Hello and welcome to JeweledConcrete. I’m an American citizen who has been living in Munich, Germany for the last nine years and counting. I am married to the wonderful man in the photo below who is also an expat, but of the South African variety, and we have an adorable little boy and two rascally cats. There’s never a dull moment in this household!

I believe life is a journey rather than a destination and have learned to live in and enjoy the moment. However, that doesn’t mean I like to stagnate. Keeping things interesting has always been a priority for me, whether it be traveling the world, trying a new hobby, experimenting in the kitchen or taking a leap of faith. I take to heart the words of John Burroughs, ‘Leap, and the net will appear.’

Autum 2013, The Eibsee

Autum 2013, The Eibsee

JeweledConcrete is mainly a photography website. Like life, learning photography is a journey and these are early days for me. I bought a DSLR camera, my Canon 30D, in January of 2008. It took me 6 months to take it out of the house I was so nervous I would break it. Turns out it is a lot more robust than I thought. Since then, it has traveled around Asia, Europe, the US and Mexico with me and seems to have survived all of that just fine.  More recently, I have upgraded to the Canon 6D, a real beauty!

A few years ago, I also became aware that my grandfather’s camera has been waiting patiently for someone to take an interest and put it back into use. It is a Mamiya C330 twin lens reflex camera, fully mechanical, takes 120 and 220 mm film, and I want to get to know it. I also added an instant film camera, the Fujifilm Instax Mini 7 to my collection, just for giggles..  I’m impressed by the iPhone 6 capabilities and love playing with the many editing and filter apps available. There are only so many hours in the day but I try to find a bit of time every week to take a few shots and see what happens.

I hope you enjoy the photos and blog posts. The subjects of both will vary according to the opportunities life presents, although you may detect a tendency towards a food theme, another big hobby of mine.  Please, please feel free to leave comments – I would love to hear your advice, criticism, encouragement, experiences and to see what you are working on.

Michelle Stacey  |  Germany, April  28, 2015