November In Helsinki

November In Helsinki

My usual modus operandi to photography goes this way: think ahead, sketch, write down, plan it out, gather, lay out…and then click.

While travelling, my creative process is completely different. The click comes much faster with no pre-production. The fast trigger gives me a sense of relief, even freedom, from a more structured and planned creation process. When the places visited are look like wonderland, the set dressing has been already done ages ago.

In October/ November I had the luck & the pleasure to visit Finland, Estonia and Russia. To release the anxiety that comes from vacation time, I carried my camera around and clicked on.

There’s something refreshing and empowering in creating in this more carefree way.

All ramblings aside, here’s a little piece of Helsinki as I saw and lived it. I’ll be doing this in parts because I have loads of pictures.

Enjoy the trip!

November In Helsinki

November In Helsinki

November In Helsinki

November In Helsinki

November In Helsinki

November In Helsinki

November In Helsinki

November In Helsinki

November In Helsinki

November In Helsinki

November In Helsinki

November In Helsinki

November In Helsinki

November In Helsinki

November In Helsinki

November In Helsinki

November In Helsinki

November In Helsinki

November In Helsinki

November In Helsinki

November In Helsinki

November In Helsinki

Fail and Keep Going

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I still don’t like this image. I won’t include it in my portfolio. And yes, I would really like if it had never happened. But It did and it is ok. These are my feelings about this image. This piece or better said this “failed image” was supposed to be part of  “The Secret Garden” series. It was the second image created for it.

Countless hours where spent trying to make it work. And it didn’t. I have come to terms with the failure. But it wasn’t ok back when I created it. This silly images brought me so much self doubt and feelings of failure. But if what they say is true, if you try, you are going to fail, it is inevitable. How you get out from that black hole of your own destructive thoughts is the real challenge.

For me, what works best is to find humor in the situation. After all, nobody got injured and nothing horrible happened. I’m still well and breathing. And, the bougainvillea needed pruning anyways. I know first hand that this is much harder said than done. This is how it goes whenever we are trying to get over our own mind games.

If failure is inevitable, learning from failure and learning about our internal battles is inevitable too. This image, as much as I dislike it, helped me set the tone and overall feel for the rest of the series. It helped me see what I didn’t want so that I could move forward with a clearer intention and some direction.

I still don’t like it. But it is ok.

The Art Classic: Oasis

The Milliards Sheets Art Center has been displaying fine art in the LA county since 1937. This year, I was thrilled to be accepted to their annual exhibition The Art Classics along with various artists from the Los Angeles Arts Association. The show was curated by Thomas Canavan who decided to set the theme: Oasis . Considering the current drought California is experiencing focusing on water as the central theme for the show makes the viewing experience a channel for reflection.

This show is now over but thanks to our virtual world I can make it live longer inside my virtual queendom. I hope the images that you see below take you on a path of reflection, on how you are using this vital resource:water.

Enjoy the show,

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