First off I wanted to say sorry for a late post on my project, I was really sick with a bad flu/cold. It took a lot of out of me, mentally and physically. When I do any of the blog posts, I want to be in a good mind set with a clear head. I don’t want to be “Lost In The Horizon” and give the reader mixed messages. This edit is also me finding another way to use Pushing Stars too. I know you will want to know how to do this edit.
When I was leaving Vida’s kindergarten class, it was foggy. Something that doesn’t happen very often in San Diego. I took a few photos around school and merged them together. “Elementary School Hideaway” is about how Vida’s kindergarten class is hidden away from the rest of the classrooms at her school. I went to this same school as a kid too. In 30 years the school has changed a lot from what I remembered but something still remain the same. San Altos is one of the few public school that isn’t over crowded, culturally mixed with diversity, has good teachers and PTA that cares about the students. I’m happy that Boyce and Vida are going to a public school where they aren’t lost in a system and hidden away from getting ruined by the system.
One of the things I’m learning is to “Keep It Simple” with the editing and try not to over do it. Using just a few apps for editing can be just as effective as using 10 apps. I have to sometimes stop myself from using 6 to 9 apps at time. What else I’m learning about doing this project is finding the details in the images I create. I’ve noticed in my past work, some of the images will get lost in the details. You have to make clear in what you’re trying to convey in your images. Don’t clutter it up with a lot of apps, find and tell yourself “STOP” before you get lost.
We are all storytellers of our own life. I’m telling you a story behind each of the images my everyday life for 365 days. Lately I’ve been looking for clipart because of my new found love for Juxtaposer and making stamps with the app. The Storyteller is about self exploration and discovering creativity ways of editing each day. I know not all of the images will be a “WOW” factor and that’s ok. But one thing I really like is I’m doing it day by day and not putting a whole lot of thinking and planning in each of the edits. It frees my mind and lets go of the bad thoughts that I keep inside. Each day I let go and start to feel light. Some things still bother me but I know this will take time to let go. But this project will get me through it, to learn to focus on myself and build the body of work I will use later.
The next image is more on the complicated side and asks the questions can your thoughts be stolen ? Since the rise of the internet and super information highway, ideas are always put out there in more of rapid rate. An art teacher (David Baze) once told me “amateurs borrow and professionals steal” was a quote that stayed with me to this day. I did “borrow” the lake hole photo from getting it off Google by a blog post about Seven Holey Wonders of the World. Since I haven’t made any money on this image and not a famous or well known artist, it’s not stealing. I also think it’s a fine line between borrowing and stealing. I wanted to point out that all artist borrow from each other, even I borrow from time to time.
Here’s another thing, does our brains sink and shrink if our thoughts are stolen…probably because when we don’t have thoughts a part of our brain dies. Do our thoughts get stolen while we dream ? I would say yes if you’re dreams are connected and recorded. Stolen Thoughts is a process that happens for centuries, yet we act like it’s something new because of the internet and social media.
Judgement, something is always clouding us from talking and meeting new people. We are always “Clouded By Judgement”, no matter where you go or where you’re at. Judgement is always there in all walks of life, religions and philosophies. When I was going to my friend’s fellowship group, we sit around and read bible versus and talk about the versus and what they mean. Judgement came up a lot, especially with my friend who was always ready to judge us on knowing the versus on the bible. It’s funny that she knows all of the scripture, yet doesn’t follow them with her heart but will point out in others how they act. I wanted to hold up a mirror and tell her to look. Going to the fellowship, reading the bible has taught me something very valuable. That going to church isn’t going to make you understand the word or be a better person. You either under the word or you don’t. If you need help then church is there to guide you in the direction you need to go and not make you believe. Only you can make yourself believe and it’s universal in all religions and philosophies that love is love and hate is hate. You decide your outcome and only one being can judge you…
Now this last edit I didn’t put a lot of effort in it but people seem to like it. When you’re sick with the flu it’s really hard to concentrate and do anything period. I know being sick shouldn’t stop me from doing an edit, so this was a struggle for me. I had to put the iPhone down a lot and start over a few times. My head was stuck in a “Sky Mist” of abnormal proportions. What I did was play with the apps and just slapped layers on top of each other. It was one of the hardest edits I’ve done because Project 365 doesn’t stop for nothing. You either do the edit or start over again. It’s one of those challenges in life we have to face.
Project 365, a set on Flickr.