Mayan Calendar’s End

What were you doing when the Mayan Calendar came to a supposed end?

People all over the world theorized that the Mayan Calendar’s Circular timeline running out of dates meant the end of the world as we know it.  Maybe that is still true…I wanted to record the event, just in case…

This was my view:

Mayan Calendar's End

Driving through Southern California the night sky was just full of color.  Driving through the hill sides, all that was visible was the fading horizon.  I sat and thought of everything my family and I had to be thankful for, the way the year had become so challenging due to the fact that it forced change for all walks of life, and the idea of what is to come because of the demand for change.  2013 is going to be very exciting.

Mayan Calendar's End

Mayan Calendar's End

No one appeared as though they were living life any differently: the streets and freeways were still full of cars trying to drive home on a Friday night.  People were continuing on with all their Holiday plans.  The first day of winter had officially begun.  The atmosphere remained quiet.

Mayan Calendar's End

Life continued to move on….

It has been said that the end of the world should have already happened.  The Earth has been knocked from its normal gravitational pull; daylight savings time has created miscalculations; we have more days; we have less days…none of it seems to matter.

Like most children (from what I experienced), I had the perspective that the Mayan Calendar cannot end because it is in the shape of a circle.  My assumption was that it just starts all over again.  Maybe history will begin to repeat itself: prophets will begin to rise from random parts of the world to lead people to their purpose in life (or death), wars for dominance and power will repeat, discrimination of race and social backgrounds will force reactions and responses from all…history is often neglected and overlooked when it is meant to be learned from….

Who knows!

Spending life thankful for every day given and every moment used to its fullest potential is a great way to live!  That, in the end, I think, is all that should really matter.

Studio Time

The focus towards the end of this year has been to work more on lighting and gain experience using a studio; playing with lights, and learning how to use the equipment:

Studio Time

Studio Time

Studio Time

Studio Lighting

Studio Lighting

Studio Lighting

Studio Lighting

Studio Lighting

Studio Lighting

Studio Lighting

Studio Lighting

I even went so far as to emulating a movie concept:

Zombieland Bloopers

Zombieland Bloopers

Zombieland Bloopers

Zombieland Bloopers

Zombieland Bloopers

Zombieland Bloopers

Here are some before/after images of the cast members playing zombies:

Zombieland Bloopers

Zombieland Bloopers

Zombieland Bloopers

Zombieland Bloopers

Zombieland Bloopers

Zombieland Bloopers

Zombieland Bloopers

Zombieland Bloopers

And lastly, black and white attempts at emulating film noir:

Film Noir Mock

Film Noir Mock

Emulating an Artist

The major project for November was to pick a new photographer who is working regularly within the industry.  Using the list of talent from http://www.julianrichards.com, I selected Andrew Hetherington for his photographs from his series Made in Ireland.  The work compiles images of people and the atmosphere of a community near the river Shannon, in Ireland.  These images caught my attention because they focus on the “real” things in life: atmosphere, everyday surroundings, people, and the reactions that just evolve from existing, and just being where you are, doing whatever it is the particular being might be doing.

Searching the rest of the World Wide Web for information on Andrew Hetherington, I found that he has worked as a Freelance photographer, an Editorial and Commercial Photographer from Dublin, Ireland, and now owns his own LLC, Andrew Hetherington Photography.  Andrew is very involved in blogging, has an account with Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter, and a few other social networking sites.  He has his own web site: http://ahetherington.com/, where he shares his thoughts, work, gives opportunity for communication, and directs people to his many other web sites for social networking.  This form of communication, publicity, and social interaction is commonly used by entrepreneurs of all types these days.  The digital age has guided business driven people to work hard on social networking skills to gain jobs, potential clients, resourcing and befriending colleagues, making work public, sharing ideas, following-up with clients, etc.  Anyone can find Mr. Hetherington’s photo blog, What’s the Jackanory?, at http://whatsthejackanory.com/ .

Reading through an interview, posted on http://blog.noplasticsleeves.com/?P=2446, between Mr. D. Currier and Mr. Hetherington on December 22, 2010, I discovered that Andrew resides in New York City, New York.  Since residing there, he has published is photography in magazines like Wired, ESPN, GQ, Marie Claire, and many others.  Growing up in Ireland, Hetherington was inspired by American magazine publications like The Face & ID and Blitz before even finishing High School.  Hetherington wanted to eventually become a fashion photographer.  He attended college for one year before assisting other professional photographers in the field.  Eventually, he came to America on a chance and tested the waters out in New York, assisting with his friends, making a fair living and growing in his passion for photography.  New York was the deal breaker and set the standards for the rest of Andrew Hetherington’s career.

Made in Ireland was a series that Hetherington had completed in 2003.  The images reflected childhood memories of a place yet untouched by time.  He turned the photographs into a portfolio for go-see’s and received so much attention for the images he shared from that series that he stopped using any of his other portfolios for a while.  (Go-see’s are interviews for photographers being evaluated by clients seeking specific fulfillments of particular needs in artistic work, etc.)  The images kept Hetherington true to himself: he had photographed what he enjoys and loves.  When he finally captured that, he started gaining work that emulated the same.

Here is my contribution:

Family Pier

 

Sand Crabs

 

Shelby Jumping

 

Shelby Feather

 

Raph Digging

 

Raph View

 

Rear View

Bilbo’s Christmas Wishes

Bilbo's Christmas WishThe concept of a MEME truly intimidated me because I am socially inept when it comes to following propaganda and media information (other than following what I see on Facebook). Considering it is December and the hustle and bustle of the holidays have begun, I considered the aspects of Christmas and the holidays that bother me, and that I feel should not be traditional events in society, yet have remained to sustain throughout the years within this digital age and rapid development of technology. People have been overcome by greed. The true meanings of Christmas, Hanukah, Cuanza, Yam Kipper, etc. have been diluted with thoughts of corporate profit and greed. Along with this idea, I remembered that the movie, The Hobbit (I’ve been waiting for release of this film for years), is finally coming out on December 14th. Everyone that I know who is as passionate about the series as I am already bought the tickets for the midnight showings in theatres. This made me think of the many times I’ve been dragged to showings by my friends and my husband because they “had to” see particular movies before the rest of the world, or because this movie was going to be so amazing that it had to be experienced the moment it was out for the sake of feeling like we were all among the few people in the world to experience the film before the rest of the world had freedom to make a judgment about it. So, I decided a good MEME for present situations would be to combine the two.

This was published for educational purposes, as well as for my own personal growth, so if there are any copy write concerns, the metadata shows the origin of the images for the sake of honoring the sources.  In case that cannot be seen, I got the images from http://www.superbwallpapers.com/movies/the-hobbit-an-unexpected-journey-14729/ and http://www.wallpaperslibrary.com/christmas/2689-christmas-santa-claus-wallpaper.html