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Just Be Revolution – “Your Way Or Their Way”

This is a very personal post today, I know that being comfortable and content is one thing but happiness is SO much more. Feeling ‘enough’ to receive anything is a struggle. To receive thanks, money, gratitude, compliments… name it.
I’ve already achieved much in my life but was it “My Way” or “Their Way”… enjoy!

“All my life, when I’m truly honest with myself I’ve always done the ‘right thing’ or ‘what’s expected.’ I passed high school well, I traveled for a year, I went to uni and graduated, got married, work hard, had kids, am a good mum and wife. I’m now 33 with 3 kids and although I’m content I do sometimes wonder what would life look like IF?”

https://thejustberevolution.com/blogs/the-just-be-revolution/discovery-of-self-your-way-or-their-way
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Just Be- Blog “Your Are Your Thoughts”

Please click on the link below to read more from my Just Be Revolution Blog post:

“When you spend so much time in a negative head space, you outwardly research and glean examples of why something is 100% truth. When you’re in a positive mindset, the same is true, however it’s not detrimental to your own self. Your beliefs are an equation of

Thoughts + Feelings + Research/Proof= Belief.”
https://thejustberevolution.com/blogs/the-just-be-revolution/discovery-of-self-you-are-your-thoughts

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Penning the path ahead

I have been invited to be part of The Just Be Revolution and not only co-found this amazing revolution, but share my story and journey ahead coupled with artworks and imagery for each piece. Pretty cool from my perspective.
Just Be is…
A Revolution of courage, strength and love.
A Revolution of tolerance, kindness and confidence.
A Revolution to change how we feel about ourselves and to change how we see others.
Just Be is fighting for a future where everyone is accepted for who they are and how they look. The Just Be Revolution is a platform to share stories, and as our army grows, our voice will get louder. Together we are stronger and can make the world a better place for everyone.

Just Be is for everyone who wants to live in a kinder, more tolerant world where nobody is judged on their appearance. Just Be is for everyone who wants to help change what society sees as beautiful, normal and acceptable. Just Be is for anyone who has been teased, bullied, abused, beaten up, or worse, because of how they look or how they choose to look. Just Be is for everyone who is confident and happy to just be who they are.
We are fighting for a world where nobody is afraid to be themselves.

Many people have NO clue to my history and it’s not something I’ve ever shared. I’m finding though in my older years it’s becoming unwanted, disliked baggage that needs aired and dropped off along the road. I’m tired of seeing cyclic patterns arise and continue to prevail where change is growing.
I’m tired of the bullies and abusers.
The opinions that drive so many to lead pain filled, suppressed lives.
I’m tired of not living for me. For living how others perceive I “should”.
I’m tired of the ‘shoulds’ ‘musts’ ‘cant’s’ of life.
I’m tired of the abuse.

I just want to watch those around me thrive and blossom. I want to create art that speaks to those in transitions, pain, dark spaces and show them a path back to the light. It can be done- it’s not easy but it CAN be done.

So in light of this, here’s my first post for The Just Be Revolution: 

“I’ve battled my whole life to become the strong person I am today.  I’ve heard that what gets you through the first half of your life is completely different than what gets you through the second half of your life.
I know I’m not quite at the “second half” point yet, but I’ve been learning a lot about myself, and what I want for my life, over the last year or so. I’m doing a little reinventing early.”

https://thejustberevolution.com/blogs/the-just-be-revolution/introducing-julie-and-the-discovery-of-self-blog-series

To read more from the blog piece, please click on the link above.

I hope you enjoy the adventures and the imagery that accompanies this journey!

XJules

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Misplaced Souls Project

I have been after some thing different to shoot for a while now. Just to mix things up a little.
I wanted to find something I hadn’t seen photographed for a while, if not before. I knew what it was but just hadn’t seen it yet.

A few months ago whilst driving I saw this amazing house only to realise it was completely abandoned. On the way back along the same road, I took another look and saw it was  weathered, peeling, slightly broken and lonely looking. It was like an incredible haunted house that just oozed personality without a soul inside it.

Then sadly one after another after another abandoned property seemed to appear along the same stretch of highway. That stretch of road has sat with me for the past few weeks festering. SO many questions kept cropping up about them. After having a conversation about these places, a very good friend of mine here gave me a date and told me we were going back to photograph them. She picked me up at 6am Sunday morning and we headed out. Mind you we both had been awake at 4 and 5am respectively. Her reason was feline related, but mine was with anxious energy hoping I didn’t sleep through my alarm. I haven’t been this excited about photographs for a long time.

After a coffee stop, we were off on the road. If it wasn’t for Sarah’s experience of road tripping with good friends we would have driven past all the places with all the conversations we were having haha. We’d see something slightly too late, have to reverse up the highway or do a few well maneuvered U-Turns to get back to where we were looking.
All I can admit to, is that first house we photographed was creepy. I sense people and places- like an Empath I guess, and this place just oozed creepy. Something big had definitely happened in it. As I walked around the side, I saw a vine had penetrated through one of the windows from the inside and grown up and through the roof. With some nervous giggles and stories of serial killers leaving dead bodies in abandoned houses, we left and went looking for another spot.
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We found one place which must have been beautiful in it’s day and filled with children. It had a giant tree in the front garden and the home was now hidden beneath grasses and vines. We wandered down a lane next to it to find a kids swing set completely wrapped in vines. It struck such a nerve with me I took a couple of quick snaps and wondered if the kids were old enough to outgrow their equipment before they left?
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There was a home next to a firestation which was my happy house. It just looked like it had been a cheerful little home for someone. A dog barked from accross the highway, scaring me half to death, which in turn bought out the firehouse chief. He told us the house is owned by a very wealthy family who kicked out the tenants for whatever reason and it’s sat abandoned for the past 18 or so months. They wont sell it, they wont fix it, they are letting it rot. It has asbestos in its roof, which for now is still in tact, but it will need repairs soon. The firehouse had tried on a few occasions to purchase it without success.
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There were a few other spots on our trip we stopped at like a few broken jetty’s, an old petrol station, Bass Farm and a terrible diner which was functioning for breakfast.

We then found the house that started this entire project. Snuggled under a beautiful tree next to an open space of green. It reminds me of an old house that would be used as a haunted house in a movie but with the gorgeous morning light that was on it, it was just stunning. It felt a little awkward at first but as we talked about how beautiful it would have been in its day the feeling around it changed. It had old net curtains torn and billowing out windows, holes in the roof and the back half of the home had now collapsed. Yet it still brought up so many questions in me. Who lived here? Who loved this place and why on earth did they have to leave? I also wondered quietly if it was for sale as I know I would LOVE to restore it. I’m not sure we have enough time in the years we are here to achieve that sadly.

When I loaded all the images onto my computer, I wasnt sure how to edit them. I was going to make them eerie and cold but they didnt suit that at all. I decided that I didn’t want to turn them into Halloween spooky houses, which so easily could have been done, but instead try to give them the respect, warmth and love that someone obviously had years before.
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I was so interested in the people who resided here once. Who were they? What did they love? how did they love? Why did they leave? How are these home sitting abandoned? Is there really no work in the area to sustain people? So many questions and all from a very Beloved perspective of connection.

I can’t wait to share more images of these places in the future.

XJC

Until I can get my images to load to WordPress, you can see them all here: Julie Clyde Photography

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Second image in the dreamscape series

The image below is a culmination of days of work. I love playing and creating an image from my dreams every now and again. Water and fog have always sat well with me and carries a resounding peace, which during the days of late I think the world really needs. I’ll put together a few of the images I have used below to give you an idea of where all the bits came from!
XJC

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