Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Time is not on our side. As life passes, it seems to speed up; the years, months, days feel as though they pass quicker and quicker and suddenly we are older, aged, children are grown and we are half-way through our life. I used salt and pepper to reflect the moments of time that pass in a blink of an eye. The salt represents the good moments; white, pure, clean and the pepper represents the hardships; a moment that darkens are heart just a little bit more.
Sometimes life seems to escape us as the hands tick away. Lost in our own world, away from reality. Its beyond the figures before us, our mind drifts. Trapped in a daze. That is where some of our best imaginations come from. The simple day dreams of something more than what is before us.
Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas. This was a 2 second exposure. Looking closely you can see every movement of the water. I may not be able to freeze or slow down time in real life but as a photographer I can record and freeze a moment in time in a photograph.
Everyone says there isn't enough time in the day. This couldn't be more true in my case. I often find myself running out of time during the day to get work done. Take this photo for example. It's shitty, and I'm not proud of it, because I ran out of time. A simple mask/color correction, and it could have been much better, however. I had to call it at 7:00am today so I could drag myself to school. The truth is, it's not that there isn't enough time for me. I have an extra long weekend, but I also had to build my first ever website for my for my photography/jewelry design business. Lets just say I learned a lot about organization and time management. This is where I fail. I've been awake for more than two days now, slaving in the studio, in my workshop, and on my computer. Buggin' out on caffeine and nicotine, I should be in a far more worse mood than I'm already in, but I'm not. I feel alright about the work I managed to get done this weekend, with the exception of the above photograph. I was lucky enough to have a friend / business partner give me some tips for webdesign, and photo organization, which really helped me with time management. Without those tips, I would have gotten no shit whatsoever done for this class. Organization is key. Come talk to me if you want to know more about organization for your webdesign. It's really basic stuff.
For some of us time is nothing, but for other time is used wisely and never lost. Looking through my stuff at home I found a old picture of me and my best friend. His name was chili and he was my best friend for 17 years. He was a miniature dachshund born premature and had to be fed with a bottle until he was able to fend for himself. I felt like he was the strongest of the group since he had to go through such a tough time when he came to this earth. Through the good and the bad he was always by my side without a question. I guess after looking at this picture I feel like time is something that gives us memories. An from those memories we grain wisdom knowledge and something to pass on in the future.
Death may free you from the burden of life’s many decisions—as Sophocles put it, “For the dead, there are no more toils,”
For sometime wondered how life in itself could be preserved, if what we left behind would still be the same, and on what scale would it effect the future? The quote became an inspiration; the three links that follow added more fuel to my interest.
As a photographer, life is busy. So busy, that while I was finally able to clean my bathroom, I stumbled upon a bar of soap. Its split ends and ridged body was intriguing as well as beautiful. But more importantly an eye opener. How do you know when something as simple as toiletries expire? Well, after photographing the detail in the bar of soap, I did some research. Did you know a bar of soap has a shelf life of three years? I sure didn't. Most toiletries have a shelf life of six months, so always keeping up on expiration dates and tips will help you stay organized. After all, the bathroom is known to be the most unorganized room in the home.
Here is an article for more information about toiletry expiration dates.
Monday, April 30, 2012
Time goes on. Life always grabs ahold of you. Whether it’s work or your personal life. Events come around and make you see what you are doing with your life. As this fellow reflects on his endeavors, he believes in living in the moment. He doesn’t let anything get in the way of what he wants out of life. Every minute counts, just like the cigarette, it’s going to end eventually so you might as well enjoy it while you can. Who knew smoke breaks could be so intuitive.
True time keepers are the old time cuckoo clocks. Not the clocks that are made in a factory, and there are 500 of the exact same clock. Delicate but elegant and old fashion charm is what you will see with old cuckoo clocks. The old hand crafted cuckoo clocks are the way to go. Each clock is different and there is so much more personality in every clock over the factory made clocks. Go visit Antique Cuckoo Clocks for some history on cuckoo clocks or it you won’t one or need parts for the one you have.
Sometimes the most beautiful things in the world are too small to see with the naked eye. We might not be able to see them, but that doesn't mean they didn't happen, like a splash or a gun shot. How much time do you take out of your day to stop and look around? Try looking at your surrounding is slow motion and you just might be suprised at the beauty you may have missed before.
"We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special." -Stephen Hawking
I spend a lot of time questioning what I "know". I'm a big believer in the fact that we learn more from what we're told what not to do, that less is more, and that there are more than the three dimensions. The three dimensions that make up our coherent space are length, width, and depth. Time is the "fourth dimension" as it cuts right through our world: irreversible and relative. This image is an introspective take on my search for understanding; my search for another dimension.
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"Photography is the stopping of time....owning the moment forever." Anonymous
Time can be measured in seconds, minutes, hours, days, months, years, stages in life (infant, toddler, child, etc) and then by moments. For a split second photographers can freeze time by capturing those moments so that moment can be cherished and remembered for as long as the image lasts. Then time goes on until there is another moment for us to freeze time.
Freezing Time Photography Blog
While lots of people say photography is about light, I say there is also another power at play: Time. Photographic images wouldn't exist without light, but in the same aspect could you say the same about an image's existence in respect to time? I guess it is one of those chicken or the egg moments. The more I think about it though I know time has a huge influence on whatever photograph one may look at. Time within the artist's life, the time it took to make the image, the timing of the moment the image was taken. Anyway you look at it, time had an influence. Photographers have always studied light. What about the study of time, like the image I have made, a construct of time if you will. I tried to compress my bike commute time into one single frame. If you are intrigued you might enjoy taking a look at Michael Wesely's work and study of time where he takes exposures years at a time.
Time is something intangible that is constantly slipping away from us. Whether it be school, work, or just simply life itself, I always find myself wishing time would just slow down for a split second to let me catch up. But since that won't happen, I think it is important for us to do things with the short amount of time we have that strengthen us as beings and make our passion for life grow with us. This composite of images symbolizes the meditation that we can find in our everyday routines. For me, snowboarding is my solace, the thing that makes me feel most alive. Due to the deadlines of real life, I wasn't able to do as much snowboarding this year as I would have liked, so I decided to make a composite of the peace and serenity that being on a chairlift, anticipating the next run brings me. It is important that we do not forget the good times in the middle of the stressful ones. Even if you are overloaded with things to do, make time to enjoy the beauty of life and live today.
©Chandler Kim Photography 2012
"For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity." - William Penn
People's entire lives revolve around the concept of time.
However, how often does anyone think about what they are counting the time towards?
The true answer is death because humanity still is an evolved species that mainly is concerned with self-preservation.
Though, this makes it ironic that all other species spend their time fearing predators while we are slaves to time.
Even though things get old over time, they sometimes have another use. Time is endless, there is none to count the minutes. Days and nights pass and ages bloom and fade like flowers. Time doesn't know how to wait. The centuries follow each other perfecting a small wild flower.
We have no time to lose, and having no time we must scramble for a chance. We are too poor to be late. It is that time goes by while I give it to everyone who claims it. At the end of the day my blossoms close in fear while the sun fades; but I find that yet there is time.
© Bianca Bourgeois
Chuck Berry photographed by Mark Seliger, 1984
Over time, music legends have come and gone. From the unique rhythms of Chuck Berry and his infamous "Duck Walk" comes new contemporary musicians, as well as contemporary photography. As time passes, the legends will pass, and the new emerges. Check out Chuck Berry and his infamous "Duck Walk".
© Bianca Bourgeois
Slowing down can be extremely difficult to do. My schedule is constantly on the verge of overwhelming me, and I am simply feel like there is not enough time to accomplish everything I want to do in my day. This is the American way at its best. When I was just out of high school, I spent 18 months overseas—3 months in Northern New Zealand, 3 months in Thailand, 3 months in Spain, just to mention a few. I was forced to learn the art of slowing down (siesta!) and enjoying a few moments/hours of quiet time. At first, this drove me absolutely crazy. People actually take a nap or just lay around for a few hours every day??
Now, several years later, I find this a necessary practice. At least once a week, or more often if I can manage it, I slip away from the daily grind. It's my “old-fashioned girl routine” as I like to call it, since I am the absolute definition of a girly girl. I put on a sundress, make some sweet tea in a mason jar, find an old book (oftentimes Pride and Prejudice), get my faded quilt, and find a tree to lay under for a few hours. Sometimes I don’t even read, I just lay on my back and daydream. I let myself relax and practice the art of doing nothing. I'd say that is time well spent.