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“After Sir,” Elaine Navas at Finale

Ahhh, one of my favorite shows so far! Probably out of bias—no, just kidding. Elaine Navas is an amazing painter, and for her latest show at Finale, she took on the Tall Gallery and created a tribute to the late Roberto Chabet, who was her mentor and became her close friend. Called “After Sir,” the show was comprised of several large paintings (and an installation/mixed media piece) that are based on “Sir” Chabet’s work. She picked the ones that weren’t necessarily the most important or most prominent, but the ones that held a special meaning or memory for her.







I go through waves of feelings when I look at this work that I’m not sure is present if you don’t have the full context. I feel like it is an expression of grief, and a documentation of the process of mourning and remembering.


After Sir is on display until August 2. I’m so crazy about this show, I can’t even explain. We actually dropped by while they were setting up, and this post on that gives you a better idea of the space and scale, I think.


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My 10 Favorite YA Books & Series

As much as I kind of hate to admit it, this list was kind of difficult to make. I’ve been reading for most of my life, and for most of the time I spent reading, I have devoured books of the Young Adult persuasion. It’s not really a secret—I don’t really think it’s something to be ashamed of—but with the rising popularity of YA authors these days also come the hordes of haters. I don’t blame the onslaught of critique; there have been a number of books published that I never thought would see the light of day.

But I’m not going to name any names. Instead, I’ve put together a list of my 10 favorite YA books and series. I haven’t read a lot of the popular series (or haven’t been impressed with the ones I have read), so I don’t have a lot of those. This is also by no means a “best of” list—just a list of my 10 favorite books about (for?) young adults.

The Jessica Darling Series by Megan McCafferty

Favorite book from the series: Sloppy Firsts and Second Helpings

This series was totally my jam back in high school. I don’t even think this was shelved with YA. I found it in the fiction section in PowerBooks Megamall (remember that place?) and was hooked. This is a great series with a great protagonist—Jessica Darling—whose best friend moved away resulting in her figuring out her weird adolescence and romance-ish with the one and only Marcus Flutie.

Seriously, if you haven’t read this series, feast your eyes on the original Augustus Waters minus all the metaphors. Reading it now feels a little strange, kind of how like Clueless feels pretty dated because of the overusage of slang, but it’s still amazing. Popular opinion seems to be that it should have ended with the second book, Second Helpings, and while I do agree and hate Charmed Thirds, I am at least at peace with how it ended with Perfect Fifths.

Harry Potter by JK Rowling

Favorite book from the series: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Ah, of course this has a place on this list. I have a long and tumultuous relationship with Harry Potter, going back to when I was in the fifth grade, just before The Prisoner of Azkaban was released. Let that fact marinade for a little bit. I was about 11 years old then. I am now about to turn 26. That’s 15 years of my life that I spent entwined with Harry Potter. I can’t even bring myself to elaborate more on Harry Potter for several reasons: a) you all know what/who Harry Potter is, b) if I start, I might not be able to stop, and c) I’m not in the mood to emotionally cry today.

Who’d have thought a book about a boy wizard would have this kind of effect over me and the rest of the world? Certainly not I! But, man, am I absolutely glad that it did.

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Looking for Alaska is kind of notorious for being overhyped. It is about this guy in high school who goes off to boarding school in Alabama—to seek a Great Perhaps—and falls in love with a girl (of course) who is the antithesis to his shy, quiet self, and who seems to be the key to finding this elusive Great Perhaps.

This was my first John Green book that I was obsessed with looking for because of a ~romantic~ quote that went around on Tumblr at the time (yes, the one about the people and the rain), and I eventually got it via Eli Epstein, my Tumblr friend. But, this started it all for me in terms of John Greenish devotion and my interest to get back into making videos like a true weirdo.

I read it again recently, and though I found it still beautiful, it didn’t hold the same kind of magic for me as it did when I first read it. I think it’s a great book for teens especially, because it actually raises questions about life, people, and purpose. I find it strange how there are some books for teens that seem to try very hard to be shallow, but this one is great because (I feel like) it forces young minds to think about things they may be thinking about but can’t open up about. I don’t know, I really liked it is all.

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

Favorite book from the series: they have all blurred into one for me

OK, so I didn’t exactly finish this series, but I’m still putting it here anyway because this was a really pivotal book for me and my writing and journal-keeping. I started reading it when the third book came out in 2002 and for some reason, I kept most of my journals back then in the same format as Mia did. Later in 2002, I started to blog (in an unspecified location, ha) inspired by both my best friend’s first blog and Michael Moscovitz’s web zine, Crackhead—yep!—and I guess the rest is history. I also have a soft spot for the original movie, but I think I have to thank this little series because I think it nudged me in the direction of story-telling and influenced how I write today.

It’s kind of embarrassing to admit that one of my earliest writing influences is Mia Thermopolis (aka Meg Cabot), but I can’t hide the truth forever. I had a lot of fun with these books growing up, and I think it made my writing voice easy and casual, so I’m very thankful that I saw these book on display in Borders on Powell Street.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I’ve always been inexplicably drawn to stories about the Holocaust and about Jewish history. It’s not really intentional, but I’m glad I picked this book up for reasons that I don’t even remember. The Book Thief is written from the point-of-view of Death, as an all-seeing narrator, and is set during the second World War. It’s focused on the story of Liesel, a German girl sent off to live with foster parents who would eventually harbor a Jew in their basement, and how life was at the height of the war. It is very beautiful, quite sad, but rich in a way that it examines life and prejudice, and the importance and power of words and stories.

It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

I first encountered Ned Vizzini during a serious case of “Nothing to Read Anymore and found his book of essays, Teen Angst? Naaah… after which I clung to his every word (on LiveJournal and his website), and even wrote emails to him. He usually wrote back, and I desperately wish I still had that email address but I don’t.

I’ve always found him to be a funny guy and it wasn’t until It’s Kind of a Funny Story, which was written after he checked himself into a mental facility, that I understood what he has been going through… and how being funny doesn’t mean that you don’t feel all these bad things inside. Reading this put a voice to the kind of sadnesses I had, and I wasn’t really expecting it to move me, because as much as I enjoyed his other books, I wasn’t moved by them. This one sealed the deal of the importance of his voice. Ned took his own life late last year. I loved him a lot.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

I read this in one go, after lunch in a high school chemistry class, and finished it later in the day. It’s written as letters from a boy named Charlie, addressed to a stranger he calls Friend, and kind of chronicles his life as he tries to make sense of growing up and coming to terms with some dark things from his past that he has repressed. It’s a really beautiful coming of age story (my favorite!) that I believe uniquely tackles some questions adolescents and even old farts like me still have. I never did catch up with my Chem lessons after that reading sprint, but I did learn more things from this book that mattered in life, so I think it all turned out OK.

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

This is a book that I wish I had read earlier in life. I read it a few years ago, I think the year after I graduated from college. It is basically the story of Bilbo Baggins’ adventure with some dwarves who were on a quest. During this particular adventure, we also find out how Bilbo got ahold of the One Ring, but that wasn’t even the most exciting part of this book. This is way easier to read than The Lord of the Rings, but I think that this moved me even more, just because of Bilbo’s character and what eventually becomes of him as well as his relationships with these friends he wouldn’t otherwise have met if he chose to stay home and said ‘no’ to this adventure.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Now, I’m torn between this and Fangirl, which I also quite liked because the subject is dear to my heart (long story), but I think I might like this one a wee bit more just because the story seems more whole and less drawn out. I love how Rowell wrote this book and basically says, young love feels like this and gets it right. Eleanor & Park is about two titular characters who are both misfits in their own way, an overweight social outcast and a fairly well-liked half-Korean Morrissey lover, who bond over comic books and music, and help each other with their own demons and insecurities. I love the way it feels quite “all or nothing,” because you’re forced to remember what that felt like, but how it’s not dismissive of the feelings either. Anyway, this is a great read.

The Ruby Oliver series by E. Lockhart

I mentioned this series in my last book post, and it starts with a book called The Boyfriend List. Before you react—hear me out! This is a hilarious series that’s more about the protagonist, Ruby, than about her boyfriendy exploits. Because of recent traumatic experiences, she goes to a therapist who asks her to examine her life and relationships by making a “boyfriend” list. These names aren’t necessarily boyfriends, just boys in her life tied to pivotal personal moments. I promise this is a fun, light read that’s kind of hard to put down. At least it was, for me.

And that’s a wrap! I didn’t include a lot of coming-of-age stories I liked but didn’t consider to be YA (e.g. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, Blankets by Craig Thompson, Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld, etc.). Making this list, I realized that while I read a lot of YA, a lot of them don’t really leave a profound impression on me. I also realized that I haven’t read a lot of classic YA like Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird.

Some of my other notables are:

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness, The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn, The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan, Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. For more recommendations, check out Forever Young Adult

If you can’t find these books in your book stores, check out Book Depository (affiliate link), as they ship worldwide!

I’m pretty sure I missed out on reading your favorite YA titles, so feel free to leave recs down below, if you think you love something I’d love, too. What are your favorite YA titles?

On Gathered Narratives

I realized that I never even wrote about Gathered Narratives, the group show I had in June with my… um, family. It wrapped up on the 5th, so it’s not like you can still see it, but I’ve always been kind of persistent with documenting things, even if they memories come a little bit (or much) later than when they actually happened.

Anyway, the exhibit. It’s kind of a little weird to think about it, so first a little background: Each of us has been actively making art from two to thirty years, if I’m not mistaken. I certainly never thought my path would cross over to the arts or even anything visual. I was always a lover of words, and I kind of thought that I would spend most of my time writing. I fell into design because of the Internet and blogging, and then I ventured into art… inevitably. Like my siblings, both of whom were on very different paths, I didn’t really think that this show was even a possibility. Or, more accurately, that it was a possibility that would make me feel proud or happy, not like I was put up to this gimmicky, novel thing.

Like I said, we weren’t really even thinking about getting involved with art, so it never really made sense to put up a family show until now. I’m not really sure why we didn’t get into art. It would have been so great to grow up knowing for sure what you wanted to be, and knowing that your parents would understand and would probably even help you. It was probably the teenage need to be stubborn and rebel! Who even knows.

Gathered Narratives is our first family show (and curated by Nilo Ilarde, whose work I love and admire), and it was so much fun seeing everyone who came by and supported it and said nice things about it, even after the opening. I kept getting tags on Instagram from friends and strangers who went out of their way to go and see it. I really felt so touched, as corny as that sounds, because the show was really special to me.


Anyway, I don’t really want to wax poetic about this. I find it really awkward to type about, for some reason? I just wanted to put up a place for gratitude for everyone who has been so kind to me and my family over the years.

I don’t even have photographs of the opening night. Here are some by Tammy David for Silverlens, and here are some fun ones from the installation days. You can view the pieces here. I think you can buy a catalog of the show at Silverlens! I’m not sure how many they still have, but I’m quite taken by it. If I do say so myself:

And here are some photographs I stole:






Capsule Book Reviews No. 2: BookTubeAThon

Ho! I joined a YouTube challenge called the Book-Tube-A-Thon, which is the baby of a Readathon and BookTube, YouTube book vlogger community. This was mostly a failure on my part because a) I read just 4 books, and b) I didn’t even get to vlog for the entire duration because we lost power. And also I was too lazy, heh.

Anyway, here is a video of the books I did manage to read:

As promised in the video (did you watch it!), here are some more book-y thoughts on the titles I read:

Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral
I’ve had this for a while but decided to finally read it (BTAT’s first challenge is to read a book with pictures) and it was really beautiful. At first, the story seems to be a bit simplistic—another doomed teenage love story—but when you read into the visual narrative, you’ll see details that hint at another, deeper layer that you might miss if you don’t pay attention. A lot of people have dissed this book because it doesn’t seem to pay much, but it’s certainly something you need to read into to kind of get the full effect of what it’s trying to say.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
I’m surprised at how much I didn’t really like this book, given that I love E. Lockhart’s other work, a.k.a. Frankie Landau-Banks and the Ruby Oliverseries. We Were Liars is about a group of teenagers who spent their childhood summers at a family island. After “summer fifteen,” Candace (by whom the story is told) loses a chunk of her memory due to an accident and is kind of left picking up the pieces. It kind of feels random and like it tries too hard. The payoff was shocking, but only because it was so improbable. I would pass on this and pick up The Boyfriend List series. I know how stupid that sounds, but those books are seriously hilarious.

Night Film by Marisha Pessl
Another dud by an author whose previous work I loved. Much like her first novel, Special Topics in Calamity Physics, this release by Marisha Pessl seems to be polarizing. Night Film is a murder mystery in which disgraced journalist Scott McGrath looks into the suicide of Ashley Cordova—ex-child prodigy, daughter of cult horror/thriller director, Stanislas Cordova. I will say that the premise of this is pretty good. I was gearing myself up for a spooking and several nights of sleeplessness, but the payoff was so unsatisfying. The more I thought about this book, the more I hated it. I took back the 3 Stars I initially gave it on GoodReads and gave it a 2. I felt like she tried too hard and didn’t really know much about writing a good creepy story. I don’t know, it was just all over the place and by the time I reached the middle, I thought 2 things: 1) I wish this would end, and 2) With 200+ pages left, what else could she possibly write about this story that would give it value? I think it suffered from not really knowing what “mystery” to prioritize… Is it Ashley’s suicide? In which case, why is it so important? Is it the truth behind Stanislas Cordova? I can see why people would like it, but the ending was just truly frustrating for me. I was so mad at it, lol.

Burning Houses by Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta
Again, I’m not the best judge of poetry or even a good judge of poetry by any stretch. The kind of poetry I like has great and unusual or clever imagery, a nice tone and rhythm, and the kind of writing that doesn’t seek to isolate the reader. I love Mookie’s poetry, how she plays with form, and how, even if she writes in English, some poems are very much Filipino.

What was left on my TBR Pile for BookTubeAThon

Challenge: Start and finish a series
I planned to read all of the books or stories about the Glass Family (by JD Salinger) because I didn’t have any series in mind that I felt like I could read during the BookTubeAThon. This includes Nine Stories, Franny & Zooey, Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenter and Seymour: An Introduction, and his out-of-print story and last work to be seen on print before his death, Hapworth 16, 1924.

Challenge: A book someone else picks out for you
I have two: Quiet by Susan Cain, which was picked out for me by Barby, and The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan, which was picked out for me by Isa. I have neither of the books with me yet, so I didn’t get to start on them just yet.

Challenge: A book to movie adaptation
I was thinking of finally getting around to reading Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (spoiler alert: I didn’t) or re-reading Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon and watching the movie, but I wanted both to be new to me… I settled on Carrie by Stephen King, but I don’t know if I can go through with that, because I’m a wuss. Another book I was considering was The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith.

Other Books I’m in the Middle of Reading

(Still) Adverbs by Daniel Handler
(Still) The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon (re-read)
The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster
I feel Bad About My Neck and Other Thoughts on Being A Woman by Nora Ephron
Kapow! by Adam Thirlwell

Book Depository links are affiliate links. “Kapow!” was sent to me by Visual Editions years ago.


Setting Up “After Sir” & Romeo Lee and Jonas Eslao at Art Informal


Two days before Tita Elaine’s show, After Sir, at Finale opened, we popped in to see the set-up. I think she wanted to spend a bit of time with us and some of her other friends since they’re based in Singapore and would leave for home the day after her show’s opening. The show is made up of her renditions of some of Sir Bobby Chabet’s work that meant something to her. It was so good! I’m saying that without Chabet-bias—I’ve always been a fan of hers.


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Capsule Book Reviews No. 1

I’ve been slowly, manually re-uploading some of the entries I managed to save via Google Cache and the Wayback. Some of the posts are only partially saved, though, and I can’t recreate the comments, which are the only two things that I am pretty bummed about. In any case, I’m really happy that at least some of the posts I’ve made over the years survived The Great Server Crash of 2014. I know you can’t blame Mercury Retrograde for everything, but I kind of want to chalk it up to that.

Anyway, books. I used to write (sporadically) about my reads at a subsite of Nothing Spaces called Book Report. I figured it made more sense to just write book reviews here because I so rarely updated that place anyway. Here are tiny reviews of my 2014 Reads so far. (Add me on GoodReads if you’re tackling a reading challenge, too!) It hasn’t been a pretty year, to be honest, but we’ve all got to start somewhere.


The Other Normals by Ned Vizzini
After Ned Vizzini passed away late last year, I took it upon myself to read the rest of his books that I hadn’t yet. This was one of them. To be honest, I don’t think I’m part of the demographic. If I read it as a kid, I think I would have enjoyed it a lot more. As an adult, it was a bit hard to visualize this new world and I didn’t develop any attachment to it.
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New at West: July 2014


The first week of July has proven to be quite the week for art excursions. At least for me! I am usually too lazy (oops) and by the time I’ve gathered motivation to go, the exhibits are usually no longer on display. Anyway, last July 3, there were a number of shows that opened at West Gallery. Here are a few snaps from the night, though I didn’t get to stay very long on account of sleepiness. I swear, I am practically a grandma.

Gallery 1: Dex Fernandez’s 1000000000 mg


This was insane and best seen in person. I think you can tell by these little snippets I have been showing. Noah kind of freaked out a little bit, but I can only imagine what this looked like to a dog/someone color blind.

Gallery 2: Dave Lock’s Rotator

I haven’t seen Dave Lock’s work in the flesh in a while… at least not for a solo exhibit. I find that he has veered away from making obvious portraits (though some of his work for Rotator do still have hoomins and faces on them) into a more abstract territory, and it’s honestly a welcome change.

Gallery 3: Everywhere We Shoot’s Panic Buying

I encountered Everywhere We Shoot so many years ago on LiveJournal. I don’t know if we actually interacted, but I saw their work—lovegrocery!—and it’s kind of really cool to see in what ways they’ve changed and in what ways they’ve remained the same. Anyway, Panic Buying is really cool because they’ve teamed up with Imagine Nation Studios to create “super limited edition” toys. Some are one-offs, but I think the solid colored ones (except the purple!) come in editions.

Gallery 4: Albert Sy’s An Exercise in Futility

I’m not really familiar with Albert Sy’s work, but some of the paintings were fun and pretty cheeky. There is a barbel in the middle of the room, though, and it has only occurred to me now, the heavy-handedness of its inclusion in “an exercise in futility.” Ha.

Visit the Facebook Event Page for more details! I think these shows run until August 2, so you’ve got plenty of time. :) I’m not sure how West is going to display Dex’s show—at the opening, you can see the full effect via LED lights and black lights—but I’ll update this once I find out.

I’ve got two more art posts in the works (told you it was a busy art week!) but I want to go on a “break” and talk about other things. I’ve decided to scrap bookreport (RIP) and just migrate all the book talk here, since I didn’t even update much over there to warrant a subdomain. I’m not even sure I should keep the Twitter.

First of July:

I don’t know why it feels a little weird updating here. Honestly, it doesn’t feel the same! But I still want to post stuff, because not posting feels even stranger. So, I kicked off the month with actual progress on my (secret) monthly goals. They are not actually secret goals; it’s just a list that hasn’t been posted yet. Very different from my usual set-up (just kidding). Anyway.

For July, I resolved to go out more. I like to refer to myself as an Indoorsman, but when you document your face makeup (for my Beauty Blog, are you new!), you kind of notice when they get few and far between, which is what happened. So. There. I wanted to go out more, just to do more things and not be so cooped up with my own thoughts and a similarly antisocial dog all the live long day.

Usually, I like going to exhibits on the day that they open, mostly because I never get to pass by/remember to otherwise. I had to request for my college transcripts, so my sister, Beng, I decided to swing by Blanc Gallery for the shows by Dina Gadia, Jacob Lindo, and Bembol dela Cruz. Here are some pictures of the shows we missed seeing on their opening days:

from Dina Gadia’s Let’s Talk About Feelings

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Hello, Again

So. You might have heard about what happened to this blog. A week ago, my host,, announced that one of their servers, LAX06 was inaccessible and they are working hard to restore everything. It took them a while to do so; however, they were only able to restore the data of about 70% of the accounts on the server. The other 30% had corrupted backup files and all their restores came up empty. Nothing Spaces was a part of that 30%.

Hearing that felt like a punch to the face. I’ve been writing on this blog since May 2009, when I was in the middle of my senior thesis and needed an escape. Pretty dramatic, I know.

Then, it became a repository for all of my travel photos, some food reviews, the art shows I went to—basically, a modern-day diary. A pretty public account of an oversharer that, for some reason, some of you started reading. (Thank you, by the way.)

Right now, I’m scrambling to find some of my favorite entries from the last five years. I’ve saved quite a lot of the “important” posts (thank you, Google Cache!) and I’m grateful for at least that. I think the thing I was terrified of the most was that, perhaps, I would forget a certain feeling, and there would be nowhere to turn to to try and remember.

In some ways, I’m happy (not sure if that’s the right word) that I get to start over, even though it was an involuntary restart. All I know is that so far, I’m okay.

EDIT: I think I’ll republish some of the things that I can grab a hold of under Old Favorites. I won’t be able to update them all in one go, because I’d rather make new entries than live in the past. If you have any particular entries you’d like to be up there (that you remember), let me know and I’ll see what I can do! So far, there have been posts I’ve been wanting to retrieve but couldn’t (e.g. the one with Jens Lekman) because it hadn’t been cached anywhere.

Anyway, that’s it. I wish you all a good life. And lots of cake!

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How I Edit My Photos

Some of the most FAQs I get concern camera equipment and editing, so here’s a quick post on how I personally edit my photographs. Disclaimer: It’s not really a tutorial; I’m not a professional. Obviously. This is just a… sort of “share what you know” kind of post.

I currently use a Nikon D5100. My kit lens is an 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6, but the favorite one that I use if I can is a vintage 35mm f/2.8. I have a couple of other lenses at my disposal but those are the main ones I use. I also use a point-and-shoot camera, the Canon S100, sometimes.


For the past few months, I’ve been shooting most of my photos in RAW, as it allows for more freedom for post-processing. But, I discovered that you can open compressed JPGs in Camera Raw, so I’ve been shooting non-RAW unless I need super high quality images.

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I usually just tweak exposure and contrast levels in Camera Raw. I don’t really change much of the editing for travel or daily photos, but for my beauty blog, I do a lot of color correcting to show the shades as accurately as I can. For the fun stuff, I play with the layers or I go to Actions.

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If you’re going for a standard look or want to save some “formulas” for future use, you can do so using actions. You can save your own—for example, I have some for resizing and saving photos in bulk—or you can also download some pre-made actions. There are a lot of free ones online, but a lot of photographers and bloggers also have them up for sale. I bought a small pack from A Beautiful Mess to try out, and I’ve got a few free ones from Nirrimi at The Color Shop.

These are useful to quickly achieve a look you need. Here is an example of editing using Actions and Camera Raw:
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For my post called London Calling, I edited my photos using an Action by A Beautiful Mess called Magnolia, tweaked to my liking.


For on-the-go editing, I primarily use my iPad Mini. I don’t really like the resolution of the cameras on these. Though decent, I prefer using photos from my point-and-shoot at the very least, and if I can help it, I try to use photos from my cameras. Transferring images used to be really difficult, though, because I had to upload the images from my SD card to my computer then email the files to myself and then download the images on to my device.

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However, I’ve been using my dad’s Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader, which is basically a glorified SD reader that connects to your iPad. Works like a charm.

The reason why I like loading images on to my iPad, though, is the photo editing software I primarily use: VSCO.

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I have all of the filters, because they’re all just so beautiful. Editing is very easy—1 click and then you have a lot of different avenues for tweaking the images even further. This is the main app I use for on-the-go editing, as I find that for color correction, it is all that I need.

Other apps that I use are A Beautiful Mess (for collaging), Afterlight (for adding the white bands and occasional light leaks), and Swankolab (for something a bit like film developer fun).

That’s mostly it! Nothing really outrageous, but I do take some liberties sometimes. Feel free to ask questions or clarify anything. Let me know if you need me to make a more detailed post on anything I’ve glossed over here.

Originally published in June 2014.
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