About absences

There is an argument that Hollywood likes to repeat in movies: some characters have a normal life until an event threats to destroy it (usually a rich competitor or a corporation) and they need to get an amount of money or to finish a challenge in a short lapse of time in order to survive. I write it as a way to apologize for the time since my last publication. Certainly I had loved to come back but in a rather unfortunate succession of events my life seemed to turn into that Hollywood argument.

In my previous post a life and months ago I talked about a robbery. I decided to sacrifice a part of my life in order to recover and replace the stolen objects, I got committed in an architectural office that was offered to me, it meant to stop to travel and work less in design and more in the legal side. With the work I got a credit line and used it responsibly to equip the office, also invested on my education getting software, books, education and in last place the tools to work, not the most expensive, in some cases they are second-hand or quite old. The problem was that disorganized place. They were used to charge me with responsibilities but not so fast to comply theirs, my savings and emergency resources ran out and it was clear that I needed to leave that office in the building I designed, calculated and even helped to build with my hands (this is an isometric, a technical perspective):

And that was all. These months my life is just getting a lot of work to try to pay the debts. In the road I simply had to leave so many aspects of my life, including the blogs but tried my best to be able to do it. In some days (two weeks perhaps) my only way food was water from the public service. I don’t write it to impress, is just the way sometimes life happens, we all have problems and is a fortune that it’s just a money related inconvenience. I missed to visit the friends, and I am doing my best to be here with you. My problems are far to have a near end so I thought it was a good moment to give an explanation. I just simply cannot be here, I am reposting some photos into Instagram, but all of them you have already seen them, I do it as a way to get a piece of relax and distraction, I cannot do the same here as WordPress requires more attention.

About my travels I think every place is a place to discover, so even if we don’t take a bus we are already traveling. So I am recording and learning to use the cameras I got:

With a cell phone Sharp SH-06d.

I got a cell phone from 2012, the camera has eight megapixels, I use VSCO to edit them. It has not the resolution of a modern cell phone but I take the care to shot carefully as I think it’s fantastic to have a device at color, in the eighties in my city color film was not able to be processed so my childhood memories are in black and white.

Unicorn for Pan

Is important to me to draw, always. So I drew this unicorn for a friend. I did it in computer with a stylus as a pen.

With a Sigma DP2 camera

My digital camera was a Sony R1. I had the doubt about purchase it again, I don’t buy again what I lost as I feel like I were using an intruder, besides every time is harder to get programs able to work with its files and batteries. In its place I got a Sigma DP2, it is a very little camera with 4 megapixels. I would loved a Samsung NX500 instead but it’s fine, any modern camera can help us to don’t forget the world we see (although these little camera seems to have inside a leprechaun stubborn in drive me nuts xP)

With a film camera Canon Eos 7 and Yongnuo 50mm f1.8 lens.

On Black Friday there were big discounts and I got a SLR, I chose a Canon Eos 7 (Elan 7e in US and Eos 33V in Europe) because it was cheaper, silent, lighter and more modern than the stolen Canon EF (the Black beauty) It’s not more handsome but has amazing controls, it’s wonderful to shot with it and so silent that seems it doesn’t use rolls. I considered to get it just because with another big discount I got an already cheap Yongnuo lens.

Shot with a film compact camera Samsung ECX-1.

The Samsung film camera is a bit ugly, so much that the robbers left it. It’s the example that devices with a lot of specifications don’t mean that are funny to use.  I hope with time get nice photographs with it, in this moment the number of buttons you need to press in order to take the photograph distracts me to just see and record.

So that’s all. Happy to see you again in your blogs. I ask your compression (in case you are still there xD) about my reasons to not be able to be here. If I come back to post time will tell. A smile from far away. : )

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37 thoughts on “About absences

    1. To be honest I am still struggling, so I needed to leave at least this message. I know, things can get worse, I am fighting to avoid that. Thank you very much for your encouragement. : )

      1. Sorry to hear that and it’s pretty awful when we reach our lowest point in life – I think most of us have been there at some point. But you need to know that it’s not for long as life really is too short and we can’t keep dwelling in this state of mind – we’ll miss too much of life. :-)

  1. I am glad to have a Hi from you Francis, I hope you can say hello more often. Those images are really great, I am impressed with what you can do with what you call not great cameras. How does the Canon Eos 1200 compare with eos 7 ? Great drawing too, thank you :)

    1. Thank you for the kindness, Sylvie. : ) Of course the camera doesn’t matter so much in this age any camera is enough, the requirements of more advanced cameras are more for professionals to shoot sports for example. The eos 7 is a film camera, that uses the old negative rolls, the Canon EOs 1200 is a digital camera and as such I am sure this is a far more advanced camera, much more convenient and capable of taking photographs able to be print in galleries. Thank you for your visit, Sylvie. n_n

  2. Francis .. I got so excited when I saw your post in my reader .. And then I read your news. I’m so sorry that things have been hard for you .. I do hope that life returns to normal for you soon! I would love for you to share your words and beautiful images again .. I hope you do. And those images on this post are wonderful! No matter what you use to take them, they are so you! I didn’t know you could paint .. special! Take care

    1. Time will tell, Julie. Thanks for your wishes, and your visit. Your place in your world is beyond words in its beauty. It feels like a kind of home to visit you so I am grateful for your words toward me. n_n Take care, Julie. : )

  3. What a sweet hello from such a lovely soul! My heart aches for your troubles, and I send my best thoughts to you, Francis. I loved seeing the photos (such a wonderful cat!) and your amazing unicorn drawing is magnificent. Please stop and post whenever you can! xo

  4. I’ve wondered where you were. So sorry to hear about your difficult situation. I’ve been in similar circumstances, so I know it can seem endless. It’s good to do what brings you joy, like your photos and drawings. I will look for you on Instagram. Warmest wishes to you, kind gentleman.

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