I think it’s time I changed the layout of this site to kick-start the uploading of some new content. Korilakkuma agrees as she patiently sits and watches me work from the living room.
Rise. Every time I’m in downtown Los Angeles, I’m reminded of some of Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies and his overarching theme for the franchise. Paralleling my own personal adventure through the past seven months of ups and downs, I find myself back on this blog and slowly coming to terms with my past; seeing opportunities for success grow stronger and farther reaching than the pitfalls I faced. Well, I’m back. Again. And here we are, at what I probably do best at with my photography. Seeing the masses, tents, and trucks lined up along the backdrop of a city I love so much and watching life pace itself naturally through the ebb and flow of time, I’m back on the streets with my camera to capture what I can.
“There is so much I want to do. I’m brimming with thoughts of things I want to create… I chase after every image that flies out. I catch them, battle them, and consume them after sampling each flavor. I name and return them to where they ought to be [over and over]. It requires so much time.
I want to open all these boxes, but a mortal life span is too short to do such a thing. A single lifetime limits how many boxes you can open.”
Ever since I changed day jobs over to what is arguably still one of the most well-known social network companies in the world, I have seen an increasing amount of opportunities to be surrounded by many things involving photography, whether they were times behind my own camera or working with and next to those with the equipment. Care to guess which social network that is?
Prayers help to spread love and peace across the planes of life and death. After forty days of a passing of an individual, he or she is finally able to ascend from any pain and suffering felt up to and through his or her passing. So why the gathering only now? Well, for some, power in numbers always helps in these difficult times. Whether one is Catholic or religious to any degree, coping helps when you have the strength of those close to you to carry the burden of loss. On the 31st of August of this year, we celebrated the fortieth day of my sister Johannah’s passing with friends and family, through song and prayer, and through laughter and love.
It has been a month since I traversed Maui’s lava tubes and reflected on my previous journeys through dark caves with close friends. Many personal things have taken place, some good and some bad; some exciting and some devastating. The light at the end of today’s tunnel is not the same kind of light I found back then, nor will it ever feel the same again in future travels. If there is one thing my poetically mind has taught me, it is that in these periods of intense self reflection is where I usually wind up seeing my most darkest moments turn into blinding bouts of realization and perseverance. I am at a stage in my life and career where I am beginning to plan great things in the midst of running into seemingly overwhelming challenges. Where the next thirty days will lead me is something I can only hope to be at least less rocky than the last thirty. Deadlines have past and are now overdue, projects are behind and have yet to be restarted, and opportunities for learning and growth are now being compounded to the point where late night hours spent studying are now becoming a necessity. What is this, college all over again?
I definitely feel a sense of complacency in my drive and direction for success. Perhaps I am overwhelmed with the amount of opportunity bestowed upon me; or perhaps the great burden I could be facing soon. All I can really say right now is that despite the giant side steps I’ve had to take in the past few weeks, I know that I’m still closer today than I was yesterday to climbing out of that tunnel and being on the surface once again. And once I catch that warm sun, feel the perspiration of my efforts, and reap the rewards of trusting the unknown, I will be able to mold myself back into something greater than yesterday’s premonitions.
Thanks again to everyone’s support the past couple of weeks. I look forward to releasing more content again for everyone, including myself, to enjoy.
It was decided a few weeks ago that we would take advantage of the sunny, warm Southern California sun and celebrate our good friend Jenny’s birthday at Huntington Beach. We prepared our food, swung by other friends’ houses to borrow tables and a canopy, loaded up the cars, and hit the road. Little did we know the sun was going to play shy that day. Nevertheless, we braved the winds, set up camp, and waited for others to arrive. Sure enough, the clouds parted, the warmth spread across the sand, and we began enjoying our time at the beach like it was meant to be enjoyed. Join me after the break for some more fun in the sun, great food, and toasty marshmallows. Did I mention we had fancy kites?
Amazing to say the least. The moment I noticed the intensity and concentration emanating from Skylar Grey as she warmed up her vocal chords in a secluded corner of Key Club’s green room, I knew I was in for quite the ride. In my experience as a night/weekend photojournalist, opportunities for concert photography have been such an amazing experience to me, albeit still few and far between. Yet, none brought me closer to the artists themselves, as demonstrated by my favorite photo of Skylar above in the stairwell of the venue just before the side stage entrance. Intense? Seems so from the moment one leaves the green room to perform for one’s audience. Concentrated? Artfully so; I can’t imagine whether an artist such as Skylar still goes through any sort of anxiety before going on stage. If she was, she sure hid it well.
In 2011, Toyota collaborated with Subaru to design the first front-engine, rear-wheel to join Toyota’s lineup of fuel-efficient, family-friendly vehicles since the turn of the twentieth century. In 2003, I was introduced to the world of drifting through a good friend of mine who went on to write and publish a book based on the popular automotive subculture. And in 2005, I stepped foot inside what I thought was going to be Toyota’s continuing baby step towards what we all came to witness with the unveiling of the GT 86.
Now, nearly seven years and 110,000+ miles after production ceased on this now rare breed of Corolla history, the 2006 Toyota Corolla XRS resurfaces again; this time, in the form of this photographer’s daily driver and closest A-to-B confidant, as well as for an opportunity to glamor up and show online photographer and automotive communities that while the XRS fell short in certain respects to Toyota’s attempt at affordable sport performance in a compact sedan, it made up for with the test of time through proven reliability and mechanical stability.
Check out my photos of the black sand pearl XRS under the proverbial limelight after the jump.
Overhaul is the only thing I can think of when it comes to what has happened and what is next for this blog. Over as in a major life goal of mine (Japan) is complete, haul as in there is a lot brewing behind the scenes for the photos I still have yet to release, and the events and anime I have yet to talk about. Did I mention we’re doing test runs for an anime podcast?