Busy city life and meditation

Our modern lifestyle is getting increasingly busy year after year. And it’s as important as ever to take everyday breaks for complete relaxation through meditation in order to relieve emotional stress, achieve inner peacefulness and focus your mind.

This series of images depicts the concept of meditation in our modern lifestyle.

Taking a break from our busy city life, conceptual photographs.

Meditation stock photos in people and lifestyles image collection

Photography © Alex Maxim http://alexmaxim.ca. Unlicensed use is prohibited. Post author: Alex Maxim - Toronto fashion and beauty photographer

Blocking Pinterest on your web site

If you don’t want to have your work used without permission on Pinterest, you can find out why, here (read the full story): http://greekgeek.hubpages.com/hub/Is-Pinterest-a-Haven-for-Copyright-Violations and here: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/07/is-pinterest-already-making-money-quietly/, use this meta tag in the header of all your web pages that you want to protect:
<meta name=”pinterest” content=”nopin” />

(WordPress: go to Appearance->Edit->Header(header.php) and place  <meta name=”pinterest” content=”nopin” />  in the next line, right after the <head> tag)

P.S.

Of course this is as ridiculous as ‘No free driving’ barrier around your car, nobody is supposed to use your photographs or touch your property without permission on the first place, but at least it will help you in the meantime, until on-line copyright protection evolves.

I can’t wait until the time when each photograph is automatically linked to it’s owner’s web site, protected from editing, and displays embedded copyright holder’s name and contact information upon mouse over, whenever it’s displayed on the Internet.

 

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Photography © Alex Maxim http://alexmaxim.ca. Unlicensed use is prohibited. Post author: Alex Maxim - Toronto fashion and beauty photographer

You are publishing a book and deciding on a cover photo

You have devoted a part of your life to writing a book and now it is the time to publish it. No matter if you choose to go with an established publisher or decide to self-publish it, you need to decide on the book cover, and that’s not an easy decision to make.

A cover is what your potential first-time readers see first and make up their mind whether they want to go ahead and take a closer look. The decision is made subconsciously and is based on your reader’s taste and past experiences. A good cover can sell your book, while a bad one can greatly limit your readership.

For most people, whether they are your first-time or devoted readers, the image on a book cover will trigger imagination even before they start reading the story, and will affect the way the book is perceived.

A great book can last forever, but you need to give it a proper take off by choosing the best and relevant cover photo that entices a reader and doesn’t have any flaws, whether artistic or technical.

I am not a writer myself, but I am a photographer. And I believe, there is much we have in common.

You can find a selection of my photographs that I put aside as a separate gallery to illustrate sample book and e-book cover photos here. Or you can look through my entire photo archive here.

Have an inspirational year! And make sure your covers are as amazing as your stories!

Truly yours,
Alex Maxim

Photography © Alex Maxim http://alexmaxim.ca. Unlicensed use is prohibited. Post author: Alex Maxim - Toronto fashion and beauty photographer