It might be hollow cement, but the weeds sure didn’t have any trouble growing inside.
I’ve been making an effort lately to try and trim out some of the fat from the list of accounts I follow here on IG. As much as possible, I’d like to expose myself to great photography and photographers. That’s not to say I’m unfollowing friends ... but I have parted ways with a few accounts that weren’t producing the kind of images I want to see in order to help improve my eye. I suppose I’m too old to be much of a selfie taker—the 90s kid in me probably wouldn’t let me anyway—but I’m not on here to glorify the highlights of my life, or share my sultry duckface with you either. Lately I’ve really been into quieter, more thought-provoking stuff, as well as minimalistic and/or almost abstract photographs that would almost be stuff-of-life if they weren’t so tight in and restrained.
If you’re looking for a new perspective, check out @johnny_doepp. His work is nothing but dope all the time.
And if you’re into more Americana scenes and documentary-esque truth, I can’t get enough of @marktpower.
Please let us introduce our new family member, CHANA🐾🐕
3 months old ♀. We had a tough summer after losing Koko. His passing will stick in our minds for the rest of our lives. We think and talk about him every day. Talking to a photo of him is now a daily thing.
But it's been over 100 days since Koko's passing, and we gradually started to talk about adopting a dog.
There are WAY TOO MANY cats and dogs who need a new home. Every day, many of them are killed in the gas chambers all over Japan, which is so devastating and awful. We visited the local shelter and an event for adoption, then one day we also found a pet-adoption website called "ペットのおうち" https://www.pet-home.jp/
Through the website, one puppy that looked like Koko popped up and we were super surprised. What struck me most was the dog's eyes. I thought this puppy had very similar eyes and gaze to Koko's. Even the color of the coat and the body looked similar. And the puppy was born in Aya town in Miyazaki, which happened to be Koko's birthplace as well... My heart started to beat a bit faster.
However, we almost made a decision to adopt a different dog in Okinawa. The one in Okinawa was a young adult dog so maybe it's a little more difficult for the dog to find a new home than a puppy.
But again, some universal force or a miracle or whatever it is called us. Some people may call it destiny while others may say it's just random coincidence. We ended up adopting the puppy in Aya town.
Later on, we found out Chana was born on August 8th, 5 days after Koko passed away. Chana has 5 siblings (same as Koko), and the last born of the litter (same as Koko). Also, the interesting thing is that Chana's parents both have all-brown coats and all the other siblings as well except Chana. She is the only one with a white and brown coat.
She's been with us for three days, but it feels like she's been with us for a while because she's super chilled and relaxed at home from day one. We were expecting she would cry for her mother but she made herself at home immediately and slept so well with her legs sticking up in the air😂 She's a quick learner, very affectionate and sweet so we couldn't be any happier.
I’ve been reading about the geometry in nature and art lately, so it’s hard NOT to see lines and shapes like these. The Rule of Thirds has a mixed reputation in the photography world—some swear by it as a way to make images more pleasing to the eye, others knock it as a beginner’s crutch to move past sooner rather than later—but it’s not without use. Long story short, it’s basically a trick to approximate the geometry artists have used for centuries. There is the Golden Ratio (or Section, if you prefer) and the diagonals and their reciprocals, but any image can be divided into sections in nearly unlimited ways. It turns out the Rule of Thirds can fudge most of the regular sections. The trick is not to hold too strictly to the Rule. Basically, a rule of Rough Thirds™️ can serve in more situations than you might think.
日本語の言い方はよく分かりませんが、3分の1ルール（Rule of Thirds）はカメラの世界にはよく耳に入ると思います。そのルールをちょっとバカにする人もいて、（特に初心者に）結構進めるひともいますね。撮り方の一つとしてもちろん使えない事はないと思います。もっと複雑な撮り方や技術的な理論もありますが、3分の1ルールでそのふうな撮り方に近づけららると思います。なので、ラフな3分の1ルールを使ってみたらどうですか？ .