There and back again…

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August Blues

As a kid, were you happy or anxious about going back to school? Now that you’re older, how has your attitude toward the end of the summer evolved?

The strong memory of a particular feeling i had when going back to school during my childhood was depression. Not that i didn’s have fun at school, but knowing, even as a kid, that i had 9 months of “Hard Work”, followed by 3 months of total fun, exploration, swimming and anything a child can do given the space and time, it was pretty harsh.

Back in the day when school was out for summer, the tickets were already booked, luggage ready, and the same day’s afternoon we were in Rhodes. The best part was that i had even less worries because, plain and simple, i was a kid 😀 Of course, coming September, the first contest among classmates was who had gone most times at the beach. And you could here an insane amount of 300 times in 3 months :O Growing up things changed a bit…

As a teenager, i had built stronger bonds with my friends, and i started to evaluate the time i was spending with them. As a result after a month away i had the strong desire to get back home and start roaming with them, dream about wild things in distant future, set up an all-nighter horror game marathon and most of all, lots of talk about girls! I will not mention the preparation for next year’s high school even if it is a valid reason to stop vacating. At the time i did not consider it that much.

Now, us an adult i experience something funny. Due to work i can not go for a month long vacation. It usually is a week long and most of the times weekends. All that under the restriction of financial availability 😛 The thing is that while i enjoy going on vacation i don’t mind getting back to work on Mondays and here is why.

As long as i have an occupation i consider myself on of the few lucky ones, considering where i come from. So “escaping” for a weekend to me is a full scaled “battery recharge” so that i can function properly. Of course more days would not be bad, but as i have mentioned before i like the effects of work on my mental state. It keeps my mind busy and agitated.

Maybe in ten years, things will be different. I do not know if it will be for better or for worse. That only remains to be found…

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When Luck’s not following me

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Why, Thank You?

What’s the best (or rather, worst) backhanded compliment you’ve ever received? If you can’t think of any — when’s the last time someone paid you a compliment you didn’t actually deserve?

Come on! Everytime you set a topic i blackout! It’s not that this has not happened to me but all of a sudden i forget everything!

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On the tip of my tongue

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Discussion Enders

We’ve all had exchanges where we came up with the perfect reply — ten minutes too late. Write down one of those, but this time, make sure to sign off with your grand slam (unused) zinger.

Unfortunately i can not write down the suitable discussion enders i had on my disposal in past debates or general conversations.

But it is a wonder and a kind of shame not being able to speak freely. Actually i would not call that freely but patiently. Because it is a fact that the best answers come when the discussion is over, we are relaxed and know all the facts that were presented at the discussion and all the possible outcomes of it. So all of a sudden we come with the “Answer of the Ages”. When we replay the conversation on our mind sometimes what makes the difference it is not even a sentence, just a question to the other person which can end the discussion before even it begins or even better, in case you are debating, give you the upper hand. Of course after all that thinking comes the worst part.

The worst part is mostly psychological. It is the try to memorise the previous situation and prepare all the appropriate answers. I could say that if it was possible, i would create a special room in my mind to keep just these. The sad truth is that, no matter how hard i try to memorise those answers, on the next occassion i react as if my mind gets electrocuted and all of a sudden everything is gone. I unexpectedly bring myself in a valnurable position where the only option is the defense.

I believe that confidence plays a major part in this matter and gaining some can improve things a lot.

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The Lazy me Robot

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You, Robot

Congrats — you’ve been handed a robot whose sole job is to relieve you of one chore, job, or responsibility you particularly hate. What is it?

Well to be honest, being a control freak makes things a bit difficult on this particular subject. I am a person who wants to have everything exactly where they’re left. I prefer doing chores my way than let someone else relieve me from such duty.

The only case in which i’d let a robot take the initiative and assist me, is the time i go to bed. Quite often when i am all set and ready to close my eyes, a reminder hits me and all of a sudden, i have to jump out of bed and prepare something fir the morning to come. Otherwise chances are that when i wake up it will be forgotten, and 7 out of 10 times it’s something important.

So being the Neville Longbottom that i am, i would love assigning my robot the task of remembering such duties and taking care of them, allowing me to sleep peacefully and start dreaming of seas where my imagination is not distracted and it is the only means of creating a reality…

 

 

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I remember when i lost my mind

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Opening Lines

What’s the first line of the last song you listened to (on the radio, on your music player, or anywhere else)? Use it as the first sentence of your post.

It’s a song which i hear a lot lately and gets me going. I listen to it while i hang alone and either i sit idle or start writing. It gives me a whole lot of inspiration and for some reason, depending on how i feel it can also depress me a bit.

And to be more particular it is a specific remix that i listened on the TV Series “Suits”. Its a song from Gnarls Barkley performed by Daniela Andrade.

I hope you like it, i hope you enjoy it and most of all i hope it triggers good emotions (or bad as they can also be productive) as long as they are intense!

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“Being” a light painter.

Light Painting

First of all, a very important thing you have to know, before i start flushing my thoughts down the keyboard, is that i am student of photography. In 2010 on my fourth semester we had a project labelled as “Free”. Some thought it was literal, others tried to find “the deep meaning into this and what did the professor want to tell us by saying something like this”. Personally i had no idea what to do.

And one day, while i had no intention of initiating a project in the near future i “tripped over” a facebook post with this cool guitar image which caught my attention. There, i was introduced for the first time in light painting and i started experimenting instantly. I red about the specifics concerning the “How to” part of the technique, put my guitar on the bed and shot the first shot.

electric_guitar_by_afostinis-d3ilwcs

I knew it was nothing close to the one i saw but i was speechless! The fact that while in the room there was complete darkness i created lighting exactly on the spots of the guitar i wanted was, in a way, liberating! I could use the reflection of an item or choose not to, but still light the item. I could hide something that i didn’t want to show just by not putting my flashlight on it.

After multiple shots of almost every object in the house, i started getting the hang of it. But i knew that a series of random objects would not stand for a semester project, so i had to drain my brain and take this hole thing to another level. A good thing that was happening to me at the time was the fact that i found myself, at university, surrounded by a group of people who were all about experimenting on new techniques and helping each other. Consequently there was a lot of gathering going on, either indoor or outdoor. The outdoor part was a long shot for me as i could not yet handle the surroundings but most of all, it was winter and staying still for 15/30 seconds multiple times while it’s windy and cold during the night, is a hard task. It was a good thing we had a place to gather and play with our cameras.

At the time i was also watching the tv series “Avatar: The Last Airbender” so the idea i was looking for was there. I was about to present all sorts of elements mastered from different people. Of course i started with thunder, my favorite element 🙂

Thunder Bender

You can find the complete series, including and later work, on my page at DeviantArt.

The result left me with my mouth open. When i presented the project, my teacher loved it! He encouraged me to keep going and if possible try to break all mental boundaries and take it even further. I wanted to be a photographer only to live at night! And so i did for the two years to follow. Every night as soon as the sun dropped i was outside experimenting. I did not shoot only people. Buildings were also a target. I wanted to manipulate hole structures. And i knew i could. I just had to find a way to keep my camera shooting for even longer or find a stronger source of light.

Light painting is not just a different way of taking pictures. It’s a way to create a whole new reality based on the existing one. It’s the liberty of creating light beams or giving super powers to people. It’s the idea of using the absence of light at the larger part of your image and draw the attention only where you want to be. It’s literally painting the darkness with light. You have a black canvas in which you can do whatever the hell you want!!!

To this day, i still go out at night trying to shed some light in the dark and i can tell you that the thrill and excitement is still there! I truly encourage you to do it if you have not yet done so and furthermore let me know if you do so. I would be more than happy to learn about your experience on the matter 🙂

Vinyl Trace

 

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Mood picks the spirit

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Pick Your Potion

Captain Picard was into Earl Grey tea; mention the Dude and we think: White Russians. What’s your signature beverage — and how did it achieve that status?

I don’t consider myself a regular drinker, but even when i go out or hang with friends i have a short range of beverages from which i choose and that depends on many factors.

If i get a drink after a hard day’s work, usually it is something containing alcohol because it relaxes me. Usually a nice cool beer should do the trick. Come to think of it, maybe coincidentally, i have never drunk anything else before the sun goes down. I don’t know, maybe the movies played their part in that decision. If i go out at night vodka is the first drink which i consider but always with a fruit juice in it. Nothing in particular but something to make the whole thing a bit more interesting. I know for a fact that whiskey is the one drink i’ll never have due to the disastrous effects it has on me.

Furthermore, life in Greece offers a few more options especially during the elevated summer spirit. Usually around 4 pm when we are all done working or doing chores, we set up a meeting at a local tavern by the sea where we order snacks and lots of ouzo or raki. Strong beverages with immediate results. Suddenly we are a company of 3 or more who start singing out loud and laugh even louder. Usually the people from the tables around are amused and join our company but of course in this perfect world there are those who get all grumpy and aggressive when they see someone having a blast. I sincerely don’t blame anyone as i understand one’s problems at the time. Actually i have mine and maybe the reason i look forward to drink sometimes is letting go of that problems for a few hours and just enjoy the moment.

On the other hand, when i am all alone i prefer non alcoholic beverages, on an attempt to relax and bring myself on a state of going to bed. Something hot maybe like a nice cup of tea with honey and a good lounge playlist. I consider these things some of the finest to lift my spirit.

On an attempt to get to the bottom of it i don’t really know why i choose this drink when i am alone. Maybe it’s all about the tranquility or maybe i’m a bit ashamed of drinking tea in front of my friends because of all the mockery 😛 And i would hate dropping this habit out of reaction to their comments, so let’s just keep it between you and me for the time being 🙂

So bottoms up but always in moderation! 😀

Sol & Somersbie :)

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