Posted on October 8, 2013
“…Only if the third necessary thing could be given us. Number one, as I said: quality of information. Number two: leisure to digest it. And number three: the right to carry out actions based on what we learn from the interaction of the first two.”
― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
This picture was inspired by the book Fahrenheit 451 which really got me thinking about our overly informed world. As Eric Schmidt, CEO of google said, we produce in only two days as much information as we did from the dawn of civilization up until 2003. Crazy right?. So much information can cause us to get overwhelmed and that brings inaction and stillness. The challenge we now face is how to filter that information and how not to overindulge.
Don’t get me wrong, I truly love that we can freely produce and get information so easily. Technology in itself its neutral, even if we are not. The hard part is to focus on what is really important to us and not to get distracted with social media, the latest news and the newest TV shows. It is hard sometimes to take action with so much distraction. We are the ones that need to close the browsers and start doing.
Posted on October 4, 2013
I need to say that I am guilty of leaving the good old paperback books for the ipod portable audiobooks. Everything started last year once I changed my computer and they gave me a gift card for the apple store. With this incentive I got my first audiobook, after that many more followed. I put them on my ipod and started taking them for runs, in the car and to the beach.
After my 7 months of my audiobook affair I decided to start reading paperback books again. I found myself missing the feeling of the book in my hands, and smelling the ink of the print. Seeing the pages go by and being able to track my progress with a tangible bookmark, is in a sentimental way, fulfilling. The kind of connection with the story while reading a paper book instead of listening or reading on an electronic gadget is completely different. And that’s why I am back reading the old school way.
Growing up in a small very slow paced town, where big chain stores are still closed at noon for siesta, books became a way to get lost in different worlds and escape from the monotony. I was lucky that my mom is a book lover so I had access to a big home library that me and my siblings would call “The Monster”, not because we were afraid of reading, but because it was huge! I had access to so many different styles and stories. For me paper books take me back to my childhood, slower times when I could live wherever I wanted in my mind.
I will probably not stop listening to audiobooks but I will definitely not stop reading paper books again. I know that the way things are going makes ebooks far more popular, but there will always be a market for paper books . I used to think that digital photography was going to eliminate film, yet now film photography is a big subculture and it has a very loyal market.
I wanted to create an image that conveys my attachment with books. What can I say, I am after all Uruguayan and nostalgia runs in my blood.
Posted on September 30, 2013
It’s been a while since the last time I posted. It is a good feeling to be finally at home sitting down to write. Sometimes life gets in the way in good ways, like my parents coming to visit me for three weeks. When that happens it is good to just lean back and enjoy it. In the end I am sure I will remember these weeks more than all the years on my computer.
After those amazing three weeks I needed another week to get back on track! And for that I went up to Santa Barbara and among other things… gave my first “Creative Compositing Photography Workshop” at Youth Interactive. Youth Interactive creates after school programs on Technology, Entrepreneurship and the Arts, so that youth can live their dreams & grow into financially sustainable, fulfilled, happy people. I was honored and excited when my dear friend Emily invited me to be one of the mentors. I was blessed to grow up in a sheltered environment and in an encouraging family, so if I can give some encouragement back I must.
The idea behind the workshop was to introduce the kids to what is possible with digital photography and get them fired up to imagine and create new worlds. No we didn’t have a fancy studio with unlimited backdrops and flashes to get started. We did it all with the materials and the spaces that were accessible to us at the Youth Interactive headquarters.
The first day we started with basic camera use and photography theory to give them an idea on how to use the camera in Manual to get more creative freedom. The second day I showed them how I approach each of my fantasy pictures step by step and then we created a piece together.
We started with the scribbles below; something that we dug from my messy diary. The drawing represents the discovery of a new brighter reality behind the curtain which would later turn into a wall.
Below is the main image where all the images came to blend together. We were really lucky that the same day we decided to create this image, the center had received a donation from Patagonia that consisted of meters and meters of fiber! So yes, we got a perfect backdrop for our improvised backyard studio. The idea here is having a surface that is plain enough for the other images to blend in. What we want to get is the movement and wrinkles of the fiber when it is moved.
For the image of the valley I used a picture I took with my tilt shift on my way to Sequoia National Park while traveling with my parents. The image of the bricks is from a house close to home.
I think I learned as much as my students did . It was refreshing to see their eagerness to learn and to help them find their way on a creative road. We never stop being students after all.
Emily and Nathalie, the power behind Youth Interactive, have big plans for the center. I was beyond inspired by their motivation and the positive impact they are bringing to their community. We are already planning a future workshop that will be a little longer and with more hands on experience so that the students can create their own projects and continue working on them once the workshop is over.
I am forever grateful for this opportunity to grow with such inspiring people!