My name is Gabrielle, but you can call me Gigi. I’m the newest contributor here at Mad Art Lab. Why am I here? I’ve been asked by Mad Art Lab to be their photography contributor. This is an absolute honor for me. Seriously, you have no idea how ecstatic I am about this. I like to think about how far I’ve come since I first dipped my toe in the skeptical waters and compare it to right now, actually writing for Mad Art Lab. It really blows my mind.
Before I explain why Mad Art Lab asked little ol’ me on board, I’m going to start this post by giving you a bit of background on who I am and what interests me. I have been married for 12 years to a supportive and loving man named Rob. I have 4 daughters: Zoë, Jude, Scout Finch, and Briar Rose. Scout and Briar are identical twins. I am a secular homeschooling mother. Yes, I know, a secular homeschooler is a rarity, but we do exist. I officially became a skeptic back in 2010. I am a photographer for anyone who wants quality photos with a touch of style. I do get paid for my sessions, but it is mostly a hobby, and I do not dedicate myself to doing it full time. I use my photography to capture moments for those that I love (whether it’s my family or friends) so they can enjoy awesome photos of events that have happened to them. I recently took up sewing and even started selling some of my creations. Let’s just say, my life is full of adventure and amusement.
Now, getting back to why I am here. I originally met up with the Mad Art Lab team when Elyse was doing the Mad Group Art Project. I really dedicated myself to that project. It consisted of 31 words, and each word was assigned to a day in the month of May. You had to photograph something that related to the word of the day. It was up to your interpretation. This project pushed me out of my comfort zone and forced me to take on ideas that I would have never photographed before. I mean, who photographs “noise”, “lemons”, “bristle” and “surly” ? I will tell you who! I did and it was a challenge but I got awesome pictures out of it. Otherwise, I would have never taken these:
Here’s the deal: I will be doing photography “assignments” based on science, geek culture, and skepticism. I might also dive into feminist issues that pertain to any of the aforementioned subjects. I plan to assign myself a subject to photograph and explain the science behind the photography or the subject. It just depends on the particulars I want to cover that week. I might do a theme that I cover just once, or do a special series that will last a few weeks. Again, we’ll take it as it comes.
I plan on using part of this opportunity to educate myself in the subject of photography, and I’d love to have you come along for the ride. If anyone has any suggestions on subjects you’d like me to cover, or want me to explain a certain area of photography, please let me know. Your interest and input are valuable assets. So meet me here, Tuesday mornings, and see what I come up with!