St. Johns River by Heather Hummel

St. Johns River by Heather Hummel
St. Johns River by Heather Hummel Photography

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

What Does a Facebook Detox Have to Do with Photographing Deepak Chopra and Arianna Huffington?

What Does a Facebook Detox Have to Do with
Photographing Deepak Chopra and Arianna Huffington?

Today I had the incredible honor and blessing of being able to photograph Deepak Chopra and Arianna Huffington at the University of Virginia, where Deepak lead a half hour guided meditation on the Lawn and the steps of the Rotunda. Over 500 students, faculty, and locals turned out for the event.
I arrived early, very early, and planted myself on the lawn, front and center with my Canon and a blanket. When Deepak and Arianna arrived on the steps, the crowd silenced and what followed were opening remarks and a thirty minute guided meditation by Deepak that I know was life changing for all who were in attendance.
What I haven't shared yet is that today was also Day 6 of my self-imposed Facebook Detox program. Last week I made the choice to walk away from Facebook for 21 Days (other than sharing the images above directly from my website, which technically doesn't require me to go on Facebook).

This is what I've discovered in just 6 Days of being on a Facebook Detox:

My mind is free of all of the mind-clutter Facebook generates (i.e. filtering through News Feeds, reading posts, responding to posts).
My productivity has soared. I am currently ghostwriting a three book deal for a client who called me a "lean, mean, writing machine" this week.
My creativity has soared. My photo shoots are inspired from a place deep within that I wasn't able to tap into as readily before.

And, most of all, opportunities are opening up to me in ways and from places that never did in the few years I've been on Facebook.

What does this all tell me? Detoxing from Facebook was the best decision I could have made for my career, my peace of mind, and my livelihood.

I encourage those of you who may spend a wee bit too much time on Facebook to try the 21 Day Facebook Detox. If you do, and you have some remarkable results, as I have, I would love to hear about them.

In Peace and Joy,


p.s. One more image of Arianna Huffington

In Other Photography News
Heather Hummel Photography is now several months into her representation by Agora Gallery in the Chelsea District of New York City. The in-gallery exhibition is set for the end of April and early May, 2014. Details to follow as time nears!

In the meantime, 8 of my land and seascapes have been chosen for Agora Gallery's Art-Mine site and are available for viewing and purchasing.
Stop by and see what's on display: Click Here

Heather Hummel's Artist Statement for Agora Gallery

In today's world of social media and technology, I think it's important for people to take time out and appreciate the land and seas that the new, green world is trying to save. It's one thing to recycle and do your daily bit for the environment- it's another to get out and actually enjoy the elements we're working so hard to preserve. It's my hope that my images inspire people to do this.

As a photographer, my interest in land and seascape has always been much stronger than any other source of inspiration. I’m constantly in search of new scenes to spread ‘pixel dust’ on. No matter the season or the setting, Mother Nature continues to inspire me to seek the next photo opportunity. Having driven cross-country eight times, I'm fascinated by wide open spaces and how light, or the lack of light, impacts the scene before me. Everywhere I go, I analyze light.

Agora Gallery is a contemporary fine art gallery established in 1984, dedicated to the promotion of national and international artists, providing original fine art to established and emerging collectors and catering to special events in support of fine art organizations that foster social awareness and promote environmental issues. The gallery is also the publisher of ARTisSpectrum Magazine and the sponsor of ARTmine.Com.  

To see more of Heather's pixel dust landscapes, visit her newly updated website at:
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