Symbolism

17 Jul 19
Atlas Astrology

** This post was originally written in May 2017. It is being published for the first time in July 2019. I have since seen Amma twice more and have had several wonderful, soul-stirring, divine experiences in her presence. Click here to learn more about Amma.  Over the weekend I was blessed to spend time in […]

17 Jul 19
Life in the pages of books

Hey guys, So this is one I’ve been meaning to talk about for a while. I had a few rants to friends just after I read it from the sheer shock and horror that I experienced from reading this book but the themes and plot of the book have finally settled enough in my mind […]

17 Jul 19
Learn with Fearn

Many students struggle to communicate (let alone imagine) a convincing setting for their narratives. However, pathetic fallacy is an easy technique for students of any ability to use in their descriptive writing. 

Here are five film clips that will help you to teach pathetic fallacy…

17 Jul 19
Thrive Global
In just three years, Ivan Wong has professionally photographed for several billion-dollar companies including monarchs like Google, Sony, Audi, MVMT and other big-name companies. Wong has reached a level of success that he has renewed his contract with Sony Alpha Imaging Collective ambassadorship program and the Google Team Pixel Ambassador program for the third consecutive year since their inauguration.  How can a photographer thrive in such a competitive market with millions of photographers and still manage to reach big-name players in the industry? In an ocean of photographers, how can the tides turn in your favor? The key elements to standing out from the crowd are to create feelings and ideas, creating a distinctly unique product while creating feelings that are linked to the brand’s identity. We asked photographer Ivan Wong to share his three key steps to stand out. Evoke Feelings Through Imagery Our minds can elicit emotions through images and as a photographer you can manifest the emotions you want your audience to feel. By creating a feeling, you are indirectly asking the audience to have a conversation with you.. The reaction of the audience is what draws attention to your work. Quality, craftsmanship, and delivery are all essential to positive responses. Without proper delivery, all the emotions you were trying to elicit could completely be lost due to the lack of context. Context can be provided through an idea, through branding, and symbolism. Context allows emotions to surface and every successful market is driven by creating traffic by connecting with their customers. It can turn an otherwise static or common product to one that draws eyes. Learning how to influence emotions through photography is the first step in creating a distinguishable work of art. This ability to connect with your audience in a unique manner creates opportunity and value for yourself in the market. Manifest Your Digital DNA Every company has a unique identity that separates itself from the rest of the industry. Companies with far too similar identities find themselves failing in a competitive industry. They become too generic and oversaturated, often accidentally running over each other. Customers have difficulty distinguishing their unique features and branding. It comes as no surprise that photography is a highly competitive industry, therefore establishing an identity is the only way to separate yourself from every other photographer in the business. The idea behind this is what that your work cannot be replicated, and if you can be, you are the first to create the ‘style’ or ‘fashion’ of choice through your work. Many artists create in a manner that is so unique, that they reaffirm their distinction by further separating their work from the rest of the market. DJ Mustard has coined his voice tag on all his productions, Picasso embodied cubism, Michael Jackson his moonwalk, and Michael Jordan with his dunking capabilities. Each belonged to a market and created a distinction from it, creating an icon. Building this fundamental DNA won’t be easy. It may start out being the black sheep of photography, but through consistency, you establish branding and that’s what companies will look towards you for when they want to express the same shared vision or emotion. The ability to manifest an idea and identity can give birth to iconic imagery that will create a legacy in your business endeavors.  Connect to the Company’s Brand Identity Just the way these legends created a distinction from the market, they specifically elicited unique emotions that the audience resonated with. Companies aspire to achieve this as a fundamental of marketing. Every company is trying to make itself unique because people want to be unique.  How do companies make themselves unique? By selling the idea that is associated with their brand. How do they achieve this? Commercials, and advertisements through photography. Creating a new image, creating a new feeling, and connecting with the audience in a way that serves the company’s’ identity is the best way to sell the company’s products.  This in itself is so valuable that companies as large as Google, Sony and Audi simply cannot resist. This is how icons are born. Conclusion Nobody has ever succeeded by blending in with the rest of the crowd. People don’t remember words or actions as much as they remember the feeling that they felt. These experiences carry longer when the feeling lasts. To succeed in an industry like this, understanding your identity as a photographer shall be established and your reputation shall be built around this. Once you have created a signature style, you can fit your skills to match the identity of the company or the brand that is associated with your craft. This is how you make a place in the market, and this is how you create opportunities to define yourself from the crowd. 
17 Jul 19
Movies ThySection

IMAGINE a classroom with a very quiet but attentively scared students terrorizing by their most antagonistic teacher who can determine who among his students are murmuring from their seats while he is writing on the board. They can’t chew gum or even look around because it will disturb him. This teacher considers noise as anything […]

17 Jul 19
The Nautilus

Abraham Lincoln once said, “take all that you can of this book upon reason, and the balance on faith, and you will live and die a happier man.” Of course, he was referring to the Bible. The Bible, an infinite well of wisdom, culture, history, and more importantly, praise, praise for the Lord. St. Augustine […]

17 Jul 19
Queen of Heaven

In that day I will raise up the booth of David that is fallen… the mountains shall drip sweet wine, and all the hills will flow with it. Amos 9, 11, 13 And in that day the mountains shall drip sweet wine… and all the stream beds of Judah shall flow with water; and a […]

17 Jul 19
Heavy Metal Classicist

The Australian power metal band Ilium, as you can tell from the name, are no strangers to classical mythology. Their 2007 album “Vespertilion” (a pun on the band’s name and a Latinate word for ‘relating to bats’) concludes with an 8-minute epic that relates the myth of the legendary founder twins raised by the she-wolf. […]

17 Jul 19
audreywritesabroad

**Starring: Photos of my latest hike in Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Malbaie National Park, Quebec** Because it’s the best way to empty my mind of my daily problems. Because once I let go of those silly problems my mind has space for badass brainstorming. Because actually getting physical (wink-wink) in any kind of outdoors sports has proven the best […]

17 Jul 19
DEFENSOR BLOG

July 8, 2019 Bergoglio disposing of the Vatican’s last vestiges of Catholicism… Francis gives away Relics of St. Peter to Eastern Orthodox Patriarch Orthodox Abp. Job (center) takes possession of the relics of St. Peter, accompanied by “Cardinal” Kurt Koch (second from left) You’ve probably heard about it from other news sources at this point, […]

17 Jul 19
The Time Travel Nexus

Here we are, the last chapter of the Steins;Gate visual novel. It’s called “Stardust Sky” if we’re locked into the Mayuri ending, and “Paradox Meltdown” if we have the option of Kurisu. Let’s see how the anime handles these in Episodes 21 and 22… after quickly catching you up on the twenty previous episodes. Okabe […]

17 Jul 19
Thegirlinthehoodiesayshi

A drama about spirituality, we do have to appreciate a topic that’s got depth and materialistic reality in it. It’s a drama for all ages and it takes quite a bit to understand the metaphors and symbolism used in it. The honesty of this world is cruel and harsh to swallow. No matter how big […]

17 Jul 19
ETIDIoH

___ Valley of Great Tarpatak in the High-Tatras Tivadar Kosztka Csontvary Date: 1905 Style: Expressionism, Symbolism Genre: landscape ___ Permissions: Public Domain. Source: WikiArt, full page: https://www.wikiart.org/en/tivadar-kosztka-csontvary/valley-of-great-tarpatak-in-the-high-tatras-1905   – —–

17 Jul 19
Teneisha Johnson has a Dream

Nobody really wakes up and say, “Today I am going to save the world!” Many of us are just too tired, stressed-out and ridiculously annoyed with various affairs in our life to add additional duties to our ever-expanding list of community goodwill. Lol! Don’t get me wrong, I like to acknowledge people in our community […]