As it is, we are merely bolting our lives—gulping down undigested experiences as fast as we can stuff them in—because awareness of our own existence is so superficial and so narrow that nothing seems to us more boring than simple being. If I ask you what you did, saw, heard, smelled, touched and tasted yesterday, I am likely to get nothing more than the thin, sketchy outline of the few things that you noticed, and of those only what you thought worth remembering. Is it surprising that an existence so experienced seems so empty and bare that its hunger for an infinite future is insatiable? But suppose you could answer, “It would take me forever to tell you, and I am much too interested in what’s happening now.” How is it possible that a being with such sensitive jewels as the eyes, such enchanted musical instruments as the ears, and such a fabulous arabesque of nerves as the brain can experience itself as anything less than a god? And, when you consider that this incalculably subtle organism is inseparable from the still more marvelous patterns of its environment—from the minutest electrical designs to the whole company of the galaxies—how is it conceivable that this incarnation of all eternity can be bored with being?
~ Alan Watts
Travel everywhere, love everything, eat that cupcake, and kiss that boy because you never know when you'll get another shot ;)
“I’ve carried the shame of being a ‘creative’ since I came to the
planet; have been asked to be something different, more, less my
whole life. Thank spirit, my wisdom is deeper than my shame, and
I listened to who I was. I want to say to all the creatives who have
been taught to believe who you are is not enough for this world, taught that a life of art will amount to nothing, know that who we are, and what we do is life. When we create, we are creating the world. Remember this, and commit.”
― Nayyirah Waheed
I was driving down OBT the other day (a notoriously bad neighborhood in Orlando) when I spotted the sickest looking dilapidated gas station. I recently purchased a Canon Mark ii (woohoo!) so I wanted to put it to good use. I instantly knew this had to be my next shoot location I just needed to find a model. Enter, Kalen Vespoli; my newest and first male model subject! Kalen is looking to get into modeling so he was happy to help.
Kalen was born in a super small hippie community in Oregon, which is also where he spent majority of his formative years. He adds that the west coast has influenced his life majorly, partly because he spent every weekend in San Fran, and partly because it really jives with who he is. After he served for the United States Marine Corps, he went on to live the college life in the Lone Star state. Kalen finished his BS and MS in exercise science and exercise physiology, respectively. Post grad he dabbled as a professor before landing a gig teaching elementary kids P.E (aww!). As if he wasn't interesting enough, he also puts hours in on the mat, whether its Jiu Jitsu or yoga. Now he finds himself being drawn to Florida following his passion for wakeboarding.
"From everything I've seen, everywhere I've been, and all the people I've met, I sometimes ask myself how I squeeze it all into 30 short years."
Facebook: Kalen Vespoli
Well, once again I'm hurt. But that's the nature of my sport and an 8 week break ain't so bad. It means a lot of downtime, and of course my life feels a little emptier without wakeboarding, but it also gives me a chance to focus on some of my other hobbies.
Whenever something awesome happens or the light is hitting someones face just right, I always wish I had a camera in my hand. I just want to capture that moment forever. I want to shoot everyone and everything. I love to capture people candidly and allow them to see a little glimpse of just how beautiful they look to others. I'm sure people with an artistic eye can relate but I think I see settings and people differently to most. I love shooting portraits because, hey, eyes really are the windows to the soul. Turns out a lot of people don't like to have a camera pushed in their face but they're warming up to me. I've decided to start blogging the little photo-shoots I do so if you like it give me some feedback, and if you don't, well, I don't care! Unless a lot of you oppose, because then I do care and I'll probably become a recluse and stop social media-ing all together.
Well my first, and most approachable subject, would have to be my sister. At just 18 months apart we get along superbly but we differ in many ways. She's sharp and witty - a wordsmith, whereas I'm blunt in comparison. She's graceful, I'm... athletic. She's more reserved, I'm outgoing. She understands grammar, I use commas at all the wrong times. She surrounds herself with words, I choose water. She's blog famous but she still has time for the little people. She worships Beyonce, I bow down to the likes of Kelly Slater. I think you get it.
Speaking of Queen Bey, I chose the quote 'I Woke Up Like This' from her song Flawless for the title because my sister really does... well, wake up looking like this. Enjoy!