“What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousand of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, bringing together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epoch. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.”—Carl Sagan (via thericericerice)
“It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the extraordinary.”—David Bailey (via peach-melba-toast)
“I’m not fascinated by people who smile all the time. What I find interesting is the way people look when they are lost in thought, when their face becomes angry or serious, when they bite their lip, the way they glance, the way they look down when they walk, when they are alone and smoking a cigarette, when they smirk, the way they half smile, the way they try and hold back tears, the way when their face says they want to say something but can’t, the way they look at someone they want or love… I love the way people look when they do these things. It’s… beautiful.”—Unknown (via helengeorgia)
“Immature people falling in love destroy each other’s freedom, create a bondage, make a prison. Mature persons in love help each other to be free; they help each other to destroy all sorts of bondages. And when love flows with freedom there is beauty. When love flows with dependence there is ugliness.
A mature person does not fall in love, he or she rises in love. Only immature people fall; they stumble and fall down in love. Somehow they were managing and standing. Now they cannot manage and they cannot stand. They were always ready to fall on the ground and to creep. They don’t have the backbone, the spine; they don’t have the integrity to stand alone.
A mature person has the integrity to stand alone. And when a mature person gives love, he or she gives without any strings attached to it. When two mature persons are in love, one of the great paradoxes of life happens, one of the most beautiful phenomena: they are together and yet tremendously alone. They are together so much that they are almost one. Two mature persons in love help each other to become more free. There is no politics involved, no diplomacy, no effort to dominate. Only freedom and love.”—Osho (via nirvikalpa)
JUST REDISCOVERED THE HENNA I BOUGHT THIS AFTERNOON!! Tomorrows busride is looking a bazillion times better. Also I am a walrus or super vampire or just stupid looking. Yes, I am that person that makes chopsticks into fangs/walrus teeth too. I tried doing the alien antenna’s thing, but compositionally that didn’t work, so I went with walrus.
French actress Barbara Laage in her apartment reading. From LIFE taken by Nina Leen in 1946.
My first year of college is 13 photo prints, 2 races, 2 final exams and 1 news feature essay away from being over. So tomorrow while our team drives all 9 hours to nowheresville Ohio I will hopefully look like Ms. Laage while studying. JK I’ll be in spandex and probably get car sick again and use it as an excuse to resort to watching movies/sleeping. Or maybe lightening will strike and I’ll manage to crank out a few sketches? Stay tuned, tomorrow will be truly interesting for sure!
Hey Hannah! I will be taking the photo 1 class next semester and I was wondering how you like the class and how much time you would need to put into the class.
Hi Jenna!! I love the class, time wise it depends on the week, when we have assignments due its like an hour to develop film then an hour + per print (for me at least since I am awful at dark room tech), so to prepare for critique usually takes 5+ hours, but thats excluding the time for them to wash/dry/pressing/spotting. Usually there were a couple of us the night before it was due just staying all night in the darkroom to finish, I do not recommend that method. Also prepare to be broke because the cost he gave for the class doesn’t encompass the damage of if you get screwed over when buying the camera (he said the guys at pro camera would bargin, they did not), plus if you suck at printing like I do, you will go through a ton more paper than what he recommends to purchase. Shooting wise he wants 2 rolls a week, which isn’t so bad if you take the camera with you everywhere :)