Saturday, October 13, 2012

Taipei and I - A Video Montage of My Current Life



As you may know, I have had some trepidations about where to go next with my future, and have had a few conflicting thoughts concerning what I want and what to do with the choices I have made. As I have stated many times, have never been a practical person, but becoming an adult means figuring out where my idealist dreams and desires fit into a reality in which I can live and survive.

I am still very new to using video, and am truthfully still a bit awestruck by how much I can do with my iphone. I have been using many different photography applications to edit my photos, and was particularly enamored with the "Italiano" filter in the "Camera Bag" application, which I used for the photos shown here.

I like the retro feel this filter gives each picture-giving the illusion that quite a bit of time has passed since the photos were taken. However, quite honestly, I think I mostly like it because reminds me of watching the slideshow that my family made for my grandparents' fiftieth anniversary, which had many black and white photos as well- but of course because there was only black and white photography widely available at the time!

And so, I made this simple slideshow involving my thoughts and experiences, with the song "Hackney March" by Slow Club, which had come onto my ipod one day while running several weeks ago- seeming to perfectly narrate how I was feeling at the time.

The slideshow is composed of a somewhat ordered array of photos that were all just already my phone at the time from recent travels around Taipei along with my brief trip to Korea, as well as a few from living in the U.S. again, and from my previous experiences in Taiwan.

Since the song spoke of maintaining and surviving in relationships when making choices for oneself (which had been a constantly present topic of my thoughts), I chose to follow the theme of the lyrics with the pictures I chose, including a slightly more personal look into my experiences than I normally reveal! Warning: it gets a bit cheesy towards the end!

Several of you had wondered how I manage to survive through a long-distance relationship that spans across the world (while also asking if it was truly the right choice)- but after several weeks of being here in Taiwan, I feel that my mind has become quite a bit clearer about what I want in my future. I have realized that though my decision to leave was perhaps too hasty, I can still move forward with my goals and my relationship, continuing to pursue my own dreams, while sharing those experiences with someone dear to me.

I think it is a matter of realizing that there are certain people who come into your life and make an impact for one reason or another, and acknowledging why exactly these people affect you in such a powerful way. Being away in Taiwan has allowed me the chance to do this- and having the freedom to make choices outside of the structured world I had created for myself at home has allowed me to see exactly what I want, free of feelings of obligation or duty to others.

here are the lyrics to the song:

Currency can ruin friendships;
A mattress will do it too
And you know that it's time to be leaving
When the stuff in your cup is controlling you
I'm on a raft of brand new beginnings
Won't be a sports car in three feet of grass
And like a cupboard of bills I am waiting
I'm just waiting to see if this thing will last
I wanna ride through the marshes
There's things I should do
I wanna ride through the marshes but
Without you
On a raft of brand new beginnings
Won't be a sports car in three feet of grass
And like a cupboard of bills I am waiting
I'm just waiting to see if this thing will last
Could it last?
Well it's hard to be in this together
But we both know that it's hard apart
And it's a storm I am willing to weather
But it's a storm that I
Recognize
On a raft of brand new beginnings
Won't be a sports car in three feet of grass
And like a cupboard of bills I am waiting
I'm just waiting to see if this thing will last
Could it last?
Could it last?
Could it last?

In the near future I want to ease this blog into more of a creative space that stands as a place to post writing, photos, visual interpretations of thoughts, etc. instead of just fashion- so as soon as I figure out how to do this in a satisfactory manner, you will start to see some big changes coming soon!

It seems natural that this site would grow and change as I do, and ideally I would like to make it fit into a broader scope of my interests and pursuits, which are not limited only to fashion. Until then, goodbye- and remember to always enjoy and savor your own discoveries and adventures!

Have a lovely rest of the weekend!

Xoxo,

Camille




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