This blog is the product of Brian Gryphon. Although some blogs are designed to host a variety of conversations and debates, this is more of a journal; it presents some of my photographic work, rambling on various issues (generally from a progressive’s point of view) as well as reviewing the work of other artists/ designers using web-based POD (“print on demand”) galleries and shops.
The blog title (Deep Within I Know I’m Free) is from this poem of mine from the ’80s. The background of the header image is a portion of an image from my Teddy Bear Tears series of”deceptively bright, almost cheerful, expressions of pain and anger over repressed childhood trauma” available as fine art prints at my FAA Galleries.
I was born in Toronto about 60 years ago- the third of four children. I’m at least the third generation of a cross-border family. Mom was born in the USA (her Mother was from Canada and her father from the US) but moved to Canada to marry her first husband. Dad was born in Canada; his father was from Ireland while his Mom was born in Canada but raised by a relative in upstate New York. Mom’s older brother was born in Canada but moved to the USA to join the USAF during WW II – and raised two families (at different times) in the US. My brother (and family) now lives and works in the USA while our two sisters (and families) continue to live in south-western Ontario.
In addition to working various full-time jobs since leaving school, I have been producing photographic images for over 40 years. My first assignment was for the high school yearbook. I offer my photography & design on apparel & gift items, and as frame-able prints. My on-line history goes back to CompuServe, Freenets and 2400 baud modems. In fact, Dad introduced me to ‘puters by letting me write code (in ‘basic‘) for the IBM-5150. Now I operate a number of web-sites and on-line shops.
Baptized in the United Church of Canada while young and again in The Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto as an adult, I’ve studied a wide variety of spiritual traditions; nature-based ‘pagan’ as well as ‘major world religions’. I now identify as a “nontheist spiritual humanist” and am ordained in the Universal Life Church, licensed to perform weddings in Ohio and available to bless queer unions or other events of personal significance.
Another aspect of the complex, complete individual behind this blog was brought out in the early ’80s in Toronto. The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence was founded in San Francisco in 1979. The Order arrived in Toronto in 1981 and in 1983 I was accepted into the Order. Although the Toronto House folded in 1986 I have never renounced my vows. For even more intimate details, check out the post Coming out again, More coming out, Coming more out and the 100 Details About Me page.
Find Brian All Over The Web:
The Digital Gryphon LLC
The Digital Gryphon on FaceBook;
The Digital Gryphon at Google+.
The Digital Gryphon llc– Photography, Graphic Design & Publishing from a very queer point of view;
GenderQueer.Life– A resource for gender creative folk;
Gryphon Card Readings– Card Readings for Creatives;
Rubber Chicken Ministries– Wedding Officiant & Life Events Celebrant.