Flags, Minimal, My creations, Pepsi, South Korea

South Korea + Pepsi

If I hadn’t made it clear by now – I love awesome coincidences, like the one with the Flag of Turkey. However, my restless eyes don’t…rest, and I managed to find a relationship between two things – the flag of South Korea and the (now obsolete) logo of Pepsi.

I want to make it clear. This is absolutely not meant to offend anybody or mock South Korea.In fact, South Korea is one of the countries I look up to and hope to be able to visit one day. I’m making this kind of pieces just for the sake of finding hidden coincidental relations between, at first sight, completely unrelated objects/ideas/representations/pictures/etc. It makes me feel like finding an “Easter egg”, but in real life.

 

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Experimental, Minimal, My creations, Photography

go west.

A few days ago I was out in the town to find a memory card for my camera. Since I know it’s old I had to take it to see if newer and faster ones can be used on it; turns out it can’t. I decided to take some shots while I was wandering back and forth. This is a lamp post near Dimitrovgrad’s Kaufland.  I tried to catch only the sky and the lamp post, for it creates the illusion that is somewhere really up high, while in reality it’s just ten meters from the ground.

I like the picture, but it wasn’t anything special – just a lamp post. Everyone can take a shot of a lamp post if he has a decent camera. That’s why I added the letter N, S, E and W. As have probably figured out, they stand for North, South, East and West. Nevertheless, I intentionally placed the N in the left position, because when arranged in such way I got the word NEWS. It’s not a masterpiece, but at least, I think, is something unusual.

dA link: go west.

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Experimental, Parents, People, Photography

pizza n dad

Yesterday we were at a pizzeria with my parents, for the first time in probably eight years. However, it’s not the pizza that is important. I had my camera and decided to take some indoor shots, and my mama is always eager to be photographed. I took some shots of her, and after that I took one of my father, and I liked it so much. It’s not that he has the beauty of a model, but I have thought for quite a long time that he is in good terms with cameras.

Here are some (not so well taken) shots:

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Haiku, Minimal, My creations, Writing

Haiku 101

So as I mentioned in my last post, I started trying to compose decent haikus. I have originally written them in Bulgarian, but I will make a quick translation so they can be understood by more people here.

1.

BG

Ръжда на стена.

Вълнички в локвата, докато

слънцето гасне.

EN

Rust on a wall.

Ripples in the puddle, while

the sun sets.

2.

BG

Синя тишина

над елите обгърнати в бяло.

Алено петно от птичка.

EN

Blue silence

over the white coated firs.

Bird’s crimson stain.

3.

BG

Път и стени от бетон.

По полегатия наклон

се търкаля топка.

EN

Concrete path and walls.

On the slanted surfice

a ball rolls.

4.

BG

Пее сирена на линейка.

Измежду кривото желязо

е, вече, вечно спящия.

EN

An ambulance alarm sings.

In between the awry metal

is the one, now, forever asleep.

The most notable difference between most haikus I’ve read and those four, is that I don’t focus on seasons or nature, but instead, on urban settings and death. “Why?” you ask. I like the unpretentious look of almost anything urban – rusty pipes, walls made from concrete with the fixture sticking out or bathed in graffiti, etc. About death – I think it makes things nostalgically romantic, because it evokes the feeling of inability to do anything about it.

I write whenever I come up with idea I regard as original, but right now I have focused on an idea I have about those four pieces, which I will share in a later post when completed.

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Haiku, Japan, Minimal, Writing

Introduction to Haiku 101

I don’t try to hide the fact that I’m fond of Japan. I like the country for so many reasons: it differs from other countries in so many ways, it is so well developed technologically, there is an utterly funny sense of humor I’ve witnessed in animes, the cool-looking hieroglyphs they use, and most of all – their unique visual art pieces. One of my dreams is to visit Japan and live there for at least 12 months, for I want to get well acquainted with the characteristics Japanese culture. I’m on the opinion that in order to genuinely experience some new place (city, or in this case, whole country) and its culture, shooting photos of oneself with famous monuments does not suffice.

For instance, if I visit a new destination, I’d much rather take slow walks by myself, because in this way I can observe streets, residents of the city/country walking on the streets, buildings and their facades, plants in the urban environment, stores were people buy products, et cetera, without rushing with an intimidating flock called tour group. I care how people live their lives in their culture, so I can understand how it differs from the one I grew up in.

So if I’m to visit my dream destination, I’d like to experience as much of it as possible, so I gradually try to learn more about it. The first thing to research was their writing system, and was interesting for me to find that Japanese have 3 writing systems – kanji, hiragana and katakana; this put a stop to my wondering why I see only very simple symbols in animes, when in fact, there are hieroglyphs that take more than twenty brush strokes to be drawn.

Later on I remembered there is an interesting form of literature called Haiku. It consists of only three lines, normally each with a word count ranging from three to five (but, of course, there may be less or more words). Haiku is not really literature, but it is a way of expressing a mood or scenery with words. I find it to be quite powerful, because the haiku just tells you what objects/subjects/senses to include, and it’s up to the conscience to draw the picture. The cool thing about it is that based on individual ideas and experiences, people form their unique interpretations, which sometimes differ dramatically from one another.

Almost concurrently with my interest in haiku, I developed an interest in pieces of art, which represent ideas in utterly minimalistic fashion: one such is minimalistic pixel art, which is about creating shapes pixel by pixel that take as small number of pixels as possible. Since I love creating things (at the moment mainly visual art) I decided to give writing haiku a try. I haven’t pushed myself to write a lot of haikus, but have read a decent number in order to get an idea about the structure.

I will post them in my next blog post, because this one will get like an octopus with feet sticking out of its forehead.

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Flags, My creations

Parashoot

The idea for this image came quite accidentally – after our prom, there was an excursion in Turkey organized by our high school for the graduating class. On our way home to Bulgaria there were Turkish flags hanging down from building’s facades. There I noticed that the star and the crescent remind me a lot of a parachutist, and the more I looked, the more I got excited to make a picture of it. Nevertheless, I had doubts at one time, because I wasn’t sure that this to-be-image of mine would be well received, so I asked a friend about the issue (she is Turkish), and she only confirmed my thoughts. I was disappointed by her answer (I had hoped she would encourage me to create the picture), but I really wanted to create it, for I was marveled by the coincidence of a flag baring visual resemblance with such an unconnected with it thing, such as parachuting (or at least, I am not aware of such connection). However, when the person I work under in the municipality saw the picture, although he seemed to like it, he advised me to take it off the internet, because I could be “risking somebody to take a good beating”. I was rather surprised his opinion, but if I took down each one of my pieces, just because someone would not be happy about I, then what is the point in expressing my ideas.

I hope there aren’t too many people unhappy with this image, but I made it for the sake of art and original thought, so I suppose I’m ready to swallow some negative feedback, plus, there is always going to be someone not happy about the stuff one does, so I think it is only normal.

I named it “Parashoot”, because if pronounced, it would sound just as the original word would, and also because I often try to avoid trivial name-giving to my pieces

deviantART link: Parashoot

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Suzume

I had started trying to draw Japanese character with a small marker, but after some time I thought I could try to draw some simple shape and I chose this something to be my favorite animal – a sparrow. After several tries I managed to make it the way I like – with just a few strokes (6)

I outlined the photo in Photoshop, and thought of leaving it as a single shape on the sheet, but it looked too empty, so I decided to make a few little sparrows. Then I remember a saying my English teacher once said that is of great significance to me – “You’ve got to not only fit in, but also stand out”. It reminds me of “Things are not only black and white”. That was the reason I decided the thing to strive for was not perfection (something absolute and extreme), but balance.

That’s why there is the blue sparrow – its size and shape fit the designated place among the other yellow ones, but at the same its color makes it pop up (stand out), and is the first object to take the viewer’s attention.

I think the same is with people. Some try so desperately to fit in a certain circle of people that they eventually lose their unique characteristics, and vice versa – some try so hard to stand out, that the eventually might get exiled by society. This sounds a little bit like Punk/Emo/Goth fans and people that pierce every part of their body (I’ll stop here, because some of these people might have reasons other than popping, and I might get wrong with stereotyping them in such manner). I think that, naturally, these people would give up such extremes and start behaving and looking a bit more “normal” (normal should mean “the most common in society”). It’s all about the balance of not only getting assimilated by the norm, but also not distancing yourself from others with standing out too much.

Btw: Sparrow in Japanese is Suzume (or at least that is what Google Translate said)

Btw2: In deviantART I name the image “fiso” after “fit in / stand out”.

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