Eight years ago I designed the above artwork titled “Lighten Up (A New Perspective)” with Pixelmator.
I had lots of creative energy my Freshmen year in college. I didn’t need a reason to create. I created for the sake of creating. Being creative made me happy. I loved creating and sharing my work on Facebook.
The above artwork was created from a random photo I took in two bathroom mirrors. I held a lightbulb just to hold something unusual.
The original photo was nothing special, but a few months later I felt artsy; I decided to deconstruct the photo by distorting its hues and blend different versions together several times. The result is what I consider to be my personal masterpiece. I’m not sure I’ll ever create something as intricate or time-consuming like this again.
When scrolling on a high resolution screen the light bulb shimmers. This was achived by accident. Nothing about this work was planned. I simply listened to TobyMac’s “Showstopper” song on repeat while applying random effects to the image repeatedly until I though the artwork was done.
Kara and I just took some new profile photos at Castroville Regional Park. I have the same profile photo on my social media accounts since 2015; Kara thinks it is time for me to update.
I agree with her. I must stay current. Though I do not choose my profile photo lightly since I will use it across all networks.
The question remains, does the above photo beat the current one? This is a very subjective question. I suppose I’ll get used to the new one. Facebook has been bugging me to update my profile photo for some time.
Kara does not agonize over updating her profile photo. She updates her profile photos twice a month. If only I did not overthink everything!
When asked if I’m a photographer I typically respond, “Well I have 100,000 photos on my camera roll.”
You see, I recognize that there are better photographers out there. They’ve mastered the art of manual settings. They know how to compose an image, not just capture what they see.
My style is point and shoot. I capture what I see while trying to get the best angle. I don’t mess with makeup or ask my subject to pose a certain way. I’ve messed with manual settings only when absolutely necessary. Sometimes, I add filters.
I photograph everything. Even my food. I capture life experiences. I take photos of my girlfriend. I photograph what’s in front of me to share it with others or just to save it for all time.
Many of my photos never see the light of day. I snap it and then it remains unappreciated on an Amazon Cloud server somewhere in a distant land.
Sometimes I publish photos 6 years later on Instagram; those are always fun.
I capture memories and history; preserving them for all time.
So if you ask if I’m a photographer, well I’m not a snooty one. I know the tools, I’ve used them quite a bit. As far as my skill level — I’ll let you judge.
I started a new YouTube series called the “Camera Roll Vlog”. Every day I hope to release a new video that includes video clips and photos from my camera roll. I’ll either set these clips to music or talk about them. The format is freeform. I don’t promise anything. The point is simply to create and share on a regular basis.
I have also opened my vlog to viewer submissions via a telephone number that I display in most of the videos. I don’t publish the number outside of the video to reduce spam callers. When someone calls the number they are sent straight to voicemail and I am then able to take their voicemail and drop it into the show.
I felt it was important that I kept the Camera Roll Vlog series going; not because it’s my best work, but because I need to get in the habit of producing new content regularly. I also use this as a remedy to counter my perfectionism. In these vlogs, I try to be as genuine as possible.