Failure must be a part of everything

“Failure must be a part of everything. If you are lucky enough to survive a failure or a loss, you will be stronger. And your new self-confidence makes the impossible suddenly more possible.”

I love these write-ups. The brief, if distorted, peek into the mind of other artists. In this case, Anders Petersen.


I’m feeling hopeful…

Well, that certainly sounds reassuring! 
Fingers crossed that they’ll be able to bring NIK back to life for us.



Ireland Workshops 2017

Our group from this year’s Ireland workshops.  Everyone was extremely enjoyable to shoot with and real troopers shooting through a lot of schedule changes due to the storms that blew through.  All safe and happy at the end of the adventures.  🙂


Light Land and Sea 2017

John and I wrapped up two successful Light Land and Sea workshops today. We had a major named storm for each one. Historical! 💗🍀

The weather has returned to fairly normal now, but there is still a lot of cleanup to do around roads and neighbourhoods.  You’d never know though, looking at the calm sea in this iPhone snap!


What’s Modern Art? Do you care?

Photographers and Modern Art
“you’d think that photographers, who are creatives in their own right, would appreciate the art and creativity of others in all of its various forms.”

Do you understand/like Modern Art? Do you even want to?
Take a look at the discussion we had over on Facebook by clicking below.



We have had two intense storms while leading the last two workshops here in Ireland.  Nothing I’ve experienced before and quite a challenge when leading a group.  It’s been a struggle, but everything has gone extremely well despite a LOT.LOT of location juggling and intense weather watching.  Luckily we know the areas well and have local connections to keep us best informed.  Everyone is safe and out shooting every day.



PetaPixel Intro

Recently, I had the privilege of introducing episode 216 of the PetaPixel Photography Podcast with Sharky James.
It’s your chance to hear my voice and listen to some important industry news.   Just click the image below.



Ballydowane 2446

I’m heading back to Ireland to teach a couple of workshops. Finally some landscape photography this year. Yes!! 


Two New Awards – IPA 2017

A nod to my recent partial return to portrait work. 🙂

2 Honourable mentions for Advertising Beauty and Fine Art Portrait. Congratulations also to Nadia Negm, my muse. 


Press Release fancy talk: 
“This year, The International Photography Awards received 14273 of submissions from over 165 countries and is pleased to declare that Athena Carey was awarded Honorable Mentions in Fine Art – Portrait and Advertising – Beauty for the winning entry feminine purity.
The International Photography Awards conducts an annual competition for professional, non-professional, and student photographers on a global scale, creating one of the most ambitious and comprehensive competitions in the photography world today. Each year, the International Photography Awards (IPA) invites passionate photographers, to compete for the title of Photographer of the Year, Discovery of the Year and Deeper Perspective Photographer of the Year. A board of esteemed professionals in the field juries the competition: curators, photo editors, gallery owners, art directors, and other luminaries from the international photography community. The awards include a Lucie Statue and cash prizes totalling over $20,000, exhibition and publication opportunities.”