Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Interesting Quote

 "Whatever you practice, that's what your performances will look like."
- Shira, on

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Sharon Kihara LA..

Saw this in one of my facebook feeds, it totally made my day over the most stressful week.
It calms me, slows me down... It's real.
It seems real to me for some real. Like this is what is beauty.

hm. stress = ?

Is it a bad thing when I feel like when I'm under extreme stress and working off of 3 hours of sleep, I feel like I'm doing something with my life... or I'm getting things actually accomplished. And when I'm not stressed, I feel like I'm a bump on a log...

Some how I don't think that's healthy.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Why Bellydance...

Why Bellydance?
Going through the photography process again... It's exploding the love I have for bellydance. And why I fell so in love with it.  Without explaining the whole journey to bellydance... I'm just going to explain whats most relevant..

Dance has always given me joy in hard times... I could be having the worst day but if I youtube it up, I guarantee my spirits will be lifted.

Belly dance feels right to me, no other dance form does the same thing. I love how in touch I feel in dance posture. I love feeling my weight against the ground. Interpreting music. Having full control over your practice. Getting better by your own deeds.
Seeing empowered woman of all sizes and ages dancing.  Seeing the heavy set woman, and crying over how beautiful her performance was.  Finding and feeling that peace within myself through dance.  Keeping my mind sharp.  Its not about the chaos of time, so-n-so didn't email me back the outside world. It takes time to get better and to become great! And I surprisingly accept this with all my heart.  This is the *only* thing I have ever accepted patience with.  It's much more quiet. I CAN FOCUS ON THE ART. Solely on the Art. Nothing else. That's what its about. And NOBODY can take this art away from me. Art WILL get made, as long as I, and only I do it. Belly dance allows me to create extremely freely! Dance is open space. Open space. Not all art forms are like that!

Going back to the worries I had on dance.. I say, Look at the sheer creative freedom.  Look at your schedule.  There is no explaining your concept to other people to hopefully hop on board, that's extremely limiting to your creative ability.  But with dance, its a personal journey. Love yourself! Love what moves you've leaned!
Don't focus so much on what other people are doing, Watch the people that truly inspire you to dance. Don't watch or take a class because so-n-so telling me to. NO, this is your *own* journey and nobody else's! Do what feels right.

It's about self love and personal journey.
That's what it's about for me.
I'm developing a renewed appreciation. <3
And I have a smile shining on my face...

Mahafsoun Metal Bellydance ~ Septicflesh {Apocalypse}

Metal and Belly dance done right!

I LOVE This.
And I love that she doesn't label herself with a style.
It's about the music.

In the case I ever forget, Why I Left Photography.

Seriously I do forget sometimes why I left. You think to yourself, oh it couldn't have been that bad!?!? ... After a year+ long hiatus, I now remember why I took it...

As I move forward in my retouching business... I now understand the choices I have made in becoming a retoucher and a student of dance.
What photography brings me...
Conceptualizing is a strong suite of mine, in any form of art.
But it's the process after the concept...
There is nothing worse than having to rely on other people in order to create your art. Period.
Your hard work is literally nothing, as in the ART LITERALLY WILL NOT GET MADE if you don't at the very least have a model.
I produce quality work so, my vision is clearer with a hair and makeup artist. Again my vision clearer with wardrobe styling. MORE FUCKING PEOPLE!
Now, Where are you going to shoot? Will you find it? If you do find it, is it city property and will you need a permit? Is it inside--Will you need to pay for the location?...
Even typing this all makes me want to cut my head off.

Now Scheduling: I am a very prompt person. I want a response within 12 hours maximum. 24 hours curtesy. Please don't get me started on the inconsiderate bastard fuckers who don't reply at all! And you wait, (it's getting closer to shoot date), and you wait (it's getting closer to shoot date), and you wait.... OH SHIT! Tomorrows the shoot, thank you FUCKERS ! Anyone who isn't professional and is not prompt--I will not work with again! Period. I don't care how good your shit is!

And see, I'm PISSED, and this should be something that brings good energy to me. It's MY mother fucking art!

On top of that, if I'm keeping up with the latest trends this that, I can't help to criticize myself as a model... "Why can't I lose 20 more pounds when I'm already 105lbs!?!?" "Why can't I grow an extra 8 inches?" "How come I don't have as good of bone structure as her?" "Why doesn't my agency do that for me!?!" BULL FUCKING SHIT!

Oh by the way if you want to work TFP, Pray to god that the people show up to your shoot too! Because how sad would that be if you have a makeup artist, a wardrobe stylist, and my fucking artwork on the line-- and the model is "sick" !!! Yep, the artwork is just not going to made! PERIOD. And also time to spill out your apologies to the other people that just waisted their time...

Oh, and have fun lugging around 100 pounds of equipment too!
That is why I left. Now I'm pissed off all over fucking again!!!!

The only actual JOY I receive is sitting down on my ass looking through the photographs ALONE on my computer, and editing! Peace and quiet while I stare at the photograph for hours on end, with music playing in the background! That is LOVE. That is peaceful. I just love starring at photographs. That is the BEST part of it all.

And that is why I'm starting my own retouch business.
And with dance, Where do I begin? It's a whole nother blog of joy!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Copying or Creatively Borrowing?

There was a discussion on facebook about where is the line crossed between copying and originality:

My thoughts are this:

There is nothing new under the sun and,
"If a piece is heavily inspired by another artist, respectfully give credit to them.
Also, on the other hand, no one can create something *exactly* like anyone else.  Nobody is exactly like you down to your background, life experiences, influences, and even body type (in the case of dance)…ext. And all those things (whether its apparent or not) can play role in your work"
-D. Locke

Copying is also a form of flattery. Just putting it out there...

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Ariellah at Lumen Obscura

She is a master at emotion and dance. I hope to one be able to get a crowd that HYPED. Damn..

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Beats Antique & Zoe Jakes

I've just been really obsessed with this performance. and the song of course.
I love the atmosphere, the small stage, the crowd, and her belly rolls. Lovely

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Tribal Fusion Star Vorobiova Gala трайбл фьюжн

She makes Relic sooooo strong! Her attitude and personality on stage is so inspiring!
And I love what molarmama5 had to say, "... Vorobiova, has her own "trademark"style, that can best be described as pure Rachel Brice fused with elements of Mother Russia..."

Love it

"This song looks good on her body"-d. locke

I LOVE this song choice! its sooo unconventional - and so strange that I LIKE IT!
This is what I call a "this song looks good on her body" (quote:Dominique Locke) because she can move like a robot. Theres this discomfort in song, and this matching concept in the dancing! It works! I love her exit, there's some really great moments. I can't believe this is her first performance. Much love

Spain's Greatest, Aisayah

She truly understands what it means to dance slow. She is AMAZING! I mean she *gets* the music. I love how she's also well immersed in Oriental style. I've been watching her videos for the past week as well. You won't believe how hard it is to find a talented tribal fusion frequent youtuber--I haven't seen very many like her and Kendra Searls. They really stuck out.

Kendra Searls Solo-2010 Compassion Benefit

We definitely need more of her videos!
p.s. fuck the mainstream!

Matches to Paper Dolls - Kendra-The Haunted Forest 2010

I've been watching Kendra Searls videos this past week and I ADORE her music decisions! And this gives me goosebumps! I truly think she is an amazing dancer, and inspires to perform like no one else right now.  She's so fluid.