D53 – Center: Moving Line

architecture photography, black and white photography, street photography

IMG_20180218_104055.jpgExploring paths and playing with shadows. Went out a little later than normal so no one was around at this time. I captured this subject from various angles. I was working with lines as well and I accomplished what I was seeking to do.

I discovered my love of moving or rather I realized my love for moving. I didn’t realize this as I can’t run at the moment and I have a lot of things on my plate that force me to not be in the best mindset all the time. That’s changing but that’s due to my progress on my journey to the strongest version of myself.

I’m still exploring who I am but I am getting a better grasp every single day when I do a new activity, an old one with a new mentality and when I have time to truly think.

Explore the depths,

David

 

Day 43 – Start

architecture photography, black and white photography, interior architecture

DSC05295.jpg Had a great day realizing what weakness of mine that I needed to work on. At times I take things too seriously and can say some things in the wrong tone. Working to rid myself of that weakness and speak from an open and honest heart while not attacking anyone.

This photo is my attempt to explore interior architecture. I’ve taken a photo of this hall before but not at this angle. My goal was to show contrast, invoke an emotion, and to work with lines. I believe I accomplished all three to some degree. I do some things I may change the next time I capture this place.

Steadily, I am seeing an improvement in my photography and art in general. It’s an exciting thing to noice especially when you pour everything into your crafts.

Day 38 – Delete: Journey of Discovery

architecture photography, interior architecture

IMG_20180203_160057Had a heart-to-heart conversation with myself and examined my photography. I understand I have a long way to go and that I still need to focus on the type of photography I truly want to do. I deleted photos from my instagrams, I had delete over 300 photos and was left with about 79. It made me realize that I haven’t been doing anything to improve. A lot of my shots are not straight, sometimes I focus too much on editing and not the shot itself. It’s all things that I will work on from now on. I went out and shot some basic photos at WalMart. I was able to see some problems and I have decided on what genres of photography that I actually want to do.

By no means, will I quit photography. I will however start to explore what photography truly means to me and have it be reflected in my work. One element that really inspired me was reading Stanley Kubrick’s biography on Wikipedia. I was able to see what he did and how he started. Say what you will about his films, but the man is a legend and he simply grabbed a camera and shot. I was left speechless in a way, I don’t like all his films, however, I do like his camera work. He was able to create the way he wanted and wasn’t lazy about it. Most importantly, he was a shy introvert as well. It showed me just because you are shy and quiet doesn’t mean you can’t become a remarkable photographer or a legendary film director.

From this, I decided to focus on what I want rather than what is so easily available to me. I deleted a lot of photos that were simply taken because I wanted to update my Instagram and this blog. However, that will stop now. I will focus on improving and taking my time with each shot to communicate what I want and to capture shots that have a true impact.

The photo above was an experiment I conducted in Lightroom. It was my first time using Lightroom and I explored it heavily. I like the blue tones that Guillermo Del Toro adds to his films and wanted to borrow it to see if I could make it my own. I am happy with my outcome for the simple fact that the photo is straight, I love the diversity of the colors. I do notice flaws in the shot and will continue to work on it and my photography overall.

Dare yourself to critique yourself without putting yourself down,

David

D35 – Walk Tall and Fly Like An Eagle

architecture photography, black and white photography, Portrait photography, street photography

Exploring reality and myself while getting out of the house. I am starting to realize some answers to questions that I have always asked myself. It’s becoming clearer to me as what to do with everything in my life. Slowly but surely I am making the necessary changes to live a better life. I know that there is a giant wave of negativity coming my way soon, however, I will not let this wave destroy me.

It’s easier said than done but I will continue to go like Eagles did against the Patriots. I’m willing to bet it all to capture every 1st down until I get into the end zone. I won’t rest until the job is done even if I have to fight every minute. I will not breakdown until all my problems are behind me.

This photo represents my journey going through life. I may be at a standstill but I am a bridge that will allow me to get to somewhere better. I enjoy this photo a lot because of the good day I was having and the overall style of the photo.

Fly like an eagle,

David

Day 33 – Snap to the Bottom

architecture photography, black and white photography, street photography

Lost in so many ways, expect for the right way. Workin hard in every aspect of my life but like the Bone Thugs N Harmony song “I Tried” I take one step forward to go three steps back. I still have something to live for, so I am not totally lost. It is going to become more and more difficult for me to breathe easily without stress. I have a lot of questions to answer and a solution to find. Hopefully, I am able to find a simple solution to everything. I feel like its staring into my face but I can’t seem to find it.

I can’t say things are the same as a few years ago. I am a much stronger person but I realized today I still have a long way to go. However, I will not sink back to who I was. Even if my personal life is suffering, I will continue to move forward as a man and become the strongest version of myself.

This photo represents my path that is currently split in half thanks to an imperfect shadow. This is the nicest representation I could find in my archive that shows how I feel without showing an extremely dark photo.

Keep your head up,

David

Day 32- Near Failure

architecture photography, black and white photography, interior architecture

LRM_20180126_121030-1-01I need to work on my time management skills. Nearly failed but was able to upload at last minute. I’m glad I am still able to keep this going and be a man of my word. Have a lot of actions to take and plans to make. A difficult  time is upon me. No matter what choice I make, I will need to work extremely hard to stay on track.

This photo was a quick shot and practice for shooting interiors. Tried to take photos of aisles that had many colors to see what I can do with each shot. I think this shot worked out well color wise.

Make a change,

David

D31 – Do You

architecture photography, black and white photography, street photography

LRM_20180126_122011-01.jpegOne element of self-improvement is knowing who you are. I’ve been exploring that a lot lately while taking action. Making some good progress. I know that places like Walmart leave me physically and emotionally drained.  A wave of this hits me whenever I get home from the store. Thats the reason why this photo is so dark. The clouds show that a better environment is elsewhere and that there is still good to see in this day.

Day 29 – 2 String Journey and the Crooked Path

black and white photography, interior architecture

LRM_20180126_113014-1-01Watching Kubo and the Two Strings and loving every moment of it so far. It’s a beautiful film, it makes me pumped to create my own beautiful work. Still exploring styles, myself, my photography, and my design work. It’s difficult and at times I question my passions. I take a moment to look at my goals and find myself filled with confidence and a small fire. It’s a great feeling, it’s something I haven’t felt in a long time.

Not every path you take will be straight. At times the path may become crooked. Take a moment to understand why it has and rotate the situation to your benefit. This photo represents just that. The photo gives us a sense of uneasiness which is perfect for the topic at hand.

Remember to truly open your eyes,

David

Day 27 – Go For Broke

architecture photography, black and white photography, street photography

Pushed myself, I was worried but I left that feeling go. I allowed myself to go over certain limits, I had to push back fear. Making a lot of progress towards positive change. I can only take it one day at a day. Afterwards, I allowed myself to rest but instead of sleeping I got up and moved around slowly until it was time to eat. One step at a time, I can honestly say I am happy and I am more motivated than ever to change for the better and be a more decisive man.

With this shot, I focused on experimenting with line an exploring new places. I picked a place with a lot of shadows, didn’t think the shadows would be as cool as they are in this shot. I took one with a straight line but I prefer this shot with a line that seems to flow. I am working hard on playing with principles but at the same time trying to break them or tweak them.

Go for broke,

David

D19 – Limit

architecture photography, black and white photography, street photography

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Going past my limits a bit every single day. It’s very difficult but I am enjoying every moment. I am being a Sixer and trusting the process. But I’m not disillusioned by it, I understand that I must put in a lot of work every moment of the day.

This photo represents me trying to find my direction when I simply have to just get going. I’m the only one who can stop me and I have to make decisions that reflect my true desires.

Be you and be true,

David