When I had a photography business, I named it Baraka Photos. The name came to me in 2006, while we were living overseas, and before I’d even heard of Barack Obama.
“Baraka” means gift or blessing in Arabic and Hebrew. It seemed like the perfect name for the way that I felt about the things I photographed. The light gave me a gift every time it shone on a seashell, a piece of bark, a leaf full of raindrops.
I still like the name, but I got tired of explaining what it meant, and explaining that it wasn’t political.
Now I’d like to start selling my fused glass art online. So I need a name.
Here are my stream-of-consciousness words about these pieces, and I’ve linked to a few of my posts about glass art:
abstract glass fused light reflecting dark spin shape square triangle glitter visceral shine out heartbeat balance giving never in the dark now escape immersion pain different faith luxury new forms therapy recovery fragile sharp focus near me unlike any other stories energy focused inward comes out broken letting it out radiant full expanding look
And here are some examples of these pieces, most of which will be pendants and pins but some of them are sculptures.
Have a look and tell me what words come to you.
Featured image is Face Off – Necklace pendant 1.5 by 2.5 inches.
Today’s penny is a 2006 in honor of the year Baraka Photos was born.