Monday, January 12, 2009

Monday Picture Love

Today's Monday Picture Love consists of photos taken by myself and another VIP. These pictures are special because of who shot the photos and what we shot them with...the Diana. What is the Diana?

Back in the 1960’s, a small firm in Hong Kong – the Great Wall Plastics Factory – created a dirt-cheap 120 camera called the “Diana.” Crafted entirely of plastic, each camera cost about a dollar. As a mainstream product, the Diana was pretty much a failure – and was discontinued in the 1970’s. But like any superstar cut down in their prime, the Diana’s posthumous appeal skyrocketed. As a cult artistic tool of avant-garde and lo-fi photographers, it was a rousing success! They loved its soft & dreamy images, super-saturated colors, unpredictable blurring, and random contrast. Diana shots are raw & gritty, with a character all their own. They simply cannot be duplicated by any other camera on Earth! In short order, the Diana rose to prominence as one of the most treasured and sought-after cult analog cameras from the late 70’s onward. -from the lomography website about the Diana.

The Diana is very new to me and very intriguing. The images are so raw and cause the photographer to use their eye and their artistic intuition to capture a good photo...or you can just take pics of everything and hope to get lucky. Right now, I'll stick with the latter. So, if you are interested in a unique way to shoot photos other than your digital photography, try the Diana. I hope you enjoy these!

And this is the double exposure that is my favorite.

Keep on Keepin on.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

A Tune On A Sunday Afternoon

Enjoy some Bishop Allen and Bon Iver this afternoon as I will do so as well. Tomorrow I will have some Monday Picture Love to share.

"Click, Click, Click, Click" by Bishop Allen

And enjoy one of my new favorite artists. "Re: Stacks" by Bon Iver

and "Skinny Love" by Bon Iver" (My new favorite song I have on repeat most of the time.)

Have a beautiful Sunday, my Lovies.

Keep on Keepin on.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

New Years Evolution

As some of you may know from my New Years post last year, I am not a person who believes in New Years Resolutions. I just never really have. I do believe in having black eyed peas on New Years Day in hopes for a lucky year to follow. Thanks, dad for that superstition.

I woke up this morning and instantly thought "New Years Evolution" for some reason. It actually just popped in my head. I thought that "New Years Evolution" is so much more hopeful than a resolution. I googled "evolution" as I google most things, and found the following definition of "evolution":

A gradual process in which something changes into a different and usually more complex or better form. See synonyms at development.
1. The process of developing.
2. Gradual development.

How perfect is this to start thinking of yourself for this new year ahead of us? I always strive to be a better form of myself. Everyday. I reflect on my interactions with others. I think about the words I speak to others. I ask myself everyday if I am happy and what is it that makes me happy. Evolution. What do you want to gradually change about yourself or your life in order to be a better form of yourself? These are the questions I encourage you to continue to ask yourself everyday.

Remember. No one person is perfect.

“Most species do their own evolving, making it up as they go along, which is the way Nature intended. And this is all very natural and organic and in tune with mysterious cycles of the cosmos, which believes that there’s nothing like millions of years of really frustrating trial and error to give a species moral fiber and, in some cases, backbone.” - Terry Pratchett 1948

“Evolution is not a force but a process. Not a cause but a law.”
- John Morley

Happy New Year to all my lovies.

Keep on Keepin on.