B r y a n U p t o n @bryanupton

‪Seeker of harmony & reflector of beauty & hope through photography, handlettering & story. See my art at The Art House LV 1229 Casino Center Blvd. ☩‬

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Beauty begets beauty because when we see it we have to share it. May we be conduits of the beauty bestowed upon us, deliberately allowing it to flow through us and along to others who also need to experience it.
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Beauty begets beauty because when we see it we have to share it. May we be conduits of the beauty bestowed upon us, deliberately allowing it to flow through us and along to others who also need to experience it.

This sweet one and I adventured out to the seven magic mountains monument this afternoon. I was hoping for a spectacular sunset but wasn’t impressed. I don’t always strike gold when chasing a sunset, and today the experience and journey were far better than a sunset could’ve been anyway. Thankful.
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This sweet one and I adventured out to the seven magic mountains monument this afternoon. I was hoping for a spectacular sunset but wasn’t impressed. I don’t always strike gold when chasing a sunset, and today the experience and journey were far better than a sunset could’ve been anyway. Thankful.

The other night @suzaluzalyn and I were able to trek down to the Bellagio to see a fountain show that was far more unique than typical. Intel had created an interactive show using 250 drones hovering above the fountains, choreographed alongside the music and water. It was one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a while.
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The other night @suzaluzalyn and I were able to trek down to the Bellagio to see a fountain show that was far more unique than typical. Intel had created an interactive show using 250 drones hovering above the fountains, choreographed alongside the music and water. It was one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a while.

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¡Tacos son vida! #handlettering #fromthesketchbook
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¡Tacos son vida! #handlettering #fromthesketchbook

Just finished hanging photos on my wall for this month’s show at the art gallery! I’ve also got a few pieces in the front room show that is all about Las Vegas this month. If you’re available tomorrow night for First Friday, come down and hang out! The Art House LV is located at 1229 S. Casino Center Blvd. If you come down, reach out to me so I can say hello!
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Just finished hanging photos on my wall for this month’s show at the art gallery! I’ve also got a few pieces in the front room show that is all about Las Vegas this month. If you’re available tomorrow night for First Friday, come down and hang out! The Art House LV is located at 1229 S. Casino Center Blvd. If you come down, reach out to me so I can say hello!

“Your worth consists in what you are and not in what you have.” :: Thomas Edison
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“Your worth consists in what you are and not in what you have.” :: Thomas Edison

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We scouted out locations and times and parked up at a spot with a view for tonight’s New Year S U P E R M O O N. The photos most definitely don’t do it justice.
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We scouted out locations and times and parked up at a spot with a view for tonight’s New Year S U P E R M O O N. The photos most definitely don’t do it justice.

Happy New Year! 
2018 is promising to be golden!
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Happy New Year! 2018 is promising to be golden!

Thankful, hope-filled, and looking forward to the upcoming year. May it bring us all beauty and harmony. #2017bestnine
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Thankful, hope-filled, and looking forward to the upcoming year. May it bring us all beauty and harmony. #2017bestnine

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Fun night out on the strip dodging children and tourists while trying to ice skate. Nobody fell so it was a great success. Ha.
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Fun night out on the strip dodging children and tourists while trying to ice skate. Nobody fell so it was a great success. Ha.

I got the opportunity today to take 50 of my students to both the Regional Justice Center and United States Federal Court House downtown. Students got a chance to sit in and witness some real-life court cases in action and even got some uninterrupted time for questions with Federal Judge Gloria Navarro. Overall it was a great day. 
When we first arrived we were taken into a courtroom in which some criminal cases were happening. The judge moved through these quickly and by the fourth one, I hear a familiar name called as a defendant. With that, a shackled inmate stood up and I recognized him. There, in a courtroom with my students, I’m watching the sentencing for a childhood friend that I’d grown up playing baseball with. It was surreal to see him standing there and thinking back to our days as kids and then to see the current contrast between our lives as they are today. I’m entrusted with the care, well-being, and education of 50 children and my old friend is there in cuffs and borrowed clothes from the jail. 
Life is so interesting how it leads us all in different directions. Some of my old baseball friends have families, are accountants, firefighters, police officers, artists, are actually playing baseball in the major leagues, and one even wrote and recorded a hit album and toured the world for a season of his life. For whatever reasons, we’ve spread and gone down different pathways and have found some fulfillment and joy in some form or fashion. 
I left feeling incredibly humbled and grateful at the trajectory that my life has taken. I’m a firm believer in second chances and I left there today broken-hearted and praying for my old friend to find hope and turn his life in a different direction. Today I saw firsthand as the societal term “prisoner” took on a recognizable name and a familiar face and it left me with a deeper perspective on life. Thankful.
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I got the opportunity today to take 50 of my students to both the Regional Justice Center and United States Federal Court House downtown. Students got a chance to sit in and witness some real-life court cases in action and even got some uninterrupted time for questions with Federal Judge Gloria Navarro. Overall it was a great day. When we first arrived we were taken into a courtroom in which some criminal cases were happening. The judge moved through these quickly and by the fourth one, I hear a familiar name called as a defendant. With that, a shackled inmate stood up and I recognized him. There, in a courtroom with my students, I’m watching the sentencing for a childhood friend that I’d grown up playing baseball with. It was surreal to see him standing there and thinking back to our days as kids and then to see the current contrast between our lives as they are today. I’m entrusted with the care, well-being, and education of 50 children and my old friend is there in cuffs and borrowed clothes from the jail. Life is so interesting how it leads us all in different directions. Some of my old baseball friends have families, are accountants, firefighters, police officers, artists, are actually playing baseball in the major leagues, and one even wrote and recorded a hit album and toured the world for a season of his life. For whatever reasons, we’ve spread and gone down different pathways and have found some fulfillment and joy in some form or fashion. I left feeling incredibly humbled and grateful at the trajectory that my life has taken. I’m a firm believer in second chances and I left there today broken-hearted and praying for my old friend to find hope and turn his life in a different direction. Today I saw firsthand as the societal term “prisoner” took on a recognizable name and a familiar face and it left me with a deeper perspective on life. Thankful.

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