Friday, January 27, 2012

My life:

This picture sums it up at the moment:, film, film, amazon, and more film! I'll be happy to see developed negatives soon and hopefully prints shortly after that. Now off to shoot the first chunk of this pile-o-film!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Taking Advantage.

Of the schools equipment room that is! As students we have access to a large library of equipment thats free to use and its been soooo fun trying out new things. One item Ive been playing with is the lensbaby:

{It even looks crazy from the outside!}

It creates such unusual focus and its added an interesting twist to a few projects lately. I will be back to share photos from the shoots using this lens soon!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

This is why its called ART school...

...not photo school. This week has been full of paint, color, and more paint!

Just have to remind myself to tie in all these lessons and apply them to my photos. Guess thats an advantage of being a junior in these foundation classes.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Im coming back.

Its been such a long time since I've been in this space! I thought I would be able to keep up with the new school and still have time for blogging but man I was soooo wrong. Luckily, the first day of a new class a professor gave us the following article to read. Something in this article reminded me of the very beginning of this blog and how much I enjoyed taking (simple) note of the things I found lovely in my everyday routine. Now that we've moved and things have settled Im hoping to get back to regular blogging. So to start off the new year and a new chapter of blogging I want to share this article. Its short and simple but it made me stop and reevaluate in a good way. Check it:

Perception & Joshua Bell

J.R. Ransom

The Situation: In Washington, DC, at a Metro Station, on a cold January morning in 2007, this man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, approximately 2,000 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.

After about 3 minutes, a middle-aged man noticed that there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds, and then he hurried on to meet his schedule.

About 4 minutes later: The violinist received his first dollar. A woman threw money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk.

At 6 minutes: A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.

At 10 minutes: A 3-year old boy stopped, but his mother tugged him along hurriedly. The kid stopped to look at the violinist again, but the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head the whole time. This action was repeated by several other children, but every parent - without exception - forced their children to move on quickly.

At 45 minutes: The musician played continuously. Only 6 people stopped and listened for a short while. About 20 gave money but continued to walk at their normal pace. The man collected a total of $32.

After 1 hour: He finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed and no one applauded. There was no recognition at all.

No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the greatest musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars. Two days before, Joshua Bell sold-out a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100 each to sit and listen to him play the same music.

This is a true story. Joshua Bell, playing incognito in the D.C. Metro Station, was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and people's priorities.

This experiment raised several questions:

  • In a common-place environment, at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty?
  • If so, do we stop to appreciate it?
  • Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?

One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be this: 

If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made.

How many other things are we missing as we rush through life?