I have a new found obession on the web. It's called http://www.shakodo.com and it truly makes me happy.
As I have said before, injustice really gets my ire going. When I heard about Jeans 4 Justice and why they exist and what they are doing, I was happy to be able to step in and make images for their event. For a good cause, I am happy to be flexible on my hourly rate. In this case, I was willing to do it in exchange for them paying for my beer.
So what the heck is Jeans 4 Justice, you ask? Click the "Read More..." and find out.
"You can read about a hundred atrocities, hear about a thousand, but you only have to see one" -The Counterfeit Traitor (this is a fantastic movie, a true story- if you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it)
As a formerly active member of Amnesty International, a supporter of Human Rights Watch, and currently through the volunteer organizations I am now working with, I have become aware of many injustices that humans commit against other humans. However, watching this video really disturbed and angered me. It moved me to action.
A little known fact about me is that before photography, I was going to school for Fine Art.
Painting is my first love, but alas, photography became my livelihood. However, when I get to find opportunities to meld my two loves, it makes me very happy. Throw in some live music, and now we're really talking. Add the benefit of a cozy European-style pub and heart-cheering libations and you are just this side of paradise.
I found myself in just this kind of feel good atmosphere at Brewley's Pint in Pacific Beach (or PB as the locals call it) March 22-24 for the LiveArt and Music Fest they put on. It was three nights of good vibes. There were local musicians playing acoustic sets each night and three, sometimes four, visual artists from the Infusion Project making art (mostly acrylic paintings on canvas or wood) right on the spot.
I was born in Los Angeles to parents also born and raised in Los Angeles. Like most people around here, I am a mixture of nationalities. A lot of people who meet me say they cannot tell what I am, but they are sure it is something interestingly ethnic. Due to this, people have mistaken me for coming from various countries. I get a lot of, “Are you Italian?” or Indian, or Spanish, or Chilean, just to name a few. What I get the most, however, is “Are you Arabic or Persian?”
My favorite part about those questions is that I am none of the above (well, maybe a little Spanish, way back there). However, to compound the issue, through a strange combination of circumstances, I began learning Persian about 8 years ago.
The images in the above slideshow are a little fuzzy due to an error in the Flickr slideshow. To see the images in their full quality along with their descriptive captions please click on any photo in the slideshow to be taken to my Flickr site.
This is my next experiment with watermarking my images.
Although I like the thin, black, simple frame, and there is something nice about having the text on the image, I feel it is a tad obtrusive. What do you think?
Right now I am collecting a series of images to create online art galleries for home decor. The gallery I am working on at this moment are my images of animals. Coincidentally, right now I am testing different watermarks for my images on Flickr, which means I am doing a form of animal testing? (hee hee, get it? Sometimes I just crack myself up...)