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I may be upgrading

21 Jan

Wassup world?

i may be upgrading to my personal site soon. it’s slightly just a bit of something that I have been wanting to do for a while, so yeah, I guess I am excited for it. the reason why? well, alot really, I have previously started some really cool projects that in the near future may go into my CV or my BIO. I am looking to get a personal site/blog kind of thing where I can post random information about myself and what I am doing. I am a firm believer of Bio being stronger than  a CV. Okay, look at it this way, right, if say someone like larry King was fired from CNN for whatever reason may be, when he applies for a new job, what are the chances that most people will more willing to hire his services than not? Why? because he has a much stronger bio and his life work speaks volume.

Well, the Internet sort of gives us the opportunity to create something close to that but on an online sphere. Look at how web 2.0 has gone to personalize the web, with the rise of many social networks and the advantages that have come along with it, which includes doing business, and doing it good.(making profit and marketing, not necessarily in that order)

So as much as I am doing a project 365 on my flickr, check out here, I am also doing school stuff that I am hoping will be of tremendous advantages to me and my career in future. yeah, also the coillusion project that took off is amazing. I talked about coillusion in this post here. I am also dancing, travelling, and a whole bunch of other stuff that I have not yet talked about.

What I’m looking to upgrade to is a very simple and basic site. Most preferably wordpress blog. I am in LOVE with the robustness of wordpress blogs, I do run a tumblr too, starting the beginning of this year that really just focuses on African stuff and all.

Aaaanywho, I hope to keep you updated.

Living The ‘Dream’

11 Jan

I have randomly thought about this subject for a while now without actually coming up with a definite answer to this. I mean, dreams, isn’t it just about the widest topic out there?. What is a dream really, why do we have them, what if we did not dream, what if we lived our dreams, would we still have other dreams, are dreams  aligned with someone’s purpose in life?, and how can you have a purpose in life when the sole intention should be to remain alive?

Well, I probably do not know the answer to most of those questions, I probably do, or just not care that much. What stays on my mind however, is why a specific subject can consume you wholly, make you go sleepless just thinking about something. We might have been there, wanted something so badly you’d feel it in your bones.  I am an ashamed dreamer. Most people do not like admitting that. I enjoy dreaming randomly of what may happen to what or when or where. Most of the times I know my limits. I know when to stop, when to snap back to reality, when its all said and done.

I took time out basically to evaluate mine, to laugh at myself for a little while, pat myself in the back, feel good, feel bad, you know, just basically all the emotions that are involved. It’s been such a mind opening session for me as I even do that to myself. Now, I agree that it is possible to live a dream, but mostly what we ignore is the hardwork that goes into making, or trying to make a dream a reality.

There is too much that meets the eye than just living a dream, than just dreaming, think about it though, the only way we can is through hard work..

What did I just tell you?… think about it..

Here’s my 5th image of a 365 project..

 

Happy New year Folks

9 Jan

Happy new year folks,.. really, that is actually all I mean to say. I was hoping to have a bit quite few of some things going on this year, but well, that might wait. thekrox dot com was/is in the pipe line.

Any who, lots of new stuff happening this year. Lots of good stuff that I pray and hope that I will not be too bored to do. Or lazy for that matter. For one, I started a project 365. Which means that I get to post an image a day for 365 days on my flickr and G + , if possible, I might start doing DA (deviant art) also, then maybe facebook, who knows??.. but I’m into flickr and G + momentarily,.. waiting to grow.

The magazine, well that is another thing that I am hoping to work on this year, amidst numerous projects that I have suddenly found myself involved in. I usually like it when I am busy with creative and related matters.

Any way, I’ll keep you updated. Another resolution is to update my blog frequently and have people enjoy my content this year.

Stick around… oh and follow me on twitter already, that is if you don’t @_krox

LESSONS

14 Nov

In the last blog update i had posted about my previous under goings and just exactly why I went silent on the blog thing for a little while. As I sit here, I am evaluating what type of lessons I most probably may have got from that whole experience. What may I have adopted into my system because of what happened to me?

1.Shit Stuff happens.

This is life, and when we play life, it gets unpredictable. You may have all these plans, visions and dreams that do not necessarily happen as planned. Nature and ‘fate’ sometimes takes its course and things do not go exactly as you had envisioned them. I guess that is why they came up with Murphy’s law. But isn’t that the joy of everything, knowing that everything will be just as unpredictable?

As much as that happens. It should never put us down. The fact that the pursuit of happiness does not exactly bring happiness may be the key point in focus here. Rather, it is the happiness of pursuit that makes us happy. Pursuing your dreams and your passions and plans gives more joy in the process itself rather than achieving the subject in pursuit. So here’s my two cents, Life will always throw stuff at you, make the best, enjoy the process, do not forget who you really are.

2. Make the Most of every situation.

My older cousin, who is just more like a sister to me, @soul_fool once told me, when Life gives you lemons, don’t just make lemonade alone, go ahead and make lemon cake, lemon soda, and just particularly anything that can be made using lemons. Life giving you lemons is like that moment where you are handed something that is not favorable according to you. it is something that may hurt you in a way. the lesson here however, is to use those moments you deem unfavorable to the best of your ability.

When I lost my money, just as I was to get my first DSLR, it really broke my heart. I had planned it out and I was to get it at around August- October. Needless to say, I already had photographic projects all lined out for me in my sketch book. I was gonna take my learning to a whole new level. When ‘the worst’ happened, I was devastated. But how was I going to make such a moment in my life fruity and sweet,( you know the kind of  stress that is money related). But what I decided to do, is to get my creativity on. As much as I wasn’t going to get my camera, I was going to do something major with myself, so, i went ahead and re-awakened this Media Company that I had called Coillusion. I did the logo and the other tiny details and specs in hand.

Here’s the Logo.

 

3. Bounce back Always.

As is life, one needs to develop a high sense of bouncing back as soon as possible whenever anything happens. For that is to whom the race will be won. The faster you adopt the better. I already adopted to my situation and whatever happened to me and I can say that I am only looking forward to better things more awesome thingss.

 

More lessons later.

*Magazine update

While through the process, The Krox was going to drop, and I promise you it will, but unfortunately, only one issue of it would. As time went by, through the process, I asked myself, why should I make something that is just about me?, I am going to make something bigger than me. Not The Krox anymore, something bigger.

I will do a complete post on that maybe tonite.

bless.

 

the krox.

Diary of a Photography enthusiast. The Questions.

19 Sep

The Krox magazine is coming up smoothly, but rather a bit too slow than I had anticipated. I was hoping to be done by two issues by right now, but as it turns out, I am still struggling with the first issue. But all the same, I cannot complain. The first issue is coming up just as I had anticipated. There is a part of the magazine that I have been intending to include in every issue. I have been a David duChemin student for some time, and I do believe in his aspect of why vision is better than gear, and how to improve your vision without necessarily getting more gear. I too share in his belief that a better photographer takes the better photo, and not necessarily, the better camera.

David is almost releasing his new book, Photographically speaking. This book will be about photographers being able to talk about photos. He says, that the more people are able to talk about photos, it makes their images stronger, as they are able to know what they want. When photographers are able to critique other photos in terms of elements, and the decisions made, and what made them respond to the photo as they did as much as what they would do differently if they had a chance, strengthens ones vision.

I have not yet read the book. But when I read its “About” few months back, I knew that is something that I would like to give a shot. So I started looking at photographs beyond ‘its beautiful’ , ‘I like it’ and ‘wow’. I started looking deeper, trying to find out what really made me find the photo interesting, and as much as I did not always come up with what I would have done differently if I did the shot, I realized I started to sort of feel what the person taking the photo felt. Why did he use the exposure he used or the lighting and just what effect did it have on me.

I have been terribly thinking of incorporating that part into my weekly magazine kind of thing, but I honestly, do not know how. I mean, I’m not all that versed with photography lingo kinda vibe. I’m amateur, I know. But would it hurt anyone if I went ahead and tried hacking the photo and discussing it in my own way? Well, I guess not. Still, I am really thinking about it.

Would love for anyone to hit me up and tell me what they think. I’ve been relying on myself a whole too much lately its kind of draining. I just hope that by evening I will sort of have a way forward or something.

Another thing, I may be getting my camera this week. ( crosses fingers). I hope I do. If at all it happens, I will let you know asap. I even have a name for him. And yeah, I think my first camera will be a guy. Lol J I’ll not let you in right now, so I’ll keep you guessing.

Well, yesterday I did some pages off the first issue, and  got to say, I really like it. Its kinda hard to not talk about it. Had it been someone else’s magazine, I would probably keep quiet about it. Unfortunately though, I am not that good at keeping such secrets, so I will spill… even share the image. I like the design, got to say, its one of those things that after you pull off you really feel happy for yourself. Today I will do probably two other pages then I’ll be remaining with like two more plus the cover page to finish off the first issue. I’m also planning on the second issue. When it comes out, you will realize that the first issue just sort of gave a general introduction into the whole thing. I’m thinking of going abit deeper with the second issue. Thing is, there are actually just way too many things to talk about when it comes to photography. The topics are just too many. We’ll see how that goes all the same.

The Sweet Challenge. The Krox Magazine update.

14 Sep

I love a sweet challenge. Especially one that you know you can eventually hack through, and you start seeing some progress. Well, that’s kinda how its been with this magazine project. The first issue is well almost complete and I have to say, I am very happy for the progress. Why? Well, because as much as it seems insanely difficult, I have been in a position to actualize the designs and the concepts I had for the first issue. The hard task really has been, translating what I see and have in my mind into what I have on the screen. I had it almost all figured out as I had drawn the first issue outline in my diary. Yes, my big book of creative stuff. Not a sketch pad, but a normal single ruled book. But then translating exactly what I wanted has been one big problem. Because for one, I had not thought about colors, and colors can give you a really huge problem. For most part. Generally because it is very hard to think of colors that fit. I see myself creating projects in mind complete with the suggested color, not just telling myself, I want an awesome color for the page. Which I think is a mistake I do most of the times. When I ask myself what is it I want to get, I tell myself, “just a really awesome/creative/complex/simple/beautiful… and so on, piece”. That I have realized, does me more harm than good.

Another challenge has been to recreate the elements that I see in my mind that will fit the page. These are icons, vectors and even ribbons. As it turned out, I did not have the icons I wanted and had initially worked on, so I set out to create my own as I worked on the project. When I hacked through my first icon, I was really pleased. It felt like a reasonable achievement. Then I had to draw out these cameras. I have to be honest, this is one project that I am really pleased at the progress. It’s not quite done yet, but I am proud of the little things I am doing. I had to draw these camera gadget things for some illustrations in the magazine that I had in mind and had drawn out in my book. The major problem is, I really suck at using the pen tool in illustrator. I have been trying and giving up for over a year now. So I went back into what I was comfortable in, Photoshop, traced the image. But the image was a raster file since it was made in Photoshop ( this means that it was very much pixelated- which means that it had very many pixels- which are like dots and stuff… you get the point do you?… well in short it means that if you make the image really big, it will lose the detail and look really dotty and blurred and stuff…phew!) So I went back into illustrator and converted it into a vector based image ( Google this one, but it’s the opposite really, image retains its detail even at extremely high sizes) then back into Photoshop for the edits and stuff.

What I am loving most out of this project, is that, I am not only using tools that I am most comfortable with, but files that will enable me to achieve and complete a certain task that I have set my mind up to do.

I have a lot on my mind for future projects that I will be sharing sooner. Keep checking to see the progress of the Krox magazine. It’s the only thing that I will be talking about from now on, on this blog, but just the update. So worry not people, I have not completely lost my blogging Mojo (lol, that is if I even had one)

This is an image that I had sketched out and the final result… I think I may be only showing that 0ne for now. Any ways, have a good day/night. Catch you later.

 

Diary of A Photography Enthusiast

3 Sep

Its been a crazy two weeks, gotta say. but I have loved each and every moment of it. We took a short break from school after the semester came to a close. Then I was involved in tons of projects, and none of them involved photography or creativity. But  its a good thing, because they involved things like character building and mentor-ship.  I was involved with this youth group that had professional counselors who taught on many issues. It really was fun.

In the mean time, I still kept the creative/creativity vibe going on. I was all over, consuming what I could, always, getting inspiration from almost anywhere I could, videos, blogs, music videos, pictures, people and almost just about any other source. i have gotta say though, there’s loads of creative talent out there. I was thinking though, if we could have like a creativity/arts African oriented magazine or blog, or something.  I mean, there is loads of talent out there which i really feel is awesome and should be shown to the rest of the world. Well, had we such a thing it would have been way easier for people to gain African inspiration. Such is limited online and one may spend hours on end trying to chase after something like that.

I also finished reading Crush it by Gary Vaynerchuk. Powerful book. You know what, I think anyone who wants to be able to create a solid presence online and eventually cash in on it should read this book. Well, that is why I am so psyched about this whole blogging thing. As a matter of fact, I am laying ground for The Krox website and a Magazine. This blog is what happens before  the official Krox blog comes to life. It may be one of the epic-est things to happen to my life.

Well, I gotta say that currently what is consuming me is the Magazine idea. I really wanna go ahead with it. I’m not even stopping to weigh the options, I’m just goin to go ahead and do it.