Year: 2013

Minute Musings: Big City Dreams, A Finale

Four years ago, I had fantasized about a life in the big city — a life filled with black thigh high boots and late nights at the club and a Vespa. One year ago, I had grumbled about how my post-grad life in the city was not as I had anticipated it. I didn’t have my own star in the San Francisco skyline; instead, I had a lengthy commute and a seemingly thankless job and a twin bed in my parents’ home. Like every other delusional millennial, I believed — no, knew in every fiber of my being — that a grander, big city life was my destiny and that the powers that be were just preventing me from attaining what was rightfully mine. Now, with 2013 coming to a close, I am at a juncture in my life. A slew of change is on the horizon, and — after a lot of daydreaming and grumbling and (I admit) a great deal of self-reflection and maturing — I will finally have my big city dreams actualized. Well, at …

The Truth About Photography

“Photography is getting as close as you can to real life, showing us things we don’t normally see. These are people’s most intimate moments, and sometimes intimacy is sad.” – Corinne Day, British fashion photographer, documentary photographer, and fashion model (1962-2010)

Commuter Correspondence: For Bob, the Man Who Sells Newspapers

(an excerpt from my journal) I could complain about work or being tired, but I won’t do that this morning. Instead, I’ll talk about something a little happier. Arriving at the ferry building this morning, I spied a canopy with balloons set up. And two people — a man and a woman — were passing out muffins, donuts, croissants and coffee. I wondered what that was all about. Calvin said that it was probably for “a national holiday that no one cares about.” So, after getting in line and walking by the stand, I heard the man yell out, “It’s Bob Appreciation Day!” At first, I had no idea what he was talking about. So I didn’t stop to sign the card. But as I passed the man who sells newspapers to the ferry commuters every morning, I realized that he was Bob. Bob is the guy I walk by every morning, who smiles at everyone walking onto the ferry and who sits outside the dock (rain or shine) to sell the morning paper to …

Minute Musings: Being the Black Sheep

I always kind of had an inkling that I was a bit different from my family. Now, as I move forward in my 20’s, those differences have become a bit more apparent. For example: Even though I strongly oppose raising taxes, I’m not as right-leaning as the rest of my family. I’m actually a bit more moderate. There are some initiatives that I feel very strongly about that don’t exactly align with the right wing. I neither hate nor distrust the mainstream media. In fact, I actually have a lot of faith in it (I guess you can blame my journalism degree — which I really think my family fails to acknowledge whenever they call CNN “the liberal media”). I don’t oppose gay marriage, which I guess is a big issue being in a Catholic family. I’m not sure I believe that, if I don’t go to Mass every Sunday, I’ll go to hell. I acknowledge that there are bigger issues at play when kids drop out of school or get sucked into gang activity …

How My iPhone Reminded Me That I’m a Photographer

I took a black & white film photography class about three years ago with Reggie, and he and I immediately fell in love with the art. The precision, the need for a keen eye, the overall notion that the most everyday things (from a coffee mug to a drop of dew on a window screen) carries so much beauty — those are the things that drove me to call myself a “photographer.” But, unfortunately, a busy daily schedule (and the lack of a darkroom) kind of forced me to let my skills fall to the wayside. Yes, I have a DSLR, but I’m not always keen to carry around a bulky camera bag. Which is unfortunate. BUT I recently got back into the swing of things thanks to (you guessed it) my iPhone 5 — more specifically, an awesome mobile photography app called VSCO Cam. Developed by Emeryville, Calif.-based start-up Visual Supply Co., VSCO Cam is a mobile application that allows users to take, edit, and publish photos right on their iPhones with film-inspired filters. For …

Girl Crush: Kate Upton

Readers, I’m pretty sure this one might have you all split into two camps… Camp One, you’re probably thinking: Really? Kate Upton? She’s just that cheesy swimsuit model who posed for that lollipop shoot with the equally cheesy Terry Richardson. And she did all those weird pop culture things just to get shoved into the limelight. She is sooo inauthentic, and she just wants to flaunt herself as eye candy, and she looks like a porn star. And, Camp Two, you’re probably thinking: OH EM GEE SHE IS SOOOOO SEXYYY. GREAT CHOICE. (I think it’s safe to say that Reggie is in this camp. When I showed him photos from Kate Upton’s “Vogue” photoshoot, he said, “Oooh, Kate Upton. Google ‘Kate Upton Cat Daddy.’ RIGHT NOW.”) Yes, Kate Upton is sexy. And yes, that’s partially the reason why I have a huge girl crush on her (as you all I know, I tend to admire women who have curves and embrace them; read: Jennifer Lawrence, Adele, Scarlett Johansson). And yes — I’ll even admit that …