Let me just start by saying... Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary is a kangaroo wonderland! There were kangaroos everywhere. It was amazing! There were, of course, other animals - including but not limited to: emu, Tasmanian devils, and koalas. But the kangaroos... it felt like a kangaroo portrait session.
A brisk wind whips my hair into a frenzy and the chill eats at my bones. But its all worth it for the sky. Because the sky is singing a glorious symphony of color, flooding my brain with a kaleidoscope of pinks, reds, and blues. I cant feel my fingers, but they still work - at least enough to click the shutter. I smile as the wind returns for another pass at my hair, throwing it in my face. Time to pop back inside and warm up for the next verse in the sky’s morning symphony.
Day one in Tokyo was awesome! My dad took me to an interactive art exhibition all about color and flowers. We even had flower drinks: he had a lemonade with a species of purple flower and I had sakura (cherry blossom) soda. It was delicious!
I woke up early this morning, my first morning since I left home. And, instead of curling up in my blankets and reading a my book, I decided that I should take the opportunity to take some photos uninhibited by people.
I breathe in laughter as it infuses my soul with joy. Squeals and monster voices permeate the chlorinated pool water, transforming the liquid into a world of little-girl-chasing-aquatic-beasts. Water splashes my feet and I can’t stop smiling. Dogs bark wait for me! I wanna play too! Giggles and sheiks erupt as a beast captures the little girl and proceeds to tickle her to death. Older, wiser chuckles cherry top the commotion.
It is estimated that over one trillion photographs will be taken this year alone. 75% of those photos will be taken with cell phones. They are the coffee, pet, and selfie shots that we all have on our phones. But what happens after that. Those millions of photos mostly just sit in our phones or computers waiting for whatever comes next. Today, what comes next is a response.
Art is often accompanied by feelings. As viewers we interpret art with feelings, senses, words and ideas that come to mind as we experience art. As creators we often have a feeling or idea or message that we create art around. As individuals we all interpret the feelings, ideas, words, and senses that accompany art differently. Despite that, we often recognize, understand, and sometimes agree with others' opinions and interpretations of art. But all of our experiences of art will always be different and that difference is beautiful.
This concept of unique interpretation was the jumping off point for the Ideas Project.
Sometimes, in moments when something super ordinary occurs in my day to day life (like you can't get any more normal than that kind of ordinary), I feel like nothing could be more important. It's as if those little moments in life, reading a book on the couch, sipping a cup of tea in a cafe, chatting with family around the table, are the building blocks to my world. Those snippets of everyday life, where I'm laughing, determined, loving, and maybe a little grossed out, are some of my most favorite parts of my day, week, month, year, life.
As we pass through our everyday lives we make a mark on the world, whether we do it consciously or not, large or small. So when we think of landscape, why do we typically think of the beautiful, wild outdoors like those found in Ansel Adams' photographs? What about the landscape that we interact with everyday? The landscape that consists of roads and commonplace buildings.
I recently completed a project for my photography professor for which I was required to listen to a sound she provided and then go out and take pictures based on my interpretation of that sound. And I gotta say, it wasn't easy. I got so flustered trying to interpret the sound that I freaked out. I felt like I couldn't take photos until I had a concrete idea of what I was going to do. Luckily, my best friend gave me some very good advice: "Take a deep breath and just go take some picutres."
During the summer of 2015, I traveled to Spain for a Communication Arts: Digital Storytelling for Social Change program. There were seven of us total in the Communication Arts program and we had classes Monday-Friday with scheduled excursions on weekends. Over the course of three weeks we were in Spain, we were tasked with creating individual videos about topics important to us. We were told that we could use any public imagery or our own photos, that we must have sound, and that we must record our voices and narrate our videos...
Today was my last day at SMA Photography and as a parting gift Stacey Adams gave me Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. As I read through chapter one, "Courage", I found myself laughing as Gilbert's words brought back memories. Specifically, my memory of trying to get my first photography internship.
So my best friend Anna returned to Brazil recently, and as a last ditch effort to see her before she left I dragged her on my scouting trip for an engagement shoot I had the following weekend. Anna, good spirited as always, happily accompanied me as we felt out the area. Originally it was purely meant to be a scouting trip to check lighting, find good back drops, etc. But in the end it turned into its own special adventure that I will always treasure.