Tuesday, November 4, 2014

All things relevant - October

In the month of October, I have been really enjoying these things. First of, for the first time ever, I actually looked forward to going to class ever since I started taking this basic photography class at my school. The process of developing your own film, albeit somewhat overwhelming, is also extremely rewarding once you're holding your fresh-out-of-the-dryer negatives. 

自從上了攝影課,沒有一節課不是充滿期待得進教室
在暗房裡自己沖底片,雖然一開始難免緊張
但是,手中拿這自己沖的底片真的好有成就感

First enlarged print I made




Went to the Alameda Flea Market the other day and was really chuffed with some of the gems I stumbled upon. 

前幾天去跳蚤市場,捕獲了這些小物們

Vintage print said to produced in 1944





Cheese shredder used as earring holder 


Monday, September 29, 2014

Lagging

I think that the hardest virtue for a person to acquire is perseverance. Be that perseverance for an action, a belief, or a goal, the ability, or should I say, willpower to push through one thing that you had once set your heart on just always seem so precarious and unreliable to me. 


Shoes: Converse Skirt: American Apparel 





I'm not even talking about accomplishing some grandiose dream, but even just the simplest of things in my mind seem to be changing their levels of importance amongst themselves all the time. Like this blog for instance, I once had my heart set on keeping up a daily record of how I dress everyday. However, it didn't take long until I felt how uncomfortable I am talking about what I wear due to the overbearing superficialness I was feeling inside of me. And by this, I don't mean any offense to bloggers that dedicate solely to providing beauty and fashion knowledge to their audience. If anything, their confidence and passion, as well as the fact that they are able to get pass society's false perception towards the fashion industry's cosmetic quality and keep doing what they love are what I will forever admire. In retrospect, i think the reason why I had struggled with the upkeep of this blog is because I was unsure of what I want the content to gear towards. I mistaken my love for art and thirst for a creative outlet for a sheer interest in fashion. Sure, fashion is still a big part of what I attend to, but in philosophical terms, instead of a being a good in itself, it only serves as a means to my definition of good, which is creativity.




You're Probably thinking by now, "So what exactly am I getting at?" In all honesty, I'm not sure either, but I guess I'e just kept these thoughts to myself for too long that I desperately felt the need to get them out of my system.




Stanford Cantor Arts Museum

I do intend on regularly keeping this blog up now that I've established the grounds on which this blog will be built. That is, instead of being a merely sartorially-focused blog, it will dabble in all areas that I find interest in, from movies and music I enjoy down to random issues arouse in my life. i hope that I will find perseverance in this blog under a new light. 


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

California Chill

It has been raining quite a lot in California lately. While some people find rainy days depressing, I find it to be quite refreshing. The combination of rain and mud always have this ineffable effect on me, where I feel the perfect amount of nostalgia that grounds me to reality, but meanwhile puts a part of me into this ecstatic state of mind.


Turban: Urban Outfitters Coat: Urban Outfitters 



Equally therapeutic is the sound of rain (fun fact: the longer you listen to it, the louder it gets). In a sense, listening to the rain kind of reminds me of that one philosophy concept proposed by Douglas Hofstadter called the Strange Loop. The gist of this idea is that, contrary to a linear thought where a specific cause would lead to a corresponding result; a strange loop takes you on what seems like an upward journey until you realize you're back to where you started. This sort of a logical paradox can be seen in the forms of literature,or even sounds. A perfect example to illustrate this concept is the Shepard Tone, where the notes seemed to rise, yet they are not. A more in-depth article on this mind-boggling philosophical concept can be read on http://io9.com/why-strange-loops-could-be-an-argument-for-artificial-i-1524245285




Land End San Francisco