Gemma Y Lopez Blog

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A lot of randomness

This weekend was pretty nice- well more like Saturday gave off this optimistic feeling that good weather was here to stay. Ha, I spoke too soon because Sunday came and it was overcast all over again:   

One cool thing about Sunday: clouds rolling by really fast.

Yesterday after class, I stayed in the studio we're in and took some self-portraits with objects for my final project of this semester. I am not sure if they're going to work. We'll see. Here are the behind the scenes set up:

I may be going to L.A. next week...big MAYBE. I'll be visiting some relatives that are in town and I think I can take advantage of being home by taking some self-portrait pictures and adding to the series that I've been working on.

Friend in town!!

My friend Amalia is in town visiting with old friends (she's a UCSC alum) before her departure to NYC to begin Grad school. I am so happy to have a familiar face for awhile! Yesterday we hung out, I showed her the 3rd street studios, met up with more friends later on and had some really good Thai food at this surprisingly affordable place near Union Square (I had the coconut milk soup with chicken and mushrooms. I highly recommend it). Here's our day:

There are some images with my current sky obsession- What's not to love??!!

Amalia on 3rd Street.

While being in Union Square I was reminded that the holidays are indeed here! I am pretty excited. Union Square has been converted into a mini Rockefeller center with a huge X-mas tree being set up along with an ice skating ring. They even have a station where you can write a letter to Santa (there's an image of my good friend Cecilia and Amalia demonstrating how to do that).

After the whole Union Square thing, we headed over to Berkeley for some drinks. It was my first time being there and I liked it. This weekend I am heading over to Santa Cruz with Amalia to visit and meet some more of her friends. Should be fun times.

The Weekend

This weekend? Nothing...I did not do anything in particular besides the usual editing.But what made this weekend special were two things: 1. The non-frozen dinner that I ate at Starbucks:

So it's not gourmet and there's probably nothing really tasty about this panini but coming from a girl that eats Trader Joe's frozen meals everyday, this was a nice change of pace for once. I was also out of my room which has become my working cave since moving up here. I was happy about my productive Saturday night.

2. The second special thing:

I must confess my Sunday was spent sleeping and trying to deal with my Sinus headache. When I finally woke up (5pm, but who's keeping time?) I decided to take a walk and I am really glad I did. The weather outside felt like the summer nights in L.A. with a touch of a mild breeze. The sky looked like a painting especially with the reflection on the waterfront. The most productive thing about my Sunday was actually going outside and enjoying this view.

One of those days...

I find myself missing home way too often. Today was definitely one of those days when I longed for a familiar face. I went to Chinatown today to continue with my photo series that I have going on there but I felt like I wasn't entirely there. I kept snapping out of daydreams and sometimes I would snap out of them too late because I would realize that I missed a good shot. After I got some shots, I decided to walk back to school and go through little Italy. From there on out, I ran into random cool things in the city that made me forget about my home-sickness. [gallery]

The first image: me on the 30-Stockton, aka "the Dirty 30."

What really put me in a good mood was seeing all the Panetone being displayed in the Italian Cafe storefronts. It reminds me of the holidays.

There is a new mural in the North Beach area in front of Washington Park. Enclosed is a detail of "the beard."

There is a current exhibition at the Diego Rivera Gallery that kinda disturbed me...ok no, it really did disturb me. So much so that I am still thinking about it. Anyway, the 'stairway to heaven' thing is probably the only "pg" friendly thing to post on here.

At school, there is a new mural being worked on, right outside of the cafeteria. I am curious to see the end result tomorrow.

Finally, I worked on the images that I took in Chinatown, and for the most part, I am satisfied with them. I'll probably go back on Saturday though.

The last picture is me on the Dirty 30- Cal Train bound.

Not a bad ending.

The Marin Headlands

[gallery] Today was really exciting. A classmate and I took a trip to the Marin Headlands in San Francisco. It is across the Golden Gate bridge, it used to serve as a bunker, and it is luscious green. We got some pretty cool shots of the forest. What made it amazing was the fog! It added this sort of creepy feeling. The slideshow shows a creepy tunnel, the amazing tall trees, a cool orange stencil that was on a wall, and lastly the incredible view of the Golden Gate bridge with the cityscape in the background. Seeing that truly made my day.

October in S.F.

[slideshow] The month of October was awesome. The weather was perfect and I got to explore the city a little better. It's worth mentioning some of the images that are in the slideshow. I went to a free "opera in the park" which was an event where the opera (the play Aida) was being broadcasted from AT&T park. I was able to go inside the park for free, and watch the play-but to be honest I was just there to get some interior shots of the stadium. There are some images of paintings, sculptures, etc. from other students that had shows in the Diego Rivera gallery. If you come across one that you like and would like to know more info on it, let me know. In October, I also went to the Polk Street Blues Festival which was really nice to experience. Most importantly, there are some behind the scenes images of photo-shoots. I am getting experience on how to set up scenes and use strobe lighting (amongst other things). This type of stuff is truly exciting for me!!

Also, I got to be a part of my friend's wedding...Congrats Selenne! And yeah, yeah, yeah...the giants won their first world series. I have been documenting the whole thing and I am working on a series examining the relationships that people create with certain spaces. So far I have extensively documented Chinatown, AT&T park, and a BORDERS book store that has closed down....these spaces evoke different feelings in people- which for me, is interesting to explore.

September in S.F.

[slideshow] The slideshow contains some pieces of my current life in S.F.-from what I eat to what I live around and what I've encountered on the streets. I live by the ballpark and there's an image in the slideshow that perfectly shows the view from my apt. Also, the ballpark is by the waterfront so I see that everyday, which is nice when I'm walking. There are these two legit Richard Serra pieces right by my apartment which is really cool! Another thing to mention is the amount of graffiti in the city which is inspiring (there's really good pieces all around). Lastly, some stuff that I see in the public transportation throws me off. It's kinda entertaining though. Enjoy.