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Nicole Gibson

Welcome to the Nicole Gibson Photography blog! Years ago, Nicole became captivated by the power of visual expression and storytelling, and today what she loves most is to create images about the world, about humanity, and about the human condition.

Nicole Gibson is an award-winning photographer based in Phoenix, Arizona. She was awarded First Place in the 2010 International Photography Awards, in addition to 8 Honorable Mentions. She is also the winner of the 2008 Vincent Versace Award for Photographic Excellence. Nicole’s work has been published in Photoshop User Magazine and B&W. Her work has also been sold to Bethany House Publishers, used by various non-profit organizations, and represented by India Picture stock agency. She is also a member of the International Guild of Visual Peacemakers

Something I’ve wanted to do for a long time

Do you ever feel like there’s something you’re meant to do but you’re not doing it? Like there’s some piece of you that’s being neglected because you’re not using it?

For me, there’s something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time, but it just never seemed practical. It’s something I even got jealous of other people over, and something I would stress out about, thinking, “what if the chance never comes?” So I finally decided it was time to just jump in and do it.

I’m learning another language. Just for fun. Just because.

I’m one of those nerdy geeky people who loves to learn simply for the sake of learning, and I’m having a blast! I feel like part of me that’s been neglected for so long is finally getting used.

The language I chose is French, because I love the sound of it and, well, it just seemed… “me.” I hadn’t studied French a day in my life before this, and I’ve been at it for exactly 20 days. Last week, I started writing my own paragraphs. Yeah, that’s right, I can write paragraphs in French now. About a fairly limited amount of subjects, but still! I think I now know more French after 20 days than I ever learned in 2 years of German class in high school (many thanks to Rosetta Stone, but more on that later).

Interestingly enough, I talked to someone just this week who assumed I already knew multiple languages because, as he said, “you just seem to have an aptitude for it.” I guess I really AM meant to do this!

We all have our own unique things that we feel we’re meant to do in this life. My combination of desires and “aptitudes” is different from that of most other people (and so is yours). So I’m learning to pay attention to those things in myself, to realize that they are real and valid, and… to go with them.

Anyway, just a quick reflection for the day. Au revoir for now!

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March 28, 2011 - 6:50 pm Rowan Sims - Hi Nicole, That first sentence is something I have been thinking a lot recently, and I have also started learning a language (portuguese). This is partly because I love language, but also because I am going to Brazil and Mozambique in a couple months. Can you please tell me how you have found Rosetta Stone? It looks like the most expensive of the language software out there, do you think it's worth the cost? Thanks Nicole Rowan

March 28, 2011 - 9:57 pm nicoleg - Oh, good for you Rowan! And a trip to Brazil and Mozambique sounds great! Are you going to be photographing there? I think I'm going to be writing another blog post about the whole experience, but yes, I say Rosetta Stone is definitely worth the cost. I compared it to taking class(es) at a local community college too, and for what you get, R.S. was a MUCH better deal. Plus, I find I'm learning in a natural way, learning much faster, remembering more of what I learn, and having a lot more fun. I definitely recommend it!

March 29, 2011 - 8:54 pm peter berg - nice one nicole - good stuff. I too need to learn a language..... :) good reminder.

March 31, 2011 - 4:28 am Rowan Sims - Look forward to reading what you have to say about Rosetta Stone. I've started portuguese lessons with a local brazilian, but looking for something to help me with study at home. Maybe I'll reconsider RS. Yes, I'll be shooting a lot in Mozambique and Brazil. I'm working with an organisation called Iris Ministries, doing some training and volunteering, and of course shooting as much as possible. I can't wait! Thanks again Nicole.

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