David's Blog

REGRET

„Regretting time is even more wasted time" says the tattoo on Diana's leg.

Regret is not helping us.
Our life experiences shape us, good and bad.
We learn. And we avoid repeating same bad experiences.

One day I was tortured with regrets about my life.
Then asked myself: "Are you happy with your life and who you are?" – YES!
So, I made the right decisions.

Regretting things, you have NOT DONE is even worse.

So, DO & take ACTION, collect more experiences (good & bad) and take risks, so your future self does not regret anything.

FIRST TIME

Today I took my morning cold shower, right before sunset. FIRST TIME.

I saw my bathroom in a "different light". FIRST TIME.
So excited, that I run to get my camera & took pictures without having clothes on. FIRST TIME.

BOOM, the dice show: ONE.

Rushing to the computer. What can I write to the photo?

If we leave our routine, we experience things for the FIRST TIME.
The feeling of experiencing something for the FIRST TIME is amazing!

Let's leave our routines and experience things for the FIRST TIME!

JOURNEY

Marcos is learning photography. Photography is a great tool to enhance your life!

We went for a walk with our cameras and I shared my thoughts with him.

A lot of information!

The most important is: to analyze the photos you like and understand why you like them.
Basically, it is learning and training to "be attentive".

Bon Voyage!

"The difference between something good and something great is attention to detail."

ONLY in MEXICO!

This is one of the reasons I love Mexico: it is full of surprises. So surreal!

On my daily late night walk, I went to get ice cream.
Eating my ice cream on the way back, I saw horses. HORSES!
In a residential area, without chains & without someone taking care of them.

Surreal. It felt like being in a dream.

Mexico, I love you!

"Give me an authentic woman, and I'm happy."

"Fire in the heart sends smoke to the head."

DON'T ACCEPT IT

How do you deal with negativity, jealousy, criticism, insults and accusations of people?

Imagine:

If someone wants to give you a present and you kindly don't accept it - what happens to the present?
The present stays with that person.

Words have energy. The whole universe is full of energy.
If you don't react the energy stays with that person.

Like a mirror. Which bounces back the light.

You don't have to react, answer, explain or defend yourself.

Stay positive, be aware and guard yourself of negativity!

"I wasn't really naked. I simply didn't have any clothes on."

Kids don't have shame. They scream, dance and show their feelings.

They connect easily with other kids. They say what they desire.
They are impulsive and playful.

We adults have shame, act serious and hide our feelings.
We struggle to make new connections. We don't talk about our desires.
We are very analytical and overly protective.

why?

We learned it.

But we can un-learn it!

Kids learn from adults. Can't adults learn from kids?

How would the world look like if the adults would be more like kids?

"Beauty has so many forms, and I think the most beautiful thing is confidence and loving yourself."

NO MORE DREAMS

I used to have many dreams. Not anymore!

Dreams are fiction and for the night.
I used to dream to do sensual artistic photos.
But it was just a dream. What I did do to make it happen?
Nothing.
I decided to have PLANS instead of dreams.
Plans are real.
So I started to tell my friends about my plans.
And everything changed.

Dreams for the night.
Plans for the day.

"Beauty means expression and being your most authentic self."

"Take risks and try new things."

CONFIDENCE

What is confidence?

Is it to be always strong from the inside and outside?

NO!

The word "confidence" means "to trust"

To trust in oneself!
To take a step into the unknown. To take a risk.
To trust, no matter what happens, I can handle it.

That is confidence. To trust yourself.

How much do you trust yourself?

I HATE SELFIES

That's what I said a few weeks ago to a friend.

We were talking about photography.
She likes to take selfies and is good at it.

I told her that I hate selfies.

She encouraged me to do selfies.
So I accepted the challenge.
I am a photographer after all! And I want to experience every style of photography.
Many selfies! And She always gave me feedback and encouraged me to continue.

It felt very uncomfortable in the beginning. VERY! I almost stopped.
Not anymore.
Now I like it.

Saying sometimes YES to things we say NO, can be rewarding.
Maybe if we say YES, it won't change anything. But maybe it does!

YES YES YES!

Thank you, Montserrat for challenging me.

What is the next challenge?

LUCK

How do you think about LUCK?

I used to think, LUCK is something just happens - I have no control.

Today I realized: LUCK depends on YOU!

This golden pillow with it's reflections inspired to pull out my camera.

DESIRE: I wanted to take a creative photo which will make me happy
PLANNING: Where I can take a photo now in my house?
OPPORTUNITY: I found a good location with perfect light conditions
ACTION: I throw the dice many many times
PATIENCE: It took me many attempts to get the right shot

ALL those things made LUCK happen!

You have to desire, plan, find an opportunity, take action and be patient.
AND
LUCK will come to YOU!

GOOD LUCK!

THANK YOU

This photo is very symbolic for my journey as a photographer.

It is one of my favorites!
Those are my parents in the water.
Without them this photo would have never happenend.
Without them my story as a photographer would have never happened.
700 weeks ago my dad gave me a little compact camera to a very difficult episode of my life.

700 weeks of:

- seeing the beauty around me
- exploring new places
- being more curious about life
- seeing regular things with different eyes
- meeting wonderful people
- being in the moment
- becoming more attentive and appreciative of details
- training my imagination
- seeing people, situations, myself and my past with different eyes

The camera was and is a powerful tool in my life.

Thank you Dotore & Papo for your support and believing in me!

I wish I can give this gift to someone along my path. Who will it be?

TIME

You can have anything you want.

You can have more and more of anything you want.
But there is one thing you can't have more of: TIME.

This picture was taken a long time ago.
In the beginning of my journey as a photographer.

Wow, time moves very fast. We don't notice, maybe because we don't want to think about our limitations?

I want to make myself aware that my time is less each day.
It sounds sad, but it will force me to be aware not to waste time.

And use it the best way possible, the most valuable, irreplaceable thing called TIME.

"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does."

WALLS

We all have them. Some more some less.

We protect ourselves from being hurt.
We hide our weakness, hide our fears. We hide our feelings.
BUT WE ALL have weakness, fears and feelings. WE ALL DO!
I noticed if I put down my walls, the other person is putting their walls down as well.
And that is beautiful.
We are strong by being vulnerable by choice.
Of course, it can happen that we get hurt.
But pain is only temporarily. And it is worth it.
Because walls keep away not only the bad things but also keep away the good things.

Lower your walls and people around you will do the same.
And that is beautiful!

PHOTOGRAPHER

"Every photograph someone takes is also a type of self-portrait reflecting them, because each contains information about the person who made it. Its visual contents metaphorically represent what was important enough to the photographer's eyes at that moment that they chose to freeze it permanently. Even though they may well not be in that picture themselves, every step of choosing where, when, who, how, and why to take any photograph says as much about its creator as it does about the subject matter being recorded on film."