Thursday, December 31, 2009

In a few hours the old year will come to end, and a new one will begin. A time where new goals are made; bad habits are sworn to be broken, and new ones, planned to be established.

I hope that with the start of 2010, your strength and empowerment sticks with you; that it helps you as your life flourishes and that you may find whatever pieces you may feel are not there. In some way, I feel like the new year is in some way a new slate. It gives you a chance to start something new or fix things that may have broken down in the previous year.

Go out into the New Year and teach, create, inspire and learn. Laugh at yourself and with others; wake up and smile from time to time and don't forget to, do something positive.

Thank you, my dear readers, it has been an adventurous year and,
I hope that we will continue to share the adventures with one another.


Saturday, December 19, 2009

Happy Holidays Everyone

Happy Holidays Everyone,

This blog will return to its regularly scheduled writing after the New Year.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

TED Tuesday - Carolyn Steel

So I was catching some breakfast at the airport and decided to watch one of the TED episodes on my iPhone. This one is about how food shapes the world. Hopefully it makes you think.

Thoughts: I have always wanted to improve the diet in my life: cut my sugar intake down, eat more fruits and veggies, create a proper eating schedule. This week has helped reiterate that idea. I'm about to get on the plane, but today let's talk food.

Saturday, November 07, 2009

WIP - Two Photos on a Saturday

So I currently have two photos on my desktop that are in work-in-process mode. I feel like I have a little bit more post processing to do, but for now I will share with you guys where I am at.

I merged the shadow figures with the greed vortex light from two different photographs

what is known as an HDR photo...taken in Colorado.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Political Thursday - Freedom Tray

I don't have time to really go on a huge political I thought I would share with you guys something simple...something truly American...THE FREEDOM TRAY.

Is this the new definition of freedom? The freedom to carry 3 Large cokes, fries and nachos without the worry of it spilling over? I can't believe this will be the last thing on my mind before I go to bed...

Weekends almost here folks...hope you are ready for it.


Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Inspired by Other/TED - James Nachtwey

Due to the crazy schedule I am merging Tuesday and Wednesday together. But I am also doing this because there is a photographer who appeared at TED that truly inspired me.

James Nachtway is famous for his photojournalism of third world countries. He has risked his life by documenting war, disease, and death. His path in life is far different from mine, and yet I can't help but feel a connection as there are some things that I would like imitate. I admire him for his skill and respect him for his actions of capturing critical social issues.

"I have been a witness, and these pictures are my testimony. The events I have recorded should not be forgotten and must not be repeated." - James Nachtwey

Warning the link takes you to quick presentation by James, followed by a video of his still photography as he documented the XDR-TB, a drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis that's touching off a global medical crisis. Some photos may be graphic.

Length: 5:52

Monday, November 02, 2009

Goals for the week did you sleep? Hope everyone had a bloody awesome weekend.

In a few hours we will be flying out of State College and off to do two investigations back to back. As crazy as the week will be, I still want to find time to do some other things. So I made this list of the things I want to accomplish this week. Some will be easier then others...

-investigate two cases
-read books
-update photo store with next set
-take photos everyday
-finish reading at least one book
-try a photography experiment
-make time for blog and blog readers
-reply to emails
-be creative
-remember to smile
-push ups
-listen to a new band
-work on next music photomontage
-make a video?
-contact models for shoot
-yawn and stretch

Thursday, October 29, 2009

A break from politics

So I've been up working on finalizing some projects and taking my creativity for a ride. And boy do I have exciting news. I finally opened up my online photo store. In order to help support my passion I have decided to put up for sale some limited prints. Each month I will continue to add sets of new photos.

I have also completed my first Music PhotoMontage.

Music PhotoMontage 1 - Eddie Vedder's "Long Nights" from Sergey Poberezhny on Vimeo.

Link to store:

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Inspired by Others - Monica Szczupider

I came across this photo and I thought I would include it in Inspired by Others....

As photographer I am really drawn to photojournalism. There is an art with this type of photography where the photographer must embed oneself heavily into the environment and yet, remain a fly on the wall as to not disturb anything during the process.


I was up pretty late working on a creative project which I will share with you guys later on. Just want to do some fine tuning before I release it into the wild.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

We now return to our regular scheduled program...

Hey folks...

The trips are over and I am back in State College. Now that I am back at home, I can get to work on some projects that were left on the back burner. Sucks when I have to do that...

We start Tuesday with a light talk from TED regarding the effect of sounds on us.

Length: 5:47
About:Playing sound effects both pleasant and awful, Julian Treasure shows how sound affects us in four significant ways. Listen carefully for a shocking fact about noisy open-plan offices.

This talk reminded me of binaural beats.

"Binaural beats or binaural tones are auditory processing artifacts, or apparent sounds, the perception of which arises in the brain independent of physical stimuli. This effect was discovered in 1839 by Heinrich Wilhelm Dove."(wiki: source)

Has anyone ever tried this? If so, please share with us your experience.

Peacefully Out,

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Away for a few days

Hey Everyone,

I am gonna be away for the next few days...what with a speaking gig with Ryan in Wisconsin followed by AGH/PRS Stanley event in Colorado. Should be fun with the masquerade ball, sneak peak at the entire AGH: The Movie, ghost hunts, snow ball fights, probably getting a cold somewhere in between, and of

How Photographers Created Rock and Roll

So I know the theme for Wednesday should be: inspired by others. So I am gonna quickly throw a link out at you:

I really dig the Kurt Cobain photo. A genuine photo that captures the struggle he was dealing with.

Off to do the lecture....


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Crazy life

Hey everyone,

Sorry but we are gonna have to miss out on TED today. My hectic schedule is taking me to NYC to go on Tyra. But rest assured I will come back with a hell of story and hopefully some photos.

Hope you guys had a great weekend.


Thursday, October 08, 2009

Political Thursday

Здравствуйте - pronounced "ZDRAVST-vwee-tye" ("hello" in Russian)

Lobbying: To try to influence the thinking of legislators or other public officials for or against a specific cause.

"hmmm....could you use it in a sentence please?"

When the health insurance companies found out the government was going create a public option they began to lobby against in order to protect themselves from losing profits.

Etymology: "One story states that the term originated at the Willard Hotel in Washington, DC, where it was used by Ulysses S. Grant to describe the political wheelers and dealers frequenting the hotel's lobby in order to access Grant, who was often found there, enjoying a cigar and brandy." (source: Wikipedia)

Now, not all lobbying is bad. There are plenty of lobbyists who represent respectable causes such as environmental protection, marijuana legalization, or a public option. But what happens when a corporation with millions upon billions of dollars recognizes that certain laws will hurt their profit margin for the quarter, for the year, or for even several? Rather then adapting for the benefit of the society, they decide to focus on themselves.

Corporations are entities. Entities that carry this instinctual survival where any threat to its demise, must be eliminated. Its hard for me to imagine people running a corporation. Rather a corporation, once fully established, begins running itself. And that is where it gets dangerous. Some corporations don't know the difference between right and wrong*: Enron, AIG, Halliburton, etc. And so, on the painful day when the people are impacted by actions without ethics, do we learn how to rectify their deep and willful ignorance. To stand up against them, together.

This week I read an article about the recent policy change on lobbying.

"The policy change, described by the White House as the next step in President Barack Obama’s drive to limit influence-peddling in Washington, could affect hundreds of lobbyists who serve on the panels, which were created by Congress in the 1970s to provide private-sector advice to the government."

Now I know that the biggest fear of full government control takes us to an Orwellian future, but I for one believe that should not be a worry on our minds. To few forget that, we the people, are in control of the government...just as long as we get up and prove it, and always remember the difference between right and wrong.*

Thank you,

*The discussion between right and wrong can be very thought provoking. After all, different cultures, societies, people have different view points on what makes right, right and wrong, wrong. "The pendulum of the mind oscillates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong." Carl Jung

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Wednesday's - Inspired by Others - Ryan Buell

I would like to introduce a new segment on my blog...following TED Tuesday's and coming right before Political Thursday's; I want to share photography works done by others.

I thought I would start this one of with a photo done by none other then...Ryan Buell of Paranormal State. He had this idea to get this group of us together and setting us up while we were shooting at a certain location in West Virginia. Perhaps you guys can take a stab at where with the given background....

I think Ryan did a great job on setting up the photo. I could see this being on a photo spread in Entertainment Weekly. I like photos that hold hidden themes and that depict difference views for the different people.

Once again...many thanks for stopping by.


Tuesday, October 06, 2009

TED Tuesday's - Eric Giler - Wireless Electricity

We continue to TED Tuesday as we dive into the ever expanding world of technology. Watch as the future unfolds before your eyes. Next thing you know it we will be talk about having colonies on the moon.

About this talk:
Eric Giler wants to untangle our wired lives with cable-free electric power. Here, he covers what this sci-fi tech offers, and demos MIT's breakthrough version, WiTricity -- a near-to-market invention that may soon recharge your cell phone, car, pacemaker.


Video Length: 10:13

On a side note: Thank you everyone for your feedback and comments regarding the Public Option blog. I appreciate everybody's opinions and thoughts about it. On that note, I am also going to go see Zombieland tonight. It's amazing how well its doing. I am such a sucker for zombie flicks. Its funny I haven't really put much thought in having a plan if the house is on what I would save, how I would get out... but I have schematics on my head in case of a zombie viral outbreak.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Political Thursday - Public Healthcare

So we just got back from a huge investigation. Its 5:00 AM. I decide to have a cup of the ol' green tea before I go to sleep...

...waiting for it to brew I decide to check my email and browse the internet...

I hop on the reddit to see whats happening on the Interweb and I find a Congressman who has the balls to say what others are thinking. What I am referring to is Florida's Rep. Alan Greyson. He presents a clear plan that the Republicans have regarding America's Heathecare: 1. Don't get sick. 2. If you do get get, die quickly. Below you will find the videos you should watch as this story unfolds.

I find it completely hypocritical of the Republican Congressmen who one, compared Rep. Alan Greyson to Joe "the Douchebag" Wilson, but two cannot comprehend the idea of freedom of speech. What I respect about Greyson's actions is that he is not letting a good idea fall through the cracks. The American people really need to understand how important this issue really is. Look at the various sources of information that are out there and educate yourselves. PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES! YOU WILL NOT FIND ALL YOUR INFORMATION FROM FOX NEWS!

Key take away points:

-The study that Rep. Greyson is referring to states that as many as 44,789 deaths a year are a direct result from lack of health insurance. So let's do some simple arithmetic here:

year: 44,789
month: 44,789/12 = 3,732
week: 44,789/52 = 861
day: 44,789/365 = 123
hour: 44,789/8670 = 5

So between the three hour drive back home, 15 people passed away.

-Rep. Greyson brings another good point to the table: the private insurance companies don't want the change because they know their profits will decline (one of the finer qualities of capitalism - money always takes priority over people). Currently, all the health insurance companies are spending as much as $700,000 daily on lobbying against health reform. Yea, read that line again. Per day, $700,000 is spent. I'm not even gonna do the math on that because I'm afraid I might throw up when I see the annual number. For a full press release about this number, visit here.

Final Note

Ever since Obama won the election I began to pay attention to politics just a little bit more. Catching the news on TV periodically, or reading interesting articles that I find floating around...anything really that I can make a note to see how our society evolves. What I find is that, as more and more truth is revealed about how this world works, I start to feel sick. Unfortunately, a visit to the doctor, even if I could afford it, would not make be feel better. This is the kind of sick where you find yourself questioning, at what point can "humane" no longer fit to be associated with "human." This idea that I want to distance myself from all the people of the world because of the greed, jealousy, vengance, hatred that I see flows in their blood. And then there is bursts of hope, that there are good souls on this planet who are fighting for a worthy cause. A cause that I can support. A cause, that I know, will make me feel better about being human.

Thank you for reading,
Sergey Poberezhny

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Psychic Hat

We take a step back from the serious this week and dive deep into the inner workings of the psychic. How does the psychic receive their information? Where does it come from? The first time I met with Chip I though it was the hat. We took Chip to the cemetery across from the house to see if there was any relation between the haunting at home and the cemetery. It was rather chilly, almost as if the spirits came out to join us; course it being January didn't help either. I took a couple of photographs when all of a sudden Chip was picking up on something and quickly snapped this photo. It was clear that he was getting a reading as the flaps on his hat rose up. It was as if he was tuning in to pick up the right frequency, like you would with a radio. To this day, it's still a mystery as to how and why psychics work the way they do, but on that had to be the hat.

Enjoy your week and remember to smile,

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

TED Tuesday's - Jonathan Zittrain

Good ideas are worth spreading. That is why I would like to start TED Tuesday's, a weekly blog discussion of videos from TED. TED is a conference that that was started in 1984 that brought people together from three different worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. The various videos posted on the site of different lectures have been so inspiring that I thought it would be great for us to discuss and learn from them and from one another.

About this talk: Feeling like the world is becoming less friendly? Social theorist Jonathan Zittrain begs to difffer. The Internet, he suggests, is made up of millions of disinterested acts of kindness, curiosity and trust.


Video Length: 19:52

My thoughts: What a remarkably optimistic look at the internet where people work in unison. I know there are points that can be shown to disprove this statement. Hell, I have encountered this directly...sort of. I have heard about groups of people who, for instance, are not fans of the show and so choose to act out, not in kindness, but through malevolence. Creating photos, writing articles, lying about who my group, and me as a person really are. Personally I don't care. Because I know one thing; they can spend as much time as they want on spreading filth. But at the end of the day, when we look back at our lives, I know I will be happy with mine.
I know that if I choose to retaliate to every little comment made about me, I would be taking away from doing what makes me happy.

I have always been a fan with Random Acts of Kindness. Its kind of where the idea for "Do Something Positive" came about. Even the movie, Pay it Forward, although had a cheesy romance to it, had a great concept. Because when we choose to work together, the world can be a better place, and the internet can be a great tool to create that world.

So, we have a week. A week to talk, discuss and share this concept with one another. What can we do? Today I will take some time to think about something that I can do that can go along with the theme of this video. Be the bee.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Seeds of Hope

It was January 27th. Our minds were trying to wrap around what we were getting ourselves into. How does one prepare to break through the door that opens up to the abyss, the chaos, the darkness. I can't help but chuckle because, even those three words don't really describe what's on the other side all to well. Father Bob joined us for investigation that will continue to live within our souls. There was an aura over Father Bob as he went from room to room; blessing the home. Standing in the master bedroom I looked over at Father Bob as prayed over the bed. The lamp behind him cast a perfect silhouette. As if an armor of light protected him. It was at that moment that I couldn't help but think of us as engineers. Diving into the darkness we were trying to plant the seeds of hope.

Thank you for your time,
Sergey Poberezhny

Friday, September 18, 2009

Make the most of your weekend

Hey Everyone,

Hope all is well. We just wrapped up the first case for this week and today we will be continuing our investigation streak. Yesterday, Katrina took us to New Hope, PA where I got to get my photography on. Kinda made me look forward to get back to State College so that I can work on some a photo project or two.

Still working on the Music Photo challenge, and I saw that the 51 word challenge has been feeling rather lonely. So those are on my list as well.

Anyone have any movie suggestions?

*This blog has been sponsored by water. Just drink it.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Photos from UFO Field Trip

Hey Everyone,

Before I left for the are the long awaited group photo from the UFO trip. You can download them from the links on the bottom. There were two different group photos: one with James and one without.

Apologize for the delay,

Post Edit:
So to battle this broken link issue, here are the photos to those that weren't able to download them.

Friday, September 11, 2009

In lue of the the blood donation...

I stopped by the campus today to donate some of my krov'ya (Russian for blood). Do I want to be called a "hero" for saving three lives today? No. Should I be called a "hero" for saving three lives today...well the dictionary defines a hero as:

he⋅ro [heer-oh]

–noun, plural -roes; for 5 also -ros.

1. a man of distinguised courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities
2. the bread or roll used in making a hero sandwich
3. some one who donates blood to save three lives

So I will let you guys decide. Sorry for the cockiness, I've been watching, The Office, and I think Michael Scott's personality is hysterical.
"I saved a life... my own. Am I a hero? I can’t really say, but... yes." M. Scott

Enjoy your weekend everyone.

Some interesting facts about blood donations.

Monday, September 07, 2009

The Ladder

The darkness fell upon the church; like a ritual. Each evening the shadows woke up from their slumber. It was their world at night. Free to move around, they ruled the church. But there was an area that had no bonds with the darkness. Deep within, lay a room with a ladder; surrounded by blackness. There was something special about this ladder, it was lit up by a mysterious source; a sign of hope, a choice.

The steps ascended towards the light, each level represented a new degree of spiritual awareness. But, I say again, the ladder was a choice. You decide how far you want to climb.


Thursday, September 03, 2009

Street Photos and Politics

So yesterday, I took a walk through the streets of SC...thinking; thinking that you know what, Universe, you decide what I should come across my street journey. And so it did. I want to share a piece of my journey with you all. Its a little political. Probably because of a story I read that is still etched in my head. (LINK) I swear it feels like someone stabbed my brain with a fork.

I saw a group of people protesting the war, advocating peace, and requesting troops to be pulled out, so I decided this would be a good start towards photojournalism. I approached two protesters who've been doing this for about 5 years. "Why? Why are you doing this?" Truth is, this is pretty much a repeat. That is, this is Vietnam just tweaked a little differently. And now we are falling into another cycle. Another cycle of where the weak are taken for fools. Where those who have power think they can play the same ol' game and come out on top.

But, there is one problem for those who think that everything will remain the same: change is the only constant. The world evolves and people, well, they follow suit.

I asked them if they thought things were getting better...after all they had witnessed decades go I asked, is there hope? They remained silent, but they remained standing. Standing, because there is hope; hope that things will change. It's a strange feeling to comprehend. A sensation that there will a change in world. You aren't sure which way it will go, but between doing nothing at all, you can at least hope it will go for the best.

Who knows, maybe one day I can open up the paper and not see a spiritual person, praying that our President dies. Blah...just writing that sentence left a dirty sensation in my mouth. I am gonna go brush my teeth folks; till next time...

Hope for the best in others,

"It is difficult to achieve a spirit of genuine cooperation, as long as people remain indifferent to the feelings and happiness of others."
-Dalai Lama

Friday, August 28, 2009

Facebook Photo

Hey all,

Seeing as how we are doing two cases back to back, I wanted to at least stop by here and give you, my fellow blog readers, a premiere of my facebook photo album.

Here is something written by, Kahlil Gibran, from The Prophet.

"I cannot teach you how to pray in words.
God listens not to your words save when He Himself utters them through your lips.
And I cannot teach you the prayer of the seas and the forests and the mountains.
But you who are born of the mountains and the forests and the seas can find their prayer in your heart,
And if you but listen in the stillness of the night you shall hear them saying in silence,
"Our God, who art our winged self, it is thy will in us that willeth."

Starring into the ocean, I couldn't help but feel a oneness with world.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


Hey Everyone,

On the road again...

Seems like no matter how many days we get off, the time sorta flies by. For several weeks now, I have been uploading a photo with a short story on A&E's Paranormal State Facebook group. I included to link to it on the bottom. I usually submit one every week on Mondays. If you guys are bored, feel free to check it out.

Facebook Paranormal State Photo Album

But now here I am, ready to take on our next case. I kinda decided to take advantage of the different locations that we travel to, so I stepped out of our hotel tonight and took some photographs of the streets of...whoosh. That was close one; obviously our location has to remain a secret.

Now for those of you who aren't fans of Twitter, maybe this will convince you:
Somehow I can see this becoming quite a following.

Off to get some rest.


Thursday, August 13, 2009


Hey guys

So I got an iPhone. Right now I am traveling to the airport and at the same time I am blogging. So I want to try a new form of media communication with you all. I have a bunch of camera apps for my phone so from time to time I will take photos and videos to share with you. Last case, Chad and Ryan were vlogging like crazy.

I will respond to emails tonigt when I get in. Sorry about the delays; the Thomas house event and two investigation took up a lot of my time.

Stay strong,

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Hey Everyone,

Been quite a crazy hectic schedule, and it's certainly not over. Somehow I feel like I got taste of the "Everest" I'm about to climb. I came to make a tiny stop; do a quick song and dance kinda thing. Found this video and thought it really pertained to my personality. Enjoy

Currently Listening: Tool - Lateralus

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Quick Stop

Hey guys,

Just wanted to stop by before I leave for our investigation and leave you guys with these two amazing music videos from The Avalanches.


Wednesday, July 22, 2009


Hey Everyone,

Been a tad busy. We had our first open house this past weekend. For the first time we opened up our office doors for guests to come, get a tour and participate in some workshops. Then, even crazier is that we will begin filming the new season this weekend. Goodbye free time. I don't know...maybe having done this several years I can figure out to better manage my it.

I am trying to really commit to giving it all when it comes to photography this season. Especially before we start filming. Its awesome; feels like I am headed towards an amazing adventure. I have several different routes that I can take, but thats the beauty in life: when you have that opportunity. I have sorta started the music photography project. Been listening to the songs nonstop to get used to them.

To join Twitter or to let it go: I am leaning towards no; but I hope that I can find something that can let me utilize my blackberry and blogger. There is stuff out there; I just gotta sit down and put some time into figuring it out.

Anyways...enjoy the photos.

Stay Tuned,

Anyone remember that movie? Stay Tuned. I actually kinda liked it.

currently reading: New Soviet Psychic Discoveries.

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Happy 4th of July

Hope everyone has a great 4th of July weekend.

Gonna take a week break. Talk to you guys next Monday.


Thursday, July 02, 2009

oh my ears...

Hey Everyone,

Thank you for all the song ideas. With that, I take my trip into the merging your songs with my photography. Makes me feel like some sort of artistic chemist.

John Lennon - "Imagine"
"Desire" by U2
Metallica ~ The UnForgiven
Puscifer - Rev. 22:20 (Dry Martini Mix)
"Can I Stay?" by Ray LaMontagne
"Expo '86" by Death Cab for Cutie
You Know You're Right - Nirvana
Love and some verses by Iron and Wine!

I may have some photos that will go great with the song, but then again I may not. You don't have to do this, but it would help me out, if the people who suggested the song would email me what it is they liked about it.

With that, I take back into office work.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Coconut Skins

After shaking the image of my shaking it up on the dance floor I thought I would take some time to update the blog for the Mondays.

Jack (V.O.)
I became the calm, little center of
the world. I was the Zen master.
                              "Worker bees can leave
Even drones can fly away
The queen is their slave"

Jack (V.O.)
I wrote little haiku poems.

I want to continue sharing some photographs that had me stop and just stare. Later on today I will post some of my photographs.

currently listening to: Damien Rice - Coconut Skins


Hey everyone,

Many apologies for the delay. Got caught up late in the ol' PRS office. Damn ghost got loose again. Books were thrown all over the place. All in all, a regular day at the office.

enjoy the photos...night folks

Monday, June 22, 2009

I have yet to see a ghost...

... so I decided to paint one with light.

The Ghost

The Portal

Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light. ~Norman B. Rice


In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary. ~Aaron Rose

There are images I took with a couple of light tools. It is a technique that I am a huge fan of. It's called painting with light photography. I have talked about it in previous blogs, so I thought I would share some of the things I have painted...with light. I think what makes this image so striking is that it has not been photoshopped or created from any sort of computer graphics.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Collection of Photos from Tehran Street Protest

Post note:
Just something I want people to know. Some of the links below take you to graphic images and videos. This is a lot to take in, so I am just throwing this out as a warning. Be strong, believe.

With what has been happening in Iran this week, I would like to take part and help spread the message. Due to what many believe was a rigged election, the people of Iran have taken the streets with peaceful protests. Their request for a recount has been, instead, met with violent police and military action.

Here are some very powerful photos from protests throughout this week.

Pray for peace.

Links from comments below:

More photos can be found at: