New & Good! A guest post by Lora R Fisher
A new project and a new focus……
With so many things seemingly going wrong in our world, it’s more important than ever to align oneself with positive people and projects.
One such project that I’m currently contributing to is a new documentary, Green Feathers: The unlikely story of Native American logging, which follows the histories of Native American families from The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and is currently in production. It recounts the forced relocation in the 1800’s from their homelands to a reservation in Western Oregon, and onto their success as loggers in Oregon’s timber industry.
Oh, how I love a new project and this one has all of the elements that make for a very happy contributor: a powerful social message; an epic story of survival; and the strength and industry of an adaptive people. Green Feathers is a story of struggle, personal and collective strength, and of finding creative ways to stay alive spiritually and physically by diverse tribes who had lived traditionally for thousands of years. They faced the unexpected reality of having to live an entirely new way, not by choice, but to survive, which can be a lesson for all of us.
Over the past concentrated weeks, graphic elements were designed and the website constructed and smoothly launched. Social media programming has also been successfully developed, and the response has been very positive. Additionally, the nonprofit Hollywood Theatre in Portland, Oregon has selected Green Feathers as one of their fiscally sponsored projects, which is a huge boost that will help immensely with fundraising and ongoing programming.
It was, and is, a pleasure to collaborate with writer, producer, and director, Tanner Givnan, on these key facets of the project. I see great things ahead! http://GreenFeathersDocumentary.com
Tying up those pesky loose ends…
This past spring was a bit of a wander through the uncomfortable realm of Loose Ends. One project in particular prompted me to ask, “What’s next?” A question that resolved with a shift in focus, from advocating for other artists to advocating for myself.
That shift might sound easy, but as many of us know, putting oneself first is often the last thing we can comfortably do. It often is a slowly developing process, but when it hits, it’s undeniable. Advocating for oneself is positive, productive, and deeply satisfying. The result is that I now have a website dedicated to my photography, http://www.LoraFisherPhotography.com, as well as an active Google Plus page google.com/+LoraFisherPhotography.
FlairCreativ Presents continues to move forward. In an effort to keep the personal out of the professional, I have spent years avoiding layering my spiritual or political perspectives onto my professional social media presence. Recently, I’ve realized that that is a huge part of who I am, and to deny it is no longer an option. So, when appropriate, you will see more personal posts and commentary. With this new perspective in mind, I’ve developed a sparkling new logo and have redesigned the website to reflect a more open presentation. This will give the visitor a sense of my approach to life and social issues, as well as highlighting design and development services and current projects. http://www.FlairCreativ.com
Another significant outcome of this new perspective is that I’ve changed the emphasis of Galri Montaj from a broad focus on a range of artists and media, to presenting photography and digital media only. While currently in a quiet phase, I intend to provide a platform for emerging photographers and digital artists and am planning a call for artists later this year. http://www.GalriMontaj.com
This reevaluation has led to a profound bit of wisdom: if you have something to say, let it be positive. Look for the good and share it as often as possible. If we only have this one life, the world will be a brighter place for it. If we have many, then what we do and say today will have a positive effect through the ages. Besides, being positive is simply more fun! I’m a firm believer in the “ripple effect”, and now ask myself before posting or sharing: Is it useful? Is it positive? Will it make someone smile?
A few thoughts on social media…
Throughout this entire process, I have found Google Plus to be the biggest help in spreading my message of the moment. The folks who inhabit Google Plus are actively engaged and supportive. Additionally, there are a wealth of choices when it comes to participating in communities — one of the most effective ways to build a network and a following. And, if you own a website, getting it verified through a G+ page will boost your site’s ranking in searches.
Having developed both a G+ page and a Facebook page to present my photography this past year, I’ve found that between the two, there is no contest. Cleaner, more elegant, and a monster at building a following, G+ wins!
I’ve also heard great things about Tumblr, but with so much already in place to manage, I’m reluctant to take on another. There is wisdom in keeping things simple, plus there’s another story to tell that’s been waiting for my return.
I’m grateful to be a part of something bigger than myself — to be participating in a project that adds to the rich history of the Pacific Northwest. I appreciate the opportunity to help share the story of The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and am grateful that they have endured.
That I was fortunate to have crossed social media paths with Belinda Witzenhausen a few years ago is a significant notch on my gratitude yardstick. She is unfailingly supportive and generous, and does her part each day to spread joy, inspiration, and simple goodness in this often tangled and beautiful world.
Thanks so much, Ms B.
To learn more:
Green Feathers Documentary
Lora Fisher Photography: