Filter the Fluff, vol. 5 - On Creativity

April 23, 2018

Every now and then, I come across really well-written pieces on the interwebs and get the urge to share. There are so many vapid pieces floating around these days, making it more and more difficult to filter the fluff. Whether it aligns with my viewpoint or not, I only have one rule: it should be thought-provoking. The following (listed below) were just that. 

Creatives share their routines when dealing with burnout, shock and overwhelm

"...many prolific artists or authors (those who’d written hundreds of novels or created countless artworks in their lives) only spent a few hours each day creating. It is a lesson I’ve learned over and over in my 10 years as a working creative. You don’t need every hour of every day to accomplish great things. Which is lucky, because our work should supplement our life, not be our life. 
People won’t connect to how little sleep you lost over a project or how often you post, they will connect to how deeply they can relate to your work. Those flames burning inside you need to be fed. That well that you draw your ideas from needs to be filled. For the sake of good art, spend more time daydreaming and exploring."

Taco Cantina

April 19, 2018 Smyrna, GA

If there is one food I'm picky about, it's tacos. My street tacos must be authentic, on a classic corn tortilla and loaded with onion and cilantro. All those extra ingredients are unnecessary, and the more expensive they get, the less I usually enjoy them. 

My favorite taco spots are hole-in-the-wall establishments. They don't have an online presence, and the whole meal usually costs around $5 - better than any value meal at any fast food restaurant. So when Taco Cantina popped up in Smyrna a few years ago, complete with a sleek and shiny doorfront and a snazzy website, I was in no rush to visit. 

Fear of Flying

April 17, 2018

This post has been sitting in the drafts of my brain ever since I started planning our trip to Cuba last fall.

About a week or so before the trip, more and more people started telling me how dangerous it was, and that we should think it over, reconsider/read some literature on the subject ;). The country was/is in a state of turmoil, political relations were shaky, there had been a bombing at the American Embassy, and it had recently been hit by Hurricane Irma.

It was, admittedly, a bit much. J was already a little uneasy because of how terrible the media portrayed the streets of Cuba, and at first, he thought I was unhinged for even suggesting Havana as a vacation destination. But I knew in my heart we had to go. The window of opportunity to visit my dream city had finally opened, and I saw that it may be closing soon, so I had to take the leap before it closed.

Good memories have no price tag

April 16, 2018 Helen, GA

Trying to document a girls' trip, with a manual focus lens, under overcast skies, while wine tasting at multiple vineyards, on an empty stomach, will humble you. 

I took so many photos while we were in Helen, but only a few of them came out somewhat in focus. Still, this getaway was definitely one for the books, the kind that makes me realize why I'd much rather invest my time and resources in experiences over things. Good memories have no price tag.

Amelia Island in Technicolor

April 10, 2018 Fernandina Beach, FL

I have been playing around with RNI presets lately, and I absolutely love how the Technicolor simulation renders the greens and blues of coastal scenery.

Welcome, morning people

April 6, 2018 Midtown, Atlanta

I had the chance to attend a Creative Mornings Atlanta session last week and loved every single minute. The guest speaker, Joey Reiman, gave a great talk, making it the perfect way to kickstart my Good Friday.

35mm Winter

April 4, 2018

Olympus OM-10
M.Zuiko 50mm 1.8
Kodak Portra 400

The 100 Day Project

April 2, 2018

I recently showed an Elle Luna piece in this post from my visit to MoDA. She created the "Should and Must" sketch (her explanatory essay can be found here), and I loved it so much that I had to follow her on Instagram, naturally. It seems I joined her following at the right time, because every year she co-hosts The 100 Day Project, and it begins tomorrow, April 3.

Easter Views

April 1, 2018 Atlanta, GA

Today I woke up early, went downstairs, cooked breakfast and set off the smoke alarm because I like my bacon crispy.


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