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    Free Desktop Background // I am not afraid.

    Dena April 24, 2017

    Hello, dear friends. I’ve been inspired lately, making lists, setting goals, and manifesting dreams. While it’s all very exciting — it’s scary too. I used to be more of a risk taker. I wasn’t jumping out of airplanes exactly, but I quit my secure job to pursue my passions; I went to Kenya with a bunch of strangers; I traveled to Paris alone. Then life happened and things changed for…

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  • Hope Floats

    Dena September 14, 2015

    In recent years, I’ve begun to think of autumn as “berry season.” So many of the bushes and trees that we pass on our walks come to life in September with bundles of the most gorgeous, juicy berries in all colors. I took this set…

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  • portraits 03 // roman + marina

    Dena September 2, 2015

    “Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, “Do it again”; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough…

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  • portraits 02 // roman + marina

    Dena June 8, 2015

    “Stay close to anything that makes you glad you are alive.” –Hafiz It’s been a crazy couple of months, friends. Over the past few weeks, Marina’s crying has gone from bad to worse. Despite her pediatrician repeatedly telling me that — “She’s healthy, just colicky”…

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  • We were trees.

    Dena January 21, 2015

    “In our former lives, we were trees. Maybe we have even been oak trees ourselves. This isn’t just Buddhist theory; it’s science. The human species is a very young species—we appeared on the Earth only recently. Before that, we were rock, we were gas, we…

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  • 17/52

    Dena April 27, 2014

    The 52 Week Project – A portrait of my son, once a week, every week, for one year. 17/52 — “Sometimes when you pick up your child you can feel the map of your own bones beneath your hands, or smell the scent of your…

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  • Hope in the Dark Places

    Dena March 12, 2014

    “In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger — something better, pushing right back.” —Albert Camus…

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  • A life you’re proud of…

    Dena February 26, 2014

    For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can…

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  • Day 18: A Photograph of Yourself

    Dena November 18, 2013

    I thought about choosing a few photographs and complicating the issue (like I’ve been wont to do). But then I thought better of it. Exhaustion seems to be getting the better of me these days. I’m fairly productive in the morning but by 5:00 pm…

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