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Morning Thoughts: How photographs develop their meaning

It’s interesting how photographs can develop their meaning overtime.

Look at this photograph my girlfriend took while she was across the room lying on a bed.

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Technically, it is really good. The framing of my figure in a door way against a white background makes my form stand out out. The film camera in my hand can barely be seen but the frame of my glasses is subtly silohoutted. Many things are happening but the focus of the image is on the subject which is me.

But to my girlfriend, this photo means so much more.

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Morning Thoughts: Photography is a journey in itself

(Morning thoughts is my attempt to write something or anything about photography that pops into my head. Nothing special but to just to keep my mind sharp and build that habit of continuously writing and photographing. I hope all of you enjoy)

I always consider photography as a personal journey. It has to start somewhere where the spark and interest has to get you going and picking up the camera everyday loading it with film or going about with prepping your batteries and SD cards. It has to start somewhere and you have to take it wherever you go.

From my first ever roll… I’ve come a long way since :P

It’s actually weird how I started.

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Kids, don’t ever quit.

Kids, don’t ever quit.

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Morning Thoughts: Ibasyo on My Mind

(Morning thoughts is my attempt to write something or anything about photography that pops into my head. Nothing special but to just to keep my mind sharp and build that habit of continuously writing and photographing. I hope all of you enjoy)

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My Very crude cellphone pic of the title page of the book.

I had the great privilege of taking being able to see/read Kosuke Okahara’s Ibasyo. It is about six Japanses girls who suffer from self harm. I’ve known about the project for some time and but I was not familiar with the final product which is this book. Seeing it in front of me was just amazing. However, I did not know that it will still haunt me a few weeks on. (The only other works that haunted me was Joel Meyerowitz 35mm work, Araki’s Diaristic work, and Patrick Tsai’s Talking Barnacles

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Morning Thoughts: Photokina and the paradox of gear ownership

(Morning thoughts is my attempt to write something or anything about photography that pops into my head. Nothing special but to just to keep my mind sharp and build that habit of continuously writing and photographing. I hope all of you enjoy)

Photokina time again!

It means many new camera announcements! A lot are already piquing my interests such the Lumix LX100, Fuji X30 and X100T, and the latest instax camera. I’m seeing comments and thoughts from everyone in my FB or twitter news feed! They are discussing their opinions and their prospective purchases (also known as waging flame-wars).

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Thing is though, I have the great benefit of not having the money to spend for new equipment (Saving for a new computer and tickets to Siem Reap). Kidding aside, I think it is worth reminding the great paradox of gear ownership: Gear matters but it also doesn’t.

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If click bait sites wrote their headlines for famous photo books or photographers

1) This unbelievable photo of a man jumping over a puddle behind a train station will change how view photographs for the rest of your life.

2) This photographer quietly photographs the central park zoo. What he reveals about racism will astound you.

3) A Japanese photographer photographed his honeymoon. What he shows about death will give you chills down your spine [NSFW]

4) These 4 photographers who just has blurry, rough, and out of focus images will change your life forever.

5) This fashion photographer using white walls will make you want to forget everything you learned about photography

6) The Government commissioned them to make photographs of the poor, you won’t believe the images they came back with. The photo of the mother in her tent will make you want to help.

7) He photographs a trike, a red ceiling with a fan, and a green bathroom wall. What he photographs next will blow your mind.

8) You won’t believe how much his photograph of grocery isles will costs you. Finding it out might make you want to kill yourself.

9) This Swedish photographer images when he roamed around America will make you think twice before chanting U-S-A.

10) Unearthed Photo by Secretive Nanny Rocking the Art World

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2012, Makati City
When I was still working a 9-5

2012, Makati City

When I was still working a 9-5

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2012, Ortigas Center

2012, Ortigas Center

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If photography quotes were used by cooks

1. If your potatos are not good enough, they are not cooked enough.

2. I cook to see what the world looks like cooked

3. It’s more important to cook with people than to cook with a burner

4. You don’t take a burger, you make it.

5. A good dish is knowing where to blanche

6. Your first 10,000 dishes are your worst

7. The best thing about a medium rare steak is that it never changes even when the fats in it do

8. The Stove is an instrument that teaches chefs how to cook without charcoal

9. There are always two people in every restaurant: The Chef and the instagrammers

10. The dish is a secret about a secret. The more you eat it, the less you know.

11. There are no rules for good food, there are only good food.

12. There is nothing worse than a cooked carrot with a fuzzy concept.

13. The cookbook is the equivalent of the composer’s score and the dish, the performance.

14. Twelve significant entrees in one year is a good crop.

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melbournecitystreets said: What is your favourite podcast?

My favorite is the Rooster Teeth podcast. It is a podcast starring some of the folks over at Rooster Teeth productions known for their work for Red vs. Blue, RWBY, and Achievement hunter. Mostly geek culture and nerd related :) Helps when I want to distance from photography a bit.

They are the company that inspired my best friend and I to start our own podcast network, channel fourteen :D

But my all time favorite and what got me into listening to podcast is this short lived photography video podcast by Riaan De Beer. It only has 6 meaty episodes that got into in depth discussions on the composition, history, and background of a particular photography. I sorely miss the Naked Photo podcast :) 

Give some of those a listen and enjoy :D

- A.g.

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