Movers and Shakers II

*featured photo taken at the Centre Belge de la Bande Dessinée in Brussels.

I’ve been so awol these days, life has been just craaaa-ah-zy! Good crazy. I finished a Photoshop class recently called “Fine Art Image Effects” and it was quite interesting. Not as interesting as previous ones I took, but still learned some noteworthy tricks. I’ll be posting some portraits I took for my final project as soon I get around to it…! You know the life of a photographer, places to go, people to shoot… ;) ha!

But seriously – before I present the second installment of Movers and Shakers, an ongoing discovery of wonderful artists and photographers that inspire me – I would like to make a shout-out to…me…something’s also movin’ and shakin’ along! No, I’m not dancing at my desk (well sometimes I do :). No what’s cookin’ is that this week I end an engineering contractual job I have been at for exactly a year. I didn’t know what was next on the horizon for me. For some time now, I have been yearning to give myself a full-shot at photography. Full-time. I consider myself a risk-taker, yet there is still a part of me who is cautious, and yes, scared that it doesn’t work out, so I’ve decided that I will be going part-time. It’s still exciting and a HUGE first step for me!

At the beginning of the year, instead of new year’s resolutions, I took my teacher’s advice he gave us in class one day and I wrote a list of photographic goals. With every checked goal, confidence will go higher and there will be no turning back. I wish to achieve the photographic maturity I so admire in the likes of Henri-Cartier Bresson, Mario Testino, Helmut Newton, Richard Avedon, Garance Dore, to name just a few.

So you know what this means: more blog posts, more photos of my surroundings and Montreal, more reading, more networking! See you there :)

Ok, so who have I fallen in love with recently?

These photographs taken during a Dior Addict presentation in Paris. Chiara is the Milanese writer and fashion muse behind The Blonde Salad. I discovered her through A quintessential Italian woman who is not afraid of experimenting with fashion. I love it! But I love these photographs even more, and like her would’ve love to spend the rest of my life there.

What a dream…

[exit dream session] – Another photographer/blog I recently discovered is The Photodiarist. Although he has a color version of his blog, I prefer his black and white totally diverse street portraits. I love how he writes his inspiration at the bottom of each photo he took. Gives that personal touch. I know street fashion photographer blogs have been imitated to DEATH, especially after God Created Scott Schuman :) but there is something about The Photodiarist’s pure photographs that just appeal to me. They are so humanistic and natural.

He took a photo of our friend Chiara (first below :) small world.

And finally, this is just a website whose layout, fonts and graphic design I ADORE. It’s called Avocado :) And I’m not quite sure what they do, possibly entertaining and catering, but really, how classy is their website? Designed like a newspaper, those diagonal grey lines…the simple font. Thumbs up to the web designer!

That’s it for now…until next time! Big hugs, Dina.

2 Responses to “Movers and Shakers II”
  1. Yosra Elhakeem says:

    I LOVE the pink lampshades in the second picture… The color is gorgeous!!!
    Good success Dina in the new path you have chosen…. I know you will do great because you’re so talented, and cuz you’re my friend (I only have talented friends :P ).
    Miss you!!!

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