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Hexagon by Adrian Galli

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Rebranding my 'Blog' page, I've never been a fan of the word. It is ugly and clumsy shortening of 'web' and 'log'—weblog—blog.

My passions: Filmmaking, Photography, Science, Travel, Design, and Technology. Back in the day, I ran a site called Adrian's Gear all about the cool gear I had found. And it is high time to bring that back.

I have no one thing I wish to write about but many. These passions form the sides of this journal and the evolution of AdrianGalli.com.

Welcome to Hexagon.

Florida Excursion 2017 by Adrian Galli

 Fisherman at Sunset

Fisherman at Sunset

Too infrequently do I get to travel. If I could only spend a week every month at home, that would suffice, I think. But when I do, I make sure to take advantage of the atmosphere and the views locally.

 

Mexico Beach is a small town in Florida. There are about 1000 people in the city along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. It is quiet, pleasant, and many times, one can spend the entire day on the beach and only see a few people. It is as close to a deserted coastline as one can get with out being detached from civilization.

February is a cool and sometime warm month. But the change is weather from day to day can make for amazing lighting with the sun making for amazing light at nearly all times, fog from cool fronts moving in, and impressive winds coming off the gulf.

With A Year in Photography into its second month, Mexico Beach did not disappoint on the photography opportunities. As one might expect, there is an abundance of wild life, beautiful colors not commonly found on building in the north, and great lighting almost any time of day.

 Arbor, Mexico Beach, 2/17/2017

Arbor, Mexico Beach, 2/17/2017

While many photos on the beach call for color to bring the blues, greens, and warms tones out from the landscape, black and white is hard not to shoot. The classic of all photography, black and white lends itself well to Mexico Beach's lovely lighting and climate.

While I took my trip for mainly personal reasons for some rest and relaxation, a small event I've always wanted to attend took place: The Mexico Beach Annual Gumbo Cookoff.

Gumbo being probably my favorite soup, it is a Creole (sometimes Cajun) dish made with okra, a roux, tomatoes, seafood, and, as I always add, some andouille sausage. It is delicious and the gumbo at this festival was from across the spectrum. If one ever has a chance to make it to Mexico Beach, it is a fine time to visit in February and enjoy the local cuisine.

If you're just there for a vacation spot, the beaches are beautiful, the town super laid-back, and relaxing for those who seek tranquility.

While I could write plenty about a visit, my photographs and videos will tell a clearer story. Please enjoy and should you find yourself in Mexico Beach, I visit at least once a year; perhaps we can bump into each other and enjoy the weather and photography.

Flight by Adrian Galli

One can walk the same beach a thousand times and, as it changes continuously, find something new and beautiful. 

I really don’t know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it’s because in addition to the fact that the sea changes, and the light changes, and ships change, it’s because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have, in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea – whether it is to sail or to watch it – we are going back from whence we came.

– John F. Kennedy

The Fear... of a Woman President by Adrian Galli

Many are talking of the misogyny and bigotry toward women being endemic or a partial reason why Hillary Clinton did not win this election. I have no way of writing in completion an article on how much more complex I think this election was or the inequities of society at large and around the world. In fact, we over simply much of everything anymore and, in part, I think it is because of "the sound bite" or "the tweet." One hundred forty characters isn't much of a complete thought. We want to get “the burn” in and boast our egos and opinions while many opinions aren’t worth the bits they’re encoded in. That, however, is for a different forum.

There is something I would like to go on the record as a white male: I have always had an affinity toward strong women. With men, it is somewhat assumed that one will be strong and courageous. Perhaps that is also a societal downfall of the male population but I am not writing this to discuss the sociological implications of the patriarch. 

I really wanted to write this as small tribute to some women, both fictional and real, who are icons of strength, honor, intelligence, and power women possess.

In fiction (note the sci-fi motif):
Ellen Ripley (Alien)
Dana Scully (The X-Files)
Jadzia Dax (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
Yu Shu Lien (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon)
Kira Nerys (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
Dr. Beverly Crusher (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
Lady Macbeth (Macbeth)
Guinan (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
President Laura Roslin (Battlestar Galactica)
Lily Sloane (Star Trek: First Contact)
Catherine Willows (CSI: Crime Scene Investigators)
Michonne (The Walking Dead)
Aeon Flux (Aeon Flux, animated series)
Dr. Margo Green (The Relic)
Elle Woods (Legally Blonde)
Catwoman/Selina Kyle (Batman Returns)
Clarice Starling (The Silence of the Lambs)
Terry Doolittle (Jumpin' Jack Flash)

In the media and business:
Judge Marilyn Milian (Former Florida State Circuit Court Judge)
Senator Elizabeth Warren (Senator, Massachusetts) 
Rachel Maddow (Political commentator)
Oprah Winfrey (TV personality)
Michelle Obama (First Lady of the United States)
Bozoma Saint John (Apple, marketing executive)
Madonna (Music artist)
Whoppie Goldberg (Actree and TV personality)
Sally Yates (Attorney General of the United States)

Women whom I know personally:
Jennifer Braatz
Sasha Navarro
Siobhan LaGro
Sarah Cameron
Marissa Stuart
Janet Thomas
Karen Stone
Jaquai Harris
Karen Koenig
Sheila Fitzpatrick
Carlye Hirsh-Wolf
Alex Mollon
Brooke Schulze
Colleen Rudziewicz
Tonja Thigpen
Beth Hefel
Patricia Thomas

This is a just a short list.

When people ask me why a strong female character (fictional or otherwise) is so appealing to me, I honestly do not have an answer. There is a visceral response for which it seems english has no words. It is not logical, sexual, or simply emotional. If a male character were to replace said female, I would not have the same reaction or connection. Perhaps it is because I prefer equals to subordinates. Perhaps it is because, in a generally patriarchal society, these strong women stand out so boldly. The reality is, I can’t entirely explain it but the sum of what I am writing is to assure women that you do have allies in men, like myself, who want to see your success because it would be awesome and we value your strength and who you are.

Let us (all of us) keep moving forward and not let this moment in time discourage. 

#ImwithHer (all of the Hers out there)