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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Experience the Magical Underwater Photography of Elena Kalis































Experience the Magical Underwater Photography of Elena Kalis


Elena Kalis was born in Moscow (Russia) but has, for the past ten years, lived on a small island in the Bahamas with her husband and two children. She has an education in traditional art, but has recently been following her interest in photography.  Over the past year she has been doing some underwater projects with her children and their friends.  Some of Elena’s images have been used for books, magazines and CD covers, and have also appeared in print magazines and online publications.
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Where were you born, where do you live now, any other background info?
My name is Elena Kalis. I was born in Moscow (Russia) and have lived for the past ten years on a small island in the Bahamas with my husband and two children. I have an education in art (traditional paintings and drawings) , but have recently been following my interest in photography. I have been doing some underwater projects with my children and friends for the past year.
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How would you describe your work?
Alice in WaterLand.  That’s the name of my recent project and it’s describe my work as well.
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What processes and techniques do you use to create your work?
Digital photography. I use Canon 5D with housing and 28 or 50mm lens. Post process in Photoshop.I shoot in pool and ocean.
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Are you a full time artist?
I am full time mother and remaining time artist.
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How did you get started?
I love ocean and I spend a lot of time in the water (with camera and without) so it was natural thing for me to do.
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Any notable accomplishments?
I was doing underwater photography for little over a year now.It’s not that long but I have a lot of response from the people. Some of my work have been used for book, magazine and CD covers, and have appeared in print magazines and online publications. Underwater images are liquid, weightless and have dream-like quality. That’s probably why they are so appealing to many people.
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What artists inspire you?
I recently discovered for myself work of photographer Connie Imboden and it’s changed how I look at the reflections now. However my inspiration is not necessarily coming from the work of other artists. It could be anything really, small things around me…


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Photograph mermaids kiss by Natalie Shau on 500px 



Photo: Fish do not sleep ...
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Underwater Rocks on Flickr.



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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Artist brings 3-D pavement art to Grand Canyon


Best Jobs for Working Mothers


PUBLISHED PayScale

Best Jobs for Working Mothers

"PayScale's mission is to bring transparency to one of the deepest secrets in the labor market: who earns what."


By Charyn Pfeuffer, PayScale.com

Are you a mom looking for a job? Would you like to have more work-life balance and spend less time scrambling for a babysitter? We’ve found eight great careers that are mom-friendly, with schedules that won’t keep you away from the kids for too long.   

Katie Bardaro, lead analyst at online salary databasePayScale.com, says several characteristics make a job desirable for working mothers, but one key consideration is flexibility. “Moms have to carefully balance work demands with home demands and having a flexible schedule makes this balancing act less precarious,” Bardaro says. “The ability to work part time during school hours, take time off to watch over a sick child or even work from home makes for a good work-life balance.”

The following jobs are potentially desirable for working mothers, because they offer at least one of the following characteristics: well-paying, part-time employment; a flexible schedule; the ability to work from home part time; paid maternity leave; and/or good daycare benefits.

Read on to learn about eight rewarding jobs that can help you embrace motherhood -- and professional success.

Dental Hygienist
Median Annual Pay: $67,300
Dental hygienists often work part-time hours, making it possible to still make the kids’ soccer games and doctor’s appointments. But it’s this job’s well-paying potential that makes moms smile.

Find dental hygienist jobs.

Acupuncturist
Median Annual Pay: $59,900

Women are nurturers by nature, so it’s no surprise that many mothers are drawn to this career in Chinese medicine and healing. Independent practitioners often set their own hours.

Find acupuncturist jobs.

Market Research Analyst
Median Annual Pay: $59,500

Moms often must be detail-oriented to keep their children safe, healthy and on schedule. They can harness that valuable skill to help marketing firms figure out what’s important to a company based on available market data. Many contractors work from home.

Find market research analyst jobs.

Sonographer
Median Annual Pay: $58,300

Since healthcare is an around-the-clock industry, mothers can work shifts around car pools and school schedules. Maternal bonus: You can share ultrasound moments with expectant mothers.

Find sonographer jobs.

Web Developer
Median Annual Pay: $55,400

Want to tap your creativity to help build Web sites? Many people work as independent contractors in this career. Although deadlines are generally dictated by clients, stay-at-home moms can set their own work schedules.

Find Web developer jobs.

Pilates/Yoga Instructor
Median Annual Pay: $53,600

Many Pilates/yoga instructors are self-employed, so part-time and flexible schedules are a possibility. Instructors at a gym or studio may be able to swap classes to help each other tend to unexpected commitments.

Find Pilates/yoga instructor jobs
Fitness Trainer
Median Annual Pay: $43,600
Stay in shape while helping others lose weight, in what the Bureau of Labor Statistics says is a fast-growing career. A flexible schedule and good pay potential make this an attractive job for motivated moms.

Find fitness trainer jobs.

Elementary School Teacher
Median Annual Pay: $40,600

If you’re quick-minded, creative and enjoy being around children, working as an elementary school teacher could make sense. You can keep roughly the same hours as your kids and get summers and school holidays off.

Find elementary school teacher jobs.

Source: All salary data provided by online salary database PayScale.com. Salaries listed are for full-time workers with five to eight years of experience and include any bonuses, commissions or profit sharing.


COURTESY OF Charyn Pfeuffer


Thank you for reading this article. I hope you found it interesting.