I often wonder why there are not more monuments around Wichita. I would think that there would be more, but there isn’t. Come to think of it there really isn’t that many statues. A handful in the downtown area. Outside of that, nothing. Maybe that is what it is. Most of the monuments and statues are in a 1 1/2 miles radius. Maybe to get people out and about and in different parts of the city there should be some put up in places that people don’t normally go to. It might give them a reason to go or at least be a sort of monument treasure hunt for people who come in town. Maybe one day.
The drought is over. I was doing so well with blogging and posting photos. But, I went M.I.A. for a bit. Not really missing just not writing. Went out to Los Angeles for a couple of days. The weather was perfect and the scenery was amazing. I was able to take some photos while I was there. I was staying in Hollywood and it is true what they say about homeless people being everywhere. I did enjoy the area though. Interesting people all around and so much to see.
The huge irony of the entire trip was the place I visited where the most interesting people were and the most action was I didn’t take one photo. Venice Beach is a street photographers dream, and I didn’t feel like taking any photographs while I was there. I was too busy enjoying it all and taking everything in. But that just gives me more reason to get back and visit. The longer I am away from LA the more I want to get back to visit. That is usually how it happens though. I go somewhere and can’t wait to get back home. As soon as I get back home, I can’t wait to get back to where I just visited. I’m sure it will always be like that.
Been slacking the last couple of days. Been traveling and working. Got back form Puerto Vallarta, Mexico last week. It was an amazing trip. The food and drinks were cheap. The scenery was beautiful. The people were friendly and warming. I am ready to go back! I was able to get some photo taking in while I was there. Shot ten rolls of film. Still processing them, but here are some of my favorites so far. You can also check out more photos from Puerto Vallarta by click the link right below this. IT is good to be back back blogging!
I have been going through some of my old photos. Looking at the hip-hop events, shows and people who attended around Wichita. Some are still with us, some aren’t. Feel very blessed to have been at the shows and events. Even more grateful that I was able to document them. So many times we have experiences and I hear people say, “I wish I would have taken a photo.” Well let me tell you, I try to make sure I take photos. You never know who might be there and who you might run into. So make sure and snap a photo or two next time you are out.
After hearing so much about Game Of Thrones I finally watched the series. I must admit, the show is amazing. But once the dragons showed up in the series I started thinking. How cool would it be if dragons were real!? Just imagine looking up in the sky and seeing an animal the size of an airplane soaring through the skies. But then so many questions come up. Would they be wild or could you tame them and raise them as pets? Where would they live? Could they last and survive in cold weather climates? Then, I also had to take in consideration the fire breathing. Would it be a good thing to have an animal that could incinerate an entire building in one breath? Probably not. I could see dragons being used in wars and to hurt people. And don’t they hoard gold and riches? So, maybe it is good that dragons aren’t real. I am sure somewhere a scientist is trying to cross a lizard with a bird to create one. Who knows? Maybe someday there will be one.
This is an upstairs window in my house. I sit and look out it quite a bit. Watch the sunrise, think about the future and day dream. Not sure what it is, but I could sit and look out the window for hours. In high school whenever I had a class on the third floor I would sit and daydream throughout the entire class. Became more of a meditation than anything else. I don’t think people take time and daydream enough. Some of my best thoughts have come from daydreaming. Take some time today, sit, relax and daydream. You will thank me for it later.
Old man winter has definitely been showing up this winter. Seems like it has been snowing a lot more than last year. I don’t too much mind the snow. It doesn’t keep me inside like some people. If anything I will go out because I know there won’t be as many people out as usual. With one week left in January I am counting down the days to warmer weather. The only problem… some of the biggest snows have been in Mach and April the past couple years. So even though I know there is still a couple months (or more) or cold and possible snow, I am hoping warmer weather comes sooner than later.
Developed some more film over the past couple of days. The first roll isn’t too bad! Looking forward to scanning some more film over the weekend. I have had many questions about developing film. It is a lot easier than one might think. The first experience I had with developing film was in middle school. I was lucky enough to be in the year book class. SO we got to go around and shoot all the photographs for the year book. I can’t remember what type of camera we had or even the film we used. But it was so cool walking around photographing everyone. The next time I set foot in a darkroom was years later when I went to college. Every Mass Communications major had to take photography. I am working now on getting a darkroom together. I have an enlarger and have told myself that I will start making prints this year! The sooner…. the better.
This year I am making an effort to go to more local hip-hop shows. I went to a couple last year, but I see more and more that they are happening and getting larger crowds. I think back 20 years ago and how cool it is to see an entire new generation throwing their own shows and creating music. But recently I feel this energy around the town. I can’t quit put my finger on it but it is an energy I haven’t felt in quite a bit. All the pieces are coming together for some special events this year. I am already hearing about some great shows on the horizon. I took some photos at the concerts and parties when I was younger but not near enough. Around 2014 I made sure to take a camera with me whenever I went to a show. This time around, I want to make sure to document everything!
I often hear people talk about work-life balance. For some reason it has either been in conversations I have had or I have over heard it come up quite a bit in the last couple months. Not sure why. Maybe people are getting over worked. Maybe everyone is looking for more balance in their life. Is there such a thing though? Can you be balanced in both work and life? I guess that depends on each person and how they define it. Work-life balance sounds like once of those scary terms that you can never truly attain. Eternal Bliss… Nirvana… Clear state of mind. I also don’t know what I would do if I had a balanced my work and personal life. I doubt I would like it.
The older I get the less I believe in coincidence. Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes it can be explained, sometimes it can not. I had one of those moments today. I was shopping at Hobby Lobby with my wife. I was walking around looking at some art supplies when I started noticing the music. It was a instrumental version of a old church hymn. It reminded me of a song that my grandmother wanted played at my mother’s memorial service. “To God Be The Glory”. About a minute into the song all the power went out. For 5 seconds it was completely dark in Hobby Lobby. All you could hear was the audible gasp and “Whooooooaaaaaaa”, from everyone who was walking around. The lights came on and I found Brandi. I told her that right before the lights went off a song was playing that reminded me of “To God Be The Glory”. Now, in the time the power came back on and from I found Brandi, no had started to play. Which I figured took some time to get everything up and running again. We walked around a couple more minutes as the music began when I stopped and said, ‘Brandi!”. She looked at me a bit shocked. I pointed to the ceiling where the music was coming from and told her, “That is the song! To God Be The Glory!”. Which it was. Coincidence? I think not.
Every now and then I come across something that makes me stop and think for a bit. I saw this written on the sidewalk in Galveston. MEAT IS MURDER! My first thought had something to do with food. I instantly thought about The Smiths album by the same name. Could this person have great taste in music, or a vegan? Who knows… maybe both. Over the past couple years I have been trying to eat healthier. Some months I east very clean and healthy, others.. not so much. At the high point of good eating I was vegan or a week. It is the best I have felt in the last 20 years. I would love to get back to eating vegan or vegetarian, but the 3-4 weeks of weening off meat is hell. Since the holidays have passed I have been trying to eat better. Only took 48 hours for the headaches from sugar with drawl to kick it. So maybe in the next couple months I will be able to get back to eating vegan again. Yes.. meat is murder… but it does taste damn good.
Working on some updates for the website and will soon be setting up a newsletter so you can always keep up to date on what is going on. Going through a lot of my photos I have taken over the years. Want to put up some of the projects I am working on as well as put some of my newer photos in the street photography section. Looking forward to shooting quite a bit in the new year. Also be on the lookout for my next zine! I have been thinking of ideas and am starting to cycle through some of the photographs to get the sequencing down. Until then… you can order my latest zine by clicking the link below!