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Noe Todorovich is a Washington, DC based lifestyle photographer, and this is her blog. She shares musings, travels, photographs, tips, suggestions and more.

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Geometry in Photography

Noe Todorovich

There’s a word that keeps coming up when people describe my photography...

Geometry.

The first time, it was news to me. I stopped to think about it and reexamine the image. Then it came up again. And again. 

One of my dad's friends who is a teacher even asked if she could use my photo for her geometry class. I happily agreed, and the nerd in me delighted to see my image being used to educate students about math...

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Perhaps the geometry has been there all along, infused in the photographs, and I’m only noticing it more now. Or perhaps it is actually surfacing more in my photography. In any event, I find it fascinating.

When I see something that grabs my eye and inspires me to take a picture, I might not be actively thinking about the geometry. But if I stop to look at the photograph afterwards, I see it.

Who would have thought that math would be an influence even in my photography?

And "they" say we'll never use it... Erroneous! Erroneous on all counts!

 

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What do you think? How would you describe my photography? 

And how would you describe your photography?

Reducing the Clutter

Noe Todorovich

The more things change, the more they stay the same. There’s nothing new under the sun.

And other cliches.

All that to say...I’m circling back to a topic I’ve written about before.

I’m stretched too thin.

In many realms and in many ways, I simply can’t keep up. There is so much I want to do, so much I want to learn, so much I want to say. Yet I find myself at a loss for words and at a loss for time. One day runs into the next and at best, if lucky, I maintain status quo. But I don’t feel like I’m making progress. Without feeling like I’m making progress, I lose motivation. Losing motivation, I make less progress. The vicious cycle continues.

STOP.

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It’s time to simplify. As I wrote before, it’s time to do less, so I can do more. So, I ask myself...

What am I doing?

Time is a commodity. You never “find time” to do things or see people. You make time. Where is it that all my time (and maybe more importantly, energy) is going?

What do I really want to do?

If I’m really honest with myself, I don't have enough time for all the things that I'm interested in. There simply isn't enough time in the day for it all, so I must prioritize interests and ideas. If I eliminate things that are of a lesser priority, I can increase the time I have for my top priorities. So, if I can’t do everything—I can’t—then what makes the cut?

What needs to be scaled back or even cut entirely?

Something’s gotta give. I may joke that I want to have my damn cake and eat it too, complete with ice cream. But at the end of the day, I know there are limitations on what can be done and done well. Where can I trim some fat off my day? What do I need to just let go of so I can remove some clutter from my life and better focus on what really matters to me?

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I think this post is a cathartic activity with a bonus of accountability. Writing helps me better formulate my thoughts and think something through. I figured I’m probably not alone, so I decided to share these thoughts in case it might help you. I’ve also put it out there. Now what will I do? Stay tuned to see what photography ideas and projects make the cut and become my focus...

Positively Positive

Gina Todorovich

How many people do you think really know you?

I mean, REALLY know you?

Through and through. The good, the bad, the ugly, the everything…

When I first stopped to think about this, I realized how few, if any, I would consider to be in this category. I'd say everything about me is known, but not by one person per se. I have no true secrets that I've never told ANYONE. But there are few people that know EVERYTHING. I divvy it up some, talking to certain people about certain aspects of life. 

I think one of the biggest surprises for many people who do get to know me on a deeper level is that I'm actually quite melancholy. I'm wired to be. I love to have fun, and most get the best of that, of me. But those closest to me see how hard I'm hit by certain things. How much I truly feel, care and am impacted.

I have to check myself (ahem, or be checked by loved ones) pretty regularly when circumstances get less than ideal and I start to get affected. I once blogged about choosing happiness. This is more on that, I guess.

I make a concerted effort to stay positive. It's all about perspective.

Yes, sometimes life hits you. Hard. But even when it does, I venture to say there are blessings in your life and things to be grateful for. And people there for you. Never take your people for granted. Don't ever let negative circumstances change the way you treat the ones you love. They are on your side. As I've had to remind myself on occasion, "Same team!" (And if they aren't, well, I recommend some…culling.)

Growing up, my mom used to make my brothers and I say 10 compliments for every put down. It made us think twice about saying the negative things, even if it was to avoid the punishment of positivity. Whenever something starts getting me down, I try to stop and think about how many more things are amazing in my life. Because, 1) this is just one thing and 2) there's so much to be grateful for. I never want to lose sight of the good in my life.

DISCLAIMER: this does not apply to constructive criticism, particularly regarding photography. I say welcome the feedback that will make us even better. And view it the positive way. Like being grateful to have honest friends who want you to only get better. ;-)