How Social Media Shapes My World Today

“Social Media Day”

.5  > 2016!

As a celebration of the amazing people I’ve personally connected with,  I felt the need to pause and reflect on this modern day anomaly called social media.

In 2007  FB facilitated a  re-connection with friends, classmates, colleagues and family. I’m  one of those dual US/Aussie citizens, so it’s a convenient way to check in with people around the world!  When babies are born and people move along life’s path, or someone dear to us unexpectedly joins a band of angels  …  the love, compassion and support from our social community is invaluable! It can be like a salve for the soul. Memories, mutual friends, and a shared reverence for the passage of time. As humans, we all need  genuine connection, honest conversations and a safe place for the truths behind our highlight reels.  A common ground, regardless of physical location.

The launch of Google+ in 2011 (+5 this week!), combined with sharing on soundcloud a few years prior, edged me out of my creative shell enough to share publicly.  It was so inspiring to find like-minded people with different perspectives around the globe. Especially those who were passionate about life and would prompt others to unlock their own greatness.

Let’s not underestimate the power of simple encouragement!

Those early days, when Thomas Hawk +1 a photo, Trey Ratcliff invited us to speak on his shows, Robin Griggs Wood poured her heart and soul into mentorships, and Chrysta Rae set us all scavenging about to hunt for great images – it was a cyber land where permission to share was a given and a few true friendships were forged. Lotus Carroll dared us to boldly reveal ourselves from both sides of the lens and Daria sang for the world from the comfort of home. G+times!  It took more than one Brian to build that photo community but look how it now expands across multiple platforms. While the future may be uncertain the experience remains.

My personal growth in social media was quite unexpected and organic. I simply became more curious about the world, shared conversations with fellow artists, and on occasion, ventured out to meet people in person.

Here’s some of my early work created with an iphone and a few apps.


One of my own personal highlights was being  published in this beautiful book!

A Day In The World copy

I’ll be honest.

The print is the size of a postage stamp! Who cares?  It’s a fantastic concept!

I feel grateful to have a copy in my home and to have made a tiny contribution to a global effort that was designed to connect and inspire humankind through photography 😀

In the introduction, Desmond Tutu states that “our need to see and understand each other is greater than ever before … Every picture has added to my experience – my comprehension of life is suddenly clearer”

Wouldn’t you say social media makes this possible every single day?

It’s not all peaches and cream, but I do believe the interwebs will continue to shape and stimulate our experience as human beings for ages to come. As we ride this planet of vast beauty, stark brutality, evolving consciousness and growing awareness, we are also responsible for shaping it. It doesn’t mean that we are slaves to the machine. Or that we forget to earth down into our own energy. It simply provides a portal for a more sustainable life.

So, with  .75 of a million online followers, 8 Billion+ views, a Gmail theme, pins, posts, instagrams – later grams,  visions of steller life, streams, Youtube vids,  rapid firing snapchats…

I wonder.

Where is it all going?

Don’t you?

Often the statistics feel meaningless and we question what kind of tangible value social media actually brings to the table.

Well, a retired chef,  Lauren Bath will tell you it’s totally possible to manifest the dinner on your plate while sharing your passion with the world.  It’s true. There are countless opportunities for those who put their attention on ideas that inspire the soul and feed authentic self-realization. Reach out, seek the bright side and stand your ground – we live in amazing times!

Honestly, if you’re aligned with #becoming a more expressive person, why not connect with the many mentors and teachers willing to share their hard-earned knowledge via social media? There is a phenomenal wealth of free education at your fingertips – go ogle it!

Social media is what YOU make of it. Be it a connection with your deepest self and a path to find your tribes. Or a complete and utter waste of time and negativity.  The power to educate, heal and expand our intelligence as a human race is also available, but only if  we are willing to focus on those concepts.

If the potential to build a better future together is infinitely possible, why NOT choose to drive your social experience in THAT direction? Whenever and whatever way you can.

S’pose that’s all I really wanted to say. At least for now! 😉

With infinite gratitude,


Nothing quite like unwrapping and hanging 1.5 meter prints!

If you're in #Sydney and want to have a look, the "Life In Still Motion" series continues to hang at #Gallery #ArtEst until the end of May.

Originally shared by +Art Est Art School

The #HeadOn15 #photography #art #exhibition is being set up today in our #gallery! Gretchen Chappelle uses motion blur & #photographic techniques to create painterly #photos @headonphotofest



7-8 pm TONIGHT!

Join me at Gallery Art Est for a quick chat about my perspective behind the lens and the reasoning for many of my aesthetic choices. I’ll give a few insights into the way my techniques have developed over time and share stories about the people, locations and adventures beyond the frame. Not one to ramble on, should be plenty of time for Q&A.

If you’re coming along, dress warm! It’s a big space and a little off the beaten track. Hot tea, cocoa & Champange for those who make the effort 😉

If you’re arriving via the Rozelle side turn RT on Kegworth (Lords Rd is one way).
#headon15 #artisttalk #lifeinstillmotion #sydney #seeaustralia

Put the art > in your SmART – device!

I'm running a couple of Sunday workshops during #HeadOn15

Click the link if you're in #Sydney and want to join the fun 🙂

Workshops – Gretchen Chappelle
Putting the ART > in your SmART – device Join me for an interactive, educational & fun filled afternoon of mobile apping! Bring your own device or use one of the provided iPads to create & take home your very own work of art. I’ll walk you through some basic steps, introduce you to my go to apps and set you on the path to a studio that fits in your purse or pocket. Saturday May 17th, 2 pm – 4:30 pm Ages 10 + Saturday May 24th 10 a…

I recently spent some time chatting with +Brent Mail & +Johny Spencer about all things photography and … well, some silly stuff from my past

I never have the courage to watch these types of interviews – what's done is done! Hopefully there's no need for extreme embarrassment. I let you be the judge 😉

Originally shared by +Brent Mail

In this episode we interview +Gretchen Chappelle amazing photographer and artist.

Share – Ringo Starr and Bat-mobile
Inspire – "The Impossible Magnitude of Impermanence"
Create – Get start in photography with what you already have.
Enjoy the Show & Share the Photo-love
Brent & Johny

SIC 19 – The Ringo Batman – Gretchen Chappelle
Share – Ringo Starr and Bat-mobile
Inspire – “The Impossible Magnitude of Impermanence”
Create – Get start in photography with what you already have.

Enjoy the Show & Share the Photo-love
Brent & Johny

I can't remember when exactly I stumbled across OPHELIA's channel but I often stop by for a little dose of photographic & artistic inspiration. If you're the type of artsy person who enjoys a touch of #DarkBeauty you may find yourself browsing around awhile ;)

*note: dramatic music warning – drop the volume if that's not your thang 😉 Omar Galliani – Master of Drawing

Here's another one for lovers of #blackandwhitephotography
Kalliope Amorphous – Caithness – The Ruins Of Sanctus Magnus – Photography

#video #art #drawing #OmarGalliani #KalliopeAmorphous

The Ship Has Landed!

An impression from last night's walk along the Circular Quay during the final hours of   #vivid .

I brought my young daughter along to see the lights as we'd missed out on our annual family pilgrimage to the festival this year . Needless to say, she's not really into waiting around for settings, tripods & long exposures. Most of my frames contain a waving hand, extra blur from getting pushed along, and of course >  plenty of close up photo bombs! Still, good fun w/ pic's to prove it 😉 

Thx again +Jason Ruth for taking the time to tell her about the interactive lights just around the bend while I captured a few frames. Great to catch up again  +Colby Brown, appreciate you understanding why I had to make it an early night. Would loved to have talked shop & walked the whole circuit … look forward to seeing crisp, clear & colourful shots from both of you!

All the Best~

#vividsydney2014   #vividsydney   #sydneyoperahouse    #operahouse   #seeaustralia