Pushing Forward by Micah Mackenzie

All of us will experience hard choices, stressful events, and difficult situations that will impact us in one way or another for the rest of our lives.

Hard times happen. They teach us lessons, make us stronger, and give us a deeper sense of self. After all, would be sitting in the sun mean as much if you hadn’t of experienced the storm first?

After every storm there is calm, and then the sun shines. If you keep remembering that, you will make it through.

Give yourself the opportunity to feel and process every thought and emotion. This is what the experience calls for. We all know what happens if we bypass or bury our emotions. We must allow the process to happen and give ourselves the space and time to feel everything.

Now I take as much time as I can being positive. It is not easy on a daily basis,but I choose to have a happy life even when circumstances say there should be none. I am full of light and joy for each day to me is a new way to see out of the darkness. 

Rudy Aguilar Thank you for allowing me to go along with you to shoot that night in West Asheville. It is always so much fun just being around you man!

 

EMMA D, I'm so thankful to know you! You are a walking dream :) Look forward to creating with you again and again!

SLICK RICK THE RULER IN ASHEVILLE NC presented by JOE GREENE and THE GREY EAGLE by Micah Mackenzie

It draws you in and creates pictures, so what I do is almost like a talking story book.
— SLICK RICK

We came Up...On a Tuesday! It was a pleasure to be standing side by side with one of Hip Hop's greatest of all time. The Ruler, Slick Rick, Rick The Ruler, and Ricky Dee was a very important part of my life in many of he's verses and songs that have graced my eardrum. The Art of Story Telling, Hey Young World and so many many more have influenced the hell out of me.  I was honored to be there!

 

Respect~

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A Lesson on slowing down. by Micah Mackenzie

We all have these beautiful journeys, but we all do have one thing in common. We are all so damn busy these days. From the second we wake up we all arrange our days in the matters of: rise,eat,fart,brush,dress,drive,coffee,voicemails,emails,texts,work, communicate, address, forward, meeting, edits, and repeat all versions of this before your day is done.

    Recently while heading to a shoot I realized that rush again. I see it all the time now. We talk on the phone and drive, we eat and walk to our destinations, we drink coffee as if it were the fluids running through our veins. Well this is true for some of you out there. So a friend of mine suggested I take a break from Facebook for a second. Jim Lauzon said he gave it a go and loved it.  So I said,"What the hell, I'm in!" (Pssst! If you have never been on their tour. WTF are you doing?! Lazoom Tours)

  I did it and the experience was like stepping back a few years in time. Truly refreshing and it made me realize that it is important to do absolutely nothing sometimes and that be ok. We all need days to sit in the sun, or write a poem, or do some gardening, or go on a hike, or bake a carrot cheese cake with dutch apple crumbles. A man can and will dream. So I do and did, and in this time I was gifted by being in the right place at the right time. I am inspired again on a whole new level and I can't wait to show you.  Thank you Parker J Phister. This is all because I slowed down for a second. I need to do it that way more often. Great things happen when I can see all that is around me. There are infinite possibilities if you choose to see them and make the connections.

 

So I'm sitting outside right now finishing up this blog post. 7 o'clock light is so nice right now. I love these long peaceful shadows it casts across everything. Slowing down feels good. 

 

A Story must be told... by Micah Mackenzie

It was a cold, crisp February morning. The wind blew threw me and chilled my core. I wish the sun would come closer, I needed to be warmed up a bit. A good washing would do me good. I feel dirty from all that surrounds me.

 

 

It won't be long til I'm gone...

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It's always so still. The quiet, deafening. I could go for some beautiful banjo twang right about now. That would encourage my soul a bit. Life has been pure and wholesome...to say the least. It won't be long till I'm gone.

Bare naked I am, to the windows of my soul. I stand here alone, wide open for all to see, letting all the bugs in to my soul. It won't be long till I'm gone. Peace will fall on me as I fall to pieces. Oh how time has past here, near me. 

It's nice to have people over, making oneself feel useful again. It's been some time on this prolonging pursuit of the inevitable. 

I remember Ms. Abrams pressing Mr. Abrams shirt before he headed out to the market. She would stand there all day singing to any bird that caught her fetching eye. The freshest lavender trail would follow her everywhere.

My visitors were kind and reminded me of some of the best years of my life. Many holidays and shared precious moments that no others have seen the likes of. Even if it were only for a moment, it was nice to be useful and wanted again. 

Was it all a dream? I shall rest now...again...and forever. Thank You.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special Thank You to

Whitney Diane

Anthony Bellemare

Travis McClure

I AM BLACK AND BLANC Art Show @ Izzy's on Lex by Micah Mackenzie


It's still silent...

It's still silent...

In almost every direction...I see lines. Smooth shapely gorgeous lines, chiseled strong powerful lines, crazy wobbly nonconforming lines. They are all magnificent in structure and hold tight to the colorful world in my head. 

My show at Izzy's on Lexington is about those lines. It's a simple and beautiful journey I see. 

I look forward to revealing a new series that I've been working on behind the scenes. This is a fun series for sure! Looking forward to testing new lighting and timing techniques, to paint a photo with little added editing. Look for it around April.

Bye BB&T

I want to thank Izzy's for hosting me! Everyone was comfortable and Chris is an amazing gentleman! Thanks dude! 

 I want to thank everyone who bought pieces from me! It means so much to feel respected and supported by you. It fuels me as well as other things I love. So much love and respect back to you!