embrace the moment to observe

With the winter weather upon us, I’ve been searching for daylight in the mornings so I can go out and shoot. It starts to get dark around 4:30, and while I get out of work around 5 - that doesn’t leave me much light to shoot. So, I’ve embraced the beauty of mixed lighting. I love when the night begins to set in and store lights bring a sort of magic to us. Below are places that I’ve driven or walked by too many times to count. I think a lot of the inspiration of mixed lighting scenes come from the stillness of each composition. Something to the effect of - it does not matter that the sky is dark and the moon is out because these businesses and these people have to keep going. It feels like a privilege to be able to walk by and see people drinking, laughing, and enjoying a candle lit dinner… to be given a moment to observe.

Stieglitz inspired

It's never easy to get back into the swing of things after the holidays. This morning was one of those mornings when you think you have everything together until you realize you never even made your coffee. Now that I'm back to work, it's a bit harder to photograph, since 80% of the day I'm inside. So, that calls for shooting during my drive to work and home - and some spots in between. One of my favorite things in the morning is walking outside and looking up. It’s something that can be so easily ignored because these days everyone is so caught up in their phones that they’re constantly looking down. 

The sky was big and cloudy and full this morning. Something that has always inspired me is the beauty in cloud formations, the colors that weave themselves in and out of the clouds, and the simplicity of it all. One day, I’m going to do an entire series of clouds drawing inspiration from the collection of Alfred Stieglitz, Equivalent. 

…to show that my photographs were not due to subject matter… clouds were there for everyone—no tax as yet on them—free.
— Alfred Stieglitz

"Big Magic"

I just wrote a few really great paragraphs about creativity and how to find time for creativity or waiting for creativity to find you and suddenly... the webpage had an "error" and reloaded but didn't save ANYTHING I wrote. 

SO. Here we go again. Don't expect this to be real intricate or anything because I'm pretty frustrated right now. 

I'm currently reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert and it's really about making time for your creativity. You can't constantly have an excuse to not have time to do your work - whether that may be writing, photographing, painting, drawing, etc. You have to do it every day in order for something to come from it. You can't not do anything and expect things to come to you naturally.

It's more of a self-help book but I really don't feel that way about it. I see it more as something that every artist goes through, probably about 90% of the time, and finally it's in writing. The lack of creativity that I have sometimes is NORMAL. It's ridiculously frustrating, but it's normal. 

So in order to try to beat that from ever happening again (or at least less), this is why I started this blog. Yes, it's definitely a typical New Year's resolution but THAT'S OKAY. Sometimes I need legitimate time to start in order for me to stay on track. I've never truly been one to keep at doing something. I usually stay on track for about a week or so and then slowly drift away from it and never look at it again. Oops. 

Moral of this post - read Big Magic and find your creativity and make the time to stay creative and even though sometimes it may not be there you just have to do something and eventually it'll come back.

saturday night

I always love finding little sun spots in my apartment. It could be something that you would just look at and keeping doing whatever you were doing, but I can't help myself but to stop and photograph it. 

In the morning, I have the warm sun hit my windows on one side of my bedroom. In the evening, the sun comes through the back. As I was going into my room last night, I saw this. I couldn't help but take this picture. I love the shadow of the cable lines that hang near my deck. The warm light from the sun is just so satisfying. 

polaroid land camera 100

My boyfriend and I found a Polaroid Land Camera 100 at a flea market a few weekends ago. He's the film camera pro, but I love the peel apart film and want to learn how to use it. SO, once he fixed it up (something with the battery pack), he let me take a portrait of him.

It's definitely hard to use. It's hard getting used to the rangefinder focus. It was weird trying to figure out a composition. I'll have to order some of my own film (so I don't use all of his) and play with it on my own. I hate to admit, but this photo was pretty much an accident. I definitely didn't expect it to come out so well (other than that fact that it's not fully focused).

BUT if you want to read a better review of the camera, click here.