Tuesday, February 28, 2006

A beautiful day...


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The best laid plans...


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I had every intention of working on the five rolls of film I have sitting on my table today...Iford HP4 and FP5...shot with the Holga and the Mamiya + pinhole cover. Around 8:20 am, however, I got a call from Julian to pick him up. He made it through jazz ensemble rehearsal, but wasn't up to staying at school all day. Seems he (and several other kids, from what I understand) brought back a cold virus from the trip to DC last week. So...there kind of went my day...

I COULD have gone ahead and barrelled through the tasks I had planned. When this sort of thing happens, though, it stalls out my momentum. Not only that, I feel the need to make myself available. So...I sat at the computer and did tasks that were more easily left mid-stream. I'm itching to get that film done, however.

Now that my prints are nearly ready for showing, I'm anxious to start new work. (It would behoove me to do a little organizing as well!!) I've become enchanted with the Holga and want to work with it more. The pinhole work is still a bit of mystery to me, although not totally unsuccessful so far. It's one more techique in which to build some skill.

Oh!! I hadn't even realized it was Fat Tuesday, until it was pointed out to me this morning! How strange that I was aware of such things for such a long time in my life...and now it hardly even registers... Not that this has anything to do with anything...it's just was one more puzzle piece filling out the day.

Monday, February 27, 2006

Transitions...


, originally uploaded by aikitherese.

I've had this blog for well over a year now (since November 2004). It's never become quite what I had envisioned in the beginning, but has led me in interesting and necessary ways.

The intent behind "thisiswhatisee" blog, was to showcase my photography, and also give voice to my musings. While the photography showcase idea HAS happened, my musings have gotten farther and farther apart.

Now I'm finally at a stage where my photograpy is going to have a physical venue. This is quite a major transition for me...exciting, but also a bit anxiety producing. I'm very curious to see how it all goes, and what my next steps will be. Oddly enough, over the years my most effective approach to life has been to let events guide me. The blog has guided me to Flickr, which has helped me develop my photographic skill, inspiring and motivating me, and thus giving me the confidence to put my work out in the physical world.

What does this all mean? Well, that remains to be seen. Eventually, I'd like thisiswhatisee.com to become a real website...a professional web showcase for my work. Until then, I'll continue to place images here...but...I may be writing more, for the written word is helpful to me not only as a creative outlet, but as a way of seeing my thoughts and ideas in a more concrete format. Don't be surprised, however, if my writing is as...varied...as my photograpy!

daffodils...


, originally uploaded by aikitherese.

Holga slide...


, originally uploaded by aikitherese.

Holga slide...


, originally uploaded by aikitherese.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Point Reyes


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Point Reyes


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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

A note from your's truly...


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First of all...Happy New Year! Yes, it's a month off from the western calendar new year...but only a few days from the Chinese calendar new year.

I had every intention of starting up regular WRITTEN entries on this blog. My fondness for taking pictures (and hanging out on Flickr), however, seems to have won out. Of course, you never know...so...stay tuned...or just enjoy the pictures (which are often far more interesting than my words!!).

In March I will finally be having a physical showing of my images, at Far Leaves Tea in Berkeley, California. I've never done this sort of thing before, so it will definitely be a learning experience. If I actually sell anything, that'll be the icing on the cake. As the time draws nearer, I'll make an entry giving the details!!

Holga print...


, originally uploaded by aikitherese.

Holga print...


, originally uploaded by aikitherese.

Holga print...


, originally uploaded by aikitherese.

Holga print...


, originally uploaded by aikitherese.

micro-cosmos


, originally uploaded by aikitherese.

San Francisco bay...


, originally uploaded by aikitherese.