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Why you should post to your own blog, not on social media

March 18th, 2019

Why you should post to your own blog, not on social media

I like how the snow highlights these tree branches.


In a way, it reminds me of how linking connects different 'branches' on the internet known as the web.


To that end, here are positive reasons why it is important to post each new entry primarily on your own site or blog, not on social media:


1. Having a home

A blog site is a creative outlet. When you want people to know something, you're going to talk about it here. This is where others will be able to find you over time and space. This is your home.

For example, people in my old neighborhood used to just drop by to sit on the front porch and catch up; this site serves the same purpose for me. It's something we can depend on so we can always be in contact.



2. Internet citizenship

This is called the "web" because our sites all interconnect with links. Hyperlinking is what gives the Internet its richness. Following links has helped me learn so much, and give back. Thus, your own site lets you do that.



Here is an interesting article that inspired me to write about this On Blogs in the Social Media Age http://calnewport.com/blog/2018/12/07/on-blogs-in-the-social-media-age



Thanks for reading,

Frank J Casella

Frank J Casella Digital Connection

March 18th, 2019

Frank J Casella Digital Connection

I'm Frank J Casella, an American photographer living in Chicagoland - USA. Pictures speak in ways that words can not. Since I was a kid, I've been perfecting how to put my viewer where my subject is - I call this "Pictures People Listen To".


I'm also co-founder of Chicago Catholic Men's Forum, and Executive Director of Catholic Men Chicago Southland. I believe when you foster a man in holiness, the positive adjustments he makes with his life can have an impact three generations deep.


I'm a product of Columbia College Chicago and, shortly after, my childhood dream became reality when I was assigned to photograph the ministry of the (Roman Catholic) Archbishop of Chicago - the late Joseph Cardinal Bernardin.


My artwork style is inspired by Norman Rockwell. I'm privileged to be nurtured by John H. White - Pulitzer Prize photojournalist.




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'But for everyone, believers or not, the works of art inspired by Scripture remain a reflection of the unfathomable mystery which engulfs and inhabits the world.'
-- St. Pope John Paul II, Letter to Artists


“As a photographer, the big secret is entering into the charisma with the person you have in front of you. If you don't feel it, you'll never do it well.” ~ ARTURO MARI
, Vatican photographer



Welcome to Frank J Casella Artist Photography Blog

March 18th, 2019

Welcome to Frank J Casella Artist Photography Blog

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I no longer post my images directly to social media.

I've become passionate about designing my life around focused work and protecting my time from distraction and devices. After all, it's the only way to get any photography done.

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Prayer Offerings

March 16th, 2019

Prayer Offerings

In Christianity, votive candles are commonplace in many churches, as well as home altars, and symbolize the "prayers the worshipper is offering for him or herself, or for other people."


The purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer for Easter through prayer, doing penance, mortifying the flesh, repentance of sins, almsgiving, and self-denial.

Easter Celebrates the resurrection of Jesus. It is the culmination of the Passion of Jesus, preceded by Lent, a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance.

Easter is linked to the Jewish Passover by much of its symbolism, as well as by its position in the calendar

The Easter Vigil is the "Mother of All Vigils."Easter Sunday, then, is the greatest of all Sundays, and Easter Time is the most important of all liturgical times. Easter is the celebration of the Lord's resurrection from the dead, culminating in his Ascension to the Father and sending of the Holy Spirit upon the Church. There are 50 days of Easter from the first Sunday to Pentecost.It is characterized, above all, by the joy of glorified life and the victory over death, expressed most fully in the great resounding cry of the Christian: Alleluia! All faith flows from faith in the resurrection:"If Christ has not been raised, then empty is our preaching; empty, too, is your faith." (1 Cor 15:14)

"What you sow is not brought to life unless it dies. And what you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare kernel of wheat, perhaps, or of some other kind;…So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown corruptible; it is raised incorruptible. It is sown dishonorable; it is raised glorious. It is sown weak; it is raised powerful. It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual one. So, too, it is written, "The first man, Adam, became a living being," the last Adam a life-giving spirit. But the spiritual was not first; rather the natural and then the spiritual. The first man was from the earth, earthly; the second man, from heaven. As was the earthly one, so also are the earthly, and as is the heavenly one, so also are the heavenly. Just as we have borne the image of the earthly one, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly one (1 Cor 15:36-37, 42-49).

The octave of Easter comprises the eight days which stretch from the first to the second Sunday. It is a way of prolonging the joy of the initial day.In a sense, every day of the Octave is like a little Sunday.

The word "Easter" comes from Old English, meaning simply the "East." The sun which rises in the East, bringing light, warmth and hope, is a symbol for the Christian of the rising Christ, who is the true Light of the world. The Paschal Candle is a central symbol of this divine light, which is Christ.It is kept near the ambo throughout Easter Time, and lit for all liturgical celebrations.


Source USCCB






Click HERE to visit my selection of Lent and Easter Artistic Photography.


A blessed Lent and Easter season to you,

Frank






'Pictures That Share Hope and God's Love in the World'



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The Cycle of Trash

March 3rd, 2019

The Cycle of Trash

Look at all of those trash receptacles. Do American’s really have that much garbage?

When I look at this picture it makes me think about how much food we have in this country. And how much of it we just dump that is left uneaten.

I also think about the number of mouths that can be fed just from what we all dump in the trash!

Its like people who drive very expensive cars. Although it may be in perspective of their income, just think about the more constructive things that could be done with their money if they bought a really nice Ford, and invested the difference in ( someone or ) something that doesn’t “depreciate”.

It seems like it would take a half-day for the garbage truck to collect from all those bins! Yet, how much more does God “collect” the trash that we create from our lives? We leave the clutter and pray that He cleans it up … and the cycle continues.

As Cardinal Francis George says: “The greatest poverty is not to know Jesus Christ”.

In other words, when I look at this picture, it is a good reminder how our lives are like a trash receptacle … what (garbage) we throw into it is what (garbage that) comes out of it.



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Enjoy,

Frank



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Changing Seasons of Time

March 1st, 2019

Changing Seasons of Time

All of us are individuals to the point that each of us has a right to our own opinion. I learned this in a profound way from a very good friend of mine. And as we get older we tend to change who we are, and what we think, based on our experiences.

Ask anyone who is married for a few decades and they most likely will attest to this.

If you look at the age of the trees, many variables cause them to grow to a certain size, in different directions, and how they react to the seasons over the years, etc. ...

So the lesson, or point, here is that as we go through the seasons of life over time to 'just move with it'. Be open to others viewpoints and how they change or respond to their environments, and not take everything too seriously.

It is then we truly notice the beauty of life and the blessings of this world we live in.

May God's blessings Fall on you like the leaves of Autumn.




Click Here to visit my Sunlight and Shadows Gallery Collection.


Enjoy,

Frank



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The Beauty of Fog and Mist

February 26th, 2019

The Beauty of Fog and Mist

There is something about fog that is both beautiful yet mysterious or challenging. Have you ever heard someone say "I need to get through the fog on that" or "This problem has me in a fog"??

Fog is simply condensed water vapor in cloudlike masses lying close to the ground and limiting visibility. Their is much to that about life as well.

When we drive our car through the fog, for example, it is sometimes hard to find our way. We usually have to wait for the fog to lift.
Likewise, when we drive through the fog in our lives, we sometimes have to wait for the issue or problem to take its course for the fog to lift.

Fog reminds us to see the beauty of the pathways in our life.





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Enjoy,

Frank



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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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