By HapNStance

my life curated
aleyma:

Dragonfly helmet, made in Japan in the 17th century (source).

High-ranking lords began to embellish their helmets with sculptural forms so that they could be visually located on the battlefield. Exotic helmets (kawari kabuto) also allowed leaders to choose symbolic motifs for their helmets that reflected some aspect of their personality or that of their collective battalions. This helmet is shaped like a giant dragonfly. In Japan, the dragonfly is symbolic of focused endeavor and vigilance because of its manner of moving up, down and sideways while continuing to face forward. In addition, in ancient texts Japan was often referred to as Akitsushima (Land of the Dragonflies), because of their abundance. They were also thought to be the spirits of rice, since they are often to be found hovering above the flooded rice fields. - from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts description

aleyma:

Dragonfly helmet, made in Japan in the 17th century (source).

High-ranking lords began to embellish their helmets with sculptural forms so that they could be visually located on the battlefield. Exotic helmets (kawari kabuto) also allowed leaders to choose symbolic motifs for their helmets that reflected some aspect of their personality or that of their collective battalions. This helmet is shaped like a giant dragonfly. In Japan, the dragonfly is symbolic of focused endeavor and vigilance because of its manner of moving up, down and sideways while continuing to face forward. In addition, in ancient texts Japan was often referred to as Akitsushima (Land of the Dragonflies), because of their abundance. They were also thought to be the spirits of rice, since they are often to be found hovering above the flooded rice fields. - from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts description

theonlymagicleftisart:

Listen/purchase: Petrichoral EP by Petrichoral

This is the kind of Beach Boys-esque music I’d imagine hearing at my discontinued annual family reunions that were held in the woodsy area of Sonora, California at my Aunty’s house. Everything was so nostalgic. We played baseball in the fields, rode go-karts, went swimming in the huge onsite pool. Had huge family dinners. If I ever found footage of this I’d definitely use this entire album as a soundtrack.

You can follow us on bandcamp to view our entire collection of hidden gems: http://bandcamp.com/theonlymagicleftisart

7daystheory:

7 Days Theory Interview w/ Jordan Wayne Lee. This man is a living miracle… his story is a true inspiration!

7 Days Theory: Why are you passionate about what you do?

Jordan Wayne Lee: To be completely honest, I shouldn’t be alive. I have this hereditary disease where my body can’t make white blood cells, so I rely on medicine to stay alive and keep from getting seriously sick. I’m lucky. Very lucky. I refuse to let this keep me from conquering my goals. But, the same thing that haunts me is the same thing that gets me out of bed everyday to pursue my art and creativity. Each day is a new gift and I want to express myself, reflect the beauty of nature, and hopefully it inspires others to do the same. It’s a big world and we only get one chance to enjoy it – might as well get after it every day. It’s fulfilling to know that I’m seeking after this inner desire to capture the works through photography and design. I do it for myself because I’m not sure how long I’ll be here, and at the same time, I want to pour my heart and spirit into my work in hopes that it connects and inspires someone else, the way I’ve been inspired through others. It’s recipricoal – I just feel like I’m on a shorter runway before taking off.

My passion doesn’t stop with photography. I’ve been a designer for over ten years. I take things I’ve learn from design and apply it to my photography and vice versa. I try to find the connections between disciplines; from color palettes, composition, space, color theory, contrast, grids, rule of thirds, the golden ratio – all of these principles play various roles and translate across disciplines. I am constantly learning and understanding and applying these things to all of my work.

How did you overcome your own doubts and the doubts of other people?

Jordan Wayne Lee: There is a saying I really like: “Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.” – George S. Patton. I think that my self doubt stemmed from fear. I was afraid to share the way I see the world. I was afraid to admit how precious I view life and art because of personal struggles. I was afraid of failure.

I listened to this inner voice of fear until one day I found myself listening to a scientist who worked on Planet Earth give a talk while I was at Summit Series. He shared his pursuit of impacting the world and making changes on a global scale. At that point, I realized that I have nothing to lose. Courage in my work allows others to be more receptive. It’s a beautiful thing.

What were some bumps you hit to get where you’re at now?

Jordan Wayne Lee: I was completely broke at one point early in my career. I sold almost everything I owned to pay for rent, even my guitars. I was struggling to make ends meat. I learned a lot about myself and the one thing that kept me going was my passion to do photography and design. I never gave up. I was young and had no idea how to run a business, but I quickly learned and figured things out. It was a hard and valuable lesson to learn but really put many things into perspective. My gut told me to keep going and keep pursuing my passion. I never lost the drive to keep moving forward. I could have given up, gotten a boring day job, or went back to school; but I didn’t. I pushed on and worked harder and things began to turn around. About this same time I won an Emmy for some past work and that is what really gave me the motivation to keep going the direction I was heading. A few times I took on projects and clients whom I worked for because I needed the money. I made this mistake early on and learned some valuable lessons about doing this. This type of work might pay the bills, but my overall happiness was at an all-time low and my stress was at an all time high. Working with clients who don’t understand the full value and capacity of your work won’t value your opinion, experience, or knowledge with what you do. These clients were the hardest people to work with. Recognize the red flags and don’t make the mistake I did by taking on work simply for the paycheck. Between fast, cheap and good; a client can realistically only have two of those things to have the end product be of any value. It’s important to work with people who understand this.

It’s important to set a work/life balance. I found myself working all the time. I missed out on a lot of things with friends and family because I chose to work. It wasn’t because I was always busy, but I needed to manage my time much better and have a work/life balance. Set expectations and boundaries with clients and projects. Don’t answer emails or phone calls past 9pm – unless the project is on fire and burning to the ground. Wake up early. Exercise. Check email periodically. Set a project timeline and creative process. Be willing to adjust. Provide room for revisions and feedback.

Read the full interview with Jordan Wayne Lee ::HERE::

(via theonlymagicleftisart)