An Introduction To Me

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If you know me, then you DEFINITELY know that you have found the “right” me; I’m that qwerky girl who likes to put the pixels on their sides with her conceptual style of photography and write about the things on my mind!

However, if you are new to me, then let me lay down some knowledge for you:

JuxtaPixels Photo and Design may be the birthplace of Shantha Marie Fountain as a photographer/artist/designer, but .:: i.r.l. ::. is the creative writing outlet and more personal look into the life of this chicky from a non-photography/design place. I have been creating art since I was a child, but have become very camera focused with those mixed digital/traditional mediums, but before that happened, I used this place to write about life; the life that is outside the magical internet box that is the web.

When I first began this blog, back in 2010, as a way to tackle the things going on in my life without bottling them up or stressing over the fact that my boyfriend and I lived so far apart and spent less than a month a year together, it was cathartic. Regardless of the ‘Why’, though, it became an important place for me to come to declutter my brain in a healthy and productive way. I could speak my mind about anything from bullies to badges of honor and it always felt good.

In 2011, once my boyfriend finally was able to logistically move to Florida, I let this place take a back seat. At the time, it was a good place to take pause because I had “in real life” stuff to do and that was kind of the point. Now, in 2014, I am wrapping up school for my second degree, I am in a good place in life, and I feel like I want a place to express myself in words and not just images like I do with art and design. I want to be able to use my words and my mind to convey how life really is for me, and so I am jumpstarting this blog back into effect.

The first act of business is to let any newcomers know who I am and what I like to do, so here goes:

I like to write (blog), read, watch movies (new and old), go on adventures, veg out with my munchkin, play video games, laugh at poop or other inappropriate phallic jokes and innuendo; I like techy things and geeky things galore. For fun, I like to paint and draw or dream of my next tattoo. =)

I am of Russian descent and enjoy cooking (and eating) foods from all over the globe. Cultures of other countries fascinate me, and I love to observe them. Human nature is one of the most amazing and terrifying things.

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: His eyes are closed.”

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“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”

~Albert Einstein~
(An amazing human being)

Is that what really makes up me? Of course not! This is only the introduction, remember…

“Remember the high board at the swimming pool? After days of looking up at it you finally climbed the wet steps to the platform. From there, it was higher than ever. There were only two ways down: the steps to defeat or the dive to victory. You stood on the edge, shivering in the hot sun, deathly afraid. At last you leaned too far forward, it was too late for retreat, and you dived. The high board was conquered, and you spent the rest of the day diving. Climbing a thousand high boards, we demolish fear, and turn into human beings.”
~Richard Bach A Gift of Wings~

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