There are moments in life that can never be replaced. Regardless of the time on various ticking tocks, clocks cease to even exist when you feel one with what God has made. Leaning back in motion as my eyes gazed over miles and miles of fulfilling emptiness, freedom is all I could compare. With my favorite soul blessfully chartering by my side, there was nothing more I could have asked for.
I joined my first photo Meet Up group for some street shooting in Hollywood for the Thai New Years Festival. Though I only met some of them briefly, I highly recommend joining a meet up group that caters to your particular craft and interests.
Im learning that with street shooting, having various lenses could be really beneficial especially if your shooting somewhere that requires just a bit more reach. I also brought along my adjustable FOTGA Fader ND filter that I purchased from ebay. Though prices and options vary for filters, this one only cost about ten dollars and I absolutely love it. I highly recommend using an adjustable filter for street photography as it helps a great deal with over exposure. Sticking to the theme of "over exposing," I used a light VSCO Cam preset and adjusted shadows, highlights, sharpness and exposure so that the images didn't look or feel over processed.
My overall experience shooting the festival was just okay. I have not been shooting as faithfully as I should be and I was a bit uneasy and unsure of how my images would turn out. The lesson learned that day is to not over think it and just shoot based of your instinct and feeling. Im sure my next street shooting session will be a lot more gratifying as I won't put so much emotion and thought into the outcome of my photos.
But, there are stages in which we must request solitude. Solitude from the everyday undertakings of misfortunate fortunes we can sometimes breathe without.
We are miraculously forced to feel as if we need to be in, in order to be whole, when solitary is where we can finally hear our thoughts speak free and our soul's seek reach.
The beautiful presence you see is Zee
Muspiration: Lupe Fiasco "Blur My Hands"
Since moving to Los Angeles Ive been in a bit of a creative blockade. I haven't been shooing as much as Id like or creating randomly like I used to and I cant blame anyone but myself. Yes there are circumstances in life that cause your creativity to become a bit stale or unexciting, but it is a must you remain on track. Today, clouds, fog and no sun, I feel like a new person. I feel like I am capable and being capable is all that matters. I used to feel like I couldn't be great and it wasn't because I couldn't be, it was because I let life's uncontrollable circumstances make me feel like such. I used to write in my journal every night explaining to God and myself how incapable I was and I really focused on the negative aspects of life. Even now I am a new resident of a city I don't really know much about, I have to be out of my current place in two weeks, Im only working part time, my car is home and it cost a bit to get it to me, I don't know where Ill be living in two weeks, nor if I have the money to do so. However, the shit feels great. My life is awesome in so many more ways than what I just listed. My goal in life is to create emotional content for people to look at. And its as simple as that.
I hope you choose to do the same!
Oh these are photos I took back in Philadelphia before I left with my great friend Zamani Feelings and artist Noel. It was her energy in these photos that motivated this post.