Friendship

black and white photography, Portrait photography

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Another quick portrait of my friend as he drives us to San Francisco. I couldn’t imagine that I would have two good friends and those two friends would become friends as well. I also can’t believe that I would actually go on a trip with other people. I can honestly say going to San Francisco was one of the best experiences of my life. I hope that I am able to go back with these guys. Someday I’ll go back on my own and explore but I would truly be grateful if the two of them would still be my friends in the future.

Enjoy true friendship,

 

David

 

P.S. not my best portrait but I’m practicing and doing my best to improve.

street photography

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Took this shot shortly after Halloween. I like how well it’s blurred but the face of the subject is a bit blurred which disappoints me a bit. However, forgetting that I actually like this shot. I like seeing the age of the chain and the overall wear of the object. I would like to explore this subject again but sadly it was gone when I walked past this spot again.

Decided to seek a new job due to various reasons. So I will start looking for jobs tomorrow. Made some changes in order to be more dedicated to my passions and me. Overall, I do feel more fulfilled overall and I feel like I have more opportunities to be happy. I’m focusing on what’s important to me and will continue to make the best decisions I can for myself, my family, and my future.

I am a photographer and my confidence is growing stronger.

Enjoy your decisions,

 

David

Is it Worth it?

black and white photography, street photography

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When I first saw this shot in my photo folder after uploading it I actually liked the shot. However, the more I look at it the more I wonder if it actually works. I like the subject and the angle. It is the blur that makes me wonder if this shot works. Most of me is saying yes as it is my type of photography. I am weird and go against the grain. My goal is to be me and have my photography represent me and the stories that I want to tell/showcase. So in the need, I have to learn the fundamentals better but at the same time just do me.

Working on changing jobs and exploring my options while I am still young. I am focusing on that and improving myself daily. My life has improved but at the same time, I have more room to grow in certain areas. My social life is at an all-time high as I actually have genuine friends that I hang out with every Sunday and sometimes Thursday. However, it is my career that is the problem. I’ve been working for 7 months now at a retail store. It is a simple job if they leave us alone and allow us to work at a healthy pace. We often have meetings where they celebrate people’s work anniversary. One woman has been there for eight years and what she had to say scared me. “I can’t believe it’s been eight years. I looked up one day and eight years have gone by”. I really don’t want to live like that. It’s okay for some people but not me. So despite my inner self delaying looking for a new job because of all the people I connected with at this job place, I have decided venture out before it is too late.

I am hoping to find a job in the career field that I want to work with or at least a job that gives me enough time to do my passions on the side until I am ready to do them as a career.

Anyway, that’s enough for now. I have to sleep now to make sure I’m 100% for work tomorrow.

 

Peace,

David

Shattered Dreams or Shattered Vices

black and white photography, street photography

This photo can represent someone’s desperation after their dream shatters or someone’s resolve to get rid of their vices. I love photos that may have conflicting meanings depending on who views it. I won’t state my opinion further and allow you to decide what you believe.

Dreams

I’m working hard to accomplish my dreams when I actually get down and do some work. I struggle to get to the keyboard but when I’m there I write away. I’m ridding myself of distractions and focusing on my passions.

Was able to write one thousand words in less than an hour in one sitting. Im writing about something that I love and I require myself to write that much on a daily basis. I fail everyday but I’m pushing myself to try. I have the dreams but I need the hard work. I’m developing it and will continue to develop it until it’s no longer a thought.

I don’t want to be 50 years old working at Walmart for terrible pay. I want to accomplish my dreams so I must work hard. I realize this but I do get lazy. However, as each day goes by I’m less lazy. Tomorrow will be the start of a new work ethic. I have something to prove to myself and I know I can do it. I just have to do it.

I’m off to do just that. Peace,

David

When Money Comes More Choices Follow

architecture photography, black and white photography

When to Go?

I’m looking at my situation from a different angle than normal. Hence this photo taken at a low angle. This Hall receives a lot of traffic but not once have I seen bend down and take a shot in this building besides myself.

Anyway, I enjoy the interior design of this building. The floors are highly reflective and the windows let in good light. What you don’t see is that the architecture teachers made sure that the building was designed in a way that you can see some of the inner workings. I’ll try to capture a photo in the future to showcase the cold beauty of this place.

I’m exploring the option of buying the domain name for this website in order to showcase my work and have more control. Also exploring buying the domain name for a blog that I may monetize in the future. I’m still thinking about both options but I have given myself until tomorrow to think about it.

Common questions ring inside my mind. “Am I ready?” “Should I monetize a blog from the get-go?” Yada yada. Now that I have steady money coming in I have more difficult choices to make. I am leaning towards yes to the questions I asked myself. As I aspire to be a writer and a photographer. I don’t have official experience in either one. But if I do what I want I will get some experience that may get me to where I want to go.

After writing this I decided to say yes and I will set my plan in motion tomorrow after I get off work. I’ll do a bit more research and complete the cosmetic stuff. It takes little acts of courage daily to truly go where you want to go.

Besides that, I will be posting everyday on this blog from now. It will be challenging but it is apart of what I truly love to do.

About time to go.

Live free and happy,

David

Growing Up

black and white photography, street photography

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Making a drastic change that will be difficult, but truly worth it. I’m working a new job that will give me the capital to do my passions. Thus the pacifier photo,  it symbolizes a new stage in life. I’m going to be able to be put all the plans that I have into action by doing sonething so simple.

I’m saving up to upgrade to a Nikon D3300, which is a basic entry-level DSLR. It will really help and I get public transport for free, so I will be exploring different areas of my city.

I’m doing my best to leave behind the legacy that I want when I close my book and someone else puts it to rest on a shelf that no one can reach until their time.

Baby steps to giant strides,

David

Passion In Shadows

architecture photography, black and white photography

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Despite how simple this shot is, I happen to love it. I love the soft shadows that seem to consume almost everything. Playing with shadows is great and combining it with architecture is really fun. There is a slight human element with the icebox and the leaves. I can imagine how I would make this shot better and will try to explore other options in the future.

This has been my style for s while now and I am looking to explore it with models. I love film noir films and other forms of entertainment that are not afraid to play with shadows. I was inspired recently by a film called The Eyes of My Mother. It’s not the best film by far, but it has cinematography that is simply beautiful. I explore shots when I watch films and find myself sometimes enjoying certain shots rather than the actual movie.

Another film that I enjoyed for its cinematography was The Outsider. It happened to feature another love of mine heavily which is Japan. It experimented with colors but wasn’t afraid to be dark. I could keep this up all day! I am starting to realize the truth that has always been under my nose. I was either too ignorant or I simply didn’t see in-between the lines.

Discovering the type of photography that I want to create, the type of stories I want to create, and the type of visuals I want to create have sparked something inside of me that I thought I lost. It’s a bittersweet thing called passion. I’m doing my best to create and to keep on creating in order to have the life that I want to.

My main goal is freedom, I want to be able to create full-time. So basically, my mantra is to create, compete, dominate, and Japan. It motivates me and I don’t have to say a lot to understand the depth behind each word. It’s a simple technique that I will employ every time I look into a mirror or whenever I have to do something that I may not want to but will help me on this path that I am trying to create.

I have to end it here, but just know that I will be making more posts and they will be longer than usual. Enjoy your life and take time to understand what gets you going.

Peace,

David