Chapter VIXIV
Remember to love yourself.


Escapades in Seattle, WA.
Originally from Indio, CA

All photos copyrighted by me unless stated otherwise.

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Daily RemindersSept. 18, 2014Photo by chaptervixiv.

Daily Reminders
Sept. 18, 2014
Photo by chaptervixiv.


Parallel ParkingSept. 18, 2014Photo by Lulu.

Kickin’ it on the rooftop in Cap. Hill.

Parallel Parking
Sept. 18, 2014
Photo by Lulu.

Kickin’ it on the rooftop in Cap. Hill.

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Black Weirdo Party; Seattle

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Sound System
Sept. 18, 2014
Photos by chaptervixiv.
Bottom row instaxs & 2nd photo taken by alexislim.
2nd to last photo taken by Lulu.

Locations:
Moe Bar, Capitol Hill, Seattle

260/365

My day started off pretty gloomy, but it picked up towards the end of the day.

I went out to Sound System with Tuyen, Lulu, Alexis, & James. Other folks I knew came out too so it was great to see everyone dancing and enjoying their time. 

I had a Skittles shot for the first time and by the end of the night we headed to Dick’s then saw a view of the Space Needle.

It was so pretttttyyyy, ahhhh.
Too bad I didn’t have a camera to capture it clearly.

Looking back on my night it didn’t seem that long, but it hella felt that way, full of laughs and good company. I definitely needed a night out with wonderful souls.

So the reason why you see two photos of Lulu & I next to my car is because we parked on top of the curb and was really proud.

And James, Alexis, and I with our strong squat game.


Update / ReflectionSept. 19, 201405:12AM

What is sleep?
I finally found time to update my website.I got rid of most of my old work and added my recent work, more specifically actions & rallies I’ve attended.
I need to be real with myself, I no longer photograph with the same aesthetics as I did before. Most of my work is centered on actions, rallies, and vigils. I never expected I would go down this route with my photography, but I feel a lot more whole knowing the work I do isn’t empty. I want my photographs to go beyond pretty. I want it to capture what is happening in the world, the movement, the struggles, and the communities around me. I guess I’m trying to distance myself from that picture perfect image, whatever I was doing before I moved here. I am discontinuing that.
I realize that the reason I’m so depressed about my work is that my art isn’t coming from the heart. For the past several years, it was merely to achieve a certain aesthetic that wasn’t a part of me. I felt detached to my photographs and that’s not something I want. 
I know enough to distinguish that I don’t want to photograph the same way I used to anymore. I want to work on my skills and composition. I want to be able to convey deep emotions, experiences, and stories of those around me. I want to share my sorrows and happiness, but not the kind that is airbrushed. I want to dive deeper than what is expected of a pretty photograph.
It’s going to be hard letting go of the old me, but it is needed of me to grow as an artist. It’s not going to be easy, but it’s a journey I’m willing to work towards. I just have to let go of everything I know that concerns how my photographs should look like to others. I need to remember that I do not have to edit for others anymore. I do not have to succumb to that.
Keep shooting, keep making mistakes, keep practicing because I can’t be stagnant if I’m constantly moving. And every now and then a break is fine too, so long as I remember to get back up.
I’m going to be okay.

Update / Reflection
Sept. 19, 2014
05:12AM

What is sleep?

I finally found time to update my website.
I got rid of most of my old work and added my recent work, more specifically actions & rallies I’ve attended.

I need to be real with myself, I no longer photograph with the same aesthetics as I did before. Most of my work is centered on actions, rallies, and vigils. I never expected I would go down this route with my photography, but I feel a lot more whole knowing the work I do isn’t empty. I want my photographs to go beyond pretty. I want it to capture what is happening in the world, the movement, the struggles, and the communities around me. I guess I’m trying to distance myself from that picture perfect image, whatever I was doing before I moved here. I am discontinuing that.

I realize that the reason I’m so depressed about my work is that my art isn’t coming from the heart. For the past several years, it was merely to achieve a certain aesthetic that wasn’t a part of me. I felt detached to my photographs and that’s not something I want. 

I know enough to distinguish that I don’t want to photograph the same way I used to anymore. I want to work on my skills and composition. I want to be able to convey deep emotions, experiences, and stories of those around me. I want to share my sorrows and happiness, but not the kind that is airbrushed. I want to dive deeper than what is expected of a pretty photograph.

It’s going to be hard letting go of the old me, but it is needed of me to grow as an artist. It’s not going to be easy, but it’s a journey I’m willing to work towards. I just have to let go of everything I know that concerns how my photographs should look like to others. I need to remember that I do not have to edit for others anymore. I do not have to succumb to that.

Keep shooting, keep making mistakes, keep practicing because I can’t be stagnant if I’m constantly moving. And every now and then a break is fine too, so long as I remember to get back up.

I’m going to be okay.

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With iOS 8 law enforcement can now control your phone and prevent you from taking photos, videos and recordings of officers when they are near. The apps will be disabled within a certain radius. Capturing any police brutality is now prohibited.

Apple employee who demands to remain anonymous

Sept. 17, 2014

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Is this shit for real? 
Why the fuck is Apple supporting the cops?

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angrywocunited:

This white sasquatch needs to read a history book. Your people stole this land from Native Americans, this land is Native land and it will always be. You have the audacity to complain about the existence of black Americans in America when your people brought them here because whites were too fucking lazy to do their own labor. Then you have the audacity to call Black Americans lazy. 

You don’t own America, you never will.

Go back to fucking Europe.

This is from a Vice’s documentary called The KKK vs. the Crips vs. Memphis City Council . Huge trigger warning, lots of white ignorance and narcissism. 

For the people who claim racism no longer exists, this was documented in 2013. 

2013.

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johnisdead:

let me be perfectly queer

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mikeislegend said: YOU GOT THIS! :D P.S. let’s get Petersons and take ridiculous photos when you visit back down here?

If I have access to a car I will visit SD!
If not and you’re able, come to the valley!