Imagination photography has played an import role in my life as a person as well as an artist. We are all born with the ability to be creative and imaginative. Some wilder than others. Some keep exercising this trait while others store it in the recess of their mind forgotten but not gone. I have been the victim of the latter. It seems as I grow older, the world takes on a more concrete impression. A chair is a chair and a tree is a tree. Photography has threw me a rope and pulled me out of that quick sand that was constantly pulling me down. I began to see the world a little bit different each day. My mind started to turn the gears of creativity and it has positively effected my mood & thinking. Imagination photography is not a specific genre, but a way of thinking.
Realization of Ideas
Last night I stood up late into the night drinking wine, woking on a photo idea. The idea I was trying to realize was of a man in a hot air balloon riding through the sky. But here’s the twist. Instead of a balloon, he ’s floating with the aid of a cloud.
An idea of shedding the weight that we constantly walk around with, and just letting go. An idea of taking your hands off the steering wheel, sitting back and enjoying the ride. An idea of exploring what actually excites your curiosity instead of what you feel like you should be doing. A play off of Robert Frost “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” intertwined with Emerson’s “Life is a journey, not a destination.” I don’t know if it was the cheap bottle of wine but I really enjoyed creating this but mostly just thinking about this.
Listen to Your Mind
This past month, or so I had more free time to listen to my mind. I feel like it’s quite loud for the quietness of my appearance. I am an introvert. I enjoy my alone time and living in my own little bubble. But I realize that I have to sift through the stream of everyday thoughts that are constantly flowing through my head. While sifting, I recently uncovered an exercise that I really acting on. It is the realization of ideas. Taking a thought and seeing it with my eyes through photography and digital editing.
Surreal photography manipulation has always been a passion of mine. Creating something out of nothing is a powerful feeling. It’s a freeing, satisfying experience to personally be able to bring to life what you pictured in your mind. I’m thankful for that. I want to try and incorporate this in more aspects of my life other than photography. Imagination is often a road less traveled, which is a wonderful situation for an introvert like myself.
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”
― Albert Einstein
We All Have Stories
Stories are what makes the world go around. It’s what makes us who we are, each having a library of their own and everyday we write a new one.
Every now and then we thumb through our dusty shelves. Those frail experiences filed away for when we desperately need strength. Reread those moments of happiness when we are looking for a smile. Glance over a memorable string of words we highlighted because they meant just a little bit more to us and when we are done, we crease over the ear of the page of the seconds before to remind us of where we left off.
But the most important thing we do, is we share our stories. Some in lessons, others as entertainment, a few in a flash of vulnerability, regret or fear but there is always someone wanting to read them even the ones of how your day was. Someone wanted to learn. Someone looking for a different perspective. Someone who’s fascinated in what you have done and who you are. It’s how we are connected and if you are reading this then you are a part of mine and I am a part of yours.
Keep on writing, keep on reading and keep on sharing because stories are what makes the world go around.
Chicago Live Concert Photography
The only better feeling than being at a live concert in Chicago is being able to capture each note in a photograph. Although I have been photographing music and musicians for quite a few years, each concert still feels like the first. I see it in my photographs; my mindset seems to change. Pictures become more about energy, light becomes a backdrop, and the noise is as prevalent in each image as it was in person. There is a sense of freedom with each click because it is not about shooting a gig or taking pictures for a client, this is about the love of music and being able to share that with others. Here are a few shots from my latest live concert.[/tatsu_text]
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This past year has surely been a wild one and personally it has been the most that I have grown. I’ve met some beautiful people that I never thought I’d meet and let go of some that I will never forget. I’ve been to places that I never believed existed while enjoyed familiar sites like they were the first time. I’ve stepped back, reset, slowed down, learned, laughed, opened up, let go, embraced and experienced a multitude of well everything. It’s a crazy beautiful world we live in. Thank you for every visit, comment, and message you and anyone has ever given me. It truly means a lot. Stay curious, be creative and most importantly, just be happy. Here’s to a brand new year. Sincerely the thoughts inside my head.
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Valentines Day Photography
This Valentines Day, I wanted to have a little fun. I like incorporating some of my favorite aspects of life in my surreal photography. One of my most beloved games growing up, and still, is Connect 4. It’s one of those games that is so simple yet there’s a little of bit of strategy embedded in each drop of a piece. So this February 14th, when you play that special someone in your life, don’t ‘mistakenly’ empty the game when your about to get defeated. It’s not about win or lose, it’s only about making a connection.
My eyes awake in the middle of the night and yet to my surprise my legs begin to rise
I climb in a daze as I get up from my bed, grab a pen a paper and wrote what was in my head
What if I could paint the songs that I can play, what if I could fly a million miles away
What if I could live at the bottom of the sea, or see the sun rise atop the tallest tree
But who am I to say that these dreams are far away, that my lifestyle’s was here to stay, or that I’ve lived my better days
The sun may be asleep but my vision’s looking bright, no one’s on the streets but the world seem so alive
I feel like this is right, the words I’m write tonight, while thinking about my life with no worries in my sight
My mind begins to move and my thoughts begin to sooth, should probably get to bed but I have so much to do
So as the sun begins to rise, a new story begins to write, about man who’s flying high, high out of sight
Cause that is where his mind is trailing in the air, his feet were on the ground but his head was never there
So off to the unseen, blue seas, valley of trees, the volcanoes, mountains & everywhere in between
Cause it’s not about where you’ve been, but where you haven’t seen, it’s curiosity and escaping your damn routine
Can’t be afraid to be young, have fun or wonder what’s above, it’s the risk that you take that show you what your made of
So what do you want to do, when you wake up every day, go to a job to get by or accomplish something great
It’s not about your car, your house or how much you get paid, because in the end it’s you your going to hate
So do something you love, something that makes you proud, something that’s worth telling the whole damn world about