Showing posts with label musings. Show all posts
Showing posts with label musings. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Composition and framing

I have not been focusing too well on my composition and framing skills in my photos that I post. I have been using my iPhone to take photos, and they are really high quality, but lacks depth of field and focus at times. I'm not at a lack of time or creativity, but for some reason, I just  haven't been showing the best of my photos, and I am aware of that. Perhaps the perfectionist in me is telling me this, but then again, I have fortunately gotten away from being such a perfectionist in many aspects of my life, without eschewing integrity. I have been taking photos with the panorama aspect ratio with my iPhone, and that is fun. I guess I have also just been trying to do new things with photos.  I was taking a lot with Hipstamatic, and that is very fun and yields interesting results, but you never know what you're going to get.  So, I guess maybe that's why I switched back to just regular shots, and maybe I am noticing that.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

In high school, as part of my genealogical and family history interests, I became enamored with my mother tongue and culture, and all things associated.  I studied Spanish since middle school and became very attracted to the pop culture of Spain, Mexico and other parts of Latin America, including our own in Nuevo México.  I listed to all kinds of music, watched all the Spanish language programming on TV, watched "foreign" films, and all that.  I decided to study Spanish as an undergraduate and participated in exchange programs living in both Guadalajara, and Granada - Spain.  I eventually met one of my passions - flamenco, and couldn't stand to watch it!  I couldn't stand to watch it because the moment that I saw it live, I knew I needed to dance it.  It was an exhilarating feeling that I had about this art form and found that it was my non-verbal way to communicate and express myself.  I eventually obtained a minor in dance due to studying flamenco purely for the love of it, and need to express myself in this way.  I danced for about 12 years.  While studying video and film later, I created a "self-portrait" in video.  A photographer that I knew at the time had shot some video of me dancing, and I used it to create this self-portrait.  An exercise in editing, exploring the relationships between me and my flamenco professors, incorporating other types of percussive music that wasn't flamenco, this became largely a contemplative thought and introspective process into approaching how one would create such a self-portrait.

A slideshow portfolio of my dance follows -

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Hello Everyone,

Geeze, what a hot summer it has been.  Working full-time throughout the summer doesn't leave you a lot of energy to do much after work, and weekends are full of "weekend-warrior" approaches of trying to either have fun, or get things done.  

Since my last presentation at the Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts, I have made it a point to take a few days off from work, go on a couple of short one-day excursions and try to work out.  We keep ourselves so busy with our work, our passions, our families and things like that, that we rarely take time to slow down and relax.  There is the side of us that needs to be creative, and also the side of us that needs to take some time to slow down.  It's kind of a contradiction for me, that I want to complete this, do that, do the other, but at the same time, I just want to do nothing!  But, I guess that is what drives us - our passions.  And what would we be, and what would we do without passion?

So, I am finally getting a chance to update my blog to share photos from my flickr photostream, some updates to links and other aspects of my passions that I haven't had a chance to post to my blog...many things still to come that I have done in the past, but haven't yet posted.  Some items will be posted with images as links on the right hand of the page, others will be as regular posts.  

So, I thought I'd send out a greeting to everyone reading this and hoping that everyone is healthy, happy and continuing to work on whatever you are passionate about, and what makes you happy.