Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Great Gatsby's Car

This is it :)

Seen in Broomfield Park, London.

Big City Life

Found a few more images worthy of being showcased here.  Such great memories!  These sum up London and our life there pretty nicely - enjoy!

The Ghost of the Internet

Another attempt in painting with light.  This is my Dad, browsing the web while I am playing with a glow stick in the living room of our London house in 2010.  Not my best work but it's quite funny, so I thought I'd share it.

The last batch of archive London photos coming up.  We moved to California in the fall of that year...

Sunday, September 7, 2014

A Good Sunday

We attended a great birthday party today - there were animals to pet and friends to talk to, and although we couldn't stay for the cake, we had such a fun time.  Getting out of the house and taking photos was long overdue!

I am loving the beautiful warm light in these.  As the season changes to Fall, the sun shines so softly! 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Welcome to the Party!

This is Julian.  He's a week old today, and he's the most handsome and sweet baby boy in town, if I do say so myself.

We are doing well, recovering from birth, bonding, eating, sleeping, and loving each other the best that we can.  Life is wonderful right now, and I am so happy to be able to share it with you!

P.S. The first batch of photos I took in the hospital.  Julian was two days old then.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Flower Power

This is my last post before Julian's arrival tomorrow!  Before I take this baby break, however, I want to leave you with a few current - and positive - images.  John gave me farmers' market flowers this morning, and I photographed them this afternoon with the help of Shelby.

See you guys soon!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Window Selfies

Our London house was a mess.  Every time a large truck (or better, a lorry) passed by, it shook to the foundations and the windows rattled.  That's why we never used that front room on the ground floor - it stood empty, except when I used it as a "photo room".  It had those despicable curtains and a moldy smell to it...but it worked well when the light was just right.

Here are two of my favorite selfies taken there.  The first one has a flare I never managed to recreate since, and I love the lace shadow on the blank paper I'm holding.  This was taken on January 1st, 2010 as a part of a 365 Project.  The second one continues the paper theme - I took this at the end of a semester, when I was getting fed up with all the coursework I had to do.

Snow Over Broomfield Park

One of the coolest things about where we used to live in London was the local park.  Well, I should say one of the parks - the biggest and the most interesting.  Broomfield Park had ducks and geese and swans, ponds and fountains, flower beds and rose gardens, a tennis court, a gazebo, a greenhouse, a football field, a playground, hilly grass grounds and many smooth benched alleys surrounded by old trees.  I loved walking there and spending the entire afternoon reading, taking photos, or just daydreaming and people watching.

It snows seldom in London, so when it did that year - I think that was in the beginning of 2010 - I had to go out shooting.  Not many successful images but a few I particularly like.  Behold the fattest squirrel in the world!


These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

Three or so days before my due date and still no signs of labor, so I had a little time to continue with my backup project.  These still life images aren't anything special, but to me they represent my college self quite well.  I was free to read as much as I wanted, to listen to loud rock music, to have a beer now and then, and to dress up.  Also, to photographically experiment with light around the house at my own leisure!  

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

In Memory of Alonso, the Jaguar

A few days ago a ten-year old jaguar named Alonso escaped his enclosure at the Lovech Zoo, and hid in the abundant forest surrounding the zoo.  A search party was sent to tranquilize and capture the animal, to no avail.  Instead, Alonso was shot and killed by local hunters.

Now, this story actually should read as following - a careless (and surely unmotivated and underpaid) zookeeper left the jaguar enclosure door open while cleaning it, thus enabling the animal to escape.  And "enclosure" is also probably a strong word for a filthy, narrow cell.  The Lovech Zoo is, and has been, in a squalid condition for decades.  There isn't even a concept of humane treatment in those responsible for the maintenance of the facility, very few investments, and while the animals aren't generally starved or abused on purpose, their conditions are appalling.  

Neglect and ignorance towards wildlife is, unfortunately, a very common result of the socio-cultural problems most Eastern-European countries have while struggling politically and economically.

It is also safe to assume that the person (or people) who shot Alonso did it just to get a kick out of it.  Typically, there's no clear explanation to the public of what really went down, and how.  The zookeeper will lose his job, the case will be swept under the rug, and it will all remain an unfortunate memory the people of Lovech will tell each other as an urban legend.  How sad, but what can you do...?!

 Bulgarian resignation to people's professional incompetence and their lack of accountability are another set of social failures resulting from the perpetual crisis the country has been since 1989.  

What I am most bothered with, however, is this hardening of the heart, this moral decline people are experiencing, that threatens their very humanity.  Love and empathy for nature and animals is a sign of enlightenment and civilized existence I just have such a trouble seeing in my homeland....

The last time I visited the Lovech Zoo was in the summer of 2009, and it was when I took these couple of pictures of Alonso the Jaguar.  

I hope you enjoyed your last walk in the wild, buddy!