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Enjoying my new hobby…

Posted in hobbies, Me, photography, randomness on 12/16/2009 by asante

In an effort to keep my mind off my mom’s surgery today (not exactly up to discussing it without emotionally deteriorating. *sigh*.) I’ve been messing around with some more pics that I’ve taken recently. I have no real direction with my photos, I’ve discovered lol, I just kinda snap random shit. It works, though, I suppose. lol. Enjoy.

Dum dum dum dee dum…

Posted in catching up, Family, friends, hobbies, Me, photography, The Holidays, weekend on 12/01/2009 by asante

Hello world, and welcome to another rambly post from the depths of my brain :)

Sitting here in my room, a mere 2 hours from December, and I can’t help but wonder: Where the heck did the year go? It seems like life since graduation has been moving waaaaaay too fast, I literally can’t keep up. My puppy is almost a year old, my lease is half over, I’ve been employed full time for 6 months, and yet I feel like the rest of the world is moving at a decidedly faster pace than I’d like it to.

The “Toys R Us” jingle comes to mind… lol. I don’t want to grow up :( Adulthood is inevitably creeping and it’s strange. I still feel like a college kid… and although no, I’m not partial to the college social scene, I do miss the perks; Mom and Dad practically obligated to send you things to make you happy (like money… lol). Part Time job, the earnings from which can be taken straight to the mall to be squandered, free crappy cafeteria food, easy access to a building full of people who share your age/tax bracket and are actually moderately friendly in the hallways (ok maybe it’s just my building, but there are some awfully stuffy folks living here)

I want life to be less difficult!!! Less predictable. More fun, less responsibility. Maybe my new hobby will help some; I finally got a DSLR! Thank God for my Dad’s transient bouts of technophilia lol. Daddy dearest bought a Canon Rebel XT350 a few years ago, and has since dropped out of the family “I-Have-A-Better-Camera-Than-You” Race, and abandoned it. Lucky me right? :) Annnnd I got 2 lenses out of the deal too: an 18-55mm, and a telephoto 55-300mm. And let me tell you, I had a lot of fun with it this weekend:

*happiness*
Lol. I did thoroughly enjoy my Thanksgiving break though. I can’t wait to do it again over Christmas, and maybe my two lame-o friends who bailed out last time (Janice and Mosi *cough cough*) will actually make an appearance.
Anyways, I need to get some sleep. I’ll leave you all with some lyrics from another one of my favorite John Mayer songs, “St. Patrick’s Day” from Room for Squares.
No way November will see our goodbye,
When it comes to December, it’s obvious why
No one wants to be alone at Christmas time.

Come January, we’re frozen inside,
Making new resolutions, a hundred times.
February, won’t you be my Valentine?

And we’ll both be safe ’til St. Patrick’s Day.

Photo Sessions (Courtesy of Mr. Levius Photography)

Posted in D60, happyness, hobbies, photography on 10/31/2009 by asante

Been toying around with Travis’ camera every time I see him… lol. I promise, Travis, that I’m more excited to see you than the camera haha. Figured I’d post some of the shots I’ve taken, with some editing of course. Tell me whatcha think :)

[click to see the full size image]

Santa Baby…

Posted in D60, hobbies, photography on 10/21/2009 by asante

Dear Santa,

I know it’s early, but all this cold weather made me think of you. So I figured I’d get a jump start on my Christmas List. I’ve been (mostly) good this year… Well, more good than bad anyways. And I only want one thing.

Nikon D60. Feel free to split the bill with Mom and Dad (and any one of my oh-so-generous friends lol.) That’s all. See you in a few months!

Sincerely,
Asante

My Crazy Summer begins…

Posted in catching up, Family, happyness, hobbies, photography, revelations, vacation time on 07/07/2009 by asante

Ok so it hasn’t been THAT crazy. After all, with a full time job to handle, who has time for such things? lol. But it has been rather eventful lately. New on the homefront, I bought a puppy! And he’s precious. He’s mildly neurotic, but we’re working on that one lol. It’s crazy how quick I snapped into the routine of caring for him, and how quickly we’ve bonded :) I’m ecstatic to have him (and more ecstatic for the “chewing” phase to end…. *sigh*). It’s been about a week so far, and he’s doing really well. I’m proud of him! I also just got back from a trip to Memphis. A trip that not only was a ridiculously enjoyable and relaxing break from the norm to bond with relatives, but it also managed to solidify my need to get some art back in my life. My cousin’s husband, David, is a fan-bloody-tastic artist, and i got the chance to see some of his work, as well as the gallery where he is renting studio space. I must say, Jay Etkin’s Gallery is unbelievable. I was totally floored, it was such an eclectic and beautiful and powerful and deeply rooted and random collection that I was just about falling over myself to take it all in. I know I must have looked like a complete fool, running around from piece to piece just enjoyingit all. It definitely gave me the itch, and I would KILL for the chance to do some artwork right now…. lol. I think I’m going to the art store ASAP.

Aside: Little known fact about me. I’m an artist. Albeit, not a spectacular one, but I dabble. Mostly sketching, my art teacher in highschool used to say that paintbrushes aren’t my friend lol, but i can meander my way across a canvas somewhat. Right now I want to get into photography though. I’m working on getting a respectable camera into my posession (my little Sony is nice, but it’s nowhere near the quality and versatility I’m looking for.) Maybe a photography class is in my future…. who knows. I do need a hobby… And once I get the camera and the classes, it’d be a relatively cheap one (paint/canvas/paper/charcoal/GOOD pencils are not cheap lol.)

Anyways, back to Jay’s gallery. I promised I’d do some publicizing for him, but honestly, the work speaks for itself. Check it out.

His collection focuses on Ethnographic and Modern Art. Again, i dabbled a bit with the angles and the composition of the shots etc… not half bad, right? :) All in all it was a great weekend, and i’ve been thoroughly inspired to expand my world inside and out. More art for me!