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Bus Stop Dreams book has been published!!!

01/27/14 Bus Stop Dreams Tucson_Kathleen Dreier I am delighted to announce that my first publication, ”Bus Stop Dreams” has been released!  Using public transit as a metaphor, I spent the last year asking people at bus stops about their individual and collective hopes, dreams and wishes for themselves, their family and their community. The project was born out of my personal dream to be a full time Life Event Photographer.

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I invite you to review the entire book and order it by clicking HERE.   I hope you find inspiration from the people who are featured.  If you live in Tucson, I will be having a book-signing at Borderlands Brewery from 5pm-9pm on Thursday, 12/11/14. You are welcome to join us.

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Self-portrait (also the back cover of the book) inside a Tucson city bus, 11/1/14.

 

 

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Bus Stop Dreams: Healing from Addictions

03/07/14 Bus Stop Dreams_Kathleen DreierRonnie

Where are you going?

 I’m heading over to the employment development center run by Goodwill. I’m 60 years old so I have a lot of experience behind me.

 You have a cool bike!

 I made it over at BICAS. I go there almost every day and have built 3 or 4 bikes at little or no cost. This bike started just with the frame.”

 We talked about the mutual people we know at BICAS and how cool they are.

 What are you hopes and dreams for your future?

 Right now I am staying in transitional housing. I would like to have my own home one day. My dream is to remain clean and sober. I’ve been clean for 7 months now.”

 What was your substance of choice?

 Alcohol.”

 How were you able to change and get clean?

 I quit stressing so much and being overwhelmed. I made a lot of changes in my focus and intentions. I mostly got my addictions under control.”

 You are amazing. Thank you for sharing about yourself. What are you hopes for your community?

 I want all of us to have more employment opportunities.”

 As I was taking his picture, I expressed concern that I didn’t want to hold him up. He said,

 It’s ok. I’m taking it easy today. It’s really important to slow down and relax one and a while. It’s a great day.”

 

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Where are you going?

 I’m taking myself to detox. I relapsed on heroin.”

 That is incredibly brave of you.

 Yes, it is.”

 Do you have kids?

 Yes, I have 3 kids. My mom is taking care of them while I get my life in order.”

 You are really blessed to have your mom.

 Yes, I am.”

 What are you hopes for your future?

 I want to be successful at whatever I put my mind to. I hope to have a beauty shop. I was supposed to start school on the 27th of this month but now that I relapsed, I have to wait until April to start.”

 What are your dreams for your children?

 I want my kids to be proud of me and grow up with confidence so they can do whatever they want to in this life.”

 

03/07/14 Bus Stop Dreams_Kathleen DreierBrett

 Where are you going?

 I’m heading over to school. I’m studying to be a Recovery Support Specialist (RSS) and will eventually work at a detox center.”

 How did you get interested in this field?

 I’ve been sober for 8 years. I’ve gone through it.”

 What are your hopes for your future?

 I just want to stay focused, work and have a good life.”

 Later in the day, I got the following email from Brett:

 So, you wanted to know about my dreams 4 the future. You know I didn’t always have dreams–you see I am an ex-addict and lucky to have found sobriety. Very lucky indeed.But now (8yrs into a new way of life–my experience’s in the consequences of any drugs can help others realize the danger that come with that life). My dream is to reach teenagers that are accepting a drug path and let them know that drugs (even cigarettes) will eat you up as the years go by. I wasted 3 decades chasing the legal and illegal habits. I got clean at UMC hospital on Campbell Ave in 2007–cigarettes, drugs–all of it!!”

 

Bus Stop Dreams is photography project in which I approach people at bus stops, asking them where they are going and what they hope for their future. Using public transit as a metaphor, it is a project that I hope connects all of us to our common humanity of wanting to be something more than what our present circumstance allows for whatever reason. My goal in 2014 is to create a hard cover book and other media of this project as I follow my own dreams. I extend my gratitude to each person who allows me, a stranger with my camera and notebook, to capture their vulnerability and private wishes. Hope moves us forward…..together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11/03/13 All Souls Procession Disc 1

The Many Faces of Love on Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day! Today is a celebration of love. Here are some images to honor the many ways we love each other. Wishing you a happy day. Please click on any image to see it in larger format.

All images © Kathleen Dreier, Esens Photography

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Young love.

 

 

 

 

Love that is 26 years young and still growing every day.

 

 

 

The love of mother towards her baby.

 

 

 

The love of poking her in a playful way.

 

 

 

 

 

The love between mother and teenage son.

 

 

 

 

The love of creating art together.

 

 

 

Silly love that comes with really knowing each other.

 

 

 

 

The love of a bride on her wedding day.

 

 

 

 

 

 The love of sharing an event together.

 

 

 

The love of singing with friends.

 

 

 

 

The love of listening to music together.

 

 

 

The love of buddies who pass out after a long bike ride.

 

 

 

 

The love of family on a summer day at the market.

 

 

 

A daughter’s love towards her step-mother on her father’s wedding day.

 

 

 

 

 

The love of a family who allows me, a stranger, to photograph them enjoying their day on their front porch.

 

 

The love of a family doing healthy activities together.

 

 

 

 The love of community experiencing art in a new way.

 

 

 

The love of walking away together after the bike race.

 

 

 

 

 

The love of our fellow man without judgement and with genuine interest, compassion, and caring.

 

 

 

The love of holding your father’s ashes for the last time as a family.

 

 

 

The love that is exchanged days before one of you unknowingly dies.

 

 

 

 

The love a gorgeous, happy wedding day.

 

 

 

 The love of family in all of it’s silliness, imperfections, and VERY independent children.

 

 

The love of two beautiful, committed, and kind human beings.

 

 

 

The love of father and son.

 

 

 

 

The love of role model who is teaching you how to dance with your heart wide open.

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The love of our work and the clients we serve.

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The love of our sacred home.

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The love of the other living creatures in our lives.

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The love of helping one another.

 

 

 

The courageous love of self and others so we can all grow together and make this world a better place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bus Stop Dreams: Daniel

 

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01/24/14 Bus Stop Dreams Tucson_Kathleen Dreier Where are you going?
“I just got done dumpster diving. I collect usable things and give them away to friends. Now I am heading home.”
What are your dreams and hope for your future?
“I want to be in the entertainment industry. I am very talented. I write songs. I play a six-string guitar and piano. I hear the music in my head. I moved here from Alabama. We can’t let the past effect our future. I’ve been sober for 5 years.”

Daniel seemed like such a joyful, 01/24/14 Bus Stop Dreams Tucson_Kathleen Dreierfriendly human being. He pulled out a notebook with his writings. I asked him if he would share one of his favorite written phrases with me.
“Sure. Here is one:  ‘I wipe my backside with the past. Thank God, I shit at last.’

Boy, did I laugh heartily when he said this. How many of us benefit from hearing Daniel’s wise words?

 When I photograph people for Bus Stop Dreams, to thank them for their time and sharing, I offer to send them either a digital file of their portrait or an 8 X 10 print. Daniel asked me to mail a print toDaniel Mom thank you_KathleenDreier-0002 his mother in Seale, Alabama. He said it would mean a lot to her. This is the letter I received on 02/10/14 from her with the help of her daughter-in-law. Very, very sweet. It is an honor to see how a personal project is becoming expansive in the lives it touches.

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Bus Stop Dreams is photography project in which I approach people at bus stops, asking them where they are going and what they hope for their future. It is a project that I hope connects all of us to our common humanity of wanting to be something more than what our present circumstance allows for whatever reason. My goal in 2014 is to create a hard cover book and other media of this project as I follow my own dreams. I extend my gratitude to each person who allows me, a stranger with my camera and notebook, to capture their vulnerability and private wishes. All images © Esens Photography by Kathleen Dreier

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Bus Stop Dreams: Elaine and Everett

01/10/14 Bus Stop DreamsI first met Everett on January 10th. Here is my first contact with him:

Where are you going?

I’m going to meet my gal and we are going out to dinner…someplace like Oreganos (Italian) or Thunder Canyon Brewery (standard American burgers and fries).”

Where would you like to go? What are your hopes for your future?

I am an engineer. I do research and development for a medical equipment company. We use radio frequency (RF) to melt plastics. I have been in the field for 21 years. I am happy doing what I do. Within a year, I will have my house paid off. I planned what I was going to do when I was a kid. I am happy with my life just the way it is.”

That is beautiful and rare! Thank you!

 

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Then, on  January 24th, I ran into Everett again who was at the bus stop with a woman. I approached him with excitement.

 

It’s wonderful to see you again, Everett! Is this your lady?

Everett: “Yes, it is. This is Elaine.”

I introduce myself to Elaine and she was delightfully interested in participating in Bus Stop Dreams.

Where are you two going today?

We are heading to Lerua’s, a Mexican restaurant.”

What are your hopes for yours and Everett’s future?

I am happy where I am. I am a retired nurse. Everett and I have been together 26 years. I can’t believe it; I never thought I’d find love.”

26 years! That is amazing. You are giving ME hope!

Oh yes, it happens when you least expect it! We love each other very, very much.”

What is your advice for love? How do you guys make it work so well for so long?

A relationship is not take and take and take. It’s give and take. It’s seeing each other for who we are. We are always doing something for each other without being asked.”

 

Bus Stop Dreams is photography project in which I approach people at bus stops, asking them where they are going and what they hope for their future. It is a project that I hope connects all of us to our common humanity of wanting to be something more than what our present circumstance allows for whatever reason. My goal in 2014 is to create a hard cover book and other media of this project as I follow my own dreams. I extend my gratitude to each person who allows me, a stranger with my camera and notebook, to capture their vulnerability and private wishes. All images © Kathleen Dreier, Esens Photography.

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Bus Stop Dreams: Miguel

01/27/14 Bus Stop Dreams Tucson_Kathleen DreierWhere are you going?

Right now, I’m going to Pima College for a nutrition class. I am studying to become a psychologist and a quantum physician.”

 What are your hopes and dreams for your future?

I want people to realize we are not robots…that we are not meant to just work and pay taxes. While we are all alike, we are all unique. I want to bring people together and to abolish mental slavery. Many of us live in a mental prison with no bars. A lot of people don’t speak the truth and it is a world where it is the survival of the fittest. I want to leave a mark where I am remembered for what I contributed to making things better. I want to be happy and to spread peace.”

 

01/27/14 Bus Stop Dreams Tucson_Kathleen DreierAs I look as my notes I took with Miguel, I realize that I am not doing his words justice. I wish I would have had an audio recording that I could play for you. In his image, you can see the light in his soul. Miguel’s a really fine young man. I smile because I feel that our world IS becoming a better place, knowing that Miguel’s orientation lives in hearts of many youth and elders today. We are waking up.

 

 

Bus Stop Dreams is photography project in which I approach people at bus stops, asking them where they are going and what they hope for their future. It is a project that I hope connects all of us to our common humanity of wanting to be something more than what our present circumstance allows for whatever reason. My goal in 2014 is to create a hard cover book and other media of this project as I follow my own dreams. I extend my gratitude to each person who allows me, a stranger with my camera and notebook, to capture their vulnerability and private wishes. All images © Kathleen Dreier, Esens Photography.

 

 

 

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Bus Stop Dreams: Mothers and Their Children

01/24/14 Bus Stop Dreams Tucson_Kathleen DreierMarysol and son, Benjamin

Where are you going?

We are going to visit his father.”

What are your hopes for your future?

I want to go into the military. I don’t know what branch yet. It is a family tradition and I want to honor it. Eventually, I would like to go into criminal justice.”

 And your dreams for you son?

 I would like him to also go into the military.”

 

01/24/14 Bus Stop Dreams Tucson_Kathleen DreierSonia and step-daughter, Alicia

I saw Sonia styling Alicia’s hair at the bus stop and approached them.

 Where are you going?

 Sonia: “We are going to the Tucson Mall to hang out, shop and have fun.”

01/24/14 Bus Stop Dreams Tucson_Kathleen Dreier What’s your favorite place there?

 Alicia: “The Build-A-Bear Store.”

 What are your dreams for your future?

 Sonia: “I want to become a chef. I’m going to college at Pima Community. My life is an open book to whatever opportunities come. I also hope to continue to have good health.”

 Alicia, how about you? What are your dreams?

 I want to be a fashion designer. I do sketches now. My favorite fashion is ripped pants and shirts.”

 

01/24/14 Bus Stop Dreams Tucson_Kathleen DreierShasta and daughter, Asia’nay

Where are you going?

 We are going to the park on Limberlost to play. I just moved here from Louisiana a month ago and it is the only park I know of so far. I came here because I have a brother who lives here.”

 What are your hopes for your future?

 I want to go to cosmetology school at Pima Community College. I want to be a good woman who lives with no stress and worries.”

 What are your dreams for your daughter?

 I want her to grow into a beautiful woman who achieves her own goals.”

 

Bus Stop Dreams is photography project in which I approach people at bus stops, asking them where they are going and what they hope for their future. It is a project that I hope connects all of us to our common humanity of wanting to be something more than what our present circumstance allows for whatever reason. My goal in 2014 is to create a hard cover book and other media of this project as I follow my own dreams. I extend my gratitude to each person who allows me, a stranger with my camera and notebook, to capture their vulnerability and private wishes. All images © Kathleen Dreier, Esens Photography.

 

 

 

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Bus Stop Dreams: Alex and Samantha

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Alex approached me while I was photographing for Bus Stop Dreams. He recognized me from this past October when I saw him playing his guitar on a Saturday night in an underpass and asked to photograph him. Back then I was impressed with seeing this young man busk his music in a public place for the passerby in hopes of making a few bucks. We were happy to see each other again and I explained my Bus Stop Dreams project to him and his girlfriend, Samantha.

 

Where are you guys going?

Alex: “We just got off the bus, coming from home. We are going over to Doctor Hudson’s Guitar Shop to hang out and practice before my band’s taping a show at ACCESS Tucson’s TV station tonight.”

What’s the name of your band?

It’s called Feeding Frenzy. The style is ‘heavy poetic’”.

What’s your dreams for your future?

We are saving up our money to get our own place. I want to continue to make music and Samantha wants to make art. I have a deep love for Tucson but I want to travel and perform in other cities.”

 

After I got home from photographing Bus Stop Dreams and started to review the digital files, I found Samantha and Alex walking towards my camera in a shot where I was photographing a lot of people getting on and off the bus. Here is the image, cropped:

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Here’s some images of Alex I took in October 2013  when I happened upon him while he was playing his guitar in an underpass (remember you can click on any image to view it in larger format):

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Bus Stop Dreams is photography project in which I approach people at bus stops, asking them where they are going and what they hope for their future. It is a project that I hope connects all of us to our common humanity of wanting to be something more than what our present circumstance allows for whatever reason. My goal in 2014 is to create a hard cover book and other media of this project as I follow my own dreams. I extend my gratitude to each person who allows me, a stranger with my camera and notebook, to capture their vulnerability and private wishes. All images © Kathleen Dreier, Esens Photography.

 

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Bus Stop Dreams: Meijse and Elexis

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I met Meijse (pronounced May-Sha) and Elexis on 1/24/14.

 

 

 

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Where are you going?

Well, me and Elexis are going back home. She was trying to help me get my ID. It’s really hard just to get your ID. I just moved here from Anchorage, Alaska to be with my boyfriend. But he had some outstanding warrants from years ago, got picked up jay-walking and now he’s in jail for awhile.”

 I’m really sorry to hear that. What are your hopes for your future?

I think that challenges are bumps in the road. I still feel that my boyfriend is my soul mate. I want to have a special someone, a family, two kids. In the meantime, I have to recreate myself while he takes care of his legal business which could be years. In some ways, I have to start all over. Life is avoiding and catching fly balls.”

That’s beauty and determination in spite of being kicked in the face.

 

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Where are you going?

Me and Meisja are going back home to my place.”

When is your baby due?

February 10th…3 weeks away. I’m having a girl. I’m naming her Annalise Marie.”

Beautiful! What are your dreams for yours and your baby’s future?

 I hope we have a good future. I hope me and my baby’s dad reconcile. He’s a dick. You can write that down. If he saw my words in print he’d agree that he is. I’m in a housing program. I want to go to school to become a veterinarian technician. Eventually, I want for my baby and I to have bigger goals such as going to Colorado to become a full veterinarian.”

 

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Bus Stop Dreams is photography project in which I approach people at bus stops, asking them where they are going and what they hope for their future. It is a project that I hope connects all of us to our common humanity of wanting to be something more than what our present circumstance allows for whatever reason. My goal in 2014 is to create a hard cover book and other media of this project as I follow my own dreams. I extend my gratitude to each person who allows me, a stranger with my camera and notebook, to capture their vulnerability and private wishes. All images © Kathleen Dreier, Esens Photography.

 

 

 

Kristen Watt, Holistic Lifestyle Coach 2014

Portraits of People Working: Kristen Watts, Lifestyle Mentor

Kristen Watt, Holistic Lifestyle Coach 2014

 

 

Kristen Watts, Healthy Lifestyle Entrepreneur & Transformational Coach

Loving Yourself to Health.” ™

www.KristenWattsLifestyle.com

for individuals and groups

 

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 At one time, Kristen was the director of a marketing in a national franchise in the home health care industry when she became very sick. Kristen was diagnosed with 3 auto-immune diseases including fibromyalgia and she had 6 herniated discs. Kristen was prescribed 9 different medications, including pain killers, anti-depressants, and sleep medications, ironically, to counter the side effects of some of the other medications. She reached a transformational point in her chronic sick state of “letting it all go” and became her own best example of what she is helping others do today. Kristen researched and studied many healing modalities including Cranial Sacral Therapy, Lymphatic Drainage Therapy, Osteopathic Manipulation and skin care. She became certified as esthetician, transformational coach and raw food nutritionist. Kristen said that throughout her 7-year healing process she learned that “if I loved myself, I was creating space for self-care. Self-love changes everything else.”

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With that in mind, Kristen’s ever-evolving business with individual and groups is to use her skillful healing modalities to “hold space” customized for each of her clients to activated and maintain their own inner guidance system that will lead them to vibrant health and well-being. Kristen’s goal is to assist her clients in learning how to connect to what she refers to as their own “inner physician.” By finding out what people want in their lives, she is able to help them find it in themselves by bringing their awareness to all the different aspects of who we are including mind, body, and spirit. Her process of working with people is highly individualistic and based completely on what comes forth as she is working with the person.

 

I asked Kristen for her ideas on creating and running one’s own business. She gave me the following suggested gems to share with you:

 

  1. Know that everyone has their own unique gifts that make their work special. There are 10′s of 1000′s of photographers or bakers or artists or landscapers, for example, but each one has their unique expression of their gift. No two are alike. So in that sense, there isn’t competition of your skills and abilities.

  2. You don’t necessarily need to go to school to do what you want. So often we get stuck on how something needs to get done but there are many ways to learn, become proficient and be qualified as an expert in a particular field of work.

  3. You can discover your unique gifts that can develop into a business from your own particular life experience.

  4. The adventure is in the attempt: embrace possibility.

  5. Loving and appreciate yourself always….it opens doors to all the possibilities in our life.

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 In addition to her holistic wellness business, Kristen is a homemaker who has two children, a son and daughter, with her husband who is a scientist. She has lived in Tucson for 12 years.

 

 

Thank you, Kristen, for sharing with us about your business and your life. You are inspiring and beautiful.

 

For more images of Kristen working and transforming, click here.

 

Portraits of People Working is a photography project in which I will photograph and profile people in the many ways they earn a living. I admire people’s cleverness and determination to keep a roof over their heads and food in their belly while nourishing their creative soul. I photograph and interview people on location where they do their work. The images and interviews will eventually become a coffee table book. The inspiration behind this project is a favorite book of my youth by Studs Turkel called “Working” which was published in 1974. If you would like to be featured or know someone who would like to be, please contact me.

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