No. 84

Alive

allanrostron

There is the seat in the dark corner of the cafe. Smoke billows from somewhere. A mandolin player lightly strokes the strings of the wooden instrument in his hands, absentmindedly, the way an artist doodles or a writer collects those small snippets of words in a black leather journal.

Here, the colors are brighter, the days seem longer, the light slips and slides around corners, lighting up the dust in its intricate dance. You can feel it all. Every heart breaking, every spark of joy and laughter, every longing, every desire. They seem to all get caught in the wind and spiral in the front door.

This is vibrantly alive. This place where Creativity is muse and goddess, where Art is worshipped. And it’s not just the writers or photographers or musicians that are enraptured: every man, woman and child lives their lives as if they were painters creating a masterpiece. Materials are chosen carefully, lines and textures are taken into consideration, colors are blended and colors stand alone.

In the end, you can’t help but see how the soul has spilled onto the canvas.

{photograph by Allan Rostron}

About brandi

Brandi is a digital strategist, website developer, and founder of Alchemy+Aim, a company that helps entrepreneurs and business owners elevate their online presence and enhance their digital experience. Her academic background in theatre, philosophy and physics was the perfect foundation for launching her business, where she’s worked with Brené Brown, Laverne Cox, Judy Smith, and other notable thought leaders since 2013. She is an advocate for using technology in ways that humanize, connect and serve people as well as for asking deeper philosophical questions and teaching others to think more broadly about impact when they create, particularly in STEAM fields.

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Jane Reaction

(logo and original branding) is a graphic design and art director who works with with small businesses and creative entrepreneurs, creating cohesive and interesting brands and websites.

Carrie Coleman

(photography) is a wedding photographer, whose goal is to capture the visual expression of a couple's love through timeless, organic images. She is based in Charlottesville, Virginia.