Rugby

Shot rugby practice today. Was pretty interesting... Didn't even know we had a rugby team, to tell you the truth. And even though I don't really understand the game, it was really really fun to watch. A bit quicker paced than football and a lot more action than soccer. I might have to shoot a rugby game sometime.

First three will most likely be in the Maneater, on a one-page feature article. Sweetness.

Mizzou Men's Rugby

Mizzou Men's Rugby

Mizzou Men's Rugby

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Mizzou Men's Rugby

Mizzou Basketball vs. Iowa State

So, I was offered a spot to shoot the Mizzou basketball game tonight, against Iowa State. Was really really really excited since getting the press pass, lol. Took about 300 shots (2.8GB because I shot RAW+JPEG) had about 30 that were in decent focus of something actually happening, and maybe like 10 that were pretty cool, and I narrowed the best to these four:

Mizzou Basketball vs. Iowa State

Mizzou Basketball vs. Iowa State

Mizzou Basketball vs. Iowa State

Mizzou Basketball vs. Iowa State

For my first sports assignment, I think I didn't do too bad at all... Mmmm...

The 82-58 loss was Mizzou's worst loss at home since 1961.

Lightbox

Got bored and built a lightbox for less than $25. 1) To take a couple pics for the newspaper. 2) Because I wanted one to be able to take random object pictures, rofl.

Lightbox
Lightbox

Lightbox
Lightbox

Lightbox
Lightbox

Yashica GSN Still Life
Yashica GSN Still Life

Coffee
Coffee

Coffee
Coffee

BW Roll 2

If you don't really care to see everything, I love this one, this one, this one, and this one the most.

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Lab Work
Lab Work

Sara
Sara

Sara's Mom
Sara's Mom

Santo Niño de Cebu
Santo Niño de Cebu

After uploading, I just realized the symbolism I accidentally shot. Santo Niño is the "Christ child" and right above it in the background in the picture is Christ on the cross. It's like an ironic reference to him as a youth, yet to fulfil destiny, and then as an adult, where he lies on the cross, having fulfilled most of his destiny.

Rashaad: erg, the quality~~
Me: LOL
Me: AMAZING
Me: I DIDN'T EVEN AIM FOR THAT
Me: I was looking at the picture and I was like
Me: ZOMGOMGOMG SYMBOLISM
Rashaad: /bow

Life Sciences Building
Life Sciences Building

Kevin & Catherine
Kevin & Catherine

Pringle
Pringle

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So yeah. I forgot that Holly's dad works at Fuji or something like that, rofl.

Holly: Sure. And by the way, I was told to tell you to use Fuji film. -.-"
Me: Your dad, huh?
Me: I might try it. I only use Kodak Tri-X because it's old formula stuff.
Me: Big grain, very old school and rugged look.
Holly: Mom, actually. I haven't told Dad about your Kodak usage. =P
Me: LOL
Holly: *nods*

...

Me: The thought just occurred to me that if I could buy a bunch of Fuji film at bulk prices, that'd be nice. ;p
Holly: Well, if you'd like me to look into that I'd be glad to. Just tell me what you want and I'll get a price for you.
...blah blah, me listing items...
Holly: *nods* I'll ask him about it when he gets home.

Supposed Meaning

I remember saying some time ago that inhibition and knowning too much (as opposed to childhood ignorance/innocence) is killer. That if I could forget the things I learned and be totally new and stuff to everything, I'd be a much better person.

That "childhood ignorance", that don't know, don't care attitude over things in life, more innocent than cavalier... It's a good state to be in, because you really start to take in everything that you come across, you know? Like moving here for the first time, that was one of those new-ignorant states of mind, getting to know everyone and stuff. Totally out of my comfort zone, and yet, (in hindsight,) I enjoyed every minute of it.

After spending my first semester in college getting to grips with what I really want to do and who I am and what's best for me, I've also come to notice a lot of big changes in other people as well. Plenty of people who said they wouldn't drink... Now drink frequently, sometimes even in the middle of the week. I've seen people's childhood innocence sort of disappear as they grow up rapidly in this new environment, away from their childhood sanctuaries, into this contemporary real world.

Maybe I can think of this semester as the cocoon that separated us from young adulthood. But that'd discount all of the progress that happens all the time--back in high school, or even after this semester.

I mean, even without that, I can say at the very least that this semester definitely brought about fast changes in some of us. I know changes are hard to notice even if you're looking for them. It's easier to look for them in hindsight, though, as the sum of all changes.

I've often thought about why people do the stupid things they do, why people do things so blatantly against the law or against reason as to be called insane. I've thought about this more and more these days. People love getting drunk, and while I drink on occasion I don't seem to treasure drunkenness as much as other people. Maybe it's more of an issue of having to let go of yourself to really appreciate yourself. To maybe become someone you aren't for just a little bit, you know, because being totally the same is boring. ;p

Maybe it's what people keep telling me about life, that you should put some balance to it, that you should add some variety. Too much of the same thing requires a drastic bout of randomness now and then.

People do drastic things, people do crazy things, people like going and getting drunk and other things for a change, people want to get rid of that inhibition and return to ignorance. To not care the way you normally do. To become someone else, I guess.

Bah. 4am and this is the longest serious thing I've written in months. It's funny because I know at heart that everything I'm saying right now means absolutely nothing in the long run. It's just another distraction.