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I HOPE TO ENCOURAGE YOU TO PAUSE FOR A MOMENT,
ADMIRE THE CLOUDS, CLIMB THE MOUNTAIN, GAZE AT THE STARS,
TRAVEL TO THE DESTINATION YOU HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO VISIT,
OR JUST GET OUT TO EXPLORE YOUR OWN BACKYARD.

Maptia Photostory: Ringing In The New Year

Jlynn Frazier

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Tradition. We all have traditions that we cherish. Each year, I embark on an outdoor adventure to kick off the new year by seeing (or attempting to see) the first sunrise. 

This year marked five years of photography and adventure. It also included five different Maine locations. These are such special moments that I hope sprinkle a bit of inspiration your way. To me, these are so cherished because I believe this tradition is an adventure of self-love, earth-love, and hope for humanity to be kind and take care of each other and protect our wild places. Read the story Ringing In The New Year on Maptia. 

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Reclaiming Space For My Work

Jlynn Frazier

I spent quite a lot of time thinking about what I want to be doing with my time. I truly love outdoor adventures, creating through writing and photography, and movement through running, yoga session, long walks in the woods with our pups. 

I gave up on Facebook. You can read more about that here. I am spending a very small portion of my time on social media. I am posting images on Instagram and using Twitter as a feed to ship my work out into the world.

So where in the world am I this year? Immediately, the lyric "where in the world is Carmen Sandiego" comes to mind and I remember choosing the name Carmen in a middle school Spanish class. A story for another time.

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Have you seen my new homepage? I am really excited about it! I have changed over the years, but feel like this is really expressing and sharing me, my work, and what matters to me. I am thrilled to be reclaiming jlynnfrazier.com as my primary space. I am writing a lot more and want to share my thoughts and ideas here. Also, I want to share more about what i'm reading, what's inspiring me, and more of my personal journey. 

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I will be sharing photography here some, but I have reclaimed two key spaces to share my work. For purchasing images and my portfolio, visit the updated homepage at jfrazierphography.com.

Over the last year, I have felt an increasing sense that I have fallen short in telling photography stories. Not just a shot or two on the latest adventure, but more meaningful stories the showcase bodies of work. I have returned to an awesome community at Maptia where I will be sharing stories with you. I will be sure to share a glimpse of that work here too, but I hope you'll take time to go check out the stories I have on maptia.com/jlynnfrazier.

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That's it for now. I have thought about some cross-publishing of my writing on Medium, but not ready to add that to my creative footprint just yet. I'm working on a couple of important photography and writing projects and want to give my time and focus on this work and to all things movement and adventure of course (I'm learning to backcounty ski and trying to knit a scarf.)


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Empathy Must Be Cultivated

Jlynn Frazier

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Empathy must be cultivated. The practice of empathy means taking a moment to imagine how you might behave if you were in our positions. Do not tell us how we should act if we were you; imagine how you would act if you were us. Imagine living in a society where your white skin marks you for disgust, hate, and fear. Imagine that for many moments. Only when you see black folks as we are, and image yourselves as we have to live our lives, only then will the suffering stop, the hurt cease, the pain go away.
— Michael Eric Dyson, Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America

Empathy must be cultivated in all facets of our lives. It is not any one person's job. It's every person's job. To seek within ourselves the awareness to imagine what life might be like stand in someone else's shoes.

Is it uncomfortable? Yes. Uncomfortable is not a bad thing. It is uncomfortable because it challenges the status quo of our lives.

It was not until college that I became aware of the ways in which I had accepted the status quo and the ways in which my voice had been silenced. Also, the ways in which I had been part of a system that was silencing those around me. Whether gender, race, class, religion or any other term used to name someone as "other" is a silencing. It is a dangerous power dynamic. And we are seeing, feeling, and living this danger in a very public way right now. 

Empathy.
Let us grab hold of this movement.
Empathy. 
Let us grow and cultivate empathy, dare to step into the light.
Empathy.
Let us allow empathy to be the lens through which we connect with people and places around the world. 
Empathy.
Let us join together.
Empathy. 

I'm far from perfect. In fact, I think I have a really long way to go. I am owning my journey and my story. We are all evolving. Today, let us stand together and take a step, however small, to evolve in our capacity for empathy.  


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