I'M HERE TO EMPOWER YOU!

I’m an artist . . . but that’s not saying much, because I believe, and it is something that I have devoted my time heavily to convey, that art expression is an inherent property of human nature. The media may vary, but not the innate disposition.

Those that know me have heard my “talent-as-myth” diatribe all too often, and if you end up tuning in to my posts, you will encounter it soon enough. It is my goal to change the notion, which a great number of people resign to, that one needs to have “talent” to pursue the art they feel or want and am doing this on a daily basis through my program in the G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers.

With that as preface, I will probably devote a portion of my posts to inspiring artists, but I also plan to impart other conceptions that I have about life in general, with the goal of elevating, encouraging, enlivening or energizing those who read them.

Let me begin with this:

I wish for you the ability to create for yourself all that your heart desires.

Start!


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You can begin by watching "The Myth of Talent" here:


"The Myth of Talent" by Robin Griggs Wood

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Goodbye, Google+




Goodbye, Google+
Goodbye to 1.6 million followers on my works Collection
Goodbye to all the actual people that followed me, my real G+ friends
Goodbye to one of the best social networks there has ever been.
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This is what heartbreak looks like.

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Yes, I know “they” said it was a ghost town, but only those who really used it understood it’s value and knew that the “ghosts” that inhabited its halls were more alive, more communicative and more interesting in the venue that was G+ because it encouraged a deeper level of thinking, expressing, connecting and sharing.
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I planted this tree during the early G+ beta; back when you could only get in by invite.
I watched it grow large, with luscious branches and leaves… and the fruit, oh the fruit was so sweet: 
• My “G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers”, where we gave our hearts away for free, just for the opportunity to elevate each other.
• The “Photography Scavenger Hunt” begun by ChrystaRae, which became the inception point of many of my, now, real-life relationships.
• The myriad photography themes that connected us in a web of wonder, beauty, poignancy and hilarity.
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Now, as I watch it burn away, the brightness reveals the energy it contained.
All the roads I built towards it are burning away, too, but those roads lead outward as well.



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#TheGoodOldDaysofGplus  use that and share your good times on G+ 'til this place melts down!

I laughed all the way through creating this one. Google+ was Photography Theme postin' heaven. There was always that niggling doubt as to whether or not the themes curators really liked your image, or they were just saying to be nice. So, I made this parody on cult classic "Clerks" ... ;oD. 
Except that +Mark Rodriguez, +Isabelle Fortin, +Chrysta Rae and Shane Holsclaw were always nice ... ;o)


#MovieMashupTuesday #rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos

Curators ... just because they "plus" you, doesn't mean they like you.

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OK, this is the only time I'll notify the Mashup crowd, but this is my very first #MovieMashupTuesday !

I had always wanted to do the curators in a mashup, finding time was the dickens! But I promised Isabelle I would give it a go. Here you go, Isabelle––based on the movie poster for "Clerks" (I hope no one has used it yet, I searched!): http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-2FBu88BIF6w/TZITJg4cjQI/AAAAAAAAF1M/BVzvikuLLYE/s1600/clerks-movie-poster.jpg

"Curators"
Starring +Mark Rodriguez +Isabelle Fortin +Chrysta Rae and +shane holsclaw

I also decided to leave +Kevin Smith in there (but updated him), because he is movie genius––and I think he would make a great curator! haha!

I especially liked the original "Clerks" tagline––which fit rather well, with minor alteration, to the Google+/Facebook thing … ;oD



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+Movie Mashup Tuesday with thanks to (and kind indulgence from) +shane holsclaw +Chrysta Rae +Isabelle Fortin and +Mark Rodriguez
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Only the demise of Google+ could put me at the top tier of posters ... hahahah!
And, even with my image at the top of the page, stolen from a completely different Google+ post on Nov. 28th (https://robingriggswood.blogspot.com/2018/11/bolt-from-blue.html) ... oy! ... ;oD ... whatevs.


Good morning, Manhattan … :o))


Good morning, Manhattan … :o))

Looking out over the East River to Lower Manhattan from Empire Fulton Ferry Park, Dumbo, Brooklyn.




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Incoming!


Incoming!
It's been said that Los Angeles is the most photographed city in the world.*
Here's one more.

(Well, with "embellishments" … ;o))

*taking into consideration all the movies made back in the early days of Hollywood
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#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #LosAngeles #downtown #California #SunsetPhotography #Sunset #Travel #TravelPhotography #Sky

Bolt from the Blue


Bolt from the Blue
A rare view of stormy weather over the Chrysler Building.


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#rgwoodpost #googleplusphotos #rgwpost #newyorkminute #ilovenyc #manhattan #nyc #newyork #photography #landscapephotography #travel #newyorkskyline

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St. Bart's in Manhattan


St. Bart's in Manhattan has a fascinating purple glow to it. Partly due to the stained glass windows, but I am pretty sure that it is enhanced by uplights in that color, since it appears in some places the stained glass wouldn’t reflect on.

St. Bartholomew's Church, commonly called St. Bart's, is a historic Episcopal parish founded in January 1835, and located on the east side of Park Avenue between 50th and 51st Street in Midtown Manhattan, in New York City.

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #rgwpost #newyorkminute #ilovenyc #manhattan #nyc #newyork #photography #architecturephotography #travel

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I'm sticking around until the "G+ is gone" error message appears on my profile page ... ;oD. But, since a lot of folks are pulling up stakes and moving on already, I thought I'd pop my other spaces in here. I'm going to miss so many folks!
🌎 http://robingriggswood.com/
πŸ”· http://www.thearcanum.com
πŸŒ… https://www.instagram.com/robingriggswood/
πŸ‘https://www.facebook.com/robingriggswood
πŸ’  http://www.linkedin.com/in/robingriggswood
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If you see a bird and it's a Saturday ...


If you see a bird and it's a Saturday ...
it may be a #SeagullButtinDisguise!

Oh, golly, where else but G+ will I get away with such antics as #SeagullButtSaturday?!!! ... ;oD

If you've made it this far, please know that there is NO such photography theme as #SeagullButtSaturday. (... and there surely won't be on G+ in the future ... ;o7)

The following people, sometimes posting to the #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus (because, isn't it?! … ;oD), are actually the #FunniestNonCuratorsOnGplus.

Robin Griggs Wood Ursula Klepper Christin McLeod Sassi Sassmannshausen Lauri Novak Richard Ball Craig Szymanski Melissa Beagle Ellie Kennard Cora Triton Steve Savoie Pam Wolfe +Joy Mum Jon Cassill Tom McGowan Annie Irving Diana Boyd Debby Moran Alex Lapidus Lou McCorkle +Rob Lopes Kym Kamra Bette Kauffman Liz C Jacqueline Hodsdon Darion Jackman Steven Kennard Sharon Stone Dawn Siadatan Sumit Sen Jasbir S. Randhawa Gazzaroonii T. John Wade Dave Bell Swee Oh Leo Deegan Nancy Battis Vita Patrick Kelly Marilyn Benham +Mari Luukkonen Lora Lee Chapman Giselle Savoie Carin Bruce David Q. Cohen Gernot Glaeser Maureen Roberson Brian Grzelewski cobalt please Darcee McCutcheon Annelies Jansen Rachel Ferris Margaret Tompkins Jan Vermeulen Christi Nielsen Jaana NystrΓΆm


Must-have hashtags (for hackling the hashtag-haters … ;o))
#SeagullButtSaturday (duh!)
#SeagullButtShots
#SeagullButts
#notatheme
#SeagullButtsInDisguise (for other birds; a fine way to use up all those bird shots you took that are "not quite what you were shooting for" and currently languishing on your hard drive.)
#Gulluminati (what the group of non-curators have come to be known as)
#Splatterday (Jasbir's invention, applicable for, ahem, some conditional shots … ;o7)

#rgwoodpost #Gullarazzi
#googleplusphotos

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Kalahari Sunrise


Kalahari Sunrise

May you have a lovely week ahead! ... :o)

More on the Kalahari: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalahari_Desert





#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #naturephotography #naturephotographers #natureandwildlifephotos #animalphotography #wildlifephotography #LandscapePhotography

Light Up the Night!


Light Up the Night!
Times Square, looking north from the Empire State building (the night shots were the only good thing about my visit at the ES bldg … ;o)) Some of the buildings in view: CondΓ© Nast (H&M logo), One Astor Plaza, Paramount Building (lower, with the clock face), Times Square Tower, One Worldwide Plaza (in the distance with the brightly lit pyramid top).

Times Square, like Vegas, lights up everything around it.


#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #rgwpost #newyorkminute #ilovenyc #manhattan #nyc #newyork #photography #landscapephotography #travel #newyorkskyline

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I'm going to miss so many folks!
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www.thearcanum.com
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Bethesda Terrace Arcade (Lower Passage), Central Park.


Bethesda Terrace Arcade (Lower Passage), Central Park.

You may have seen it in movies or TV ... or stood here in this very spot yourself ... :)



#LandscapePhotography Landscape Photography with thanks to Margaret Tompkins Eric Drumm Chandler L. Walker Krzysztof Felczak Jeff Beddow H Peter Ji Dorma Wiggin


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I'm sticking around until the "G+ is gone" error message appears on my profile page ... ;oD. But, since a lot of folks are pulling up stakes and moving on already, I thought I'd pop my other spaces in here.
I'm going to miss so many folks!
http://robingriggswood.com/
http://www.thearcanum.com
https://www.instagram.com/robingriggswood/
https://www.facebook.com/robingriggswood
http://www.linkedin.com/in/robingriggswood
https://500px.com/robingriggswood

Saying howdy to my gang ... :o))


Saying howdy to my gang ... :o))



#FridaysAreBokehlicious  :o) … ˚ΒΊoOoΒΊ˚
With a nod and grin to those sundry #bokehlicious #bokeholics (whoever is left here … ;o7)
Leo Deegan Art through the Aperture Photography Sean McLean Shelly Corbett Betty Habesch Kal Pant Elizabeth Hahn Michael B. Stuart Paul Moody Toshinori ABE Winnie Young Graham Knights Keith Elliott Jacek N. KozioΕ‚ Jasbir S. Randhawa Darion Jackman John Balboni April L Hill Shannon Adelson Dylan Johnson Shelly Gunderson Robin Griggs Wood Kathleen Kent Angie Smith John Getchel Uwe Duwe Magdalena MadZ Wendy Baker Dawn Siadatan wolly wolly Berit Schurse Tom Tran Eve Aebi Isabelle Fortin Cooksterz Littlefield Chris Draper Wendy Verboom Janice LaMere Hackney cobalt please Saji Saju Rosie Nixon Joseph Cowlishaw Marilou Aballe




#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #Friday #TGIF #naturephotography #FloralFriday #FlowerFriday #flowerphotography #floralphotography #hqspflowers #btpflowerpro BTP Flower Pro

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I'm sticking around until the "G+ is gone" error message appears on my profile page ... ;oD. But, since a lot of folks are pulling up stakes and moving on already, I thought I'd pop my other spaces in here.
I'm going to miss so many folks!
http://robingriggswood.com/
https://www.instagram.com/robingriggswood/
https://www.facebook.com/robingriggswood
http://www.linkedin.com/in/robingriggswood
www.thearcanum.com

My Morning


My Morning
From the "Top of the Rock", NYC. My sweetie wanted to get up as high as possible to shoot and there are three good options in Manhattan––without incurring the expense of a helicopter ... ;o7––The Empire State building, Rockefeller Plaza (the "Top of the Rock") and the Freedom Tower (World Trade Center). With no time to do it all, we got to the Empire State observation deck and the "Top of the Rock" (the latter has 3 decks and you get to choose any or all).

I will say, the difference between the two is staggering. The Empire State building SUCKED in so many ways! They treat you like cattle there and are so unfriendly and unhelpful. At one point I got injured when a tourist shoved me into a piece of metal sticking out of the wall and the staff DIDN'T CARE one jot! I couldn't wait to get out of there. At the "Top of the Rock" the staff goes out of their way to be friendly and helpful. They laugh, offer suggestions and advice for the best views and are super kind for any help you need.

If you're headed to the "Top of the Rock", get there early for fewer people and luscious light (8 a.m., if you didn't stay out too late the night before ... ;o)). I would do this again and again ... the ES building, never again!

#rgwpost #rgwoodpost #googleplusphotos #newyorkminute #ilovenyc #manhattan #nyc #newyork #photography #landscapephotography #travel #newyorkskyline

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I'm sticking around until the "G+ is gone" error message appears on my profile page ... ;oD. But, since a lot of folks are pulling up stakes and moving on already, I thought I'd pop my other spaces in here.
I'm going to miss so many folks!
http://robingriggswood.com/
https://www.instagram.com/robingriggswood/
https://www.facebook.com/robingriggswood
http://www.linkedin.com/in/robingriggswood
www.thearcanum.com

Downtown Manhattan, cruising along the Upper Bay.


Downtown Manhattan, cruising along the Upper Bay.

I've missed everyone! ... watcha been up to?


#rgwpost #rgwoodpost #googleplusphotos #newyorkminute #ilovenyc #manhattan #nyc #newyork #photography #landscapephotography #travel #newyorkskyline

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I'm sticking around until the "G+ is gone" error message appears on my profile page ... ;oD. But, since a lot of folks are pulling up stakes and moving on already, I thought I'd pop my other spaces in here.
I'm going to miss so many folks!
http://robingriggswood.com/
https://www.instagram.com/robingriggswood/
https://www.facebook.com/robingriggswood
http://www.linkedin.com/in/robingriggswood
www.thearcanum.com

Sweet little mother set up household right outside my kitchen window!What a treat!


Sweet little mother set up household right outside my kitchen window! What a treat!

How is everyone doing? Life's been so busy lately; I hope you're all doing well ... :o)

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #naturephotography #naturephotographers #natureandwildlifephotos #hqspbirds HQSP Birds #BTPbirdpro BTP Bird Pro

Humbled and honored to be featured in “Shades of Color” magazine,alongside some amazing photographers!


Humbled and honored to be featured in “Shades of Color” magazine, alongside some amazing photographers!
Check it out! https://shadesofcolormagazine.com/goo.gl/xX6479

Check out "Shades of Gray", too … gorgeous stuff! https://shadesofgreymagazine.com/

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #grateful #magazinefeature #sneakpreview #fineart #fineartphotography #featuredphotographer #feelingblessed

Foiled


Foiled
Milton had waited three long years, fighting many a battle with the other peacocks for his right to be the supreme leader––the AlphaPea. Then one day a fine-art photographer came, to record his superiority in all it's transcendent glory with one of those super-ultra-mega-large format film cameras (that have, like, only 8 plates of film left in the world). He'd gotten up to full tail-fanning, resplendent display for the one and only shot that would assure his place in the annals of history and posterious exaltation. Just as the photographer pressed the shutter release ....

... a flea bit Milton in the butt.


And this is the shot they'll remember him by.

Milton is surely just a #SeagullButtInDisguise ... ;o7


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If you've made it this far, please know that there is NO such photography theme as #SeagullButtSaturday. The following people, sometimes posting to the #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus, are actually the #FunniestNonCuratorsOnGplus.

Robin Griggs Wood Ursula Klepper Christin McLeod Sassi Sassmannshausen Lauri Novak Richard Ball Craig Szymanski Melissa Beagle Ellie Kennard Cora Triton Steve Savoie Pam Wolfe +Joy Mum Jon Cassill Tom McGowan Annie Irving Diana Boyd Debby Moran Alex Lapidus Lou McCorkle +Rob Lopes Kym Kamra Bette Kauffman Liz C Jacqueline Hodsdon Darion Jackman Steven Kennard Sharon Stone Dawn Siadatan Sumit Sen Jasbir S. Randhawa Gazzaroonii T. John Wade Dave Bell Swee Oh Leo Deegan Nancy Battis Vita Patrick Kelly Marilyn Benham +Mari Luukkonen Lora Lee Chapman Giselle Savoie Carin Bruce David Q. Cohen Gernot Glaeser Maureen Roberson Brian Grzelewski cobalt please Darcee McCutcheon Annelies Jansen Rachel Ferris Margaret Tompkins Jan Vermeulen Christi Nielsen Jaana NystrΓΆm

Must-have hashtags (for hackling the hashtag-haters … ;o))
#SeagullButtSaturday (duh!)
#SeagullButtShots
#SeagullButts
#notatheme
#SeagullButtsInDisguise (for other birds; a fine way to use up all those bird shots you took that are "not quite what you were shooting for" and currently languishing on your hard drive.)
#Gulluminati (what the group of non-curators have come to be known as)
#FunniestNonthemeOnGplus (because, isn't it?! … ;oD)
#Splatterday (Jasbir's invention, applicable for, ahem, some conditional shots … ;o7)

#rgwoodpost #Gulluminati #Gullarazzi #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus
#googleplusphotos #hqspbirds #btpbirdpro BTP Bird Pro #birdsgallery

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Fine art paper, metallic, canvas or keepsakes and cell phone covers.
Please feel free to ask me, if you would like any of my G+ images
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or visit me at
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Bokeh Addicted


Bokeh Addicted
I shot a few shots of these flowers sharp, but decided I liked the bokeh I saw in the background so much, I turned the focus on my lens. Yummy bokeh!
I'm sure I'm due for an intervention ... ;o7



#FridaysAreBokehlicious  :o) … ˚ΒΊoOoΒΊ˚
With a nod and grin to those sundry #bokehlicious #bokeholics (that may rival the non-curator list of a certain non-theme! … ;o7)
Leo Deegan Art through the Aperture Photography Sean McLean Shelly Corbett Betty Habesch Kal Pant Elizabeth Hahn Michael B. Stuart Paul Moody Toshinori ABE Winnie Young Graham Knights Keith Elliott Jacek N. KozioΕ‚ Jasbir S. Randhawa Darion Jackman John Balboni April L Hill Shannon Adelson Dylan Johnson Shelly Gunderson Robin Griggs Wood Kathleen Kent Angie Smith John Getchel Uwe Duwe Magdalena MadZ Wendy Baker Dawn Siadatan wolly wolly Berit Schurse Tom Tran Eve Aebi Isabelle Fortin Cooksterz Littlefield Chris Draper Wendy Verboom Janice LaMere cobalt please Saji Saju Rosie Nixon Joseph Cowlishaw Marilou Aballe




#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #Friday #TGIF #naturephotography #FloralFriday #FlowerFriday #flowerphotography #floralphotography #hqspflowers #btpflowerpro BTP Flower Pro