to catch up in Blogging 101.

Tonight the most recent assignment is to Try Another Blog Event. I visited the page, clicked on the link Community Event Listings, and was happily relieved and excited to see The Daily Post Photo Challenge titled Signs. Post a photo of a sign… Yes! I’m ready for this one! I have a photo waiting in the wings all set to go.

And here is the sign. It’s a simple one, of a very common variety, a small variety that I encounter every day.

IMG-2685-Gratitude-Mug-600x600wmTo drive home their message, as with exit signs or advertisements, sometimes signs are repeated. This “sign” repeated itself several times, yes several, in one day.
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