when light meets shadow

Monday, March 24, 2014

 photos I-III by Nino Panes @senaponin
photo IV by Kevin Mao @k_mao

HOW LUCKY I am to have met such wonderful new photographers and friends this weekend! 
And really in such spontaneous, unexpected acts of generosity. From Nino, who introduced me to the group, to Kevin, Stephanie, Irene, Carina, 
and quite a few more lovely souls I connected with, each bring a genuine enthusiasm for life that we not only shared, but inspired each other through, I think.
Sometimes I forget how effortless it feels to mesh so seamlessly with a group of people, but its moments like these when I feel so grateful to experience my city through a new set of eyes. Or rather five.

I haven't had much time to sit down and edit my own photos yet, as tomorrow morning Michelle and I are off to New York for donuts, overpriced coffee & brownstone adventures. Although I sat basking in the sun like Fat Louie the cat while the guys took these photos, I had fun adding graphics and arranging the sensitive words and reflections that all but spilled out of Nino.

When I return, I'm dedicating an entire day to sifting through my photos, and reliving each moment!


The Apartment

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

-photos by Michelle and me-

TAKING PHOTOS IN Michelle's apartment was our new found favorite hobby this past quarter. 
How many times did I plan to stay for an hour max, and end up staying an extra eight?

Once we met, and proceeded to figure out fairly quickly that our minds crave the same conceptual ideas and feminine-masculine 
aesthetics, the shift from our desire to create, to actually creating took place.
I can't wait to share our most recent shoot... hello shadows & flowery light, architecture, and gasp- the great outdoors!

But this photo-shoot is one of the first ones that started it all this past winter. Just two kids in a minimal apartment with a little time and an idea in mind.

We've included our favorite essentials: 
her platforms, my boots and oxfords
her coat hanger, my oversized zara coat
her plants and chair, my arm acting as a hook for my satchel. 
And of course, the framed Audrey that my dad gifted me! 
She would steal the spotlight... 


pure chance

Sunday, March 9, 2014

"in the dryness of the sky we should fall slowly ... "
                                                                                                       -someone that wasn't me, somewhere

TODAY ALMOST NEVER happened. Michelle and I were thisclose to succumbing to our tired eyes, but somehow we pulled through
and made it to north campus for a little morning photography. We started out with no expectations, and that's probably what
made this shoot unlike anything I've done before.

Shadow play, shadow sleep, chasing shadows in risky heights.

And taking a step back from dominating architecture, to find those slivers of stillness and strength. Photography is fascinating to me, because you can spend hours setting up a shoot to capture the perfect moment, but then there's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it instance when mood, lighting, and something a little indescribable mesh together more perfectly than anything planned.

Photos from the shoot (and not my iphone) soon!


Friday, March 7, 2014

MORNING LIGHT. Black men's watch, permanently frozen at 1:40. Stillness. 
Midnight phone conversations on windy rooftops. Staring out large windows, laughter in the hallway.
Empty notebooks. Longing. When awareness isn't enough. 
Pear hot cocoa and nutella croissants and madness. 
Becoming un-empty. 

And above, a few essentials to get through finals week! When you have 0.5 seconds to grab your whole life and get out the door for 
9am discussion, reach for the Muji notebooks (so. good), your staple accessory, and that one Madewell top that can
 do no wrong.


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