The Road of Photography


The digital revolution has changed the landscape of photography. This 10 min. documentary by Eliot Grigo and Abby White follows some of Maine’s photographers and educators as they explain their feelings towards the new digital process.

…After you watch, check out Eliot’s blog. He takes great photos.

Being New to Photography (just born new), maybe my opinion does not count but I believe this is a situation of adaption. Yes, there is less of a need for professional photography than there was 20 years ago, but in the words of Jan Rosembum, “there will always be a need for people with good taste and skill”. Be like Sarah! Embrace the technology and it will amplify your creativity. Second to the mind, the computer is the ultimate creative tool. Learn to Use it.

Instagram’s New Terms of Use Agreement

admin-ajaxRecently, there has been a lot of talk about Instagram’s new terms of use agreement. I myself was confused as to what the new terms were so I did a little research.

On December 17 Instagram announced that, effective Jan.16 2013, it will claim the perpetual right to sell users’ photographs without payment or notification. As you may have heard, this announcement caused a user uproar unprecedented in the companies history. According to it lost around 4 million daily users between Dec.18 and Dec. 28, 2012. Since the backlash Instagram has re-worded the language in it’s terms of use and the New Terms will be effective Jan. 19 2013.

They state that Instagram will not claim any ownership of content that users will or have posted on the service. Instead, effective Jan. 19, 2013, users will grant Instagram a non-exclusive, fully paid and royal-tee free, transferable, sub-licensable, worldwide license to use the content that they upload. Under these terms the user will not grant Instagram ownership of their photos, rather the rights to use and sub-license them, free of charge. Instagram will be able to license your photos to third-parties without your Knowledge. You, the user, will still own your content and the right to sell, promote and license your work, but Instagram will have those rights as well.

For an up and coming artists as myself who is trying to build a brand, that may not be such a bad deal. It’s free exposure. Instagram has already proven to be a great promotional tool by many up-start brands who have sprung from the use of the social engine. I wont be upset or offended if Instagram sells my pages likeness to Pepsi. “Drink Pepsi Like Tanner Squash”. My Instagram and WordPress pages will blow up.


Maybe one day you will see your pictures in a companies ad campaign. Other people will too! Tag Them! It would be great for me to be able to say to a potential client that my photos have been used in ad campaigns. Of course, I won’t know it until I stumble across them myself. Maybe not so positive for a mother who finds her children in an ad but positive for me. Great if the photo is tagged with my name and logo.

I don’t mind Instagram selling my mobile photos without imbursing me. I would mind them claiming ownership of them, but in the end, I didn’t upload them to sell them. I uploaded them to share them. Instagram put together a platform that inspired me to pursue photographic passions I didn’t know I held. For that, maybe they have earned a kick-back.

When I heard of this new terms of use agreement I motioned to delete my account, but after a little digging (flower pot like) I decided to keep it. Do you use Instagram? Are the terms good for You? Let me know what you think.

You can review the updated Instagram terms of use here


#The Instagram Effect

In 24 years, I have never been interested in photography. For 20 of those years I wasnt’t interested in social media.  I thought I was too cool for Facebook until I found out how cool it actually is. I didn’t know a lot about Instagram either upon it’s Android release. My friends were using it, but there not creative people like me. They’re self-portrait people… Continue reading

YSTL Student Debt Conference

Tuition hikes, limited financial aid packages and decreased funding of higher education make college education an inaccessible burden for low income folks in our community.

If we take on that debt, we spend most of our lives trying to pay it back or having our wages garnished.

Join Young Activist United St. Louis (YSTL) as they get together to take action at their Student Debt Conference!

Saturday, September 29 from 9AM-4PM

Regional Arts Commission 6128 Delmar Blvd. St. Louis, Mo

The event is free, RSVP to

Party in The Plaza

Yesterday, the ACLU, NAACP, Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (MADP) and Amnesty International held a campaign rally for Reggie Clemons in support of a hearing to review his case scheduled for Monday September 17, 2012. Reggie currently sits on death row for the 1991 murders of sisters Julie and Robin Kerry. For twenty one years he has maintained his innocence.

Much more than a rally the event was an actual concert; live in Kiener Plaza, with a powerhouse roster of Hip Hop, reggae, jazz and spoken word St. Louis and East St. Louis talent. Among those who performed were Tef Poe, Nato Caliph, Aurelius the Saint, Mario Pascal, Red Zero, Scripts N Screwz, Cheeraz Gorman and Lamar Harris. These internationally known and underground renowned mc’s and musicians did not disappoint. Continue reading

Less Law, More Order: The truth about Reducing Crime


A recent read I thought I’d share.

Author Irvin Waller advocates using crime prevention tactics rather than the current “tough on crime” reaction tactics used in today’s world.  In Less Law, More Order, Waller explains how the conventional approach of crime reaction is actually detrimental to society, and offers a series of policy proposals that focus on addressing the proven causes of crime.  This book lays a platform for a true and righteous law and order system that can and should be applied in the real world.

“A must read for every voter”

– John A. Calhoun founding President and CEO, National Crime Prevention Council and former U.S. Commissioner of the Administration for Children, Youth and Families

Here is a link to the books page



THE MONEY MASTERS is a NON-FICTION, historical documentary that traces the origins of the political power structure. The modern political power structure has its roots in the hidden manipulation and accumulation of gold and other forms of money. The development of fractional reserve banking practices in the 17th century brought to a cunning sophistication the secret techniques initially used by goldsmiths fraudulently to accumulate wealth. With the formation of the privately-owned Bank of England in 1694, the yoke of economic slavery to a privately-owned “central” bank was first forced upon the backs of an entire nation, not removed but only made heavier with the passing of the three centuries to our day. Nation after nation has fallen prey to this cabal of international central bankers.

watch the movie. become informed. get involved

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