Tuesday, January 30, 2007
My bedroom at home is a wonderful east facing room, with a row of three large windows. Each morning, through my pink and purple sheers, I get the beautiful, blinding sun, shining in my face. Despite the sometimes annoying 4:30am "peek-a-boo" over the horizon, I love my view and often take pictures of it.
In a few months, I may have the opportunity to have more space in the room across the hall (which would be nice, considering it's many functions; bedroom, classroom, chat room, office)but I won't likely take it. I have become too attached. There are so many memories here.
My sister's condo in the South Loop looks out over the entire south side, including US Cellular Field (formerly known as Comiskey Park) and parts of Indiana(on clear days). Talk about a view! I love to walk out on the balcony, and just take it all in.
Anyway, here are some shots I took this weekend-
First, sunset in the city on a cloudy Saturday night.
Then a snowy Sunday morning shot, out my window.
There are more pictures in this set here at my now unlimited, again (thanks, dad!), Fotki account.
Ps. I probably will not be posting too frequently in the coming weeks. My birthday is coming up and soon after (hopefully, Inshallah) a Morocco trip, so I am working furiously to get as much work possible done before the big 18 and the end of the month.
Thursday, January 25, 2007
I can't seem to get my mind off the exotic, the exotic Maroc, that is. Lately all I can think about is being there. I found this photo, "Darkness/Palm", at Mandolux.com. It reminded me of something you might see while roaming around on a warm summer night in Marrakech. I can definitely use the warmth(or at least the warm thoughts), being that it's -6˚C here.
My brother Ben told me about Mando's awesome photos. Mando Gomez is a desktopgrapher who specializes in desktop photos for multi-panelled monitors(something that Ben has) which are rare. It's fun to use his desktops for many different things.
You can also find Mando on Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/mandolux/
**Based on a recent comment about needing permission to use Mando's photos in a blog, which I had no idea about, I have removed the photo from this post, but you can see it by clicking the link.
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Okay, I'm still in the mood of Moroccan love, and I think this photo pretty much sums up what my life has been about for a few months- love and chaos. The funny thing is that even tho it's been chaos it all interrelates and somehow when one thing gets sorted out ten others follow.
This set is called "Secret Stash". It took a couple hours to get it right, and I'm still not all that satisfied. But it has been somewhat of a revelation to me in that, things that matter to you are going to take time to develop, so stay true, have patience and keep on keepin' on.
Ps. I forgot that my trial of Fotki unlimited is now over. So, until I decide I want to pay for the account, I won't be posting my sets :( It sucks, but what can a girl with no job do?
Monday, January 22, 2007
Such wonderful things bring me to my obsession with gathering as much as possible that reminds me of this lovely country- the beautiful photography of wonderful photographers who have been all over the country; converting my once Asian inspired bedroom to Moroccan inspired; finding as many Moroccan restaurants in Chicago as I can; and starting a collection of Moroccan lanterns.
I've seen things from the desert to the souks, the only thing I lack is to experience it first hand. Soon I will make the trip, inshallah. Until then I gaze on these pictures hoping somehow they will transport me to my "home". I hope you will enjoy them as much as I.
These are what I've been playing with..
Photo 1: Neon Glow White
Photo 2: Invert
Photo 3: Neon Glow White w/ Deep Red Filter
Photo 4: Desaturate
Photo 5: Diffuse Glow
Photo 6: Neon Glow -1
Photo 7: Diffuse Glow, Neon Glow -1, Neon Glow -23
I don't think that it's all that hard to figure out what these are of- wet hair, but I do love how I can play with them. All from- the Wet collection
And also I'm happy today because there's only 29 days until I turn eighteen . Yippee!
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Ok, so there is a rainbow right? Look closer, not only is there one, there are two rainbows. The rest of the picture really doesn't matter all that much, although it isn't a bad view of my street, and the sun has made awesome lighting on the trees. There are two of my brother's houses and then a basketball hoop that's in my driveway.
Here is the other end of that same rainbow- now, keep in mind I'm only standing on my back porch, I have only turned, I didn't have to go to another view point or anything.
Although, there isn't the tail to the second rainbow, it ws pretty amazing to see the beginning and the end of "God's Covenant". I have never again seen anything like that.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
~Flour for our snowballs
Faith'sFunny, that's Charity>
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
So, Maryam, you had me thinking for quite sometime. Then I realized that when I changed majors, from fashion designer to photographer, I carried with me my ambitions and goals as an artist.
~ Find beauty in that which isn't beautiful, find extraordinary in the ordinary. ~
I've had the ability to do this in the past and I wasn't sure how exactly to express that with out sounding vain, until Pink Mohair came in and said what she said, confirming my ability. That is when I realized that this has been my goal not only in art, but in life as well.
I have taken a risk to show that there is beauty in a culture that maybe thought, by the politically minded American, as rubbish; to show that there is something wonderful about it's people; to ask that they be given a chance. I'm not a rebel, but a reformer. And that is what La Vie Par Mes Yeux is all about- a chance for me to show the beauty I see, to others.
Here you can see the rest of that series of experimentation with my curtains. I will attempt to show more extraordinarily ordinary photos in the future as well.
Monday, January 15, 2007
A photo of curtains piled on my knee. But it's weird isn't it? I mean that's not what you'd think it'd look like. It's all twisted and dizzy, I don't even really know what it looks like. I guess it's kind of cool, Cool enough to post anyway.
A 50 pixel black border, a dark grey mat, and a pile of curtains in the middle. All text is dark grey, with the acception of the emphasized text which is in bright purple.
Friday, January 12, 2007
Tuesday, January 9, 2007
Sunday, January 7, 2007
Friday, January 5, 2007
I found it in a book that my sister bought about a year ago called Morocco Style, and was taken by Nicholas Bruant. A shot of one of the two the courtyard in the oh SO beautiful Riad Enija from an upper balcony, I suspect. When I saw it, something capured me and wrote a free verse "poem" to describe how much I saw in it. It's called- Wast Ad-dar- The Inner Courtyard and you can read it below. Little did I know, Riad Enija is in Marrakech......Mhmm...Funny how that works, isn't it?
*Update* Since the link I had was broken I decided to post the poem here.
entrance corridor leading to the courtyard of a house
Wednesday, January 3, 2007
Who would think that these photos were taken from a condo window at the Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells? Not me, although I did take them.
I was absolutly adoring the view out that window. How could I not? It was so placid and picturesque, perfect for day dreaming of sitting next to the fire, cuddled up to your sweetheart, in the mountians somewhere. Not worried about anything or anyone other than the person sitting next to you. Can you tell where my head has been?
Anyway, I couldn't post just one, so hopefully you are enjoying them as much as I am.