So after an odd series of events that I can’t quite explain, I’m now going to be a server instead of a cook at my job. I think my boss basically hired someone else to do my job and I was placed in a server position instead. Looking back, I do vaguely remember him saying that he may do that at some point, but my Japanese isn’t 100% so I think I didn’t understand it at that time. Fuck I’m so awkward in front of people. Hopefully I don’t blow it.
This coming semester I’m taking 16 units (not the 18 that I originally thought). Tea Ceremony and Tea Culture, Modern Japanese Lit, Reading and Analysis of Cultural Texts (for GWAR), Japanese American Art and Lit (for Segment 3), and Geology Lecture/Lab. I basically have class everyday so any SFSU people hit me up and we can chill. I’m starting to scan the backlog of snapshots I have. Here’s one roll down.
I’ve been feeling pretty sick today. I think I caught a cold or something. I couldn’t even make it to class today. I felt a little better after taking a short walk, but my neck is killing me from sleeping on it wrong. On another note, I’m extremely broke. I think I have $2 in my savings and I’ve had to resort to using my credit card again. I can’t wait to graduate so I can get a job that pays well.
It’s been really hard keeping up with the blog recently haha. I’ve been shooting, but it’s mostly dull assignments for class. Not fun at all. On the other hand, I have about 20+ rolls of film that I’ve accumulated over the past month that need to be scanned. I’ll get things together soon.
I’ve been looking more at Rinko Kawauchi’s work (my professor shows quite a lot of her work in class) and that led me to also check out the likes of Keiko Nomura, Yuuki Touyama, Emi Fukuyama, etc. I think I want to make different kinds of photos for a bit. More on that later.
It’s been a couple weeks, huh? I’ve been busy with work and most recently, summer classes. I’m currently taking a beginners darkroom course. I didn’t exactly realize how basic the course is, however, and I could tell it’s going to be a pretty tedious class. The Prof and TA are very chill, though so I don’t think it’ll be too bad. I’m having a hard time talking to anyone else in the class, though. Everyone seems to be some fucking hipster who thinks it’ll be cool to shoot film or just taking the class to graduate. Besides myself, I think only 1 or 2 other people came to learn. Here’s a quote from John Sypal (owner of Tokyo Camera Style) that I found pretty interesting:
“Not every picture is a “Great Shot!” but that’s part of the point. I’m exhibiting several hundred one-of-a-kind instant prints mostly out of personal interest but partly as a reaction/challenge to those who preach a kind of photography that’s limited to the pursuit of “AMAZING IMAGES”, or something like that. “Take your photography to the NEXT LEVEL” ? Really, there’s only one level—and that’s the base from where you stand with a camera and make your pictures. That’s it. The rest is just marketing and the internet is full of it from the photo-imaging industry to Internet Photo Personalities pushing their synergy/brand to sell spots on expensive photowalk-shops. Putting in work is the only way to figure things out. You have to do it yourself, for yourself.
All that really matters is your own enjoyment and insight into what you find worthy of recording with your camera. Why exhibit? Hopefully seeing the work of others openly broadens your own understanding of life and art.
At the same time there’s a popular expectation that behind every artistic expression there lies some romantic view about of the agony of creation or the preciousness of the artist’s soul-vision made form. Apparently this is supposed to help make an encounter with said expressions somehow more serious or worthy of contemplation. But seriously, clouding up the vibe with pretentious dumb junk isn’t worth it.
How’s this for an ARTIST STATEMENT: I took these photos; I want to show you these photos.“
I did a small series on 4th of July in Salinas called “An All American Affair”. Nothing special, but this will probably be my last July 4th in America if I get into JET so why not, right?
I wanna give a shout out to Sean, Cara, and Papa and Mama Culligan. Thanks for welcoming me into your home and treating me good the past few days!