Passion In Shadows

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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

Reflection

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I love the architecture at and around Sacramento City College. I love going there when there’s not a lot of people and just snapping away. Whenever I have my camera with me I often take a few shots of a subject from different angles. It was a bit difficult to fit the whole building into the shot with my phone. I’m glad I took the time to be patient and experiment.

Took today to reflect on somethings before I start to get busy. I was able find something to aim for, things to sacrifice, and goals that can drive me to accomplish them. I still have more things to think about before the day is over but I’m not rushing it. Slowly but surely I’ll understand what I need to do.

Have fun and reflect,

David

Smile

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As I was on my daily walk, I came across some random graffiti most likely from people who worked on the street. I don’t know if they did this on purpose, but this graffiti looks like a happy face to me. Not the best shot but the best shot I could have taken at the time. The message of the shot is to simple smile and find the good things in life to ebjoy.

Got to get out of your own head and open your eyes to the experience of life. I’m adding more responsibility to my plate and somehow I feel more mature. I’m sticking to a schedule as I’ll be busy for the next two days. I am going to be the cameraman/cinematographer for a short film Friday and I have a long walk to go through tomorrow. Then cram to get the required readings for a class before the deadline at 9am on Friday. I can’t say it will be busy but somehow I am enjoying responsibility and actually getting outside more.

Since I’ve been walking 3 miles a day, I feel healthier and happier. I do exercise regularly outside of walking. Its important to exercise for many factors and it’s important to eat right. I’m not always doing the latter so I don’t lose the fat that I want to easier. I’m trying and soon I can finally ture live my words I’m trying my best.

 

Have fun and live how you like,

David

Talking to Myself

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Found myself lost as I was looking for a specific building. I caught this shot which proaprob shows that I wasn’t all too concerned about finding what I needed to. In the end, I was able to do what I had to do.

I love all the lines present in the shot as well as the shadows. I wish I captured this shot earlier, so that the light would be softer. I still enjoy the shot but I have room for improvement.

In two days, I walked around 9 miles. The more I condition my body the easier and faster it is to walk 4 miles + on one day. It makes each walk feel shorter than it is as well. I’ve been practicing visualization on each trip which helps me focus on where I want to go in life.

I’m waiting for my acceptance email to officially join a project. Doubt creeps in but I’m doing my best to change the way I talk to myself. It’s not easy but it must be done. I have found myself creating more and simply enjoying life more. I realized it’s a slow process after trying to quit so many times. Doing my best to become the strongest version of myself by getting into shape, both mentally and physically. It’s getting funnier just not easier. This is the path that I chose but one foot is still on the path of ruin that I allowed myself to walk through. Will take time for me to fully step off the path but I can feel my foot inching up a bit each day that I improve myself and do what I love.

 

Peace,

David

Day 68 – Keep on Rockin’

IMG_20180223_105624-01.jpegExperimented with learning today with some very good results. I’ve learned more about myself in this month. Life isn’t getting easier but I am getting better slowly and steady.

Explored the streets of Elk Grove and caught this building during the day. I took an unconventional shot of the building to reflect the nature of Rock-N-Roll. I dared myself to get lost and it worked out well as I got to see the old side of the city and some good treasures.

Everyday is a blessing and I am thankful for every opportunity to continue living and to keep on doing my passions. I’m on the road to success as I am willing to face failure and even if I failed I will fall forward. I will allow my path to continue to develop even when one door is shut.

Roar,

David

Day 17 – Play

Took a step towards a better future today by simply doing one thing. I won’t be specific but I simply attacked my fear head on and came out the other side with one foot in the light. I am proud of myself, I have accomplished a lot in just two days that I have a lot of confidence in the direction I am going and most importantly in myself. I am not the person I was last week and I am proud of that fact. It’s been a long time since I have let myself accomplish something that actually matters.

Only 17 days have past in this year and yet I feel still alive before the safety net was pulled from underneath me. I am guilty of being lazy and of playing too much. But that’s not who I truly am and I have fought hard to make sure I understood that. I have done so much and changed tiny bad habits into good ones. Everyday is a simple step into the giant strides I will take later on. Every ounce of pain will be worth it in the end. Baby steps turn into giant strides.

This photo has a film noir feel for me and I love it. Sure the subject is basic but it’s beautiful in that regard. I wanted to capture the beauty of the flower and I believe I have captured it yet still shadow the rose in my style/my sense of beauty.

Live a beautiful life,

David

Hakase: Joyful Days of Projects

I can’t help, but write this post with a smile. I have happy, I’m starting to follow my own direction and have discovered many things. My will has gotten stronger, my photographic/storytelling abilites have improved, and most importantly I have improved as an artist and as a man. I am working hard on several projects to start to accomplish the smaller goals to reach the higher ones I have always dreamed about. Staying postiive with a level head is hard to do, but I’m doing it well. I fight through the negativity and harden myself or simply get lost into something productive. I am happy with my progress in this new year.

This photo is about how I see the world at this moment. I am happy, staying beautiful inside and never allowing the darkness overcome me. I also have projects that are just waiting to bloom. Off to do some more enjoyable work, have fun and live well.

David

P.S. I’m learning Japanese, which is why I used romanji in the first part of the title.

Self image

Step 4 of the plan to help my depression and anxiety through photography is taking shots of yourself. It could be of your hand, reflection, etc. No one else, which is the difficult part. We tend to shy away from taking photos of ourselves as we are our worst critics. It’s a habit we must break but that is up to you and time. We must accompany the photos with a essay of sorts explaining our story. 

It’s great a way to show who you truly are in the world. We all need that to truly feel alive. It’s time to let go of the negative emotions and move on. Thus I will be doing a series of shots with me as the model in some form. Its a challenge I’m willing to take. Both activities will be tough but I’m so looking forward to the process more than the actual destination.