day 4 of 14: Capture Life.

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I couldn’t keep myself away from my watercolors, so here is day 2 of watercolor time!
I decided to combine my love of photography with my new found enjoyment of watercolors. So, why not attempt to paint a camera. Two art forms in one place.

Capture life.

I have always enjoyed photography. Capturing a moment in time is what I have enjoyed for years upon years. I am pretty much carrying a camera with me at all times, whether it’s my iPhone, my Canon Powershot, or Nikon D40. To be able to photograph something, a moment, a connection, a celebration, a feeling, an embrace– it fuels my passion.

For years, I have been the one at family parties taking photos, capturing the laughs and smiles, freezing these moments. Allowing for those moments to be remembered for years. What a wonderful feeling it is. It is something that provides me much joy & satisfaction.

For the past 4 months I have been taking photography classes, in order to better understand photography. To see all that goes in to taking great photos. To learn the ins and outs of my camera. To move past “AUTO” and shoot in Manual. To learn the different styles in photography, the different ways to tell a story through my photos, the role in which the light plays in each photo taken. With each class taken, I learn a bit more, and with each lesson, I find myself enjoying the art of photography that much more. I am learning to LOVE WHAT I CREATE.

There is so much that goes on in a photograph than what meets the eye at a simple glance.
The backstory. The composition. The heart that is put forth in capturing the moment. The effort.

I find myself looking at the world differently.
I am constantly on the lookout for the many stories to be told.
I want to capture it all!

 

 

day 3 of 14: Add (water) color to your day

photo 1Last night, we had a guest speaker at school, amazing illustrator and artist, Keith Batcheller. He shared with us many of the things that he has worked on. It was pretty incredible to see so many pieces he illustrated, especially those done before the use of computers and Photoshop. To see all these designs done by hand, was pretty remarkable! There are so many types of art, and it makes me want to try out all the different mediums.

Which brings me to todays art adventure:
WATERCOLOR!

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I decided to have an art day with my niece and nephew and explore the art of watercolor!
So, I bought each of us our own set of watercolors as well as our own pads of paper. And then, it was paint time! Whatever we wanted to paint, however many pieces, whatever colors, it was up to us! We let the our creativity flow and allowed our paintbrushes to move freely upon our paper.

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An adorable Olaf, wearing heart earmuffs, done by my niece Lily. -6 years old

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The little artist, Dylan, with his completed paintings. – 6 days til he turns 3!

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These two paintings, done by Yours truly!


I still have much to learn about the art of watercolor, but it was nice to experiment with it for a bit. I enjoyed watching as the paint mixed with water, creating different shades. And seeing how the paint moved freely as it touched the paper. As well as watching my niece and nephew create their works of art, putting their ideas onto paper. I know there will definitely be more watercolor days for us! And I can’t wait to see what we come up with!

Grab some water colors and paper, and let the creativity flow!

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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Penetrabile

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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!

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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!