Johnathon F. Portly, Amateur Photographer – A Digital Story

Shortly, Portly…

“I’m freaking out, I’m almost positive that I’m being followed. 000 is already dialled in. Seriously I’m a little worried. Maybe I’m crazy..?”

-J.Portly via Twitter

Shortly, Portly: The Synopsis

Johnathon F. Portly is a typical student and amateur photographer, who has recently started a blog to get his photographs out in the world!

But what happens when a mysterious figure starts appearing in his photographs?

Is it just a mere coincidence? It has to be, doesn’t it?


Johnathon Portly – Student and Amateur photographer

Get to know him better and follow his story through his blog or via his twitter!

Melissa Del Toro– Best friend to J.Portly and Aspiring Fashion journalist

Get to know her better through her blog or via her twitter!

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All That Glitters Isn’t Gold

As I was going through my RSS feeds I stumbled  across this fascinatingly beautiful post simply entitled: Gold a news story told predominantly through a series of striking photos. The post published on, looks at how the pursuit of gold has become so central worldwide, an obsession that extends far past just the sporting world.

“The pursuit of gold medals has athletes and fans focused

on the Olympic games in London,

but the pursuit of gold is a worldwide obsession

that extends far beyond the realm of sport.”

– Lane Turner

Worldwide there are million of miners dredging, mining and panning in operations of varying sizes, these procedures often putting miners at great risk. The processing of gold using cyanide and other chemicals creates very dangerous environmental hazards, the chemicals incredibly toxic to humans.  And whilst the results are undeniably beautiful, one can’t help but wonder is gold in all its glistening beauty really worth it? The more I think about it, the more I find myself doubting whether it really is.

The magnificent, illustrative photos below, just a few from the photographic story “Gold-The Big Picture” on; which truly capture people going for gold and all the risks and glory which come with it.

A small-scale miner holds his gold that was melted together at a processing plant north of Ulan Bator on April 5, 2012. Mongolia is home to some of the world’s biggest unexploited mineral deposits, and has become one of the hottest destinations for billions of dollars of mining investment. (David Gray/Reuters)
The gold and copper mine of US giant Newmont in Indonesia’s Sumbawa island dominates the landscape in a file photograph from April 4, 2007. (Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP/GettyImages) #
Polluted water flows from an abandoned gold mine in Rosia Montana, Romania on September 20, 2011. A Canadian company wants to build a controversial open pit mine that would use large amounts of cyanide. (Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/GettyImages) #
The cloudy spots on an undated chest X-ray show the effects of silicosis on a gold miner. In 2011, South Africa said gold miners with silicosis could sue for compensation, and thousands plan to do just that. (NIOH/NHLS/Handout/Reuters)
Residents inside a funeral parlor in Pantukan, Philippines look at the body of a girl killed in a landslide in a remote small community of gold prospectors on January 5, 2012. At least 25 people were killed and about 100 others were missing. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Papuan villagers gather in a river to pan for gold after sludge containing gold leaked from a pipeline of US mining giant Freeport-McMoran in Kwamki Lama, Indonesia. Striking Freeport workers said the leak was due to corrosion and were demanding at least an eight-fold increase in the current minimum wage of $1.50 an hour. (Tjahjono Eranius/AFP/Getty Images) #
] An employee of KCM pours molten gold while reprocessing it near Plovdiv, Bulgaria on October 20, 2011. (Stoyan Nenov/Reuters) #
Gold bars are displayed at a jewelery shop in Chandigarh, India on May 8, 2012. India is the world’s biggest buyer of bullion. (Ajay Verma/Reuters) #
Buddhist monks pray as worshippers put gold leaves onto a seated Buddha image at the Mahamuni temple in Mandalay, Myanmar on February 4, 2012. (Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images) #
A client whose face is covered with gold is seen at the Viet My beauty salon in Hanoi on February 13, 2012. Viet My is one of a small number of salons in Vietnam that provides 24k gold leaf face mask therapy, said to help make skin whiter. A single facial costs 1.8 million Vietnam dong ($86.41). (Kham/Reuters) #
South Korea’s Oh Jin Hyek bites his gold medal during the victory ceremony for the men’s individual archery event at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Lord’s Cricket Ground on August 3, 2012. (Suhaib Salem/Reuters)#

So what is your verdict? Is the world’s obsession with gold justified? Is it essential to society? And is gold in all its glittering glory really worth endangering lives and our environment?



I tend to watch alot, alot, alot of different videos on youtube, most of them generally either comedic or music videos. The video above entitled “Her Morning Elegance” is one of my ultimate favourites, a video that I find quite inspiring. Whilst a music video by Oren Lavie it is not the song as such that captivates me most about this video. Made by the talented Yucal and Nerav Nathan alongside Oren himself the video is ever so carefully carefully crafted. The stop motion film which features the sharp photography of Eyal Landesman, is 3:36 in length and being a stop-motion sequence the video is made up of entirely still shots, roughly 3225 still photos for the entire video!! Even more fascinatingly, after weeks and weeks of preparation it was all shot within just 2 days.

The high angle which majority of the shots are taken from, really sets up the mattress as a canvas for the dream like state of the woman with the striking orange hair; the continuity of the same angle creating such a fluidity and ease to the flow of the images that on first viewing one could think it was just plain film. Very well planned, the video utilises props quite wittily. These props ordinary objects you would find in a bedroom such as socks and pillows and manipulates their movements to create the witty illusion of them being something else.; such as pillows as clouds, and socks as little fish. The movements, rhythm and pace of the visuals all coinciding perfectly with the soundtrack.

This video will always remain one of my ultimate favourite videos, it is the video which sparked my initial fascination with stop-motion and even inspired me to create my own.

‘Her Morning Elegance” is a clever work of art, that is quite simply captivating.