Monday, June 22, 2015

let's try this again.

summer double exposure 2015.

So last year my personal photo project of double exposure goodness was never completed.
Texas heat, man, it's brutal! 
That, and my creative slump took a double whamy around this time. 
How does one maintain a personal documentary style that is original and inspiring? 
One that does not look like everyone else's photos? 

Yeah, the struggle is real.

Currently, my creative motivation has been renewed with social media opportunities that has popped up. 
This could be the direction that's more for my photog style. More for me
This summer. Time to finish what I've started. Double Exposure Summer 2014 2015.
It's gonna happen. It's gonna happen. It's gonna happen.
In between the staycations and eurotrips and weddings. 

June just needs to stop turning into July! 

besos ... jin.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

la la land. lomo version.

LOS ANGELES 2014 - LOMO VERSION.
LOS ANGELES 2014 - LOMO VERSION.
LOS ANGELES 2014 - LOMO VERSION.
LOS ANGELES 2014 - LOMO VERSION.
LOS ANGELES 2014 - LOMO VERSION.
LOS ANGELES 2014 - LOMO VERSION.
LOS ANGELES 2014 - LOMO VERSION.
Snippets of Los Angeles 2014 shot with the La Sardina camera. By Jin Chu-Ferrer.

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Back from NYC!

And now heading to LA.

Only a week to breath in between trips, but I'm ready to switch gears.
From the hustle and bustle of the East Coast concrete jungle to the
rejuvenating Big Bear greenery tucked deep in the San Bernadino Mountains.

No internet. No work stress. No cellies.

That's right. No cellphones. (!!!)
Nothing but inspirational fodder and wholistic experiences for 4 days.
That's what The Unique Camp is all about.
Away from the city lights. In the wild, sorta roughing it out.
Getting all kinds of creative.
And I Can. Not. Wait.

So - looking forward to this weekend!
In a few days, in fact.
Let's meet and collaborate, yeah?
I would love to hear your story, fellow creative!

#ilovecreatives #uniquecamp2015

besos ... jin.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

nyc revisited.

nyc 2014.
nyc 2014.
nyc 2014.
nyc 2014.
nyc 2014.
Snippets of NYC 2014 shot with The Golden Half. By Jin Chu-Ferrer.

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Heading to NYC later today.
14 more hours ... 

This giddiness. It has me digging up our last NYC photog adventures back in late 2014.
More daydreaming. More game planning. 
Then I stumbled across forgotten Golden Half lomo versions of that trip.
Light leaks. Happy surprises. Beautiful blurs.
So, so good. 
Hoping to recreate that mindless trigger happiness this weekend.
That Golden Half. It's a badass lil sucker.

1:30a.
Gotta snooze it up.
See y'all in a New York minute!

besos ... jin.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

diy // marquee letter lights.

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Been wanting an unexpectedly fun and 'urban minimalist' decor to spruce up my current tiny kitchen situation. In comes these marquee lights. They're perfect for that future dream kitchen look I'm going for - all white palette, natural wood and silver tones, pops of mint and neon yellow accent colors. Clean lines and all that jazz. I feel these marquee lights are a step in the right direction. It only took me 3 years to actually get started on them, but hey, baby steps, baby steps. This dream kitchen will happen. Eventually. Far future [gotta get a house first] eventually.

Well, what I thought would be a simple DIY turned into quite a time-consuming effort spanning a few days! So much eye-balling and realigning and spacing and poking and cutting and taping. In other words, the OCD in me took over, leading me into some very mixed feelings about these DIY marquee lights. Perhaps they should be of metal material to give that clean industrial look? A bit on the unpolished side? Too DIYish looking? Can't have wonky lights in that future minimalist dream kitchen! So for now, they will do til the real thing.

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Materials // Paper Mache Letters. String Lights. X-acto Knife. Gold Spray Paint. White Tissue Paper. Scissors. Pencil/Pen. Clear Packing Tape. Newspaper.

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seconddoub
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fourthdoub
fifthdoub
sixthdoub
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How-to // 1. Use X-acto knife to cut off the top portion of each letter. // 2. Take out stuffing. // 3. Go outside. Lay down newspaper sheets on the ground, plop each letter on top (with open-side facing the ground), and spray paint away. One layer spray paint is enough. // 4. Wait for spray paint to dry. Takes about 15-20 minutes. // 5. Using pen or pencil, mark spots inside the now dry paper mache letters of where you would want the lights to be. // 6. Use X-acto knife to cut through the marks. Cut in an 'X' fashion. // 7. With the X-acto knife or Pen (with a wide base), further widen the hole by sticking the pen through the hole. // 8. Turn the letters over and cut off the excess cardboard with X-acto knife. // 9. Now with white tissue paper, plop the letters on top of tissue paper and trace with a pencil. // 10. Cut the letters out. No need to cut along the trace exactly. I recommend slightly cutting outside the trace for a 'wider' version than the paper mache letters themselves. That way, the tissue paper letter will fit snuggly inside the paper mache. // 11. Fit tissue paper letters inside paper mache letters. // 12. With X-acto knife, puncture holes through the tissue paper straight through the existing holes on the paper mache. // 13. Unscrew light bulbs off the light string. // 14. Fit light bulbs in the holes you've made in the paper mache letters. // 15. Screw the light bulbs back on the light string, this time with paper mache between the bulb and string. // 16. Bundle the light strings to the backside of the paper mache letters and tape them down. Try to tape it down where you can't see the light strings at all when you flip the letters over.

Difficulty // 7.

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besos ... jin.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

happy monday.

happy monday.

Current tunes obsession on repeat to help power through those side projects.
Some oldies, but goodies thrown in there at the end.

// Spring Playlist //

Melody - Oliver Heldens
Foolish - Alpine
REALiTi - Grimes
Pray to God - Calvin Harris and HAIM
Fall in Love - Phantogram
Palm of Your Hand (Aerosoul Remix) - Speed Limits & Jaco feat. Joni Fatora
Shell Suite - Chad Valley
I Want Everything - Sneaky Sound System
Relax - Mika

besos ... jin.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

overhaul.

east 6th photowalk.
East 6th Street. November 2014. Photo by Jin Chu-Ferrer.


See that wall? Exactly how my thoughts are. All the freakin' time.

Disorganized. Scattered. Sometimes comprehensible. 
101 creative ideas dancing around each other. And no time to tackle them all.

Had some time to reflect on this photoblog since getting back into the blogging game a few years back. 
Experimented with a few formats, played around with some concepts, re-evaluated creative priorities. 

I learned that I simply can't do it all. 

I also feel that all my interests are not cohesive enough in just one blog. 
Time to switch things up. Try a different approach. Divide and conquer.

So be on the lookout for 3 separate blogs: Photoblog, DIY, Fashion.

And sure, why not? Maybe even a Food blog - 'cause I'm cray like that! 


besos ... jin.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

diy // tissue carnation ampersand.

diy // paper carnation ampersand.

A simple Spring prop for a quick Spring family photoshoot. That's how I roll. (Last-minute DIYers UNITE!) Initially, I had planned to get fancy with the paper flowers. Dahlias. Roses. Peonies. Daisies. Poppies. All of it. Upon making the first of many paper flowers, I've come to realize -- 'I'm running out of time already!!' -- and just stuck with the easiness of paper carnations. In a mere 15 minutes I was done making paper flowers and quickly filling up the Ampersand. (Lazy DIYers UNITE!)

So. It's not all bad changing up the game plan. Less time DIYing, more time playing outdoors. Yeah?
Besides, Spring has finally sprung!

diy // paper carnation ampersand.
diy // paper carnation ampersand.

Materials // Paper Mache Ampersand. X-Acto Knife. Gold Spray Paint. Tissue Paper. String. Scissors. Newspaper.

diy // paper carnation ampersand.
diy // paper carnation ampersand.
diy // paper carnation ampersand.
diy // paper carnation ampersand.

How-To // 1. Using the X-Acto knife, cut out the front part of the Ampersand. // 2. Take out the 'stuffing' found inside the Ampersand. // 3. Go outside. Lay down a few newspaper sheets, plop the Ampersand on top (with the open-side facing the ground) and spray paint away. One layer of spray paint is enough. // 4. As the spray paint dries, make some simple paper carnations! Don't know how? Go here for an uber simple tutorial. I kinda just eyeballed the sizes of the paper flowers until I was satisfied. // 5. Fill the inside of you Ampersand with paper carnations.

diy // paper carnation ampersand.
diy // paper carnation ampersand.

besos ... jin.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

los angeles 2014.

los angeles 2014.
los angeles 2014.
los angeles 2014.
los angeles 2014.
los angeles 2014.
los angeles 2014.
los angeles 2014.
los angeles 2014.
los angeles 2014.

A whirlwind Cali weekend back in October 2014. Catching up with old high school friends (Herro! Lynn, Anthony + Chris!), catching up even more at Lynn's celebrity friend's mansion til the wee hours of the morn, driving 2 hours away to play in a persimmon orchard, breakfasting at the famous Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles, airbnb-ing in the thick of it all.

Fill the in-between moments with my fascination of palm trees AND bougainvilleas filling every inch of this big, big city.

Whew. 

You may not be my favorite city, Los Angeles, but you sure do make me happy every time I visit.

But on to why we're really in Lalaland. To catch one of the last Craig Ferguson Shows. Ever. That's right! Craigy Ferg himself and Geoff the Robot and Secretariat. Even the talking rhino head. Yeah, all of it. I'm a big fan! I'm going to miss those trippy, quirky, funny late night randomness.

Especially those hilarious cold-opening dance numbers.

No? Don't feel me?

Then I think we can all agree that Scottish accents are pretty awesome. ;-)

Til next time, Los Angeles.

besos ... jin.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

trailblazin' for made with map.

i be trailblazin'.

I be trailblazin'. 
Huzzah. 
Thank you Made with Map for the Instagram photo feature! 

besos ... jin.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

mention // trailblazer for made with map.





trailblazin'.





Last week I received some random great news. This. Featured Trailblazer for Made with Map.

Me. Trailblazin'. 

... Huzzah!

What a way to kick off 2015! (I only hope this is a very good sign for a very good year.)

Now if you haven't heard of Made with Map, it's like an Instagram for adventure-seekin', not-your-ordinary, creative type traveler with 'exceptional' travel photography. When I first heard that a friend of a friend co-founded this website and learned more of it's sole purpose, I was intrigued. It sounded like a community to meet like-minded travel creatives.

I've come to pleasantly find after immediately becoming part of that community - it's exactly so!

I've befriended some talented kindred souls from around the world. Still am. Some are on a 'pen pal' status. The support for each other's creative endeavor has been unwavering and incredibly encouraging. And I dig that inspiring environment. My kinds of people.

Anyhoo, look for the Trailblazer photo feature on Instagram next Wednesday. =)

besos ... jin.
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