About Me

Lara David
Bay Area, CA, United States
I'm just a girl, writing and photographing my way through the world, one lesson at a time. Join me on my journey - you just might learn something.
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What Is This Place?

This site is a work in progress - much like life, actually. I am an amateur photographer who enjoys playing with my Canon EOS 10D. Questions, comments, and suggestions are always welcome, since I'm really just learning. Like what you see? Encouragement would be greatly appreciated!

Happy Halloween!

Achitecture in the Style of Disney

Went to Disneyland and California Adventure last weekend, and it was awesome. No, not my first time there - not by a long shot. I've been to Disney more times than I can count, but this was my first time with my camera in hand. Here are some architectural shots from the trip:

A fake "Golden Gate Bridge" above the entrance to California Adventure.

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, staged in a 1930's Hollywood hotel.

An adorable looking side street in California Adventure. Makes me nostalgic for a time and place I never actually lived.

I love Disneyland's City Hall. It's so classically beautiful, even in the Halloween season.

More Disney pictures to come!

The New York We All Know and Love

As promised, more expected NY pics:

Ah, Tiffany's, how I love your teal and white splendor.

Ooh, tall buildings. In the dark.

This is about how fast the whole city seems to be moving at all times.

I like that last picture in particular, because it really captures how I felt. I wish I had a picture of Times Square from when we were there on Saturday night, but I was honestly so overwhelmed by the crush of people that I had all I could handle just keeping myself pressed up against a wall not to be swept away by the crowd. Taking the camera out was way beyond my capabilities at the time. I guess that's what you get when you send a girl afraid of crowds to a huge city like New York.

A Different Kind of New York

All right, I've been way too busy lately, but I'm hoping to get back to semi-regular posting here soon. Here I'll give you a few more shots from my NYC trip - shots that don't follow the stereotypical "big city" pattern.

The fountain across the street from the Plaza. I love the way the light catches the ripples.

From St. Patrick's Cathedral.

Also from St. Patrick's. Ah, Motherhood, how great thou art.

In FAO Shwartz. Come on - it's adorable, right?

The first three photos were all edited on the computer. Various color adjustments, cropping, soft focus, etc. But that last picture was left as-is, because I think it's perfect already.

I'll be back later this week with more "expected" city shots.

Sweet Sweets

I'm going to take Major Bedhead's advice and (at least on some days), talk about what I was trying to capture in a given picture, to give those of you who are so inclined something on which to comment specifically.

This is from a display of candy at FAO Shwartz in New York. As soon as I saw it, I wanted to take pictures, because it just looked so perfect. I wanted to get rid of any and all background, and just focus on the colors and patterns of the various lollipops. The side angle (hopefully) stretches out the display so that it seems to go on forever - an all-you-can-eat buffet of sweets.

Even though I don't like candy, this picture just makes me feel happy. I guess there's something about this kind of scene that just captures the the awesome decadence of childhood, even if my childhood decadence wasn't exactly like it.

What do you think?

It's All a Matter of Perspective

Well, I'm still thinking, but I didn't want to leave silent for too long. Besides, I heard from numerous people that my photos were missed.

To explain a little more about my discontent, the whole idea of this blog is still very new to me. It's not necessarily inviting a dialogue of any sorts, the way my other blog does. It's a showcase, but that starts to feel very one-sided after a while. Upon hearing that I had a blog, Aussie Boy (a guy I dated a while back) asked, "Doesn't it sometimes feel like you're just shouting into the void?" And I told him that it didn't, because people respond - it's less like shouting into the void and more like speaking into a crowd, where people occasionally speak back.

But this blog, because it's not designed for conversation, does feel a bit like shouting into a big silent space. There are comments occasionally, but let's admit it: For the most part, there's no real opening for discussion beyond, "It's a nice picture, I like it" or something to that effect.

So what to do? Should I just accept that I'm putting things out there to be seen and that because of that, it will feel more lonely? Or should I start making an effort to make things more interactive in the hopes of inviting more audience participation? I'm still not sure, and that's where I'm stuck right now.

In the mean time, I went to NYC this past weekend, and even though I thought it'd be no big deal - I mean, I've been there numerous times before - I was definitely a bit of a tourist. I'm a suburb girl 100%, so being in the midst of so many tall buildings was a little freaky. Check out below some of the photos I took in my awestruck state.

Thinking It Over

I need to think about what I really want this blog to be, and how I can best use it to become a better photographer. I'm not sure it's serving a purpose right now, and that's not sitting well with me. If you have any thoughts, feel free to share them with me.


Sisters at Play

These two little girls are two of my students (which is their identities are being preserved). They speak Norwegian... and no English. It is beyond frustrating for them and me to have such a complete communication block. I can make them smile and laugh when we're playing, but trying to actually teach them is very difficult. I just take hope from their happiness in these passing moments.