I'm Melissa. This is where I write things down and share new things. Sometimes I even post cute pictures of cats...

if you're looking for my portfolio,
it can be found here, or by clicking any of the links across the top of this page.

I just moved back to Ohio after living in the central valley of California for almost three years. People still mention that I'm all grown up and keep asking how being an adult is going, but I really don't know what they're referring to.

I'm officially a (self-proclaimed) curator -- OF GIFS. GIF CONNOISSEUR. Check it out. My GIF blog even made it to buzzfeed once.
ONE MORE CHECK OFF MY LIFELONG INTERNET TO-DO LIST.

Albums of note UPCOMING/2011/2010/2009
A list of albums from the year that had staying power. Not a top album list, because I haven't heard every album, so that just seems a bit silly to me -- the whole "of the year" thing... although I suppose in my own mind that's what they are...

THE ARCHIVES

Nostalgia
a place where I keep things that are already memories and store things that are currently in my life that will inevitably become memories. Vague enough?

Vestiges of a Life Soon Forgotten
A photographic series devoted to images taken in and around my apartment where I lived for 3 years in college. I moved out for good in December 2009.

Photobooth Sketches
photobooth documentation of sketches i have done and/or found.

Monthly Self Portrait Series
This was a short-lived project that sometimes shows up without warning again on my feed, but definately cannot be considered an "on-going" thing.

My New California Life
What started as an essay series about my experiences living on the left coast turned into a general account of my life here -- through words, photos and other ephemera.

jef etters tips of the day
Jef Etters was a colleague of mine who gave me life tips on a daily basis via a telephone call from a rotary phone. I would then transcribe the tips and post them here for the benefit of all mankind. He didn't know what tumblr was (nor does he now), but he did want to share all his wisdom with the world. enjoy.
PLEASE NOTE: Jef did finally get free long-distance after 7pm EST and will occasionally call to give me tips to transcribe. Be on the look out, it'll change your life.

ScreenCaptureSeries
Funny and or poignant things I feel the need to share with the world via screen capture. This project carries on with the luck that the internet will continue to bring the lulz. I think the odds are in our favor.

 

englishsnow:

 Abby Billington

because sometimes you feel like wandering and sometimes you are alone in your place on sunday and you go back to this digital realm where you used to go to see things and ideas and share them and escape in them and rehash them into new things. we always go back, don’t we?

Somebody once told me we will never feel loved until we have no pretenses, until we are fully able to be ourselves and until then, we can only feel love in percentages. When I heard that I knew it was true. I’d spent a good bit of my life acting and getting people to clap for me but none of the applause did anything except make me want more applause. I didn’t act in a theater or anything. I’m talking about real life.

To be honest the thought of not acting pressed on me like a terror. Who trusts people to love who they really are? Who is willing to take the risk? Nobody steps onto a stage and gets a standing ovation for being human. You have to sing or dance or something.

But here’s another thing I heard and it’s giving me hope. If you want to be loved, be yourself with people who are kind and trustworthy. So that’s the new world I’m trying to live in. I act less than before and get a little less applause but feel slightly more loved. It’s like slowly breaking a habit. It’s starting to feel good.

Applause is a quick fix. Love is an acquired taste.

Here’s to changing the percentages.

Donald Miller

[Author’s Note from Father Fiction]

For a friend who will be driving across the country…

(Source: Spotify)

Mapped In Two Dimensions: Ander on Flickr by icatchfoxes (melissa olson).
I’ve been hard at work updating my Mapped In Two Dimensions project since I returned to Ohio. This friday, come to Alliance to see the new work. I’d love to see you!
Facebook event.

Mapped In Two Dimensions: Ander on Flickr by icatchfoxes (melissa olson).

I’ve been hard at work updating my Mapped In Two Dimensions project since I returned to Ohio. This friday, come to Alliance to see the new work. I’d love to see you!

Facebook event.

The People I Love Series: 002
Gina on Flickr by icatchfoxes (melissa olson).
This woman is a force. She has taught me so much about being true to myself and what I need in this world. Gina is brave, compassionate and honest. I am so glad that I met her at Chris’s birthday party soon after my return to Ohio late last year. 
Gina asked me to take some portraits of her for the one year anniversary of her exodus from a difficult personal situation. She continues to move forward with a force that is gentle but palpable. Gina is a tiny force of nature, but one of the most beautiful that I’ve had the honor of encountering. She is an amazing friend and a lovely model… I cannot wait to continue being completely astonished by her spirit. 

The People I Love Series: 002

Gina on Flickr by icatchfoxes (melissa olson).

This woman is a force. She has taught me so much about being true to myself and what I need in this world. Gina is brave, compassionate and honest. I am so glad that I met her at Chris’s birthday party soon after my return to Ohio late last year. 

Gina asked me to take some portraits of her for the one year anniversary of her exodus from a difficult personal situation. She continues to move forward with a force that is gentle but palpable. Gina is a tiny force of nature, but one of the most beautiful that I’ve had the honor of encountering. She is an amazing friend and a lovely model… I cannot wait to continue being completely astonished by her spirit. 

senor-bones:

Testing a new program.

Thomas drew me based on a photograph he took last summer… I love it. 

senor-bones:

Testing a new program.

Thomas drew me based on a photograph he took last summer… I love it. 

Unintentionally on hiatus.

I have some things I need to figure out in my real life right now. I have a lot going on (projects, photography shows, work things, music things, personal things) and I realized I was actually stressing out about not having posted the photos I’ve been taking for the 365 project. That’s not healthy. A voluntary project on the internet should not cause me so much stress.

I will post them eventually, and am still continuing the project. One day I may even catch up to present-time, but not to-day. 

I don’t apologize for my absence from this blog lately, moreso I wanted to let you know I’m alright, things are good and I will be back soon. I got a message today indicating that my lack of posting was cause for alarm from one of my far-away friends and I don’t want to incite any sort of concern when it’s not needed. 

I’ll see you soon, internet. 

"Go be happy" you said.
"I’m trying" I said.

I cried. I don’t want you to think it was because I was sad, because I wasn’t and am not. I cried because I know you’ll be around, and this might just be the first time in my life I have actually believed that it would be for the duration. I can’t thank you enough times or with enough words. You are the best friend I could possibly ask for, and I hope you never forget how much you mean to me. 

(Source: icatchfoxes)

espumosofigueroa:

John Dyer of THE OH SEES | Austin, TX | 3/14/13

amazing human photographed by another amazing human. kevin, you are doing everything right. i wish i could hug you again right now. PROUD.
so glad i ran into john so many times in austin, even happier i got to see the oh sees at the panache showcase. yes. dreams.

espumosofigueroa:

John Dyer of THE OH SEES | Austin, TX | 3/14/13

amazing human photographed by another amazing human. kevin, you are doing everything right. i wish i could hug you again right now. PROUD.

so glad i ran into john so many times in austin, even happier i got to see the oh sees at the panache showcase. yes. dreams.

012/365 on Flickr by icatchfoxes (melissa olson).
I got a little behind on actually posting photos from my 365 project due to SXSW. I’m going to play catch up over the next week and post a few a day.
This is Ander. He is one of my very best friends. Today is his birthday and I am so glad that I know him because he is one of the best ones. It seems fitting that the first of my back-logged images from this project would be a portrait of him in his kitchen in Columbus, where we spend an inordinate amount of time baking pizza, dancing and making his roommates dog really angry (she is a lot like the adults in Footloose and hates all forms of fun and/or dancing). Happy birthday, Ander.
full 365 project.

012/365 on Flickr by icatchfoxes (melissa olson).

I got a little behind on actually posting photos from my 365 project due to SXSW. I’m going to play catch up over the next week and post a few a day.

This is Ander. He is one of my very best friends. Today is his birthday and I am so glad that I know him because he is one of the best ones. It seems fitting that the first of my back-logged images from this project would be a portrait of him in his kitchen in Columbus, where we spend an inordinate amount of time baking pizza, dancing and making his roommates dog really angry (she is a lot like the adults in Footloose and hates all forms of fun and/or dancing). Happy birthday, Ander.

full 365 project.