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Sunday at the Country Club

February 19th, 2019

Sunday at the Country Club

Just a simple moment that I think speaks for itself.


I miss the days of developing classic pictures like this in the ' wet ' darkroom.


This one was shot some time ago, it reminds me of times before the internet when we had more social interaction, and it happens to be a digital photograph.


Digital technology has come a long way, and back then I waited for a digital camera that would make pictures that looked like it was shot on film.


The Pentax K10D is a wonderful camera. The rest is left to how I see it through the lens. Today I still don't use the screen on the back, but use the digital camera as if it had film. ... no peeking,


After they made this camera the industry changed the sensor, so it will no longer be the same ... I'm holding onto this one. ....


.... just like we should hold onto moments of times gone by.





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Enjoy,

Frank



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Silence Is - Still - Golden by Frank J Casella

February 16th, 2019

Silence Is - Still - Golden by Frank J Casella

How often do you spend time in silence, talking to yourself, or just thinking?
Once a day?

A few times a week?

A few times a day?

A proverbial saying ‘Silence is golden’ is often used in circumstances where it is thought that saying nothing is preferable to speaking, the origin of this phrase is obscured by the mists of time. The first example of it in English is from the poet Thomas Carlyle.

There is also the golden value of spending time in silence.

With all of the information we have available to us now, through technology, we can easily be engaged, or distracted, every hour of the day and night. This is why it is even more important today to practice solitude, even if just for 10 minutes.

Solitude is the time in which you have no other input. Not even reading a book, or listening to music, when you truly experience the value of silence (which is golden).

There is a report that says the average teen in the US spends nine hours on media per day, and another that says mental health disorders are on the rise among children. Both state how our brains are not set up for this much activity. Adults are not far behind, even though not exposed to it through our childhood

Silence can be scary, I know. Especially when you haven’t done it in a while, or you may have thoughts of it causing your skeletons in the closet to come to the surface of things. This is where prayer comes in.

You don’t have to cut the noise cold turkey. Detox is different than declutter. There is a practice coming to be known as Digital Minimalism, where you end up choosing to have a focused life in a noisy world.

You might want to pray about how to approach this, and ask God to give you wisdom and strength, or ask others to pray for you. We all need each other to make it through this world, and we’re not meant to go it alone.

I’ve been noticing around the internet this theme recently of the cutting back on technology and replacing it with more human interaction; finding a new hobby or cause to be engaged with …. offline. For us adults, who have kids with screens, the benefits could be more time with family, or that our family might resist tech addiction.

A couple things I am working on, for example, are spending reduced times online by making notes throughout the day for when next online, and, as a photographer I’ve started a new photo series called Sunday Silence: Views From My Backyard. Because I, for one, need to go back to looking at the things we see everyday but fail to notice, and no better place to do this than your own backyard.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church reads that we are to practice all things in moderation, and that, I think, should include making time for prayer and a good dose of silence.

–Frank J Casella




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Casella Photos Now View In 3D

February 12th, 2019

You can now view all of my artwork products: throw pillows, greeting cards, and more in 3D... directly from your web browser!



All you have to do is look for the 3D icon on my product pages.



Click that icon, and you will instantly be able to rotate the product... zoom in... and zoom out!

Have you ever wondered what the back of our shower curtains look like?

Have you ever wondered what the inside of our phone cases look like?



Give It a Try (Click on the Artwork of your choice)




The 3D feature is currently available for the following products:



Throw Pillows


Spiral Notebooks


iPhone Cases


Fleece Blankets


Shower Curtains


Tote Bags


Zip Pouches


Greeting Cards


Coffee Mugs


Bath Towels



Additional products will be available in 3D soon.



This is an incredibly powerful feature to help you " try before you buy ".

It is also a great opportunity to tell your friends, family, and followers how cool it is to view in 3D!



Give It a Try


Thank you for being my customer!




Enjoy,

Frank



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Dog At Peace

February 8th, 2019

Dog At Peace

After a swim in the lake he sleeps in peace.

Have you noticed how dog's have a way of bringing peace to the stress of a family or household?

They are filled with unconditional love, when we look for it ... and learn from it.

Which often makes me ask the question then, and now I ask you, how does your life bring peace to others ... and to the world?

Enjoy your day.

Frank


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2019 New Releases

January 26th, 2019

Dear Collectors and Friends,

Once again this year, I have created a gallery collection of all new uploads for 2019. This is because if you missed a mail from me, or want to come back for a revisit, you can find it in this gallery.


With that said, below are four new uploads since my last mail to you. Click each thumbnail to view it larger or to purchase.




1) The World Is A Great Gift

As I rise up to each passing new day, I am not only thankful for the gift of the beauty of this world, but also thankful to God the giver of this gift.


2) You shall know the Truth

When I study this moment in time, these are the words that come to me: You shall know the Truth and the Truth will set you free.


3) Chairs And Snow - Black And White

A simple still-life moment in black and white. I hope this brings you peace from a moment we often see but may never notice.


4) Illuminated Autumn

Radiant light from a sunset illuminates the Autumn leaves still left on the silhouette branches of the trees.

In life, we never know the impression that we can make unless we show our true colors for all to see.



Click HERE to view the full selection of images in the 2019 New Releases Gallery Collection.





Thanks, and have an enjoyable weekend!

Frank



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Glorious Blue - Photo by Frank J Casella

January 17th, 2019

Glorious Blue - Photo by Frank J Casella


Prayer can’t coexist for long in the same mental space with worries; one will crowd the other out.




When I read these words this morning in my divotional it made me think of this picture.


With the vast blue skies like this, painted by God, do we see prayers or do we see worries into the Heavens?







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Enjoy your day, talk with you again soon!

Frank



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Golden Hour Reflections - City of Chicago

January 16th, 2019

Golden Hour Reflections - City of Chicago

When I look at this scene, I reflect about all the people behind those windows, and all the people who built these buildings over the years.

Yes, it all looks perfect on the outside, but it's what's inside that counts and makes all the difference. Like when I create a picture, I'm critical but mindful that perfection can lead to procrastination.

How about you?

What really is important, I think, is to be mindful and reflect that what we create will still be around after we are dead and gone. So, remember that what goes on inside of us is the here and now, and this we must keep in perspective.


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Enjoy your weekend, talk with you again soon!

Frank



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What's In Your Heart - Photo by Frank J Casella

January 12th, 2019

What

We all make decisions every day.


When we say 'yes' to one thing, then it is at the cost of many 'no's'.


We all have a hole in our hearts that need to be filled. What we fill into that void determines our world view.


Said another way, what goes into your mind is what's in your heart. If you want to change your life, change what goes into your mind.


For example, focus on serving others, and less on self.


For those of us who believe, when we open our mind and say 'yes' to God, and let Him dwell in our hearts, then what we say 'no' to is a sacrifice that makes life worth living.


We no longer feel that void, because our hearts are overfilled with a true joy and love that radiates to others, and makes the world a better place to live.



Enjoy your weekend, talk with you again soon!

Frank



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Being Thankful - Photo by Frank J Casella

January 9th, 2019

Being Thankful - Photo by Frank J Casella

When the paths that we take in life become overshadowed with obstacles, the best route to take is to be optimistic and thankful.

The people who become successful use their struggles to become stronger, and surround themselves with others who see opportunities from each failure.

Know too, that when we focus on God instead of self, and tell our obstacles about God, instead of telling God about our obstacles, we see tiny bits of progress each day as if there is light at the end of the tunnel.

So when given a choice, take the path of being thankful.


Enjoy your day.

Frank

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Shades of Autumn - Photo by Frank J Casella

January 5th, 2019

Shades of Autumn - Photo by Frank J Casella

Dear Friends,

If you are living here in Chicagoland, it seems the snow is staying away. We had a couple snow falls, however, the weather stays too warm to keep the snow around. You would think Fall does not want to leave us!

Anyways, I have an Autumn picture that has seen some interesting comments. This basically was what I call a grab shot, in that I saw the moment and clicked the shutter on the camera. The main subject is a man, slightly bent, looking out the window at the changing colors of Autumn.

So, I tilt the camera on the main subject, and to bring the viewer into the story telling -- and that it did. Read some comments below from the various platforms online where I share my photography.



'Very beautiful and melancholic picture, wonderful light and shadows!'



'Something rather nice about this. It looks slightly crooked but that works towards the general feeling of tranquility in this very well lit scene. Love this internal lighting.'



'You cant help but wonder what is going through the mind of the solitary, detached figure by the window.'



'To be absolutely honest with you, the first time I looked at this image I was ever so slightly distracted by the fact that the horizon was not straight. Yet, when I come back and look again I notice that the human figure is perfectly perpendicular, in contrast to his surroundings. Which leads me back to my original observation about what goes through his mind that is at odds with his environment. I am fascinated.'



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Thanks, enjoy your weekend, and talk to you again soon!


Frank




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