Sunrises and morning commutes

I have mentioned in a previous post how I wanted to focus on my gifts, and putting my mind to it while taking advantage of the current work situation that I have has allowed me to do so. So far, I am still serving with my church’s music team, albeit in a measured way, and that’s about the only way I truly wish to use my gift in music. I am also making a conscious effort to write, and I have settled into a comfortable rhythm in which I write about my Christian journey on “Faithful Fridays”, and have a more casual and freeform writing on Tuesdays.

And then there’s visual arts. Ideally, I would love to be able to produce a finished drawing (read: inked and colored) once or twice a month at least, but I have so far found an alternate outlet: photography.

Ever since I started on my new job on the graveyard shift, I took joy in the opportunity to be able to see the sunrise. It helped that for a time, my assigned location had a lovely view of the east —


I was also able to execute a shot that I have always dreamed of doing: raindrops on the window.


(All I need now is listen to a Jesus Culture song to become That Christian Girl 😛 )

As of the past two weeks however, my work location can no longer provide me with an ideal vista for the morning sunrise —

(Yeah :/ )

I then realized: I have made the “sunrise shot” into a habit. It has become part of my weekday routine. While I do not spend so much time composing my shot, I still want to be able to present something visually pleasing. I have to admit that I am not quite pleased with shots like the above, not to mention that that window has been in a sorry state of filthiness as of late that any resulting picture is unacceptable.

So I decided to look for my shots elsewhere. During an Uber ride home, I decided to just whip out my phone and record some of the vistas I came across. It was a challenge in itself as I just cannot ask the driver to stop in the middle of the highway so that I could disrupt traffic just to get my Perfect Shot. But I would like to believe that I am on to something. It started with a sunset shot in Laguna on May 15 —

A photo posted by Cielo Maaliw (@aethracaelis) on May 19, 2016 at 12:24pm PDT


And recently on June 4 —

A photo posted by Cielo Maaliw (@aethracaelis) on Jun 3, 2016 at 2:48pm PDT


Realistically, I cannot take the Uber every single day both ways as I do not want to rack up my expenses. An opportunity presented itself when I decided to take the train home, and  I admit, I am quite pleased with the result —

A photo posted by Cielo Maaliw (@aethracaelis) on Jun 3, 2016 at 2:48pm PDT


I wanted to take pictures of the sunrise for as long as I could — and looks like I have reached the end of that “era”, as it were. I do not feel quite ready to drop the habit just yet, so I thought that I would take on a new challenge as a move on from the sunrise series: I will now launch myself into a new series, “morning commute.”

Thematic picture-taking aside, I have also come to accept photography as an outlet, and as a visual art expression. I have been told that I have an eye for photography, but I held back in practicing it, as I felt that “everyone can take pictures”. Then I realize that not everyone can be bothered with composition or bothering to make their pictures generally pleasing. Granted, I am not equipped with a (D)SLR and I am simply armed with an iPhone 5, but I aim to provide the best shots that I can, and I am willing to learn.

That said, I am not giving up on drawing. There are ideas floating around in my head, and I hope to work my way into making them into reality. I miss the satisfaction of completing a drawing, the therapeutic strokes of pencils, and having the images in my head take shape on paper.

For now, I will simply allow my surroundings speak to me and enchant me, as I chronicle my days and be thankful for each morning I live to see.



About Cielo

I am a paper-pusher by day, a log by night, an aspiring singer-dancer and a wannabe artist in-between. I am also a Professional Space Cadet.
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