A quick breather

Seattle is in the middle of a heat wave. In addition to the heat, we’ve been blanketed in smoke from wildfires happening in British Columbia. I can’t imagine the amount of destruction being made if the smoke is reaching as far south as Seattle, and even Portland, Oregon. It’s really sad. With that said, the air quality in Seattle has been pretty poor, and the smoke has created some incredibly intense afternoons steeped in magenta, orange, deep red, and white. It’s almost an “End of Days” feeling.

But today we got a little reprieve. It’s been at least 15F degrees cooler than the last few days. The smoke has wafted away from the city a little bit, and we’ve been able to keep our windows open, with cool breezes making it in without the smell of smoke. As the sun set, I decided to go for  a quick stroll around the block and breathe some outside air. It wasn’t bad at all. The sun still has a pinkish glow to it, but not as Mars red as it has been for the past three days. I snapped a few frames while I was at it.

Summer Solstice Begins

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“Step on a crack, break your mama’s back” | June 21, 2017 |Marivic Pinedo
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Street Art | June 21, 2017 | Marivic Pinedo
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Smith Tower Rising | June 21, 2017 | Marivic Pinedo 
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Shining Through Cover | June 21, 2017 | Marivic Pinedo
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Catching Rays I | June 21, 2017 | Marivic Pinedo
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Playing Hoops | June 21, 2017 | Marivic Pinedo
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Lunch Break Sun Soak in Occidental Park | June 21, 2017 | Marivic Pinedo
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The Past Bleeds Through | June 21, 2017 | Marivic Pinedo 
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Catching Rays II | June 21, 2017 | Marivic Pinedo

 

Hitting the pavement | June 14, 2017

I’ve been working on taking weekly trips into the city to walk around and do some street photography. These were taken with my Fuji X-70, a wide angle fixed lens camera that I can easily stash in my backpack. For people with larger pockets, I’ve read it can be stuffed into your pocket. The lower profile is ideal for street photography, as it tends to not draw too much attention to myself. It’s also extremely quiet, and has little noise at high ISOs, so the need for flash isn’t necessary 90% of the time. I can shoot in manual, aperture priority, shutter priority, and can control white balance, noise, and more things that I have yet to explore!

Though the images below were shot with some intention, I do hope to take more street photography that would be more spontaneous and interactive. I will need to work on how to engage if I want to make images that are more intimate. With almost everyone carrying around some sort of camera, I wonder if people are a little more aware of a lens’ gaze, and feel the need to duck, dodge, or photo bomb! Oh well, if they do. But I want to further my reach, both as a photographer, and as a community member. Wish me luck!

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Human Connection

The spontaneous nature of street photography can bring about unexpected moments of human connection. Sometimes my camera is not on the correct setting and it lags when I try to catch a candid moment. On this day, a stranger took advantage of the delay and flashed a friendly smile my way.

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Caught! | Victoria, B.C. | September 2016 | Marivic Pinedo

Developing identity

As I work toward creating a name for myself in artistic photography, I’ve been thinking about photographers that have inspired me, “wowed” me to be better, or whose work resonated with my own. One of them is Gordon Lewis, who takes beauties like this photo. Another is Cubie King, who captures magical moments like this.

As I prepare and package photos to sell at an upcoming Martial Arts & Crafts Bazaar, I stumbled upon this image that I took on the side of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art building (if I remember correctly).

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Approaching. San Francisco 2012.

When I rediscovered this photo I almost asked myself “Is this mine?” because it has so many elements that remind me of photographers I admire. As much as I want to stand out, I found that comparing my photography to others in this way is uplifting and reassuring somehow.

In the creative world, generally speaking, I think we all want to be unique. It can be easy to compare yourself to others and see it as a threat to your creativity. The “They’re better than I am” syndrome can leave one paralyzed as they’re finding their way through the art world. And I’m bit by this bug every once in a while. But through time and exposure to other artists – talking with them, meeting them, learning about their process – I’ve come to take advantage of these moments and use them for inspiration and learning, as opposed to ranking myself to them.

So, as I continue on this journey of self discovery and identity through art, I want to keep in mind that being like others is okay. We’ll never be exactly the same, anyway. All I can do is be inspired and see myself as an artist with my own unique voice. My continuing goal will be to have more moments like this when I ask myself “Is this mine?”.