A Photo a Day

Day 145 | “Blend”

I would always look upwards when I’m taking an elevator at a mall with roof windows, observing the beauty of nature slowly creeping into man made buildings.

Blending in and forming into a new scene, a new kind of beauty.

By the way, nothing much is going on other than the fact that I’m almost buried with Color Grading work.  Yay!



Day 141 | “Asian Glossy Starling”

Initially, I thought these were Ravens but after some searching on the Web, I found out that they were just some common Starling bird, relatives to the very common yellow beaked Javan Myna.

I seldom shoot animals, not that I don’t like animals or anything, it’s just that the curves/symmetry of old/dilapidated architectures or the spontaneous actions of strangers attract my shutters more, for now.




What I Learned From Taking (& Posting) A Picture Every Day of The Year

-It’s a lot easier to remember what happened in your life if you document it well. [I suppose that’s why I am a writer.]

-When you know that you have to take a picture of something, you will start looking for the best part of your day as it’s unfolding. Older folks might tell you that this is what’s wrong with the world right now, but it actually makes you actively think about beauty before it leaves you.

-There are some days that are too ugly or plain to photograph. Sometimes your pets are the most interesting part of your day. That’s okay.

-You can take photographs on a plane if your phone is in airplane mode. If you fly during sunrise or sunset, people will dig the view.

-Some of your friends are your secret muses. Some people you know will always look like a photograph to you. As if they walk around inside a frame. You will document them well.

-If you offer to take a picture for a stranger, they will often return the favor. This will teach you something about the good in people.

-When you travel alone, the self-timer is your friend, and often better than the selfie.

-Selfies are powerful tools towards achieving self-love. They don’t make our generation narcissistic. They make us realize that even though the motherfuckers try to hold us down, we are actually often quite babe-ular. 

-Up-close photographs of snails are surprisingly motivational.

-Standing in front of a brightly colored wall, graffiti, or bricks = instant snazzy photo.

-Here are tiny things that you wouldn’t think make great pictures, but do: give your Starbucks barista the wrong name and photograph your cup with the new name on it, pictures of street signs in new cities, pictures of when your manicure matches whatever you are holding (smoothies, books), pictures when your shoes match your bike or your sweater matches your helmet, muscular men with tiny dogs. 

-Pictures of people’s funny wifi network names count as photographs! [Shout out to “Bill Wi The Science Fi”, “Mila Kunis Naked”, and “Not Your Wifi”. Oh. And “Beyonce’s Inferno.”]

-No one has cuter dogs than you. No one.

-We have some of the best technology we’ve ever had, and most of us want to make our pictures look old and nostalgic. This says something about human nature that I haven’t quite articulated it yet.

-Jumping pictures aren’t played out. Latté art may be, unless you made it yourself.

-If you post a photo of you in a dressing room wearing something that you won’t actually buy, it will almost be like buying it and wearing it out in public. Social Media is weird. 

-You’ve been to a lot of places. Coney Island is still the most photogenic.

-If you walk around for about ten minutes in Brooklyn, there will always be something worth capturing. 

-If you take enough pictures in a row, the animal will stick its tongue out for at least one of them. That’s the one to post.

-The fatter the cat, the better the picture. 

-People will want to put their arms around each other and smile. This will never be them at their most beautiful.

-Life looks better candid. 

-You will take an artsy photograph of your father left of center with the entire ocean and sunset behind him, and he will ask, “Why am I not in the middle?” Your art isn’t for everybody.

-The people you love will always be gorgeous subjects. Love is the best filter.

Megan Falley is the author of two books of poetry published on Write Bloody: After the Witch Hunt and Redhead and the Slaughter King. To see all the pictures she took in 2014, follow her on instagram.


This is the answer to the question I’ve been asked all year…
This is my reasoning as to why I took “#APhotoADay” in 2014.

First off, I would have never thought in a million years that this would turn out the way that it has, from the attention it’s drawn to the actual growth and quality in my photos. Truly, I wanted to be able to release all of my creative thoughts somehow every single day and as time went on, I quickly realized how much time would be invested into this and how much of my personal life will be exposed to all of you guys (my followers). In one way or another, this has easily become my own virtual diary that I’ve shared with all of you. If I want you to take something away from this, it’s to preserve the little things. When I look back at my photos I vividly remember where I was, who I was with and how I felt (most of the time I was eating, haha!). I realized that when you least expect it, creativity pops out whenever and wherever, and it’s a beautiful thing. Some days I would stress out because I wanted to capture the perfect shot but even with that it was still something I looked forward to doing every single day. I was constantly looking into the depths of things, not just seeing what was easy to the eye. Believe it or not, it pushed me to new places, people, and things I probably wouldn’t have done if I didn’t want a cool photo. And ultimately, along this beautiful journey of 2014, I would have never predicted that this would also have an impact on others. When I began, I thought everyone would hate me by the end of this year, haha but it was very quick that people became interested in what I was doing. One of my favorite parts of this entire thing was the effort and participation everyone around me contributed, they understood that it was a part of who I was and didn’t have a problem holding a pose or even waiting to eat their food in order for me to capture the perfect picture. So, thank you, I really appreciate your existence. This was basically just a really fun way for me to keep track of time and watch myself grow in all aspects of life. I really hope that I’ve inspired you in one way or another to look at your life a little differently and hold a fond memory a lot closer. Thank you for reading.

It’s 4th of July, and Gaute and I went to two different events to to see how Americans celebrate their Independence Day.

In the morning we bicycled to our neighbouring small town and found a park filled with jumping castles, food trucks and games for the kids. Palo Alto had a chilli cook off that day, but fare away and with bad reviews so we opted for the children’s arrangement instead.

In the evening we cycled to the Shoreline Amphitheatre (near Google’s office) for the San Francisco Symphony’s annual 4th of July concert and firework show. We very much enjoyed lying flat out on our picnic blanket on the grass, listening to the music (lots of Disney, adventure themed music and a tribute to The Sound of Music) and watching the fireworks.

For more 4th of July pictures, click here.