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Monday, July 18, 2016

Word High July for 18 July 2016 Word Paraluman

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Today’s word is Paraluman. This word means an artistic muse.   I have a hard time with this one because I don’t have an artistic bone in my body.  In fact, I am about as anti-artistic as can be. 

Years ago, I took a photography class. Everyone else in the class had comments on the artistic thoughts I had for shots I had taken.  I had no artistic reason for what I did.  I am not a photographer with the emphasis on artistic. I am a picture taker, with the emphasis on technical. 

I took one picture of the owner of the local variety store sitting in an old cane bottom chair in front of his store.  I printed it in black and white because it was a class in black and white photography.

The paper I used had a slight sepia tone to it because that was all I had. 
The road in front of the store was actually paved, but there were a few loose rocks in front of the store which gave the appearance of an old dirt road.  All of these things that made it look like a photo from the early 1900s were just flukes.

As fate would have it, I was running late for class when I printed the photo in the dark room.  I did not notice that I had loaded the negative backward until I got to class.  It was too late.

The comments from my classmates indicated that I must have printed it backwards to show it was a step back in time.  I did not let on it was an accident.

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These words and these photos are from an article by Isabelle Laureta on BuzzFeed titled “36 Of The Most Beautiful Words In The Philippine Language”. All credit goes to them.

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  1. love to know the story you told. i am not good in arts, too! :D

    1. I just agreed with what they were saying. I did not lie, but I allowed them to think what they wanted to think. I agree that photos can make a statement, I just can't actually think the way these people were thinking.

  2. It was the result of an artistic mind and eye. Lovely post David and thank you for following my Blog. Much appreciated.

    1. Thank you for commenting and the compliment. Some people can see things in an artistic way. Some people, like me, see things in a technical way. As Gus in My Big Fat Greek Wedding says, "In the end, we are all fruit."


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