Not So Mysterious

Skylar Grey performing in London in 2011
Skylar Grey performing in London in 2011. This photograph came to mind straight after reading about the Mystery theme on Photography 101. I took this photo with an old digital camera (cheap ones) but allowed me to have a slow flash which created the effect visible on the photograph. It was an interesting gig.

Photo101: Mystery – http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_assignment/photography-101-mystery/

Unsure whether this photo is the best example to portray mystery. Nevertheless, I like it and it was the first thought that came to mind after reading the theme.

Fuelling Up

Yellow flower with a bee.
Have I ever mentioned that I like bees?

Photography 101: The Natural World

Capture a moment, big or small, and pay attention to the lines and curves produced by nature.

It’s been raining most of the day and everything is soaked up. In addition, I worked all day (started a new job today!) and wasn’t able to go around and upload anything other than a photograph from sometime this year, I think. The meta info was missing from some odd reason and I didn’t really mind enough to figure out whether this is from 2013 or 2014. Bees are fascinating and that’s what matters.

I’ve noticed that I am struggling a bit with titles, creativity seems to be failing me…

St. Paul’s Cathedral

St. Paul's Cathedral
A different point of view of St. Paul’s Cathedral, London.

Photography 101: Landmark

Landmarks are everywhere: iconic places, meeting points, markers on a map. Today, consider a unique point of view as you photograph a landmark.

Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, London Eye and the Tower Bridge (people mistakenly call it London Bridge) are probably the biggest landmarks in London. However, I decided to use St. Paul’s Cathedral for this prompt. It is still a huge landmark and it’s quite beautiful to gaze.

If you would like to see other views of the cathedral, try and search on Google Maps St. Paul’s Cathedral and change the view. You should be able to find a photo tour of some kind.

Festival

Holi Festival of Colours 2014
I took this photo at the Holi Festival of Colours in London which took place earlier this year. This event brought together people from different backgrounds and ethnicities to enjoy the music, throw colours around and mess up their clothes. The experience surpassed my expectations.

Photography 101: Connect

In today’s world, we’re more connected than ever. How will you capture our theme, connect, through your lens?

There are different types of connections which range from the self to society in general. We all need to feel connected to something in our own way despite what trends might be going around. In this case I am deliberately arguing against social media. I utterly dislike most social media but I still use them with the aim to connect myself with long distance friends or society by reading specific news which in this case is Twitter despite the fact that I do not tweet.

Regardless of how much connection you ought to gain from social media, I personally prefer human interaction when connecting myself with the outside world. As for self-awareness and connecting with my own mind and body, all my hobbies and interests suffice.

Penguin Paradise

Penguin diving at ZSL London Zoo.
(Penguin diving at the ZSL London Zoo)

What is bliss? My immediate thought revolved around music. From Glen Miller and big bands to jazz, metal, alternative and acoustics– I love playing and listening to music. However, I soon realised that music does not illustrate bliss. Music is part of my daily routine whether I am happy or not. By contrast, I considered taking a photo of my gym gear and especially my MMA gloves. Sparring, doing padwork and learning new techniques is always exciting especially when I am a novice. Regardless of my mood, once I finish training, I always feel lighter. Yet, it’s still not a synonym of bliss.

I have asked myself for the past couple of hours: what is bliss? Is it being surrounded by my loved ones? Doing something I enjoy? Food? Some sort of drink? The chocolate biscuits on my desk? Travelling…? The list could go on and on and on… they all represent bliss and yet none do.

This Summer I went to the ZSL London Zoo for the second time and I spent the vast majority of the time observing penguins: my favourite animals (alongside cats). There I was, watching the penguins in the “penguin beach” pushing each other around, diving and some even sleeping. I could not help but smile and truly enjoy the moment. I went to the zoo by myself and it was one of the highlights of this summer: to learn how to enjoy things alone. Great joy! And so I decided that this would be the ideal Photo 101 entry to illustrate bliss.