Monday, February 22, 2010

motion photography

The other day I was cruisin' the internet like I usually do while I pretend to pay attention in class and I ran across this young kid that is a filmmaker at South Carolina. The first video I watched was this—it actually left me speechless at my computer(well I couldn't talk anyways because I was in class) but I never have thought about doing any kind of film work. I've always been so interested in photography, music, and design. Filmmaking is a way to tie all three of those things together and really tell a story. Dylan Knight is his name and his work is so sick. Go here to check out some of his videos. I contacted him and asked where I should start and he gave me some great advice on where to begin. The coolest thing about technology today is that SLRs have the capability to shoot 1080p video and with a simple switch you can be back to your 18 mexapixel camera for stills. Watching his videos is definitely inspiring and I plan on trying to teach myself as much as I can here in the near future.

I still have no idea what I want to do when I graduate but lately I've been thinking about how exciting that actually is. You don't need to know everything and I certainly don't know what's going to happen but I'm excited to find out.

i'm ALIVE.

I've played basketball my whole life. I've always played for the love of the game and just because I enjoy it. I realized the other day that isn't the only reason I play. Every time I play sports I end up meeting people that have a huge impact on my life. When I was in New York I met countless people each time I made it out to the streets to get a quick pick up game. Same goes for San Francisco and other places I've played. I went up to Fike on Saturday to get a good sweat and once again I met another person that changed how I think. He was a little older than I was and had been stationed in Korea. He said when he got back his eyes were opened wider, his thoughts were different, and the way he lived his life completely changed.

The main thing he talked about is the way we live our life here is just so different. We are greedy, we are stingy, and we are so unaware of what else is out there. He said each and every day he was there, he was amazed at the interaction he had with people there. They were always so happy he said, some without any shoes, with no iPods, no video games...nothing. But everyday they are thankful for just being alive and being able to enjoy just that was something that he took from being there. We get so caught up in our gadgets, our social networking, our outfits, our appearance, our money, our status, our things...and we don't take the time to get caught up in just being ALIVE. The happiness level comes within and you create your own happiness. That is something that a lot of people have trouble doing, their happiness comes from other, relationships, music, etc. But true happiness comes from within and your way of making that happen is to just thank God for being alive and having an opportunity to live. Don't get me wrong when an Angels and Airwaves song comes on and I'm blaring it in my car with the windows rolled down, I can't help but to smile and be happy. But those gloomy days where no song changes my mood and I'm feeling down in the dumps...those are the days where you can find happiness within and realize that those kids in Korea would give anything to be in the position that we are in.

So once again, I keep thinking about this stuff and I keep trying to implement all these stories into my life. I've definitely done a lot better lately and I continue to try and get better at that.


Monday, February 1, 2010

runnin' up that hill

Another weekend completed. Another week of school finished. Another day has come to an end. I'm still running up that college hill and I'm almost at the top. Each day comes with answers followed by more questions. These new questions have no answers for now but soon they too will be answered and followed by more questions. The cycle will continue. I feel like my life is the epitome of a LOST season. Each episode I learn something else and go Ahhhhh that makes sense now but then I ask myself what does that mean now? I keep trying to grasp each moment and really soak it in as they say. It's just something I don't think you can do too often. You can only look back and wish that you would of soaked up that moment more. But each moment is miniscule at the time but when we get a chance to hit the brakes and look back at those moments—that's when we realize how important those times were. I keep looking back to junior year, freshman year, high school, and all those little chapters are filled with miniscule moments and those moments as a whole are something that nobody will ever be able to take away from me. It's my memories, my moments, my time. The only way we can actual soak up those memories is by continuing to make them so that we can look back and remember them. So all I can say is keep making memories.

Tomorrow is Monday which is the beginning of another new week. What will this week bring me? What will I bring it? I don't know but I'll wake up tomorrow realizing how grateful I am to even be alive to offer something to this world. Goodnight.

keep runnin'.