About Me

Shelby

Hey there cyberspace explorer, welcome to my blog for the Point Five Project (see Project to learn more). Online I am known as DiamondstoGlass, my artistic brand is “Terribly Beautiful.”  I believe that this world has been filled with beauty, music, and love.  In turn we must have the courage and faith to look, listen, open our hearts, and make the difference.

I am not simply my name, my race, my gender, or my art. With “Terribly Beautiful – Diamonds to Glass,” I am all those things and more. I look to capture real life moments and emotions through my work.  I love story telling through photography.  I plan to expand these talents and interests while applying my innovative and creative thinking to the world around me.  My goal is to apply my life outlook (see below) to my work in order to bring about significant positive change.

If life has taught me anything it is that one never stops learning and there is no promise for tomorrow.  Photography is perhaps the only form of work I have ever seen that has been able to capture both the terrible devastation of war along with the beauty of camaraderie and emotion.  If something admirable can be brought out of a terrifying situation then there must be something wrong in the world if people can look at all the incredible things we are surrounded by and still not find beauty.  When I walk through the street I find beauty is not just a possession per-se, but reflected in the most unexpected places, in many overlooked things and people, all “Terribly Beautiful.” It is easy to put on blindfolds and hide from all that which might seem undesirable, but just because we “hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil,” does not mean there is no evil. Instead there is a world full of “Terribly Beautiful” that could be embraced if people chose to open their hearts to it.

One of my favorite quotes is “if all our life is but a dream, fantastic posing greed, then we should feed our jewelry to the sea, for diamonds do appear to be, much like broken glass me.” The concept of diamonds and broken glass, two very diverse items, being seen as interchangeable strengthens my idea of Terribly Beautiful.  That which was once only for the rich is now as valuable as broken glass.

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