“#Project365 #Self”

#Project365 #Self

#Project365 #Self, 2015
Digital photography
iPhone 5s camera, Instagram app

In my attempt to get creative in the midst of the crazy Mondays, not-much-lesser crazy Tuesdays-Wednesdays-Thursdays, TGIFs, no sleep-in Saturdays, and church Sundays, I started a 365 project.

There were 2 things I could always count on that I’d have at all times: my phone and my face! So, for my 365 project, I decided that I would take a self portrait each day for a year. I didn’t want my project’s focus to be on how to make a perfectly composed portrait (although that’d be pretty cool). I wanted to explore what made each day’s portrait unique and the reality of how someone probably looks when plopping on the couch after a hard day’s work – tired!

I was never really the type to get on the #selfie wave because I didn’t like being photographed, so this project was quite the push to get outside of my comfort zone. Plus, because it was going to be on Instagram, other people would see it too.

At times, I found myself trying to find the right angle, choose a nice background and pick the right filters and it soon became too much work. So, I decided to leave it up to chance and just shoot. What turns out is an interesting account of that day even when you think you didn’t do anything special. Each photo ends up being unique and I began to finslly be comfortable seeing myself.

Have fun and give it a try. Don’t be afraid of your own face! You’re lovely!

Share links to your #365projects with me in the comments below.

“It’s not funny”


Today’s Pink Shirt Day, also known as Anti-Bullying Day.

Personally I’ve been bullied growing up, and I think it’s very rare that a person can say they’ve never been bullied. Come to think of it, I’ve never heard anyone say they’ve never been bullied before. And if you can remember, it’s a horrible feeling.It makes you feel alone and very low. It’s embarrassing and it makes you feel powerless. And as much as people think it can be ignored – it’s nearly impossible.

For those of you struggling right now – don’t be afraid to get help.

Share and help raise awareness to #StopBullying. #Itsnotfunny

“Time to Settle Down”

Sundays are for church for me and my family, and on occasion, we have a Tagalog bible study in the church’s hall (everyone is welcomed).

So after service, we head down for lunch and the person leading the bible study prepares their notes. My sister usually plays the piano at the beginning and end of class.

Between the time people begin to finish their lunch and the announcement to settle down for the start of the study, is the humming of people’s conversations and the piano being practiced on.

I could hear the voices and pick up certain words, but I wasn’t really listening to what people were saying. And oddly enough, I didn’t feel an urge to tune in. It was just sound. But I did find the sound interesting.

I was able to take a recording of what I could hear. Can you pick out the different voices and accents? Can you pick out the different words? Does any of it make sense to you?

I call this “Time to Settle Down”.

“People and Koi”

I call this blog by Richelle Himaya - People and Koi

Chicago road trip playlist: The Immaculate Collection

Last October, 2014, my friends and I went on a road trip to Chicago, Illinois. It was a much needed break for all of us and the perfect time to go just before the winter hit. The trip was going to be my first time to Chicago and my first road trip to the States.

But during our trip, there were times when even I felt we were running from one place to another. And the pic below was just one of many attempts to slow down and capture the hustle and bustle through the city.


One of our stops was at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, which was where the footage of “People and Koi” came from. It captures the movement of people, koi, water and sound all simultaneously in motion, yet following a natural flow that can only fully be observed slowed down.

By allotting time to slow down, even for just a full minute, I was able to appreciate better what was around me. When it comes down to it, it took me a couple vacation days, an 8-hour road trip and running around Chicago to slow down and enjoy seeing people walk down stairs and look at fish swim in an indoor pond.

I’m now just taking the time to be present wherever it is.

I call this “People and Koi”.