day 2 of 14: Change your perspective

“ Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow. ”
– Imogen Cunningham

 

Today I had a field trip for my Photojournalism: A Study in Styles, class. We visited the Annenberg Space for Photography to view other people’s work. We’ve been told  just how important it is to see the different styles that people shoot, to learn from the work of other photographers, and to expand our knowledge. For the past few weeks I have been taught the importance of perspective, of looking at things differently, and daring to be different. So, I figured I would take that advice with each photograph I took today.

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After I finished looking at the exhibit at the Annenberg Space for Photography, I decided I would continue this day of exploration and make my way to LACMA. I have been to LACMA plenty of times, but I figure I would take some photos from a different perspective today. I didn’t go into the exhibits and galleries, instead I spent my time outside exploring the art that was free!

The Urban Lights

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Levitated Mass

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I realized what a difference a change in perspective can make. The simple act of looking up, can change the way you compose a photograph. A different sight, a different angle, a different way to look at things. Sometimes we can get so caught up in our daily lives, moving at such a fast pace, that we forget to look up every once in a while. There is so much beauty around us, so many things to see. It makes me want to slow down and take it all in. It makes me want to look up- look down- look left- look right- look near & far- to explore all the beauty surrounding me.
So, tomorrow and hopefully all the days to come, I will make it a mission to stop every now and then- and LOOK UP.
I challenge you to do so, as well! Who knows what you may find!

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day 1 of 14: Tell a Story- Downtown Covina.

Tonight, for my Photojournalism: Life on the Streets class, we met just a few blocks away from school, to capture Downtown Covina — the essence, the crowd, the vibe, the surroundings. To reach out of our comfort zones, in order to tell a story. Take as many pictures as we wanted,  but for our assignment due next week we have to choose 20-30 of our photos from tonight, and create a black & white photo story.
20-30 photos that provide good composition, good use of framing, and can tell a story.

Below are just a few of the shots I took tonight:

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I have many other photos to go through before I put together my photo story, but this is just a sneak peak into what I did tonight. I explored a little bit deeper, looked a little closer, changed my perspective a bit, and captured a bit of Downtown Covina that I would normally just walk or drive by.

I opened my eyes a bit wider, to allow myself to see a bit more. I watched as the sun slowly began to fade away. I watched as the street lamps, buildings, and cars, lit up the night. I found myself looking for the little things that stood out, the minor things that could provide words to a story.

Here is to the stories we share, and those that we uncover along the way!

enjoy life.

10516703_10152266467536319_6001986745247594725_nI have had this page set up for over a month, and I am FINALLY adding my first post.

What took me so long?

I have asked myself this question many times!

I was really trying to figure out what I wanted this to encompass. I have had many blogs before, some in which I attempted to post a photo everyday, others which I tried blogging, all of them- I totally failed at posting. I managed to post on a daily or weekly basis, but that only lasted for a couple months, and in some situations a few weeks. I wanted this to be different. I wanted to feel free to explore the world around me, to share my journey, and to express whatever I wanted to.
To find creativity and inspiration in every single day. And to share- in whatever manner I found best.
No rules. No boundaries. No limits.
Endless possibilities.

That is exactly what I’m going to do!


 

I currently sit here at my local coffee shop, people watching. It got me to think deeper about all these people, and the stories that they hold. So many journeys, so many stories, so many life lessons— surrounding me! So many places these people have traveled, so many roads, to many paths created. Hardships, triumph, sadness, & joy. Creativity, passion, interests- tucked under the surface. So many things that I have no idea about, by merely looking. So many things that would only be shown if we peeled back the layers, if conversations were shared, if we dig deeper than just observing.

Thinking about the stories that these people around me hold, has made me want to explore more. To explore the world around me, to allow more self discovery, to unlock my own interests, to see the world from different perspectives, but- in exploring- sharing as well. Digging deep within, peeling back the layers, and expressing.

In 14 days, I turn 27.
I’ve decided to use these 14 days, and use them well.
To live a life with much excitement, passion, & zest.
To give myself a kickstart in exploring and uncovering a bit of this world we live in!
I have challenged myself to post EVERYDAY for the next 14 days. Will I continue posting daily after my birthday? Probably not! But honestly, who knows!
I want to allow my creativity to be explored.
To write, draw, photograph, or paint – each day.
To observe my surroundings, to look at things differently.
To enjoy. To live. To embrace. To capture life.

Feel free to join me on this journey, and explore the world around you!
Here is to the next 14 days!