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I know I’ve been rather quiet, but I’ve been busy trying get my freelance photography going, which is what this post is kind of about. I need your help and your vote in order to try win some much needed gear. If you would be kind enough to follow the link to viewbug and vote for my image, I’d be eternally grateful. Please follow this link to vote.

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Push n pull

You feel it don’t you? That magnetism beneath and within your material body. That indescribable, subtle feeling that you can’t put your finger on, but its effects are very much felt and witnessed. I feel it. Because it is so subtle and intangible, it gives me the illusion that nothing can be done about this unidentified cause of feeling. It’s the subjective battlefield we all are fighting on and this war cannot be won on the dense, physical plane. This conflict will only be resolved on the plane of intelligence; the mental wrestling of our internal, subjective turmoil. It is separate from any other’s war, but believe me, the effects of this internal, spiritual, if you will, will be felt, seen and experienced in our conscious physical life.

I have found creativity to be a tool to help instill a balance to this inner turmoil. The whole process of creativity, if you think about it, is incredible, beautiful and symbolic. The process of creativity itself is peppered with analogous concepts of life and evolution. Art and creativity then becomes something more than just a pleasing, objective expression. If done “correctly” (and I use this term loosely, as I believe there is no such thing as “correct” art or a “correct” expression) and if the mind is involved equally as much as the mechanical motions to objectively create art, it becomes a tool for healing, and with the risk of sounding like an acid-dropping hippie, a means to expand our individual consciousness and this, I believe, adds (or detracts) to the collective human consciousness.

I like to think of creativity as a form of purposeful, intentional activity; activity with a purpose. I have various tools or outlets for my creativity and each one has various effects and results. My main outlets for creativity are reading, writing, photography and music.
Is reading creative? I guess that depends on how and what you read. Reading is more associated with entertainment, but I say it too can be creative. I have found each one of these outlets work efficiently in different times for different means. I have found in periods of inactivity reading works best. I find myself like a sponge, drawing in on other’s perception and understanding – something to challenge my thought and understanding. I find when I am ready and filled with this external inspiration and aspiration my other tools are at the ready to help me comprehend and objectively and creatively have my artistic say of the condition of my personal internal struggle.

As some of you know I thoroughly enjoy writing my piece of mind, and there are periods where that facet of me is inactive, such as it has been recently. The focus of my expression has shifted lately and my photographic facet has taken over. I have paid attention to my photography, slowly improving my craft as well as finding my own unique expression within this art form.
So I decided to create a new blog; A new life for my photography. I felt it unfair to try fit all expressions within this blog as this blog has evolved into a life of its own and I fully intend to keep on exploring it. For those of you who are interested in my photographic side of my expression, please do visit my site and follow. It is still in its infancy and will hopefully grow and flourish as this blog has done. I’m feeling a change too, so I am looking at revamping this blog and giving it a new look and feel.

If you are interested, please check out my new photography blog and portfolio here.

May you all identify when life pushes and pulls you and make the choice right for you, because there is no right and wrong only consequences. Such is the duality of cause and effect, a concept we cannot escape in this material life. Try ride life’s crests and troughs best you can…

Getting back into it

There’s a time and place for everything. Things happen in cycles, so I have noticed. I have not written anything of purpose or anything that I have thought worthy to post. No funny little stories or philosophical poems, but that doesn’t mean my creative streak is dormant. I have recently started getting into my photography a bit more, mainly because I have just started teaching a local high school’s photography club once a week. It has inspired me to pick up my DSLR more frequently. I have also started a personal project with a good mate of mine and I’m finding the creative exchange very rewarding. So I have decided to post a little an example on what we have been working on and hopefully the momentum carries on, because what we have in mind is exciting and something new for us both.
Here’s to being more creative and more purposeful in 2015. Hopefully this year is more rewarding than last. I have emptied myself, lost and said goodbye to so much, now it is time to fill myself up again. Everything feels a bit strange and foreign, like I have forgotten a bit of myself.  It’s sometimes difficult to see ourselves for who and what we really are.  Everyone has their own path to make, and I’m slowly making mine…

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I’m quiet

I’ve been quiet. In a world that seems to compete for attention with who can make the loudest noise, I find myself sinking into the background. And when I feel I have nothing of relevance or importance or nothing I have said a thousand times before, I find I hold my tongue. Perhaps these photographs will make up for my silence.

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A first

Last night I had my first exhibition. It was a modest exhibition, but an important one. Every time I try, I end up learning a little. This was my first attempt and I hope for many more.

The exhibition had a “Fetish and feathers” theme, including a stunning performance by one of the burlesque dancers. Over the years I have taken a few photographs of some burlesque routines and this was the selection I chose for the exhibition. If anyone is interested in purchasing a print (or a high res image file) and supporting my work, please email me: thellamastar@gmail.com

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