Some things in life seem to be good for us - but they aren't.
On my Birthday I did a road trip with Stephan Bosch from Aguascalientes to Guanajuato to celebrate and to make a video about photography. I wanted to show the world how photography had a big impact on me and how it changed my life. My intention was to tell how photography can improve your life!
For the project I borrowed a good camera from Sergio García!
One day before the trip he explained how the camera (and microphone) works.
Well, I didn't listen very carefully and a disaster happened!
So, always pay attention, 100% if someone is explaining you something. Especially in a restaurant where the music is so loud, that you feel like being in a club.
Watch the video for a quick tour.
It’s more like a conversation than an interview.
The video is 20 minutes.
If you have the time and patience, it will put a smile on your face.
We talk about the big 10-year photo project, about happiness and how kids can inspire us.
Mariana, it’s great news that you fell in love with photography. It will benefit you and the people around you a lot. Keep on clicking!
The “Happy Fountains” are in Bern, Switzerland.
Do you feel a bit sad?
Here you have some medicine!
Authentic, unscripted comedy in the “Bromawagen”.
And even if you are not sad, this video will give you a good abdominal workout!
Share it with someone who is sad or wants a six pack!
You can see all the videos here:
Feels comfortable and safe in your comfort zone, right?
But you are missing out!
"Life begins at the end of your comfort zone"
When I was younger I read many books on how to be more confident and fearless.
I knew a lot about this topic and could give seminars! But did it work? No, not for me.
But I wanted to be more confident and have less fear. So kept on researching.
Until I found the solution: you have to do the things which you are afraid of doing.
Simple, right. And it is!
I did several of the "comfort zone challenges".
The only thing uncomfortable is the thought about doing them.
I felt very nervous the moments before doing them.
Once I did them, I felt great! I felt free! And not nervous at all.
When you step out of your comfort zone, the zone gets bigger and bigger.
Things which seemed scary before now feel comfortable.
The only thing holding us back are our thoughts and its unpleasant feelings.
But you are not a victim. You can decide to take action despite those thoughts and feelings.
And it works.
Those exercises made me more confident and less afraid.
And they can improve your life as well!
Good luck and see you soon outside your comfort zone.
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.
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?
As much I love being behind the camera, it also brings me joy to be in front of the camera. My life revolves around the camera. Or: the camera revolves around me!
After graduating (studied drama) in Los Angeles, I did not want to wait to have an acting opportunity and started filming my own stuff.
Doing my own scenes, I learned so much about writing, filming, lights, editing and acting. So hungry to know more and be better.
I filmed with professional actors and people without acting experience. Everyone can act with some directions and practice.
It is exciting to see how fast people can improve.
Everyone should try it! Why don't they offer it as a mandatory class in schools? With acting you learn a lot about life and yourself. It frees you!
Aleman Pirata (Fake German) is what my Mexican Amigos call me.
For several reasons. But the number one reason is:
I can handle more spicy, hot food (Capsaicin) than Mexicans.
In Monterrey, Mexico - Sergio and I went to eat the most spicy tacos in town.
When we ordered Bicentenario, the most spicy taco, the waiter said: "I don't recommend it".
Dictionary: "a simplified and standardized conception or image invested with special meaning and held in common by members of a group"
What image do you have in your mind when you think about the profession of a PHOTOGRAPHER?
Do you think what most people are thinking?
"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."
Have you ever tried it? Wow!
So easy and effective!
Why didn't I listen to all those hippies who tried to convince me?
In my journey as photographer I have never liked the idea of "self portraits".
I know what a big impact photography on my life had.
So I want to experience all types of photography and see where the journey leads me next.
In Mexico there are scales around downtown, so you can keep track of your weight! Which is a good idea, since there are so many temptations. So if you want to lose weight and thinking about that doughnut.. hop on the scale and the temptation will be gone. You will be 5 Pesos lighter but you will be proud of coming closer to your goal to lose weight. Genius idea! There should be scales close to temptations, around the world!
Obviously here in Mexico they are popular. This man was fixing a broken one. He and the scale have seen a lot of weight in their life. So an excellent photo opportunity to have them both in the same picture.