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Turning frustration into positivity

Emotions are vital as they allow us to feel alive, but at times they can turn your life upside down. They can make you spin out of control and you could loose yourself in more negative state of mind.

You do actually have the choice to turn this negative feeling, in this case frustration, into a powerful driving energy, creating something new and unexpected.

Gulnara Samoilova is a legendary street photographer. She grew up in Ufa, the capital of the Republic of Bashkortostan in Russia, and fell into photography when she was 15, finding magic in the darkroom.

"I realized art and photography were an opportunity to escape the confines of an extremely patriarchal society." - Gulnara Samoilova

She had her first image published in a newspaper while still in high school, working as a freelance photographer for a newspaper in Russia in her late teens. Her interest in street photography, specifically, developed while at college in Moscow. Gulnara worked for the Associated Press between 1994 and 2003, winning a World Press Photo award for her images of 9/11.

To channel her frustration she felt both in Russia and in the USA, she turned it into something positive: a platform dedicated to women street photographers, to create the kind of support she would have liked to have received in her career.” And so Women Street Photographers, initially an Instagram-based platform and now a Prestel-published, 224-page anthology, was born.

by Gulnara Samoilova, Ami Vitale, Melissa Breyer

Featured in the book are 31 countries and 34 nationalities. Its 100 participants range from women in their 20s to those in their 70s.

Gulnara's work is a part of major collections such as the Museum of the City of New York, The New York Public Library, New York Historical Society, the Newseum, and Houston Museum of Fine Arts.

With 40 years combined experience as a documentary photographer, artist, darkroom printer, photojournalist, and a photo editor, Gulnara employs her experience and qualifications to research and curate an impressive body of work by women photographers from around the globe.

Just like Gulnara, you can turn your emotions into a positive energy! Every emotion carries with it an energy, a certain vibration, the highest of which are emotions such as love, appreciation, joy, and gratitude. Lower resonating emotions are feelings such as fear, guilt, shame, regret, anger, despair, humiliation, and anxiety.

If you are having a hard time lifting your mood, get busy doing something you enjoy that will raise your positive vibration. It’s easy to raise your vibration. Engaging in your hobbies is a great way to bump your vibrations up a few notches, and it can be anything really—playing sports, cooking, baking, gardening, playing music, cleaning, exercising, meditating, practicing yoga, singing, dancing, crafting, building, organizing, or snuggling with your pet.

You are in control of your emotions, because you have the power to analyze them, redirect and transform the energy, or lack of, and create something great.

Give it a try, you've got nothing to loose and you could be positively surprised.

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