December 08, 2017

Surprise Yourself + Have an Inspiring Weekend

cutand-dry.blogspot.com street photo
One thing I have learned from some extremely happy (and healthy aging) people is to keep on learning something new throughout my life. There's big satisfaction to be found in learning things and really mastering a new skill.
Read a book. The morning paper. Attend a seminar, watch a documentary movie, take a course for fun...
Nothing can make me more proud at the moment, than learning something new every day. You see, doing something for the first time gives me the chance to grow, to move my brain and keep it healthy. Research has long shown that new knowledge and learning activities pay off. 

Being creative with my spare time has definitely improved the quality of my life.

Hope you have a great weekend! xx

P.S. Discover your hidden talents! Remember, just because you can't currently play the piano doesn't mean that you'll never be able to.

December 01, 2017

Life Is Precious

Plymouth uk on a rainy day
Hello there. Happy December 1st! I hope you all have a great December this year.
So, you might have noticed, I haven't posted for a while here and on social media, and I wanted to explain why. Here's what happened...

September 22, 2017

Coffee-Based Dessert

Turn your coffee into a treat. A wonderful way to enjoy your cup of coffee - if you're not a coffee purist!

Pour a shot of hot espresso coffee into a small glass, and top...

September 15, 2017

Little Bits of Life

Happy Friday to all of our lovely CUT and DRY readers out there! So. I am ready for fall and all the crisp goodness that goes with it. I have so much exciting stuff in store for this fall and...

September 08, 2017

My Street Photography Approach



Here's a glimpse of my Street Photography (early work), if you'd like to see...

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© 2017 betty manousos 




I enjoy shooting images in multiple genres of Photography, but I tend to gravitate toward:

B&W Street Photography
Documentary Photography 
B&W Fine Art Photography

On Street Photography:

I've always loved this genre, but it wasn't until February 2017 that I actually started to get dedicated to street photography, in an attempt to preserve what time steals but photographs can save.

To me, street photography is ultimately liberating. Also, it's a great means to document urban life, tangible and intangible elements of a city, individuals or crowds in the street, and tell the stories behind the shapes and patterns of a particular place and moment in time. 
Madness of Street.
On Visual Aesthetic: 

"What I photograph is defined by what I believe in."

I try to always shoot with the intent of telling a story and I do want my images to provoke a strong emotional response in those who view them. 
I'm a firm believer that street photography undoubtedly effects our capacity to empathize; also, it can help us connect with people worldwide in that way. And that's so important. 
I tend to use a semi-abstract approach in my street work where enigmatic figures are always present.

Conventionality (cliche's) is also something that I'm trying my hardest to steer away from. I need to pave my own path and my photographic vision focuses on capturing the essence of a person, the feeling, the spirit of urban spaces.
The truth is, for any given subject, there is no one composition, one perspective or story - rather there are probably any number of these elements that can work - the possibilities are endless. 
theater love street


Lost in the Streets.
Lonely in the Big City.

WEBSITEGALLERY  © 2017 betty manousos | all rights reserved

August 25, 2017

Blueberries!


easy and delicious blueberry tartSo what's not to love about blueberries! They're delicious, versatile, low-calorie and pair quite well with many other foods. Loaded with nutrients and antioxidants, these tiny gems can also be made in many different ways...

August 18, 2017

Dog Is Man's Best Friend

Dogs are notable for being loyal, patient, and capable of pure love. There's a saying that goes " Life is great...dogs make it better."

"The reason I dedicate myself to helping animals so much is because they are already so many people dedicated to hurting them."
~ Author unknown

Needless to say, I'm against animal cruelty and believe animals should be treated respectably as if they are also humans. No matter their size, every animal matters.
Below are a few links about animals that I find them quite interesting. Hope you find them interesting too!
little cute pup




Note: So saddened to hear about this terrible news. My heart is breaking for the people in Barcelona. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the terrible attack in this beautiful city.

Stay safe and have a good weekend! xx

Some of the most tear-jerking stories of dog's loyalty and friendship.

Does your dog or cat actually love you?

10 Signs you are a hopeless animal lover.

My blogging friend Sandra of Mad Snapper is a huge dog-lover and pretty awesome!

IHeart Dogs

Linking to Saturday's Critters.