Goal: vlog for a month / Me: *vlogs for 6 months*

I have a list of 100 things I want to accomplish in my lifetime, and “vlog for a month” was one of those things. This was a goal for a few reasons: 1) I wanted to try making a video to my favorite songs, and 2) It would solve my constant balance of being present and documenting life’s precious moments.

In need of a creative challenge (and a way to clear my phone’s memory), I started putting monthly vlogs in July 2018. I was surprised to learn how much I loved the process of crafting a video to a song. The first time I made one, I worked for at least three hours trying to pick the perfect song, trim clips, and sync them to the beats – only to realize I was experiencing flow. Another benefit, watching the videos allowed me to reminisce and relive my favorite memories. It became my therapy and a monthly reminder to remain grateful despite my turmoil.

For those who have supported this series, thank you for joining me on my journey.

Vlogs: July | August | September | October | November | December

Also, designing thumbnails was process in itself. I began by using Adobe Photoshop, but midway, I lost access to the program. The thumbnails from October to December were made on Figma. I might have purposely made it atrocious. At least I used complementary colors.

Introducing “Tokyo: Stories in Mundanity”

Started in 2018, “Tokyo” is an oeuvre of Instagram stories filtered using the given Tokyo filter preset. It aims to draw significance and narrative to mundanity. Mundanity is rarely celebrated to the caliber of our major achievements, however I contend that meaning is found in the details of our daily lives.

Beauty is in the details.

When seemingly insignificant moments are met with the same exuberance as milestones, one can discover a sense of fulfillment in the gratitude that overshadows notions of human suffering. These fruits are not limited to the special few but available to every being who courageously seeks beauty in the world.

I admire how black and white photos can tell stories without the allure of color. It forces viewers to pause and actively process content in order to appreciate its message, technique, and composition.

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