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June 14, 2009

First Post

Man, you enter the world reluctantly,
crying, as a forlorn babe;
Man, you leave this life, deprived again,
crying again, with regret.
Therefore live this life in such a way that none of it is really wasted.
You have to become accustomed to it
after not having been accustomed to it.
When you have become accustomed to it,
you will have to become used to being without it.
Mediate upon this contention.
Die, therefore, "before you die," in the words of the Purified One.
Complete the circle before it is completed for you.
Until you do, unless you have—
then expect bitterness at the end as there was in the beginning;
in the middle as there will be at the end.
You did not see the pattern as you entered;
and when you entered—you saw another pattern.
When you saw this apparent pattern, you were prevented
from seeing the threads of the coming pattern.
Until you see both, you will be without contentment—
Whom do you blame? And Why do you blame?

Text: Hashim the Sidqi, on Rumi


I remember starting my first blog back in 2003 with this exact same post... Something which I printed on a small piece of paper and carried in my wallet during my high school years. Here I am again. Some things never change. Do they?

Welcome! Again.

June 15, 2009

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Taken June 9th, 2009

June 16, 2009

On Photography

It's the mystery that takes hold of you first. You learn a few basic things about focus, composition, lighting, perspective--and then the technical things go from something mechanical to an extension of yourself. That mystery roots itself as passion and, pretty soon, all you can think about is the next shot. You walk down a street and the telephone poles line up for you, or a ray of sunlight bounces off a window and into your imagination, or a shadow belies an illusion and you gasp at the wonder of it all. All at once you are hooked. You dream about your next composition, you sketch out ideas on napkins, you learn a new way of communicating without saying a word. If necessity is the mother of invention, then passion is the lover that invades your most mundane thoughts and elevates everything you once saw as ordinary to a new level of spectacle.

Text: Tony Luna


To prevent from creative burn out, I also read that for one to just go out [or stay in] and take one photograph everyday and not to worry about what it is. Just shoot everyday. What great advice! I know Jeff is already doing that with his year-long project. I'll be on my way out right now. Seriously! :-)


Currently listening:
Arturo Stalteri - Another Green World

June 17, 2009

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Cracked Earth.

So yesterday I was getting ready to head out and take some photos... but haven't the slightest idea on where to go. I opened up the garage door, leaned back against my car and pondered for about 15 minutes while looking out... So I took a photo of the concrete ground right in front of the garage!

There is beauty everywhere you see! If one's willing.


Currently listening:
Robin Guthrie -

June 18, 2009

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I guess I felt a bit burnout with the last blog. I was pretty much all over the place in thoughts. I need to be more focused. I'm dedicating this one to my photography--nothing fancy, and I hope to be more intimate. Telling more of a story of myself through my photographs, and often, layered with the music that I love. Writing, music and photography. Something personal, photographs that reflect on who I am. Taking pictures... currently I'm quite immersed in it and loving the moments.

I took the above photo yesterday. It's a section from a much larger photograph. I like the lines, but now that I'm looking at it again, it looks like something you can buy from Pottery Barn. eek!

But I still like it! :-)


Currently listening:
Harold Budd - Olancha Farewell

June 19, 2009

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I've been procrastinating... procrastinating on writing my Bio/C.V. Not an easy task. No? I have no résumé regarding my photography "career"! It's fairly easy to write about others, but not when you're your very own critic. It really shouldn't be too difficult... My problem is that I always wait until the last minute. The life of a professional procrastinator! I shall write what feels right. I shall write how I feel about myself and photography. I hope to have it done by this weekend. And I will keep it short and sweet, to the point and straight from the heart.

On a side note, my thoughts are with Steven this weekend. Take great care of yourself my friend. xo, r.


Currently listening:
Explosions In The Sky - Your Hand In Mine [Goodbye]

June 20, 2009

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Two Buildings.

Yesterday we went to The Annenberg Space for Photography, caught the L8S ANG3LES: Perspectives of Eleven LA Photographers exhibit before it ends next weekend. The facility is a good, clean space. From the eleven photographers, I think Alec and I both agreed that Julius Shulman was our favorite, with his provocative Palm Springs series from the 1940's and on. Magnificently captured, beautiful and timeless. We're thinking about heading out next weekend to see his new film: Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman premiering at the MoCA. Care to join?

We will definitely go back to the Annenberg Space for their upcoming POYi exhibit sometime next month. Have a great Saturday!!

June 21, 2009

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Belmont Shore.

Yesterday we walked a few miles near Belmont Shore, Long Beach. Armed with my camera and off we went. A bit overcast at first but the sun finally shone brightly in late afternoon. As far as the weather goes, California is very lucky compared to other parts of the country right now. We're very blessed.

Well I bought 2 tickets to see the premiere showing of Julius Shulman's movie Visual Acoustics for this Saturday evening. I also have a 'date' coming up with my friend Bridie with her photography buddies for a 'photo' day out!! woohoo! Can't wait! But heck, every day is a photo day [opportunity]! This just adds MORE to the experience. Oh-righto!!


Currently listening:
Slowdive - Shine

June 22, 2009

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Planespotting v2.

Did you have a nice weekend? I sure hope so!

Now shall we dance while watch the planes go by?


Currently listening:
MGMT - Kids [Soulwax Mix]

June 23, 2009

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Well I have to play a song that's appropriate. Funny that when Legs came out back in 1985, I was attending my first year of art school... thinking that I might want to major in Photography the following year. And I did. But after one semester of photography courses I had to quit since my parents and I simply couldn't afford it.

Now, almost 25 years later I'm reliving my dream again - somewhat. A second chance maybe? Too late to be a quitter now. What do I have to lose?


Currently listening:
Art of Noise - Legs [Last Leg Mix]

June 24, 2009

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What are you thankful for right this moment? For I have too many to mention. I hope you have a good day today.

PS. Funny, I wrote the above last night for I try to write a line or two before I head to sleep. This morning I read on Facebook that Jeff is also grateful, and wrote about appreciating the moment, each and every day! Thanks for the reminder my friend. Maybe the practice of taking photos with our cameras does open up somewhat of a magical world for us... Helping us to see more of this world, our world, in a different light and darkness.


Currently listening:
Niki Reiser - Sommersturm

June 25, 2009

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Bridie & Archer.

My friend Bridie, her son Archer and I went to the beach again yesterday. She and I both took our cameras and just shot whatever we happened to see. I can be a lazy photographer so I just took about 30 photos of her and Archer. It's not too often I get people to pose for me! His mom must've taken thousands of photos of him since he was born. On top of that, she's really a nurturing, loving mother. Bridie is also a photographer, and a graphic/web designer herself, so all day we mostly talked about art-related matters! Stimulating chat as usual.

I wanted to post a funny photo of Archer on here today, but I think I'll ask Bridie first before I do that. Or maybe I should've just asked Archer to sign the release form in private without telling his mother. haha!

How are you today?


Currently listening:
Robin Guthrie - Imperial

On Signature

I think the size of the signature is inversely proportional to the quality of the work. The bigger the signature, the suckier the painting is.



Text: Kelly Klaasmeyer, critic, Houston Press, and editor of, Houston

June 26, 2009

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It's tragic to hear about Ed, Farrah and Michael... Huge fame, big celebrities―gone! We're nothing like them, and yet, they were just like us.

Yesterday I didn't get a chance to take photos, but I did read most of the day. Today is another day full of opportunities. What will you do?


The Key Sessions Quartet - Mad World

June 27, 2009

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Circle Light.

Looking at my photos on here the other day, I was thinking that they're all kind of... 'cold'. No reds and no oranges equate to no warmth... Making Bobby a pretty dull boy. Bleh! Note to self: Photograph subject matter with warmer tones!! So yesterday I thought of some place I could go and so I went and took about 20 photos in which 2 of them I could use. Here's one. Too simple?!? But I like it! :-) I'll post the other on Monday.

Tonight we'll be heading to MoCA to see Julius Shulman's new film Visual Acoustics. I'm very excited! woohoo! I wonder if I should bring my camera! hmm...

Enjoy the weekend everybody!! xo, r


Currently listening:
Air - Night Sight

June 28, 2009

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Parallel Lines.

I used to think that black is my favorite color, because to me, it has all the colors in the rainbow! But these days, absolutely, grey is my new favorite. Maybe it somewhat reflects my personality.

But is it a color? Or a shade? Have a great Sunday before the Monday. :-)


Robin Guthrie - 3:19 Outro

June 29, 2009

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The boy in the sand.

This was taken last week when Bridie, Archer and I went to the beach. Archer had such a great time being 'in' the sand. I like this photo! I tweaked the colors so it sort of mimics the old early 80's yellow-tint aged 'process'. Not sure if it's working, but I do like the golden sun-glazed effect. And I've always liked this song: The Neverending Story by Limahl. Well it's a kids movie, so I thought it would be appropriate to pair it up with this photo! Okay, I adore the movie, too! I think I'll head back to the beach this week alone to get a Coppertone tan! woohoo!

I hope you're having a fantastic new week! Happy Monday everyone.


Limahl - The Neverending Story [12Inch Mix]

June 30, 2009

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Life is what you make it. Isn't it? Accept what it is. Take responsibility. Learn what you can. Share what you have. And keep moving forward.

It is.


Currently listening:
Wim Mertens - Passend

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