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Electric Picasso.

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“When LIFE magazine’s Gjon Mili, a technical prodigy and lighting innovator, visited Pablo Picasso in the South of France in 1949, it was clear that the meeting of these two artists and craftsmen was bound to result in something extraordinary. Mili showed Picasso some of his photographs of ice skaters with tiny lights affixed to their skates, jumping in the dark — and the Spanish genius’s lively, ever-stirring mind began to race.
Picasso… gave Mili 15 minutes to try one experiment. He was so fascinated by the result that he posed for five sessions, projecting 30 drawings of centaurs, bulls, Greek profiles and his signature. Mili took his photographs in a darkened room, using two cameras, one for side view, another for front view. By leaving the shutters open, he caught the light streaks swirling through space.”

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I’m in love with these “light drawings,” drawn by Pablo Picasso and photographed by Gjon Mili, that were recently released by LIFE Magazine. They’re amazing! The photography technique is at once simplistic and mind-blowing, and I find these images particularly magical: the way they tangibly capture the nuanced and transient movements of light, the way they translate a fleeting, flourished motion into art and illustrate Picasso’s creative genius. It’s incredible.

You can see more of Picasso’s light drawings here.

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Bright Lights, Big City.

I’ve had the same roll of film in my camera since August. It’s kind of embarrassing. So on Monday night, in an effort to finish up the roll, I grabbed my tripod and walked a couple blocks from my apartment to the 45th Street bridge and set up shop to take some B-Setting photos. I took photography classes for more than half of high school and B-Settings were always some of my favorite photos to take. The results were always so unpredictable, but incredibly lovely.

Here is a photo taken from the south side of the bridge, toward downtown:
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And here’s the north side:
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PhotobucketAfter getting these photos developed, I remembered how much these kinds of photos move me. Light, and all of the things it can do, is truly one of the most beautiful and miraculous natural phenomena. I’m planning on starting a series of B-Setting photos so that I can capture all of the rushing and whooshing and brightness of some of my favorite spots in Seattle. Just thinking about it makes me kind of nostalgic, even though I still live here.

adventuring.

since the weather was so pleasant and so many of our friends left seattle for the three-day weekend, josh and i decided to go on an adventure yesterday. we had batted around a few ideas of places we could go (cascade loop, chuckanut drive, etc.) but couldn’t decide, so we opted to just get on i-5 north and see what we came up with.

we got up to everett and saw a sign for marine view drive, which sounded promising, so we drove out that way. the sun was sitting low in the sky, and was the light was reflecting off the marina in such a picturesque way.

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it’s very seldom that i see light do amazing things like that, so i asked josh to explain to me how light works. all of the scientific terminology kind of made my head spin, but from what i understood, the fusion of atoms creates varying wavelengths, and each wavelength translates to a different shade of color. and according to josh, trees aren’t really green. he kind of lost me on that one. but wow, science must be okay if it can explain how something so beautiful happens.

the daylight was fading, so we decided to keep moving and try to find a place where we could watch the sun set. we kept driving north and when we got a little past marysville, we saw a sign for camano island, which sounded infinitely promising. we turned off and drove so many miles, through lots of trees and on winding roads and over dipping hills, to get to the beach front. the road signs were really ambiguous and i was frustrated and stressed, but once we got onto the beach, all of that melted and i was just speechless at how gorgeous my surroundings were. the sun had just set, and the mountains were outlined in blue, with yellow reflecting off of the water.

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it was one of those moments where i felt so big and so small at the same time. i felt like all of the intellectual torture i subject myself to in trying to figure out the universe was meaningless, because i was looking at something beautiful, and i didn’t care if i understood why it was beautiful or if i knew it was beautiful. it just was, and i believed it.

three cheers for spiritual experience through nature!

i don’t think yesterday could have been any better. seeing amazing things with one of my favorite people, driving at high speeds whilst smoking and listening to good music, having good conversations and hugging the silences. yes, it was a very good day.