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Depression and Abuse

Depression is a nasty thing. 5 years ago I escaped an emotionally, verbally and physically abusive relationship with +Philip Bloom​ . During that time I thought of suicide constantly. Sometimes, out loud to people close to me, but more often - to myself, just trying to find a way to keep going.

Let me start by saying, I know this is totally wrong. Having watched people very close to me struggle with it, attempt suicide and threaten it - I understand all too well how hard that is to hear. I'm currently dealing with someone extremely close to me threaten it for the last 4 months and there are days I'm just begging myself to keep it together for the others close to me and to stay strong for my family. It's killed a lot of my creativity but I'm working hard on being there for that person when they finally ask for help.

5 years ago I was incredibly low. When I left I did everything I could to keep going. I threatened to contact the police and wondered how could he do this to me. In one incident, I screamed at him, crying wondering what I did to deserve this treatment. Frustrated, I remember throwing something at the wall and it broke a picture frame. Not my finest moment I know, but I was terrified and equally mad that he could do this to me. I knew no one in London and felt like I was trapped. At the time, that was enough for him to do much worse....before and after that incident. But here's the thing - I never called that person a c$#t, I never laid a hand on him, I didn't throw items AT him, and I didn't say anything. For a long time. I listened to his cries saying that if people found out, it'd end his career - and he made me feel so guilty with his put downs and threats anytime I considered telling someone.

I grew up with a very abusive (biological) father. It was so humiliating to think that I would stick around even after the first incident with Philip. I felt weak. It was more humiliating to know that I would say or think thoughts of suicide when a few months before meeting Philip, someone I love dearly attempted suicide. Since then I've gotten the help I needed to help overcome my past and be strong for the people around me.

2 days ago that person attempted to have Facebook remove my post speaking out about the abuse. I was banned from liking, commenting on sharing anything on Facebook. Luckily they restored my post. Attempting to hide the abuse doesn't mean it didn't happen.

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In support of of one who wears red well -- whether it's blazing red hair or merely red lighting...

About 5 years ago, I attended a big event of a social media person that was Sara's farewell to Toronto and send-off to being married and living in London, UK. Somewhere around a month later, I saw a Tweet that had her back in Toronto, which gave me a bad feeling. It was a big deal when she left, but it was as if she was being up front about being back in the city, but at the same time, it seemed done very quietly, and there was no talk of her London adventure or nuptials. Some time later it came out that the engagement had been broken off. I only knew her from Twitter and this isn't really the media in which one asks someone personal questions.  Some time later, after some banter on Twitter about something, I invited her to a lunch with my niece downtown.  Said niece had just gotten a camera and wanted to learn how to use it. Sara joined us and it was a wonderful afternoon of conversation and photo taking. At some point, I asked how she was doing and she told me why she was back in Canada. It's taken 5 years for her to go public about abuse suffered at the hands of Philip Bloom and talk about why the engagement was broken. (And, yes, that Philip Bloom: filmmaker, camera reviewer, Kessler slider.)

I'm not on FaceBook, where the conversation broke and is ongoing, so I wanted to lend my support here. It's difficult to speak up in this situation in any case; speaking up against someone with a huge public presence, who is respected by many, is even more difficult.

+Sara Collaton , lifting a virtual glass of scotch: here's to honesty, bravery and to someone bold enough to pull off brilliant red hair and speak up about something so personal and difficult!  ;)
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Hang in there. When things feel overwhelming, just remember, "this, too, shall pass." 
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My Life In Rooms

so you go now to your books
And I go to my rooms
And everything is so soft
When we are hiding out 
In these rooms

Taken (more than) a few years back when we spent the afternoon strolling down Queen street finding places to shoot.  He's an incredible musician and his music is the perfect soundtrack this morning while I work on some projects.

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I love Copy. Not only do you start off with a great amount of storage, but everytime someone joins from your link, you BOTH get an additional 5GB!!
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I posted about copy and dropbox on my site about a year ago. Now, thru referrals like Sara shared, I have over 2TB of free space :)
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Paris vs NY

Beautiful video which instantly reminded me of +Vivienne Gucwa. For those that are in #NYC  - be sure to check out her talk during #ppe2014 !

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I'll see you again in 25 years
Well, this just made my day! David Lynch and Mark Frost are teaming up once again to bring #TwinPeaks  back to television in 2016!!

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Sparked: Behind the Technology

Cirque du Soleil has a spellbinding new dance performance video between a man and his drones http://www.fastcocreate.com/3036216/cirque-du-soleil-has-a-spellbinding-new-dance-performance-video-between-a-man-and-his-drones via +Fast Company 

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I had the pleasure of meeting (and capturing) this sweet boy last evening. At two weeks old he was already the perfect model: didn't fall asleep, didn't poop on the photographer (or the blankets) and held his poses like a champ. 
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Wedding Planning

So... I'm engaged! 
+kurt clausnitzer proposed to me on our anniversary a week ago and now the planning starts.  We've got the date set and are planning for something intimate, personal, non-traditional and affordable. That being said, for something relatively relaxed, there's still a lot of planning to do! Luckily, I found this site today created by #Google  and can't wait to start working on my spreadsheets in +Google Drive to help keep me on track. #nerd  
Use free wedding templates and designs in Google Docs, Google Sites and Picnik to make planning your big day easy. Save time, save money, stay organized and have fun.
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Sweater Weather
Found my dog's Halloween "costume" last night. What's your best pet costume?

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Photographer & Social Media Consultant. Lover of Great Meals, Movies, Gadgets & Sarcasm.
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I'm inspired as much by the lush work of fictional cinema as I am the work of the many talented film photographers that make the world a more beautiful and interesting place. Admiring the cinematographic style of work by artists like David Lynch and Gregory Crewdson, I strive to do with my camera what Tom Waits can do with a piano and a microphone.
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