Australia Post One: Time Out


To You,

I’ve decided to refrain from making any ongoing promises about the consistency of my posts. Because, let’s be honest, I’m sucking at it.

But to err on the side of sounding negative – here I am! Success! Brava to me!!

In February of this year my husband and I finally hopped on a plane to visit my brother and his girlfriend in Perth, Australia for an amazing two weeks. We flew into Brisbane for one night before jumping over to the WA where we stayed with them in their home a mere few blocks from the Indian Ocean.

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[It’s okay. Take a moment to hate them for a moment. It happens.]

It’s needless to say how beautiful Australia is, but it does require reminding on how beautiful life can be over there. Just the idea of breathing in that fresh sea-salt air; feeling that golden sun on your well-sunscreened skin; drinking cup after cup of top-notch coffee. Every evening I became exhausted around 9:00PM, and sure I can blame some of that on the ridiculous jet-lag I suffered, but for the most part my body and mind finally let go of all my worries and uneasy anxiety that I hold onto daily. My brain would just melt down and my body would follow suit. And I rested. My soul just rested. And although this sounds lame and like death, it was quite the opposite. It was a moment for the death of the monotony to escape, and a breath for life to make its way back in.

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The trip reminded me that I need to find my peace in where ever it is that I’m situated. I’m a free bird, and being settled in one location is a very hard notion for me to comprehend. But that doesn’t mean that I have to give in. So no more giving in. I may not live on the Indian Ocean (Damn my brother!), but there’s still a beautiful life to live.

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There will be more posts to follow (who knows when) with more photos and write-ups pertaining to our trip to Oz. You can also check out more on my website, www.VLSon.com/work.

But for now, I’m going to take my own medicine as I head into the weekend. Time to take a breath. And keep on keepin’ on.

Love from, Vic Louise xoxoxo

4.17.2016


To You,

On April 17, 2016, Patrick and I renewed our vows in a wedding and post-immigration celebration in front of our family and friends. We originally married on February 13, 2014 which commenced a whirlwind of immigration processing, and so this year we were finally able to round up the troops to celebrate in proper fashion.

With 52 of our closest family and friends who were able to attend, we held a ceremony and reception at the Strongwater Food & Spirits in Columbus, OH. We had guests travel in from the Midwest, East coast, West coast, Canada, England, and Australia for the occasion and I could not feel more blessed by the love and support of these few. To have my family in attendance was more than wonderful. To see my childhood friends in attendance was wonderful. To see my support group from my old workplace in attendance was wonderful.

There were many tears, lots of laughs, and good memories all around. And here are some pics that we’re finally able to share 🙂

Thank you to everyone,

Love from, Vic Louise xoxoxo

Photographer: David Morris, Indianapolis
Dress: Vera Wang White Collection purchased off TradesyVeil: Melinda Rose Designs, Made in the USA
Groom’s Suit: Custom design from Surmesur in Toronto
Bridesmaids’ Suits: Custom design from Surmesur in Toronto
Shoes: My mother’s wedding shoes
Jewelry: Family jewels lent my by family
Venue: Strongwater Food & Spirits in Columbus, OH
Flowers: Rose and Bredl in Columbus, OH
Hair & Make-up: Stylists from The Salon and Salon You in Belleville, ON

Rolls of Film


To You,

I recently finished up a roll of film, but before planning a trip out of the city’s core to have it developed I went through my photography kits to see if any others were laying about. And of course there were. Of random times. Southern Ontario, Chicago, Indianapolis, Columbus, Northern Indiana.

I adore film. It presents little surprises of sporadic memories. Here are a few of the randoms.

Love from, Vic Louise xoxoxo

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Everybody needs a little sunshine in their life. And Corgis. Sunshine and corgis.


To You,

My Mr. Husband-Face and Corgi-child Emma Bear made an unexpected trip up to Canada to support me through some unexpected stress surrounding immigration last week. I will follow-up with a post regarding the unbelievable stress we endured and conquered during that week, but for now some photos I snapped with my dad’s 35mm Chinon from our well-needed hike through the Little Bluff Conservation Area in Picton, Ontario.

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Beautiful day for a hike, chip trucks, and good ol’ fashioned fresh air.

Peace,

Lots of love, Vic Louise xoxoxo

Victoria Son Photography: A New Online Portfolio


I’ve been forming my temporary online portfolio displaying my art and photography work – now, I say “temporary” because I’m sure in the year to come with immigration still playing its course that once I feel settled in the United States I will then have time to sort out my ‘brand’ and be able to more firmly represent my ongoing photographic goals. Therefore for now I am hesitating from purchasing my domain until I become more full-time invested in this venture, rather than being distracted with looming immigration details 🙂

So check it out!

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http://www.victoriason.wix.com/portfolio

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Before and After of My Kitchen Table titled ‘Dinner with Patrick’


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Having found a pine door at a local salvage and antique shop, I worked hard getting ideas together and bringing out the beautiful grain in the door. Two weeks to finishing the piece I decided to name the table, and what came to mind was simple. Thoughts that I treasured and sat aimlessly daydreaming about were surrounded by the domestic symbolism of the kitchen table. All I wanted was to be able to sit down day to day and make dinner with my partner with whom lives at a distance. And so the title of the piece became, “Dinner with Patrick Kitchen Table Series I”.

If you’re interested in any of the pieces photographed, please message me as my lad makes gorgeous porcelain artwork and we both adore making art and design pieces.

[Construction ideas for table legs can be found HERE]

BEFORE

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I spotted the door at a salvage shop for $40.

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A big bag of galvanized piping materials from Lowes.

AFTER

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Stained and finished table pictured with antique typewriter my lad found in his grandfather’s basement and handed down to me.

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Porcelain ceramic mug with celadon glaze made by my lad
Flowers that arrived at my workplace last week as a surprise
Antique typewriter… from you know who.

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Porcelain mug with celadon glaze
The beautiful grain of my pine top coated in an English Walnut stain

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Tabletop decorated with two porcelain cups in a celadon glaze, antique typewriter and rolls of Japanese paper.

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Pine table with galvanized piping for legs

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Table set for writing

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“Dinner with Patrick” Kitchen table decorated with items from the lad.

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Most beautiful mugs, lovely flowers, and gorgeous table.

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Bottom detail.

Although it Remains ‘Unconfirmed’, Signs Point to Me Being An Awesome Person


To You,

Just a brief little list of things I wish to present to you at this moment:

1. I’m Canadian. I always like to start with this because it resonates my awesomeness. 😉

2. I have studied in two different countries apart from my own.

3. I moved to the Indiana, USA when I was 18 to pursue my Bachelors in Athletic Training. Indiana was a state that I probably could not have located on a map beforehand. I thought Texas was within relative proximity to Florida. Yes, I am a dunce.

4. I moved to London, UK when I was 19 on my lonesome to take time to avoid the mundane academic curriculum.

5. I moved back to Indiana to officially seek out my Bachelor’s degree in 2007.

6. I enrolled in the Fine Arts Photography program at my university in 2008.

7. Up until 2008 I had never seen a darkroom before. Nor did I know the names of any credible artists in the photography field.

8. I graduated with my Bachelor in Fine Arts Photography being recognized as a top 5 in my class by professors.

9. I applied to 3 schools in England for my Master’s degree.

10. I got accepted into 2 programs at my top choice, Durham University.

11. Being the idiot that I am, I accepted a position in the MA in International Studies program in Durham’s prestigious School of Government and International Affairs department.

12. I’m an idiot because I had never taken a course in politics in my life. I avoided it in high school, and had never read Marxist theory nor any other political theory up to my first week of classes in a Master’s program.

13. Twice in my life I have pursued degrees of which I had next to no experience in. Seriously. No exaggeration. Really no knowledge at all.

14. Pursuing studies in political theory at Durham University was one of the most difficult challenges I have taken on.

15. You should also know that I’m not a natural ‘book smart’ individual. I merely have an interest to push my brain to ‘know’.

16. I sometimes use words not fully knowing what they mean, but because I like the sound of them. See. Not book smart.

17. I have a Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Emma Bear Tugboat Ein Son. I just thought that was worth noting.

18. Although unconfirmed, I have received my dissertation mark and I will soon be awarded with my Master of Arts in International Studies from Durham University, and no one will ever truly understand how mentally demanding the past few years of my life have been and thus how truly proud of myself that I am.

19. I can pinpoint Texas AND Florida on a map correctly. And Indiana. I’ve come a long way. 🙂

Love from, Vic Louise xoxoxo

All things ART and PHOTO


To You,

A little bit of self-publicity, so I forewarn you, however overall it’s rather a harmless plug. So, if you would so kindly oblige, please read on. 🙂

My personal artist site, http://www.victoriason.com, is set to expire in the coming month. Although I own the domain I am canceling my membership with the host company so that I may go ahead and design my own website from scratch after the completion of my dissertation. Therefore, I have created another WordPress blog in order to house my work so that it may remain on display on the ever-so-useful internet in the meantime.

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Please check out Victoria L. Son at www.victorialouiseson.wordpress.com if you would like to see samples of my work. Just click on one of the portfolios/works and peruse at your own will.

Okay, that is all. Merci, and adieu.

Love from, Vic Louise xoxoxo

Everyone Needs a Shoulder to Lean On


The breeze cools the room nicely, as it softly gives movement to the white linen fabric draped over the brown leather backing of the chair. The sun is finishing it’s descent for the day, culminating the tonal variants of the sky in a cool overcast grey.

Birds chirp in the distance, carrying on the song that was elevated in the morning hours. Apart from that, the only sounds to surround this space are the muffling of occasional voices heard passing down the road and the vacant white noise of the silence settling on this reflective Monday evening.

On a calm and cooling night following the erupting thought passages of the day, this chilled breeze breaking through the slight musky heat of this room is the only thing keeping me calm enough to breathe.

2008, Victoria L. Son

The emotional romantic in me is cracking at the seams, frustrated with everything secreting from my fingertips within their actions and intentions. All seems faulty, every thing touched turns the reverent intention into something lack-luster; nothing returns the acknowledgement nor sentiment that is demonstrated towards it, but rather ignores any effort with a shrugged off miff of ignorance towards the fact.

Slowly this space becomes darker with the glow of this laptop screen increasingly luminescent in contrast to the dulling light of which encompasses it.

The air, refreshing. The tone, a sigh of error. Trying so desperately to not revert to childish solitude, but in these days, these soon-to-be June days, the soul finds strength in nothing but.

2009, Victoria L. Son

The fall of night is near, and there are fewer words to speak of. A chilling breeze is all to be heard now, and in it, graceful meditation.

Bon nuit. x

Berlin, Treffen Wir Uns Wieder! :)


From March 22nd – 25th I will be attending the ‘Arts Diplomacy Festival: Cultural Arts in Practice International Conference’ in Berlin. I am most definitely stoked!! 🙂

The Arts Diplomacy Festival 2012 will explore how the arts can be used to change theory into practice and express, create and improve social awareness and diplomatic relations. The arts include a variety of mediums through which emotions and culture can be expressed: music, art, literature and sports, to name only a few. The program will examine how the arts can be used within the field of cultural diplomacy to initiate intercultural dialogue and cooperation through movement, thought and active expression…

The following issues will be mentioned and explored:

Breaking Boundaries: Creating Unique Opportunities for Diplomacy

  • The Cultural as Political
    (Focus: Academics and Politicians explaining Practical diplomacy in domestic and international politics; events to promote cultural interaction; music as societal critiques)
  • The Artistic Tool in National Policy
    (Focus: Nation Branding and cultural identity)
  • Positive Propaganda: Influential Ideas
    (Focus: Reversal of ideas; cinematography as a tool for cultural diplomacy)
  • Physical Diplomacy: An Open Global Invitation
    (Focus: Sports worldwide; breaking cultural boundaries through a common passion and united goal)
  • An Examination of German Cultural Expression
    (Focus: Progression from Baroque composers to the jazz culture of the 20’s and 30’s to the graffiti on the Berlin Wall)

Practical Cultural Diplomacy: A Blueprint for Advancing Cultural Diplomacy through the Arts

  • Music
    (Focus: The evolution of music as a tool for illuminating sentiments in society; expression of nationalist pride and revolution)
  • Dance
    (Focus: Dance as cultural expression; dance as a tool for cohesion)
  • Photography
    (Focus: Evolution of the recorded image as a tool for the media; its use in the advancement of cultural diplomacy)
  • Film and Theatre
    (Focus: Political and national satire as methods to build stronger diplomatic ties through the realisation of common goals: e.g.  joint film and theatre projects in conflict situations)
  • Urban and Street Art
    (Focus: Art as modernist expression and insight into emerging cultural trends)

Progression of Practical Diplomacy

  • Sense the World: Finding Expression Through Practical Diplomacy
    (Focus: New forms of expression; peaceful protest; practical technological diplomacy)
  • The Tastes of Diplomacy: Gastronomy as Intercultural Exchange
    (Focus: Food as an art form; benefits and disadvantages of globalization; the international marketplace)
  • The Written Word: The New Global Literature
    (Focus: New media; magazines and blogs; technological takeover)
  • Cultural Combinations in Practical Diplomacy
    (Focus: Original practical diplomacy ideas; case study of the Ice Wheel Chair Project)

Practical Diplomacy: Exploring the Possibilities

  • Progression in Practicality: National Practical Diplomacy
    (Focus: Development of practical and cultural diplomacy on national and international levels)
  • Accessing the Decision Makers
    (Focus: Psychology of celebrity in cultural diplomacy; the UN Ambassador scheme)
  • The Student Revolution
    (Focus: Introduction of cultural diplomacy societies at the university level; lessons and workshops on diplomacy)
  • Selling Cultural Diplomacy in Practice
    (Focus: Worldwide cooperation; marketing cultural diplomacy to national and international organizations and NGOs)

Mariah Robertson – Artist within the Photographic Medium


As I wondered the galleries at the Baltic Contemporary Art Center in Newcastle yesterday, I discovered an artist by the name of Mariah Robertson who is a New York based artist working within the photographic medium, and more specifically, within darkroom processes alone. Her work, which spans over meters of silver gelatin and metallic photo paper is clearly in discussion revolving around the process of experimentation and boundaries regarding photography as an artistic medium. Collages of imagery with photograms, the viewer can find obvious to hidden visuals of nature, human presence, and quite typically, nudity. Having begun my Master’s degree in Durham over the past month, finding an artist whose work is so far from my own, yet at the same time what I’ve found to be of strong inspiration within the topics of creation and art throughout the medium of photography, has been a reminder of sorts that this is a medium of which I remain to hold great passion for. Her sculptural display of work is something I truly adored since I am not enamored to frames (as many of you know), and she clearly has a physical relationship with her work and wants the audience to have the same. My views are not in depth, nor thought provoking, but rather personal; an internal ignition to stay connected with my passion for the medium and desire to explore it further. xo

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