“as is”

Every year, I spend a few days at my sister’s place in Misteer and I document the stay through my cameras. From those photos, I created a few collections that helped me find myself during times of grief. They are too personal to share online but at the very least, I’d like to share this tiny collection.

First things first, I absolutely hate filters! In fact, there’s nothing I hate more than over-processed and heavily-altered photos. I’d go to even further lengths than that and say that I don’t like digital photography anymore. Nevertheless, it’s what we have now. Besides, film photography – my preferred style – is a very distant possiblity for me right now. In the end I used (unintentionally) digital filters to emulate the look and style I needed for this year’s collection. I was simply trying vintage filters and I ended up going with it. I thought about it after the fact and I concluded that I probably needed more warmth this time than last year’s gloomy black-and-white feel. It makes sense after what I went through.

Now concerning the photos, the title of the collection should give you a hint on what to expect, or rather what not to expect. Which is perfectly placed and meticulously cleaned subjects. I just point and shoot the subjects “as is”. That’s a decision I made about a year ago and it worked well for me. I free myself from judgments and outside expectations. I found that my photos became more in line with my emotional states.

Jan. 19th, Three Years Ago

While organizing my photography archive (I do that every now and then), I got curious and looked for photos taken last year on today’s date but I couldn’t find any, not even the year before. I did however find a few from January 19th, 2014.

Just some casual shots I usually take when I’m bored.

I can’t remember but I can tell you it was really cold. I don’t eat in bed if it’s not cold. And that crépe is on top of my comforter.

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The curtain is in my sister’s house. I guess I stayed at my sister that night.

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And I have no idea why I shot the orange!

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Taken with a point-and-shoot Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ1.