owo)/ one of the best ship to their date for Valentine’s Day
owo)/ one of the best ship to their date for Valentine’s Day
My pre-birthday gift (from me to me lol 😅) has arrived today!! I’m sooo happy I can’t describe it by words! 💙💙 This album is my favorite from Ateez, that’s why I ordered both versions….I couldn’t choose just one lol 😂💙
took these model images this morning for my illusion background (thank you Adam). I then went to the library to have a go at putting the background image and model together. what I must stress is that I didn’t use the Pen Tool, I cheated only for the purposes of seeing what the two images would look like together.i put the background image on photoshop then put the model image on top of the background then used the Erasure Tool to rub out the bit I didn’t want. this is what I came up with (this is a photo of the image not saved on Photoshop) this is a very rough draft of what I want to achieve,
I think ill have to do a wee bit more work, but I think I’m getting there. but this is certainly the idea I am striving for. in hindsight it would have worked better with a green shirt but I think I can possibly fix that in photoshop/lightroom.I would just like to reiterate this is not my final image still have much much more to do to refine it.
After not being successful in getting an appropriate image of the countryside during the day I went into town at night and got this image. I believe is successful and is what I will use as my background for this project.
The weather has continued to be terrible for about a month now, and has prevented me from getting an effective background photo with interesting lighting. After attempting twice to climb back up to my originally planned location for sunrise at 7am with no show of a sunrise, just wind and rain I realised that I would have to change my background image to something that was not so reliant on the weather and natural light as the weather still shows no signs of getting better anytime soon. I have now change my concept from shooting in the countryside to shooting at night in town in ally ways as they are interesting scenes for photos and often they have powerful overhead light which would be dramatic with a subject standing directly under them and since it is an overhead light it will be easy to replicate in the studio.
This is my Final Image for illusion. I used the pen tool and the selection and refine edge tool to help cut out the two figures. I placed them where I thought they were best and added a light beam to make it more effective as the lamppost at the back was a bit too far to be reflecting light onto the model. I have tried to blend everything together and make it seem real.
However, I feel that I could have done a better job but I am still very happy with this as it was my first time doing something such as this. I had to flip the figure with the hat because of the light direction. If I were to keep it the same then the light would still be there and it would be confusing as to where the light is coming from since the bigger figure pretty much takes all the light to himself. I experimented by making the figure with the hat bigger at first but I felt that the other figure should be the main part of this as it had way more light falling onto it. I did not like the light beam initially because I felt that it did not look real but gradually I learned to blend it quite well and I was satisfied with how it looked in the final result. Overall, I believe I have managed to do what the brief asked from me and I can overcome future briefs similar to this.
Aquí está su ilusa y estúpida favorita viendo señales donde no las hay…
Our greatest obstacle to happiness, Gilchrist intimates, are our illusions of finitude and fragmentation — a failure of imagination that becomes a self-imposed prison of smallness, from which we are liberated only when we learn to see the interconnected wholeness of the universe.
for my studio portrait for illusion, I wanted to take a slightly different approach to the detective themed style but remain the mysterious atmosphere. My props for this shoot include dark clothing, hoodie and a cap hat.
I’m maaaaaybe a little addicted…😳
Everyday we are perceiving the unperceivable. When we “see” color. Color is not an input from our visual sensory. Color is unperceivable and the brain constructs our interpretation with its own evolutionary rules that creates color consistency from its vibrating frequency. We will all have neurons triggered in the same region of the brain and probably have the same number of neurons triggered, thus creating this consistency and “common” interpretations that a “blue” to me will approximately be “blue” to you.
What about our chattering mind? Single focus through attention, meditation, for example, “just seeing”, that through practice can close the chattering mind to a single thought. This is like placing a wooden board with one small hole over a picture. Only allowing to see through that small hole. Once the board is removed, the meditation is over, the picture, the chattering mind, returns.
Here is perceiving the unperceivable. A word. A thought. An engram. A simple sound label. We are aware of our thoughts. We are our thoughts. We are surrounded and cloaked in thoughts. We owe our existence to thoughts. Our life is founded on words, on thoughts. Word is our foundation. The cornerstone of everything. Every moment of your life. Every object seen and experienced by you. Our entire universe. Our entire existence. Whether you are an atheist, or a fervent believer. All based and founded on words. There is no over blowing the crucial importance words have. Our thoughts. All our personal history, our personal present, and our personal future. Our reality is thought. From words come our reality. Our thought-based construction from our sensory inputs.
Now, can you sense the neurons that made your word? Can you perceive the biological process that creates a word? We assume. Does word come out of the nowhere? It is just there? Are we like a computer character in a video game, that when the character speaks, the words are not originating from the character itself, but from another source?
What happens when you try to perceive the biological process that creates a single word? We do it with color. We can imagine it, but can we perceive this biological process that so much of my history is created from it? We can sense our words, our thoughts, but we can not sense the biological process just microseconds, just a split moment before making the word. As if the word came out of nothing. Is just there. We are well aware of the words coming out of this biological process, but can not even sense one moment, just a thousandths of a second before the word, we now sense, comes into existence.
Words just popped up from nowhere? We perceive emotions, desires, and connecting other words to other words. We can perceive learning a new word, by adding another word and sound to it. Can we perceive the actual, biological making of just one, single word?
What happens when we find out? What door is revealed?
Friday 14th of February - Studio class
Today in class:
I looked through my photos from last week and thought of ways on how to improve them. I also had a one to one meeting with my class lecturer and he said I could improve my image to, by using better lighting, white background and use layers instead of photographing everything all in one image.
Over lunch time I spoke to a classmate about how to shot the water on the picture frame because he was doing a slimier image with the water.
After lunch and back in class, I wrote down a plan and draw out a layout of how I would shot the 2 layers individual. Once there was studio space I set up with a little bit of help and photographed layer 1, of the model and picture frame without the water. I was happy with the images but I do feel last week’s are better but hopefully I edited them better. I also didn’t have time to shot the other layer / layer 2 on Friday in studio class, so I need to find out if it’s ok to do it on Wednesday morning or not. I will still edit last week’s and this week’s images and see what one is better in the end to submit.
Around half three we spoke as a class about the new project Recycle and what do we need to do for it.
Wednesday 12th of February - Imaging class
Today in class:
I used Clipping Masks on my Illusion image. I got feedback from people and they said the image was good but there wasn’t any depth to it, so basically today i was trying to create depth with in my image. I tried to use shadows to create this effect but it didn’t work that well as I hope, so need to edit it more.
I was thinking I could maybe add shadows layered on top of each other to create depth within the image.
okay, decided to completey redo illusion. I wasn’t necessarily happy with my background, it was nice but the image didn’t really sit well with me. as for the studio images of the model, they weren’t very good in insight. the images above that I really like for my background are 8902, 8903, 8904 and 8909. what I am going for is
for my take on this image, the model will be placed on the path with the trees at either side, I am hoping that there will be trees visible through the torso of the body. only half the body will be used possibly part of the legs. I will take several shots and decide from there.
The best qualities of something are what belong to it uniquely, that can’t be replicated or found anywhere else. Otherwise, they lose their purpose, their reason for being: their meaning. We might say something similar about people and the role of life, but that is outside the scope of this post.
In this context, the most beneficial properties of the internet are precisely NOT what can be done without it. They cannot replace things that already or should exist, especially not in quality. Many practical reasons exist for why less of the internet may be beneficial for some or many people, but I want to organize some thoughts on why less of or more careful, limited use of it is good, from another perspective. The recent push in technology to find all sorts of ways in which it can be used which overlap with things that a normal, real-life environment do or should have, was a failure from the start.
From its typical social perspective, because the internet after all, is a network, it allows instant communication of both the best and more often, too, the worst in people. When it’s used for social purposes that are otherwise able to be fulfilled without it (that is, that doesn’t include something like a voice call with a grandparent overseas, but that does include), t creates both severe isolation from people and a flood of often needless stimuli. The connection is a false one because it was never there to begin with.
Amid the stimuli, it creates a virtual reality that only exists in people’s minds—in reality, for example, I’m merely pressing keys that lead to electrical charges and generate a visual display that I recognize as “writing” or (semi-)intelligible text. (I admit to not always being an intelligible person.) I’m not “saying” anything in the real sense, just in a conveyed message. This unreal system, in that sense, fosters the most malicious and pernicious “spaces”, especially as a social amplifier, ones that make unavoidable effects on the people whom I see in person, and this is just from a watchful distance as it is. I don’t know much of what goes on “privately”.
When things are remade into a sort of virtual copy, a duplicate that you can’t touch or see, it generally fosters the mentality in people that they can do whatever they want to do without the same real consequences as in person, even though, of course, real people are really involved.
Furthermore, the internet, like but often worse than any immersive (and hence potentially addictive) substance, creates a desensitizing effect with this virtual reality, and it goes for other widespread technology, too, such as smartphones. It truly does take away from what’s really happening around them in the present moment, which ruins creativity and appreciation for life. That alone is enough of a reason against the internet, because the time that we have now is all that we really have. However, that’s just from the after-effects. What about within the features of the internet’s usual usage?
At this rate, you’ll see every feature that people add to the internet mimicking real things (such as “memos”, “homes”, “messages”, “[e]mail”, photos, work, “group chats", etc.). Society is trying to integrate this technology into daily life, but that actually makes daily life into a sort of virtual simulation. When people turn to the internet for those purposes that can otherwise be fulfilled in person, they’re not actually living or participating. Think about it.
Like I said, the only useful things about the internet, in my opinion, are what it can do that can’t already be done without it. The number of real options here is a lot smaller than first surmised. At least for myself, it mainly comes down to its gateway to knowledge, especially that which is practically inaccessible without the internet. It allows people, at least for now, to compete with established, ruling media.
For example, it’s especially good for people who live in dictatorial countries with heavy censorship, but that isn’t too far around the corner even for the countries that pride themselves on being “so free”, when government spying and propaganda come handheld now.
However, if someone doesn’t know how or want to use those beneficial features of the internet, don’t know how to critically consider things enough to benefit from it—to filter through and come to some meaningful conclusion with all that information—and wouldn’t benefit them or couldn’t handle that before, the internet and such technology doesn’t do anything to solve that. It only facilitates the actions for or against communication that would take place.
Some pointless uses of the internet may be “fun”, sometimes, but trying to make it a part of people’s everyday life has been one of the worst uses, a severe overuse. As for communication, in the end, everything and all people with whom someone interacts and communicates without meeting in person are sets of attributes and identities. Their existence is real but unreal, an incorporeal presence: modest knowledge on one hand, an illusion on the other, and those aren’t mutually exclusive. There is a real person beyond that, but you don’t actually experience it. It isn’t the same, and people know that it isn’t.
Maybe some people, miraculously, aren’t affected by this, but I find it, as how it’s used now at least, full of disadvantages and less commonly ignored or hardly used benefits. Deep down, people realize just how much of a drug-like experience this sort of technology generates, but they don’t want to face that aspect, because it’s become a way of escape in a culture that wants to make everything and everyone uniform or “standardized”, “productive” to the max, without dreams of their own, robbing them of any fulfilling time. It becomes a crutch for other problems, or to just enter into immensely unproductive, mindless, regrettable, and/or surrogate activities because it’s easy, when there are better answers than that.
Whenever someone criticizes technology, sometimes in a way that could be better conceptualized but still has a good point, usually people’s first reaction is to call the person backwards, a killjoy, a Luddite, or impractical. Well, that last one doesn’t usually happen, partly because nearly everyone here only wants to be something when it suits them (usually preferring to be the champion of something that seems new), when the harsh fact is that you can’t “choose” to be just anything, or whatever you want. But that’s completely false from a broader view: actually doing something compared to that in a merely virtual environment. Maybe the people avoiding those common uses of the internet are the practical ones here.
That sort of “you can’t help progress” rhetoric misses the point entirely, that something’s severely wrong if we can’t help it, if our inventions control or possess us, like we are expected to morph into cyborgs that feel a certain phantom pain with technology’s removal.
The only good side of invention is what makes people freer, not more dependent.
Have been busying doing outreach looking for new projects, murals and other opportunities so here’s a video of one of my favorite murals from last year
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