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Bonne nuit lune

August 12, 2013

Photography lesson. I’ve been trying to be more careful to adjust my white balance, as part of taking Arrow and Apple’s Study of Light e-course. (thanks to Katie!) This time I forgot to turn the white balance option from the “cloudy” setting to “incandescent light”, so everything looks yellow. But we can just say I did it on purpose to cast a romantic sepia filter over our girls night out…

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Marina has run a youth street art festival for the last two years and the city is full of their art projects. “Now all I see are empty walls that we need to fill!” She said something that really moved me– “In big cities, there is so much art for us to consume- exhibitions, museums, galleries… Here in Mostar there is almost nothing, so we are forced to create it ourselves. And I prefer it that way!”

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  1. Julie permalink
    August 12, 2013 6:03 pm

    Marina’s comment reminds me of that article we were discussing back in November about how being in a cool, creative city can actually be bad for your art, because you don’t have enough motivation to create… remember?

    — Still in awe of the city myself, I asked if there were any drawbacks to living as a creative in Berlin. “In L.A., people actually get stuff done because you’ll go homeless if you don’t hustle. Here you can be superpoor for years and still live comfortably.” … no one seemed to be working. I started to feel somewhat cheated; things were too easy. The everyday stresses to which we were accustomed were now nonexistent. Every night there was a new adventure to take their place: parties in empty public swimming pools, raves at abandoned airports, nightclubs that stayed open for days. There were no deadlines to worry about or bosses to enforce them. There were too few limitations, and we’d lost all motivation and willpower to ever say no. —

  2. August 12, 2013 9:12 pm

    I love the yellow glow. You definitely should say you did it on purpose. 🙂 How wonderful to have a girl’s night out. 🙂

    • August 12, 2013 9:40 pm

      heck maybe next time I will actually do it on purpose! it’s like sepia without the sepia. eureka moment!

  3. August 13, 2013 9:26 pm

    Love seeing you experiment with photography! If you shoot in RAW, then you can always adjust the white balance after the fact… 🙂

    Interesting thoughts on a creative city. I never thought about it like that! Julie, I like that excerpt. It seems to touch on the tension between creativity and discipline as well. And, some neat art projects going on in Mostar!

    • August 14, 2013 8:08 am

      ahhh but i just have a sony cybershot dsc w510 and so i can’t shoot in raw! eventually i’ll upgrade 😀

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