Yesterday was such an amazingly beautiful day, even for southern California standards. In Malibu, about 75 degrees and not a cloud in site. So we went out to the beach and enjoyed the sand in between our toes and the wind in our hair. We even ran into a friend. Charlie has been out surfing several times over the years, as I've posted in the past. Charlie's surfing buddy, Steve, was there, having spent the whole morning surfing, and then going back out with his camera to capture some of his stunning surf-photography. His work is really gorgeous, I am totally in awe of his photography, I can't wait to see what he captured yesterday! But really, he's just such a super cool guy for being a nice friend to Charlie. Charlie has instinct for good people, and he immediately spotted his friend!
A little bit about autism: I think it might have been Steve who once described taking kids with autism out surfing. He said (if it was him, in any case the writer said) something like, imagine all the sounds of the world being so overwhelming and loud, imagine the many people feeling like they're all coming at you, your world is chaotic and noisy and frightening at times. Then you go out into the ocean, the noises get further and further away, the mass of people left on the beach, with a barrier of water between you. The rocking motion of the waves lull you into a tranquil calm. The overwhelming sounds of life and the confusion of voices is replaced with ocean mist and water ripples. I totally see the ocean calling Charlie. He knows our exit off the freeway, and with his one word command, he insists "Beach!" from the backseat. You can see the pure joy on his face in these pics. And it makes Mom even happier to see! Over the years, I've had a few heart attacks as he makes a b-line straight for the water and will go right in! I've heard from other autism parents, "Oh, I couldn't let him go." And believe me, even last summer, I'd yell his name all day long, running after him and dragging him out of the waves. Then at the end of the summer, he began to listen and stop when I yelled. Yesterday, he actually turned around and came back to me! Huge! So, never give up on the progress, and never give up trying. It's worth it, for their joy and for the big accomplishments in the end!
Please excuse some of the photos, my mom grabbed my camera and shot them as we were walking around. Thanks Mom! I appreciate them, but there's a few focusing issues! Haha!
When asked, "What's the best camera?" one of my favorite photographers always answers, "It's the one that's with you!" That is so true! And these days, who doesn't carry a smart phone?! I have to say, some of my biggest inspiration comes from Instagram and places where I can take a look at what others see. It has actually taught me alot about composition, coloring, capturing light. The picture is not about the incredibly expensive camera body or fancy lens, it's about the vision that went into it. So if you're out this weekend, maybe with the mothers in your life, maybe enjoying the spring sunshine, take some shots with your phone. Don't set it up, don't wait for poses, just keep snapping. You'll be surprised at the wonderful expressions you capture or the beautiful scenes. Look for lines, light, juxtapostion, anything that may make it interesting. Enjoy! And Happy Mother's Day! The Getty as seen through a phone. All images taken with Apple iPhone 5S View Kristina's Portfolio | Contact Kristina | Find Kristina on Facebook or Twitter
I was lucky to attend such an interesting informative dinner on Monday night with Mayor Villaraigosa, at his Residence, the Getty House, with a truly exceptional group: Monica Garcia of LAUSD, the Ambassador to Uruguay, Frank Baxter, Dr. James Rosser, president of CSULA, Gale Banks, Apple of the Black Eyed Peas, and Dr. Matthew Peterson, Nigel Nisbet & Chiara Tellini of Mind Research, discussing Public School Education and LAUSD. The Mayor has done a great job with inner-city and South LA schools in LAUSD. I have to say, I am impressed. Apple came to the US as a young kid from the Philippines. He is almost blind and was having trouble in school. Once in the US, he was able to have his sight problem diagnosed and was then able to find a way to learn. Dr. Matthew Peterson, the founder of Mind Research, was himself dyslexic, and in fifth grade still could not read. Now, he has a PhD in neuro-science and systems engineering and additional degrees in Mandarin language and literature. Oh, and he runs this extremely successful software company. Nigel Nisbet is a rock star turned mathematician and gamer which makes him a perfect player in Mind Research. What an amazing group to discuss the future of public school education. And I couldn't help but take a few of the residence and grounds. It is gorgeous.
Last weekend, I got a couple friends to go down to Chinatown with me for a reception honoring Art Shay, the legendary photojournalist. It was amazing to see rooms filled with his outstanding and memorable work. It felt like something between walking through the MOCA and sifting through Life magazines. We decided to make an evening out of it: we started at seVen grand, downtown, to have one of their famous whiskeys. Then, on to Chinatown, to the drkrm gallery, and of course ended with an authentic Chinese dinner down the street.
It's another gorgeous day in LA... which is so needed for us LA-ers. It seems I just wrote that it was getting nice out again, and, sure enough, the next day, cold and gloomy again. Ugh, enough already!! Well, it is nice today, so get out! And if you have a chance, get to the Getty. It's spectacular! It's one of our favorite spots. There are family days, garden tours, architecture tours, not to mention, the exhibits.
So, for Angelenos, it's been a coooold winter! You've seen it around town, big puffy winter jackets, scarves, hats on the non-grunge crowd, and yes... I even wore mittens a few times! And one evening, it even got down to 34! Yikes! (Ahem, see proof, for all you who mock us complaining when it hits below 60!) So, you can imagine how thrilled we are to have some sunny warm gorgeous February LA weather back! Hallelujah! Why not head out to the beach, maybe it's not bikini-weather yet, but now we can actually imagine what that might feel like again.
This weekend, I took a little drive down to Laguna Beach. I went to see an old friend from 'SC, and to meet someone he's working with, Dave Hobrecht of Hobrecht Sports Art. If you love sports, you have to check out his work! It's amazing first of all, for the way he captures the moment. And then there's his medium, he uses charcoal and pastel and layers upon layers to build depth. It's so unique it has to be seen in person. He has some really amazing new stuff coming out soon, so head down to his gallery in Laguna!
And... while I was there, of course I had my camera and took a couple shots at the beach. I love playing with tone mapping in the colors of the ocean.
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