[Randomness] My Mind at 5 this Morning

I found myself at the rooftop of the building at 5 in the morning. From there, I took a photo of the Mosque’s rooftop.

DSC07551

I took a walk into the empty town streets afterwards. I chose to be extra strange with my photos today but they turned out not stranger than my usual shots after all.

DSC07518DSC07521

My mind was foggy. I really didn’t know why I was out at that time with a camera. All I knew for sure was I couldn’t sleep.

A set of lines across those frames don’t really express how confused I was this morning. Maybe the water puddles in the rooftop do but still. The rest feel paradoxically neat and broken.

Perhaps, this one photo might have the right idea

DSC07526

I was out for about only 20 minutes, I think. It felt longer and most importantly, It felt tedious! I think I didn’t want to be out but also couldn’t stand being home. I guess this is why this photo represented home to me this morning.

DSC07530

Advertisements

[Randomness] Jack of Clubs

DSC00351.jpg
I found this card lying on the ground while walking outside.

Random (stupid) thought: I hate the fact that digital photos don’t age!

When I go through my family’s old photo albums, I see the history in every photo. fifty years from now, probably most of the photos in our phones and hard drives (if we’re still using those) will be exactly the same unless they’ve been printed. and let’s face it, with the amount of photos people take everyday plus social media; no one is really printing them! nowadays, printing can almost be the equivalent of posting to social media platforms.

Well, who am I to judge?! I am posting my photos here after all! This is our way now. But I still think physical photos are important.

What do you guys think?

I Found a Newborn Kitten | Day ~14

Hello again everyone! It’s been almost ten days since the last post in this series in which I promised to try and write it daily… It looks like I failed!

I did keep checking on the kittens though (missed a couple of days) although didn’t take photos regularly.

Fluff and Kuro are doing great! Fluff’s patterns are becoming more distinguished and detailed and I love it. Kuro being kuro (black) is cool in how black cats are cool! ( yup, that’s a solid argument for me! Black cats are cool. period.) Here’s the thing, I didn’t always think so.

Where I come from, the elders always tell us black cats belong to the Jinn* so naturally I grew up being scared of black cats. Obviously, it’s superstition but the idea was ingrained in me until I grew old enough to know better. Right now, Kuro is helping me completely erase that idea from the back of my head. I just hope I can take better shots of him. I could always pick him up and arrange a shot running the risk of disturbing them and I don’t want that. The moment will come on its own and it will be worth the wait. Photos like that mean much more to me.

Oh here’s another good photo of the mom.

DSC07139-Edit

 

*Jinn (Arabic: الجن‎, al-jinn), also Romanized as djinn or Anglicized as genies (with the more broad meaning of spirits or demons, depending on source) are supernatural creatures in early Arabian and later Islamic mythology and theology. (Source: Wikipedia)

I Found a Newborn Kitten | Day 05

Today I didn’t get the Fluff and Kuro photos I wanted because every time I went to shoot they were asleep.Certainly, I’m not writing an empty post. I don’t always include Stripes and Flash in this post series but they are always there. So this time, I focused on them instead of the kittens.

I picked a few nice shots of Stripes sharpening her claws.

I also got a confirmation from Flash that I’m his favorite human!

DSC07114

So I was taking photos of Stripes. I really didn’t get that many chances before because she never let me too close. I was making the most of the opportunity! Flash is always my favorite cat but at that moment I needed to shoot Stripes. I took my sweet time photographing her while Flash was behind me. He was trying to get my attention until he wasn’t. that’s when he pounced on her! He was jealous! When a cat gets jealous over you, you know you’re their favorite human!

And this is my favorite photo of the day.

DSC07120-Edit

I Found a Newborn Kitten|Day 2

This is a follow-up on the previous post

So unfortunately, it turns out I was right being worried that the kitten might fall off the pot and get stuck again.

I came home this morning to check on the kitten and I found it in the corner stuck between two walls and the pot. I don’t know how long the poor thing has been there because I did not sleep in that house last night. I really hope it hasn’t been long since it fell.

I picked it up, put it in a cardboard box and set it in the rooftop. I went down to get some food for the mother and the camera but when I came back I was surprised to see a second kitten. And I was relieved; Yesterday I only found one and I wondered about the rest of the litter. Stripes is a young cat so those two kittens are probably the whole litter if it’s her first time giving birth.

DSC06938
I’m happy Stripes lets me get close to her now (not to her babies though!)

She doesn’t let me get too close and I respect that. I really don’t wanna be bitten and scratched by her! Anyways, I think she knows I’m tying to help so all she does is stand between them and me (and the camera!). These are the only decent photos I could take. The lack of light didn’t help. I’ll try force a few good ones tomorrow.  just need patience.

They’re cute, aren’t they?!

I kept checking on them every now and then. The last time I did I found Miki there too and I grabbed a quick one.

DSC06973

I’ll follow up on this story in a third post tomorrow. And I’ll do my best to take better shots.

The Ones That Meant Something

I never thought about picking favorites from my own work until this challenge. I put much thought into this and in the end I couldn’t pick because I don’t think my photos are good enough or at least not as good as I wanted them to be. I do want to share a few that meant something by one way or another.

Isolation

isolation_web

Taken: 08/11/2016

I was alone at the top of a mountain listening to a song titled “Splendid Isolation”. I thought this photo embodied my feelings at the time.

Miki

cat_portrait

Taken: 18/03/2017

I was on my way back from a disappointing soccer match shoot then I saw Miki (one of the neighborhood cats) just sitting there so majestically. I approached and he still didn’t budge which I didn’t expect but I was glad because I was able to take this photo and feel a lot better for the rest of the day.

Harvester

 

harvester

Taken: 24/04/2017

I like the contrast in this photo. I think my decision to turn it to black and white was the right one. Another good decision was that I didn’t shoot his face because I wanted the photo to be a kind of a symbol for hardworking people not a portrait of one person.

A Home for Thoughts

01

Taken: 07/04/2018

I just love the light in this one. and all those lines on the floor, the shadows and the doors. it’s not a particularly beautiful photo but that’s exactly why I wonder what is it that attracted me to this photo and made me build a series around it.

RAFRAF: Ingrained in the Night

If I were to truly pick a favorite, this series would be it. Check the original post for the rest of the photos and more info.

Ingrained (5)Ingrained (4)

“FLASH” Sessions N°05 Feat. “Stripes”

Same place, same time, same adorable cats…

Flash is getting a bit fat. He’s a spoiled cat. half the neighborhood give him food when they can. Some even let him eat indoors so the other cats don’t steal his food.

I can’t let him in but I do stand guard when he’s eating, I also give some of the food to the other cats so they won’t start a fight.

Stripes was there and she’s as wary of people as usual. I can’t get too close so I’m forced to crop the photos during post-processing.