Saturday, May 31, 2014

Making Art And Being An Artist

I have missed taking time to photograph. Lately other things have seeped into my life, and I have become more social, which is a good thing, but I miss taking time to make art.

Being a photographer is a funny thing. Many photographs I have taken that I am the most proud of are from moments that are fuzzy to me: I don't remember what I was doing with the person I was with, and I don't remember what was going on around me. Instead, I remember... taking photographs. Sometimes it is difficult to find a balance between enjoying the moment and making images. Of course, I'll never stop, but being an artist is a challenge. 

Extra Reading:
Ahn Jun: This woman has made some very interesting self-portraits atop tall buildings. The perspective she uses in many of her pieces creates the sensation of falling, vertigo. Down, down.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

All Good

Today was a completely lovely workday. I took it easy, having long conversations with anyone I pleased, picking up on their perspectives on life. Doing that with strangers is one of my favorite things in the world. There were so many people I talked to today that made my day special, and I laughed and made new friends and relaxed into talking.

Unfortunately only a couple photographs were taken. Tomorrow will be fuller with them.

I hope you all had a great day like I did.

Extra Reading:
Matt Eich: Eich, who is a documentary photographer, is able to capture grit and purity, making images that leave a lasting impression, almost becoming your own memories. I easily got lost in his work. It is both dynamic and creative; Eich is a photographer that appeals to a wide range of viewers. 


Today was that kind of day where you have a looming headache all day, and so the whole day is a little bit of a blur. Everything is slightly fuzzy, everything is slightly hurting, and lights and sounds are a thousand times brighter and louder. I did, however, enjoy getting serenaded by a lovely fellow in the park blocks! :) He was pretty zany and scared a poor woman away.

And here is the rest of my day, already fuzzy to me:

 Table puddle, so Portland, Oregon:
 At least we have someone to greet us:
 Grass patterns:
 Part of a girl:
Paint in crackles:

Extra Reading:
Nirrimi Hakanson: I love other young photographers because the images they make almost always have a quality in them that is so familiar, representative of youth and exploration. Many of Hakanson's images tell quick and youthful stories that I can relate to, and that is something I look for in a photographer. She also shows photographs that her family have taken of surrounding life, which are filled with nostalgia and love. Art should always be partly, if not all about love, in my opinion. 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Little Special Moments

I love that moment you wake up with someone; it's in between being half asleep and being fully conscious. You whisper something to that person, and it is barely audible. Even though you didn't say anything important, they still respond with a loving grumble. That is how I started my morning, and it made my whole day better.

Then, work, work, work,
seeing an old friend
can I have your autograph??
sushi, charger
a new friend
guilty pleasure television
another newish friend and roses
bed again.

Days can be a revolving door, mostly the same process each time.
pull out the little moments, and days become something you can remember
in particular.


Little rusty treasure I found:
What happens?:
Open curtain:
Flower and plant series:
Self-portrait, sitting in the driveway, listening to music loudly:

Extra Reading:
Olivia Bee: I love this girl! We are the same age and both Portlanders! Miss Bee captures teenage spirit perfectly in her photographs. She has also worked for several well-known magazines and publications, including, but not limited to, Harper's Bazaar Germany and Nylon Magazine. The work Bee produces is raw and amazing, and so worth looking at.

Goodnight, lovelies. :)

Monday, May 26, 2014

Walk A Few Blocks

Right now I'm listening to music that sounds like being in love.

Sometimes I wedge myself into small spaces because I am then able to transport myself into a different time, imagine a completely different world around me.

The setting sunlight is some of the best light. The streets begin slowing down and night sinks in.

And blogs are places to be unreasonably poetic.

Extra Reading:
Len Spoden: I like looking at environmental portraits that utilize artificial lights because I am a photographer who usually uses only natural lighting. People who can light something well with outside sources inspire me. The first thing that attracted me to Spoden's work was this blogpost. I like the documentary style of the photographs. Also check other environmental portraits on his website.