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,


Remembering Last Summer

South of the Canadian border, pockets of water surrounded by low mountains, pine forests, and wildlife.

Last year I spent a few days with family on the shores of Garfield Bay. Only one of the many beautiful locations nestled around Lake Pend Oreille.


Tierra Del Mar | Oregon Coast

In the falling sun
where lively wings stand still
melts the colour of an enchanted day

Found a little something to edit & share while sifting through the archives. One of the best things about photography is the ability to pay a virtual visit to moments, places and faces after the time has marched on. Especially when, for whatever reason, you can't get out to shoot!

Cheers to you!
Wherever you are today~

#sunsetphotography #oregoncoast #poetry #lifeinstillmotion


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


Free Star Photography Tutorial + Scouting & Planning for Star, Milky Way and Night Sky Photography Video Series

Thank your lucky stars & check out +Dave Morrow ‘s free tutorials.

Originally shared by +Dave Morrow

Free Star Photography Tutorial + Scouting & Planning for Star, Milky Way and Night Sky Photography Video Series

I just arrived in Death Valley, California to shoot the Milky Way & scout for some new Night Skies Photography Workshops & Tours for early 2016.

During the next 10 days the moon phase is perfect for shooting the Milky Way, night sky & stars.

If you’re interested in learning how to plan for your next shoot under the stars check out my free tutorial linked below. I’ve also included a link to my free star photography tutorial which teaches all the basics of shooting:)

Scouting & Planning Video Tutorial

Milky Way Photography Tutorial

Star Trails Photography Tutorial

Photo Details
This was actually my first Milky Way photo from way back in the day. It was taken in the North Cascades of Washington State near Picture Lake. Shooting with a Nikon D800 + Nikkor 14-24 f/2.8 the settings were f/2.8, ISO5000, 30 seconds.



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

"Life In Still Motion" opens TONIGHT!

If you're in Sydney feel free to stop in at Art Est. and have a look. Should be around over the next week if you you'd like to say hello in person and are unable to make the opening event, workshops or Artist Talk on Saturday.

The new, unpublished & fully re-mastered favourites are on display in large print at Gallery Art Est. for the remainder of May. More information at

For those far away folk following my daily posts … thank you for your patience! > #gottapromote


At the Edge of Infinite Potential~

Sharing glimpses of the " Life in Still Motion" exhibition on Instagram in the lead up to the opening night celebration THIS Thursday!

If you're in #Sydney and would like to to attend send an RSVP to Complimentary White Negronis & French Champagne served from 6-8pm.

Location & transport information can be found on the gallery website

#headon15 #fineartphotography #exhibition

Gretchen Chappelle on Instagram: “At the Edge of Infinite Potential~ Happy Mothers Day to all the amazing women around the globe who’ve nurtured children through life’s…”
“At the Edge of Infinite Potential~ Happy Mothers Day to all the amazing women around the globe who’ve nurtured children through life’s challenges,…”

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…