North Star

Star so bright; star so white // Will you lead me home tonight?

I’ve been locked to these bitter walls/ These chains have bound, my ancestors for far too long

Oh star so bright; star so white // They say you’ll guide me home tonight

My back is red; flowing in passion // Husband of my heart; swing’in on the hang’in tree

Star so bright; oh star so white // Massa says you’re a curse at night

When the coco whistles, my babie’s, they’ll be free / No longer bound; under the sun

Star so birthright; star so white // The moon is shining in your light

My meal is running with worms // Oh from the day’s toil my shoulders do burn

The owl screeches, my babies are warm

Oh star, I am counting on you tonight

This poem is, obviously, about a slave mama during the 1800’s, waiting for the call of those in the woods who will guide her and her children to freedom, and the north. The slaves said, that if you look to the handle of the big dipper in the sky, you’ll find the North Star; and if you keep following it, it’ll guid you to freedom, the North.

Just like how the North Star guided slaves across states and captains through perilous seas, Jesus is waiting there to guid us through our lives. One day, the North Star may burn out, but Jesus is everlasting; with palms wide open for us to grasp and hold close as we walk; they’ll hold you so you can’t trip or fall.

I wanted to portray the Mother in my poem with my photography; however, I did not have the right makeup or editing tools to make Glorianna appear black; so I have tried a new approach, using an oil pant look after I have used all the makeup I could play with. The links will be below.

Her fingers were dark and stained after this, and the chains probably weighed five/ ten pounds; emagine thise dangling from single fingers!
I asked her to think of all the emotions and things that the Mother was going though in my poem, and put them onto her face. I really think Glory portrait it well.

Glory was very strong to not only bear with me as I took 50 pictures of her, but also to hold these truck tire chains up in the air!

As you can tell, I did not have the correct makeup to properly cover her arms and hands, and I had to use programmed makeup and contacts for the face. However, the emotion is still plain.

A birds nest, no longer used, was perched on a ladder.

The rope here, is supposed to portray the Massa’s whip.

Glory was holding the chains down by her waits here, but when zoomed in, it appears her wrists are tied.


Re-done in oil-paint
Here, I was able to use an app that almost could do the colors correctly, but i is very glitchy. Will link below. 🙂
Thank you so so much to The Art of Life for spending an hour editing this picture for me! It’s utterly amazing!
Thank you again Art Of Life for taking my idea and creating it!

The caption texts below the images are for you to know the stories behind the photography so that you can see how simple it is to use your own imagination!

My sister, The Art Of Life on WordPress: https://life15.art.blog/

For the face and contacts, I used the app, YouCam Makeup: https://www.perfectcorp.com/app/ymk

For the little bit of darkness added to the arms, neck and fingers, I used the Airbrush app: http://appairbrush.com/en/

For the oil paint and water looks, I used the app, Skin Tones, which can be found in the App Store.

For the darker skin, I used an app called Selfie Editor: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/selfie-editor-face-cam-filter/id1056521360?mt=8

For the night sky and star, the app used is: http://www.photofoxapp.com/

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“Life’s a journey and an adventure, make memories from it.” ~Grace Tiberend Hey reader, welcome to my photography and writting spot! At sixteen years old, I’m a freelance photographer, writer, poet, novelist and dancer (including baton, figure skating and ballet.) I’m so in love with the outdoors, especially the mountains of Alaska, where I currently live when not traveling with a pencil, paper and camera. You can find me playing sports of all kinds; reading avidly in a tree or amongst pillows eating anything that contains PB and chocolate, and the camera forever around my neck. Jesus is my PASSION, more than I’m crazy about history, and He’s the true author of all my writings, as you’ll soon find out! Sharing Christ’s light with the world EVERY SECOND is my life mission! I enjoy creating, so if you need someone to create: -business cards, t-shirts, logos (business merchandise) -edit your photos and videos -writing protects & reviews And other projects, you can visit my profile, or hire me on Upwork.com. @Grace T. Also find me on BoredPanda.com @Grace Tiberend I hope you enjoy my blogs of photography tips, photo shoots, stories, poems with a background, how to edit using photo apps —and much more! I can’t wait to share them all with you! Grace Tiberend 💜

25 thoughts on “North Star”

  1. Really good stuff. I love the North Star analogy and the photos really do help to imagine what such a thing would be like. To add to your spiritual thought, it seems our modern culture is always too busy to ever wait in a woods to discover their North Star. I know you know what I mean. Never be that way. Always keep your mind and heart alive with the simplicity of Christ. I wanted to read another article and make comment, as I have just done… really really good stuff! But I also want to answer more of your questions, so I wrote them down. You see…I believe people do blogs because they write things they really want other people to read, because it is important. So when I tell someone I’m going to explore their site, such as I did you, it is not unusual for them to be surprised when I actually do what I have said. LOL. I choose my sites carefully because I do not like to waste my time, so of course there must be something about the site that draws me. Here is a site you might like to check out. I believe this young man lives in Nigeria. But he has a book coming out on Amazon in a month or so, called: “God’s Fingerprint”. It’s a fictional story about a young Christian lady who’s town is hit by a bad storm and she is somehow transported back to the days of the early church. She has conversations with early church fathers and compares her modern Christianity to present day. I’m looking so forward to it. He’s a very interesting person. He calls me “Path”. But you can reach his site at lovestreamoflife.wordpress.com Now… I think it’s awesome you got Mohawk in you! Just think, for some reason God chose that for you! For some reason he chose Irish background for me, and I trust God for his reasons. Secondly, I did live in tipi for 2 weeks in cold weather, chopping wood and etc.. I have a wood stove, a chiminea, and a fire pit in tipi. It’s like 24 feet across and 22 feet tall. It got cold. It’s still not ready for winter. So after 2 weeks I bailed, left the farm for the city home. But we use the tipi a lot all summer long. Great place to get away with God. As to modern church. It seems like more of a system than a family. Jesus promoted fellowship, meals, and family. I think the church would be much more effective if we got back to what Jesus did, instead of boring programs and systems. Now Irena Sandler! WOW! She was not programmed! And she fought the system! What an incredible person! Thanks for putting me on to her. I see where you get inspiration from her for abortion issue. I think your book is a great idea! Keep working at it. Another thought on church, we’re having church right now. Everytime we fellowship and encourage each other in Christ, we’re having church. I have church all the time, in a million different ways. LOL. And I love it. You preach through your pictures and added comments. Let’s see…one more little item…my dog, Shadow. I did a short article just to put some pictures up for you to see, to make it easy. If you visit my site now, it is the top article, you can’t miss it. Pictures of tipi at various stages of development are scattered about also, but I wanted to make it easy for you to see Shadow. And check out Samuel J. Samuel at lovestreamoflife.wordpress.com and tell him “Path” sent you. Enjoy! Oh! One question: How long you lived in Alaska? And you were in Arkansa before? What a climate change! And you like it? Any trouble adapting?

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    1. Thank you so much for all you commenting! It’s very neat that you take the time to elaborate and answer questions and share your opinions and thoughts, which is just awesome! It’s so very cool that you think my blog as something to add to your reading list! Yes! If you would keep commenting and reading, I love reading what you have to say back!
      I am veerrryyy glad to hear that the photography helped with the post! It was kinda spontaneous, as I was going to have my sister, (The Art of Life) draw a picture for me, and ide link here. But then, hey, this is a photograoher’s blog! Wasn’t sure that Glory looking black would work or not, but hey; it’s the trying that counts right? I’ve never been much into the civil war, though I am a major history geek; but just the war from the slave’s view point. My sister and I were having a poetry writting session together, and this just spontaneously came to mind, and I was able to create this whole post. It’s so cool how God is actually the real author of everything I do! The whole North Star analogy just came to my mind while I was praying about what to write!
      Yes, they want something quick; but God wants ALL of us and ALL of our heart!
      Okay, I am SUCH a BIG reader, so I’ll check his book out. What makes you want to publish on Amazon? What draws you there? How is the marketing for your book?
      I’ve never actually thought about that; but is actually cool to think that God does have me Nativ, Irish and all for a reason! Wonder what for… 🙂
      Wow, what a crazy life! I just love the outdooors and sleeping outside and going simple for a while… nothing like it and to be in solitude with God… nothing better man! Does your wife go out to stay in the tipi with you?
      About the church programs; I could go on for. Long time about it all! I agree! Take youth groups for instance; we want our youth to be on fire for the Lord and all, yet when the pastors have such a big chance to impact these young people, they just play basketball or something! I always wanted a youth group where we were all going for Jesus! My Dad, as a street preacher, would take our friends and youth with him sometimes, and they were always soon hyped about sharing God’s truth! Young people love new and exiting things; and that’s sooo what God is! We just need to help them know that!
      Man, the things about Irena Sendler! Did you google her? I would highly recommend:
      Irena Sandler, a Heart of Courage, the movie
      Irean’s Children, by Tyler J. Mazzeo
      Life in a Jar, by Irena Sendler
      One of her quotes, “If you see a man drowning, you must try and help him; even if you cannot swim.”
      I am so glad that my pictures and words do that! God is in inspiration and true author man!
      So, about Alaska…. The end of April will have been a year sense I moved here. Though I was born here, my parents left when I was three months old; and sense then, I’ve lived in Canada and the south (you’ll notice me still saying ya’ll!) Parents felt God calling us back here, so here we are! Don’t seem to feel like it’s been an entire year yet, though! Never lived in Arkansas before… what made you ask? 🙂 climate change indeed after the south and then Alaska!! I love the breath taking outdoors, but the lower population and all is somhting to get changed into. It’s pretty neat here, and the photography is amazing!! The wildlife—wow!! Gods always taking my breath away here!! 😁😁♥️❤️ Adapting; I’ve done so much of that, so I just roll with it and re-mold! God wants me here, and that’s all I want!

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