Untruth

Inside me, suspended between 

my sternum and diaphragm

At the base of where I imagine my heart

there is a kernel of False Knowledge

The fear that there is something about me

seen by the world, to which I am blind

That makes me inherently

Unlovable

Maple syrup sweetness and gut punch bitterness.

One month (and a bit) into this grand experiment of making-one’s-way-through-life-via-art and I feel great, and horrible. Maple syrup sweetness and gut punch bitterness. Crappy pieces of mail and wonderful friends. Not that these are sides of coins, or that I believe life is as simple as binary examples would imply. I just know that I am happy with my choices, and I dislike some of the side effects.

I’m in the middle of it, and I don’t know exactly where it is going.

Last year I gave myself various constraints.  Little boundaries which were designed to challenge and inspire me.  I began to increasingly mine my life and use my talents to create.  I had the time and space to do it.  It is a joy to dig down into me or into something (or both, please both) then rise out of that space with art.

Make something, which communicates something, to someone.

Those boundaries which provided a path and gave me comfort, have started to feel like they need to expand a little. Or possibly be erased, removed entirely. This safety net was important and valuable. The thing is, what felt like safety has started to feel like a thing I want to explore beyond.

Beyond.  I like that word.  I’m eager to be at the furthest side of, to be beyond.

I’m rambling now. I know, that is because I started writing this weeks ago. Depression and a few blizzards have taken not a small amount of my time lately. I still feel some of the bitter and the sweetness from before. However I’m now a little further beyond that point and can breath with some ease. Time and plans make for wonderful helpers. Once again grateful for friends, community.

This feels like a lesson, I could be taking notes.

My challenge right now is to make a routine that fits the life I want, and also affords me the financial security to feel abundance and to be generous. I’m having to learn (and unlearn) so much to make the life I want. Never was I taught to advocate for myself, advocate for my art. 

This is worthwhile. This is valuable and important work. It’s what I want to be doing right now.

627 South Front St., Shipoke – second and third floors

Because I’m slow in writing posts for my own website, and Janet Hepburn is an all-star, I believe the house now has a sale pending. But I still want to share with you just how lovely this place is, and share how much fun I had shooting it.

This house’s wow factor doesn’t stop at the first floor. Once you head up stairs (via either of the two staircases) you have plenty of space and more high ceilings and plenty of windows! From the second floor the views of Riverfront Park and the Susquehanna river only get better. Wood floors continue in all the bedrooms and they practically glow with warmth in all the natural light.

I would love to shoot another place in Shipoke, it’s such a beautiful spot in a beautiful city. If you’re selling or renting in Harrisburg or the surrounding areas, contact me for your photos.

627 South Front St., Shipoke – first floor

The thing about this house, it just didn’t disappoint. At each turn there was something to behold, a molding, the condition of the floors, stained glass windows. Everything was beautiful. The first floor contains a large open parlor that looks out onto Riverfront Park and the Susquehanna river just beyond. A gorgeous front stair case and hallway, with French doors featuring etched glass.

Down the hallway is another large room, which could be used as a dining room. I daydreamed it as a living room, with the larger front room being my studio. A person can dream, right!?! And it’s hard not to in this house. The second staircase can be found via this room, and there is a half bathroom as well. The basement is accessed through the hall space between this room and the kitchen.

The kitchen is homey and looks out on to the back garden. There is so much light, which is no surprise with 4 windows to brighten up the room. In my previous post about this house you can see the back garden (along with other exteriors and river views) which is quiet and cute! I envy the amount of counter space in the kitchen, and all the meals that could be prepped there.

627 South Front St., Shipoke – exteriors

Last Friday I had the pleasure of photographing a gorgeous house in the Shipoke area of Harrisburg. I love this community. I enjoy it so much the each time I shoot a place here I get to scheming about how one day I can live there too! The sunsets are some of the best in the city.

With 4 bedrooms, 2 fireplaces and 2 staircases, and plenty of stained glass to cast lovely rainbows on the gorgeous wood floors, it was hard to not fall in love with this place. There’s actually so much to show I’m breaking the house up into a few posts.

First off let’s talk about the exteriors. There is so much green space around Shipoke, and this house is no exception. Right across the street is Riverfront Park and the Capital GreenBelt (a 20 mile patchwork of bike paths the circles Harrisburg).

The house is located on Front street in Shipoke, overlooking the Susquehanna river.

Riverfront Park, just across the street from the front door.

Second floor porch, off one of the bedrooms. And where I’d drink my morning coffee!

The yard was teeming with birds and pollinators!

Quiet and peaceful.

The hydrangeas and the bird bath are super cute, just needs a bistro set and a few strands of lights and you have outdoor dining at home!

The house is new to the market this week. I’ve updated the post with links above if you are interested in the house. And if you want photos like these for your property, please contact me.

I’m so excited to show you the rest of this house! I walked away with so many amazing photos, and these outdoor beauties are just the tip of the iceberg.