Friday, July 23, 2010

Portrait of Andy

below are four images I took and composited together to make the image above. I am very happy with the uneven tones in his face because it sets the mood. As for the added in sort of monster teeth, I was going for a sort of Cabinet of Dr. Caligari look.




Thursday, July 22, 2010

Inception



I don't usually write reviews for movies, and i don't really want to think of this as one. Instead, I am simply stating how I felt about it because I took this picture and it reminds me of the movie. Let me also state that I am not a writer. So don't judge me.

The movie Inception was entertaining, anyone who says different is a robot, and you should probably avoid them altogether because they haven't any feelings anyway. This was an action packed movie. For me, that is the part that kind of kills it, notice I said "kind of".

Aside from it being entertaining, I feel like the only good acting was done by Leonardo DiCaprio and Marion Cotillard. I thought Cotillard's acting was chilling and very eerie. DiCaprio would surprise me more if he was bad in a movie. As for Ellen Page, my double, I don't really feel like she had to do a lot of acting in this movie. I suppose it isn't her fault, her character just never had to show a range of emotion, and that goes for almost all of the other characters. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, handsome, that was his part in the movie.

As for casting, Jeff Albers, made a rather good point that I can't help but agree with. Ellen Page was not right for the movie. Here we have a bunch of actors that seemed to fit the role and the age, and then in comes young trendy girl in college. It just didn't seem to fit.

The cinematography was really beautiful. There was one part that stuck out to me the most. When they were in the second stage, in the hotel room, and DiCaprio's character looks up at the curtains and their blowing, and he thinks of his wife, and the camera movement in the moment just blew me away. Other than that, I love it when they slowed down the frames, it's beautiful, but kind of, in my mind, like people winning photo contests because they take a picture of a cute baby or puppy. If you know what i mean....?

The CGI in this movie was really fantastic, one of the best displays i have ever seen!

I don't want to give anything away so I wont really talk about the ending.

Christopher Nolan really does know how to put on a good show!

It was worth the money we paid and I was highly entertained. Were there things I would like to change about it? Golly Gee Whiz, yes! amen.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

holy smoke and bad kittens too!


Jeff Albers, my favorite writer *, recently created a blog. I cannot tell you how good it is, you wouldn't believe me. So, instead, you can go find out for yourself, here. You don't have to thank me, person I do or don't know.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Mother may I?

Cathy Cram, the mother to me and my sisters. She is a human with a heart of platinum. (isn't platinum what all the cool kids want these days? it's not gold anymore, right?) Nevertheless, she is my Mother Theresa. This woman goes and visits the elderly in hospitals and she writes to people she doesn't know in prison and brings food to the elderly at their houses and watches squirrels and she is my mom. This woman is Mother Peace. I can almost guarantee she's praying for you. So if you see this woman around, look her in the eye, hold her hand and tell her how much you appreciate her.



Look at how silly my mom is. isn't she wonderful?

she is the woman of the year!

Just adorable!


Monday, July 12, 2010

Los Angeles

Elizabeth DiGiovanni, a Photography teacher at my school, Cypress College, took me and two others to Los Angeles to see several galleries and to meet showing artists. The funniest part of this is that I have never actually taken her class. She is just the type of teacher that really wants to make an impact on students, which I love and really appreciate! Anyway, Here we are in China Town at night and I am overwhelmed with a feeling of stillness. and then I took these.



above is Luis, one of the other students that went. You've seen him before on here, if you're a regular. This was a 15 second exposure, so kudos to him for standing there and not moving!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Tiej Teets of Olive Garden 1103

This is Tiej receiving an award at our meeting.

I pulled Tiej aside and photographed him. I think he enjoyed it as much as I did.


Tiej in the last couple months, was hired at the Olive Garden, in Brea, where I work. He has HFA. When Tiej was hired, we didn't quite get along that well, I think we hit it off to a rocky start. Then again, from what I hear, I make terrible first impressions on people, so I guess it makes sense. When Tiej began working at Olive Garden, his first task was opening the door for people, which is absolutely as boring as it sounds, I know because I've done it many times! So he would stand and open the door as people came and went, and you could tell he was bored because he would be thinking about something else and then not notice that people were opening the doors for themselves. I think the managers realized that he was unhappy being the door man, so they had everyone train him to seat the East side. After a couple weeks of that he learned to seat the West side. Now he can seat the entire restaurant.

Tiej and I work great together now. We have a special handshake called the Jellyfish. and I can make him laugh when he gets upset with me. He's always giving me hugs!

The other day I went into work and I was opening like I normally do, checking to see if everything was stocked. After I finished all my work, I decided to eat breakfast. While I was eating, I looked over and noticed Tiej was helping the bussers put away all the wine glasses. They didn't even ask him to help, he just did it and he wasn't even on the clock yet.

He really loves his job. One time I even ask him "how do you like this job" and he puffed up his shoulders so he was standing up straight and he said, "I love my job!" It was really wonderful.

I suppose I have learned this from Tiej, find what you love and do it.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Mother to Earth

Pauline Hollinger Faye, wife to Tom and mother to all. Tom and Pauline don't have any biological children, but they have the earth to look after and they are such great earth parents! Pauline Faye is a flight attendant and her second career is organizing her cook and photo books. Pauline is one of the happiest, most optimistic persons I have ever come across.


She is a beautiful woman in so many ways!

This is Pauline and Jojo seeing each other for the first time since they were eight.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Holly Malia Cram

This is Holly Cram. She is my oldest sister. She is beautiful, isn't she? This pictures reminds me of a snow tiger for some reason.