Sharing Priime Photography

Finding New & Exciting Ways to Share

priime-small-screenshotI still can’t claim any talents with my photography, but one thing I could say is that I know how to tell a story. Well, here is another way to tell my stories through my photos.

If you follow my Instagram, you can see my photos in series of three—where I try to convey an emotion, a setting, an event with three look-points. Now, through Priime, I have a way of sharing collections, which gives me a way of sharing a whole shoot or event in a bigger way.

And to add reasoning, since my recent purchase of a new FujiFilm X100T, I needed a way to share my digital photography—this way I keep my Insta solely focused on my 35mm film photography. I love the way Priime allows me to share my higher-quiality work in a beautiful, pleasing lay-out, that actually satisfies my overly critical design needs.

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2017, Here We Come…

It’s Finally Here. Let’s Take It By Storm!

Water Cooler Thoughts…

… reflecting on your opinion.

Have you ever looked at a water cooler jug—the ones in offices and some homes—and just couldn’t tell where the water line stands? Just couldn’t tell how full the jug was from the faint, blue-ish coloring of the jug itself and the stillness of the water inside it?

You want to pour yourself some water, but the jug could be almost empty (and no one likes changing those things). It ultimately takes starting your pour, fearless, before you see the bubbles rise into the jug, and move things. Before those bubbles disrupt the water line, you have no idea where the line stands, you can’t see where the limit is… Read More

New Work, New World

It took ten months, but I’ve found my bearings and the thrashing waters of life have settled.

Screen Shot 2015-09-05 at 1.25.58 AMThe winter over-stayed, the spring was nonexistent, and the busy summer scorches through into eternity. With time having its fun, the weeks flew from tomorrows into todays, todays into yesterdays, and all-too-quickly, into last months. I studied the downtown and the midtown, the east side to the west, and the uptown is next to conquer.  New York City, 2015, becomes mine. New York City, 2015, resembles the gentrified skyline of my Brooklyn streets: many lows and few high-rises. But as the heat rays start to hint at taking their many-month nap, the new high-rises fill the neighborhood with shadows, and life’s ups start kicking where the sun don’t shine.

Just last month I took a new job. You are now looking at the new Communications Manager at a private school in the Upper West Side. Not just any private school, but a progressive private school. What does that even mean? I don’t know yet, I guess I’ll find out (and I guess I’ll tell you all about it). But, what’s important is that in this crazy world of kicked up dust and pushy streets, I’ve found a place for the specs to settle, I’ve found a balance that shapes everything around me into an uncharacteristic calm. It’s kind of nice. Read More

Random Blog Post #12 – Writing Tips from the Masters

We can always learn from the masters, today we have tips from Jack Kerouac.

They say Jack Kerouac is one of those writers who reinvented literature. Influencing countless writers, and ushering in the 1960’s counter-culture movement, Kerouac is known for novels as The Dharma BumsBig Sur, and On the Road. Kerouac shared his thirty essentials to writing in what he called Belief and Technique for Modern Prose.

Jack Kerouac’s Belief and Technique for Modern Prose

kerouaccor4601. Scribbled secret notebooks, and wild typewritten pages, for yr own joy

2. Submissive to everything, open, listening

3. Try never get drunk outside yr own house

4. Be in love with yr life

5. Something that you feel will find its own form Read More

Random Blog Post # 11 – Writing Tips from the Masters

We can always learn from the masters, today we have tips from Neil Gaiman.

Hailing from England, Neil Gaiman has written novels, short fiction, comic books, graphic novels, and more. He’s done some great work, notably the comic book series The Sandman, and novels American Gods, Coraline, and Stardust. Here, Gaiman gives us his eight good writing practices.

Neil Gaiman’s 8 Good Writing Practices

Neil-Gaiman-21. Write.

2. Put one word after another. Find the right word, put it down.

3. Finish what you’re writing. Whatever you have to do to finish it, finish it.

4. Put it aside. Read it pretending you’ve never read it before. Show it to friends whose opinion you respect and who like the kind of thing that this is. Read More

A Year With St. Ignatius of Loyola

And his oh-so perceptive daily thoughts.

St. Ignatius at Georgetown PrepFlashback to 2007, my high school graduation from Georgetown Prep in Bethesda, MD, where I had spent 3 years under their Jesuit heavy teaching, learning all about the Society of Jesus, St. Francis Xavier, Ad maiorem Dei gloriam, being a man for others, so on, and so on. As part of Prep’s going away care package for all the students in the graduating class, I received a copy of Thoughts of St. Ignatius Loyola: For Every Day of the Year, and like most other things from this blur-of-a-day, the book was set aside for future reminiscing and not given a second thought. Now flashback to just the beginning of 2014, while I am packing up my things in LA and ready to make tons of changes in my life, and what do I come across in my huge box of books but my copy of St. Ignatius Loyola’s thoughts. Like an act of faith, paths lining up for a greater message, I took upon the new year with one morning task to never break: pick up these insightful daily thoughts and take the time to read, understand, and contemplate each day.

From the very beginning of my education in a Jesuit institution, I took interest in the subject. Starting with their penetrating work through education, to their wise promotion of social justice and ecumenical dialogue, something about this society stood out to me and made me want to get involved. Service, retreats, and daily worship ensued for a few years, but then college and time in Hollywood took me under and kept me at arm’s length for a while. Of course, like fate tends to do in troubling times, a random sign came through in the way of these sagacious daily thoughts, which brought be back and birthed a new daily routine to keep me close and welcomed. Read More

2014, The New Year, And The Dreaded Resolutions: Part II

With life back in the states—now in New York—taking shape and slowly becoming a stable thing, I reflect on the last year and the year to come, and like every other forward-thinking human being, setting goals, I mean, why not, right?

charlotte-new-years-eve-2015Going through 2014, I wanted to break down my favorite things about the year. “My Favorites in 2014” includes things that I cared the most about in 2014, while “The Best from 2014” will talk about actual things from 2014 that were my favorites. Pretty simple, just going back through the year and reminiscing on what was cool and what was memorable.

My Favorites in 2014

Album: Broken Bells (self titled) – A buddy showed me this album right before I left the states and I wasn’t able to stop listening to it all year. I was about four years behind on this one, but I guess it’s better late than never?

“Remember what they say,
There’s no shortcut to a dream.
It’s all blood and sweat,
And life is what you manage in between”

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2014, The New Year, And The Dreaded Resolutions: Part I

With life back in the states—now in New York—taking shape and slowly becoming a stable thing, I reflect on the last year and the year to come, and like every other forward-thinking human being, setting goals, I mean, why not, right?

New Year 2015 formed from sparking digits over black backgroundAfter a month away from Nahui-Day (hated being away, but it was needed), I’m finally coming back to writing daily. I’ve made my return from the motherland in December, and since then I have been searching far-and-wide for work and apartments. Now that the dust is settling and some time can be spared, it’s time to get back to this and have some fun.

“Res·o·lu·tion – noun \ˌre-zə-ˈlü-shən\ : the act of finding an answer or solution to a conflict, problem, etc. : the act of resolving something.” 

My problem which needs a solution, you ask? I have way too many hours in the day and I want to fill them up with more work, more writing, more improving, more upgrading, and all-around more betterment. Read More

Slight Break from Nahui-Day

Took last week off, need few more weeks to catch up with life.

exhausted-dog_zps3e1cf97aWith my recent move to NYC and my constant search for apartments and work, I have been inundated with day-to-day tasks, interview follow-ups, and meetings. Add my birthday into the mix last week, and we got a perfect recipe for a tired and overworked Nahui. I’m keeping up with my writing, but posting right now is out of the question.

Coming up: Tons of reviews (including Einstein’s Dreams, The Little Prince, and uncountable comics), a handful of essays and op-eds about the Argentinean school system and my problems with it, my thoughts on CM Punk’s addition to the UFC roster, and on top of all that, some fun flash fiction I want to share.

My best to you,

Nahuel F.A.

Random Blog Post #10 – Writing Tips from the Masters

We can always learn from the masters, today we have tips from George Orwell.

An English novelist, essayist, and journalist, George Orwell is responsible for two of my favorite books, Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm, along with many other great pieces focusing on social injustice. He has great form and finesse with his writing, and in his essay Politics and the English Language, Orwell gives us his six questions and six rules to writing a well constructed sentence.

George Orwell’s 6 Questions and 6 Rules

George-Orwell-001A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus:

1. What am I trying to say?

2. What words will express it?

3. What image or idiom will make it clearer? Read More

My Favorite Things: Tattoo Instagrams

Here are my favorite tattoo specific Instagram accounts.

I’m a big fan of tattoos. I follow about 20 tattoo Instas. Some of these share their outstanding tattoos, some are flat-out amazing artists with their own style, and then some share an array of artists and styles to show me new things. I have a few tattoos myself, and I plan on getting a few more (shh, don’t tell my family), so seeing these in my Instagram feed open my eyes to new art daily.

Favorite Artists

Dave Tevenal – Great style and great art. His sketches are true art, and his tattoo skills are top-notch. It also doesn’t hurt that he’s a huge Marvel fan.

Dave Tevenal Insta

Renko Dees – Tattoo apprentice from Netherlands. Does great animal tattoos, very detailed, and amazing coloring. I especially like this rhino head he did, and this one.

Cally Jo Art – Based in New York City’s Grit ‘n Glory, her tattoos are spot on and her drawing are beyond amazing. I wouldn’t mind getting tattooed by a beautiful artist, so hey, now that I’m in New York, I’ll have to pay her a visit.

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Random Blog Post #9 – Do Cry For Me Argentina!!!

Arbitrary List of Things I’ll Miss About Argentina

IMG_8047Since January I have been living with my grandpa in Tucumán, Argentina. I was born and lived in Argentina until 9-years-old, then moved to the states, Maryland to be exact, and from then on I would visit once a year, for no longer than two weeks at a time. Well, my year living in Argentina is coming to an end, on Monday afternoon I begin my trek back to the states, New York to be exact, where I will settle and start looking for work. Culture has been an important part of my life, mixing my two homes’ cultures has been interesting to say the least, lives led in Argentina and the U.S. are literally and metaphorically miles apart. There are many things I will miss about the life I had here in 2014, but here are a few:

1. Familia

IMG_9252Since moving to the U.S. I’ve had a limited family, and since my dad passed away ten years ago, it shrunk even more. Although my two beautiful aunts in the U.S. are all the family I could ever need, it’s been nice being around my large family for the first time. Making up for nine years of lost bickering with my passionate brother, tormenting my teenage sister with my endless love she’s too cool for, being spoiled by my beautiful mom unconditionally, and most impertinently, having lunch every day with my grandpa and learning more about my family’s past than I thought possible. Of course things change as so many years going by, so substitute the kids table for a big boy chair, substitute video games and sleepovers with primo Lucho for late nights drinking and passing out, but at the end of the day, throw in a Sunday asado Argentino with the Arguijo family, all the aunts, uncles, and growing cousins, and I’ve got myself a perfect year of making up for lost time. I will miss them terribly.

2. Fútbol

IMG_0709Ah, the national pastime that never left my heart and soul. Sunday Night Football and World Series are part of my American side that I never fully took in, it was too hard to let go of my love for fútbol. Pick-up games with the friends, watching Boca Jrs. alongside with my brother, and the greatest tournament in the history of sports: the FIFA World Cup. This sport can truly bring a whole nation together, it can bring families together, through thick and thin, all for the passion of winning, all to show the world what we can do with a ball and our will to be the best. I’ve always said that my love for football is the only thing I’ve never been able to truly put in words. It’s a sensation that I just can’t fully express, I can only feel it through my body, in my heart. On TV you can always find football on, in the street you can always chat about football, on the street corners you will always find a kid with a ball at his feet. I will miss this. Read More

Random Blog Post #8 – Writing Tips from the Masters

We can always learn from the masters, today we have tips from Margaret Atwood.

Margaret Atwood is a Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, and essayist. She is widely recognized for her award-winning book, The Handmaid’s Tale. Some of her ideas for writers were originally published in an article for The Guardian, where Atwood offers inspiring writers some practical ideas.

Margaret Atwood’s 10 Ideas For Writers

atwood1. Take a pencil to write with on aeroplanes. Pens leak. But if the pencil breaks, you can’t sharpen it on the plane, because you can’t take knives with you. Therefore: take two pencils.

2. If both pencils break, you can do a rough sharpening job with a nail file of the metal or glass type.

3. Take something to write on. Paper is good. In a pinch, pieces of wood or your arm will do. Read More

Random Blog Post #7 – My Daily Routine

My daily routine: from the first cup of coffee in the morning, to the last gulp of water at night.

RBP 7A daily routine can be helpful when working on several projects at a time. The structure helps to keep tasks in check, keep your mind working right day-by-day, and even help finish work faster. I can’t say I’ve kept this routine every day since I’ve been here in Argentina, adventures arise often and most times it’s hard to say no to some fun in the sun, but I treated most days like a normal work day, keeping to scheduled breaks and deadlines to keep myself as productive as possible. Taking a year off to write in Argentina is not the most sensible things to do at my age, with the societal and economic pressures back in the states, but since I used my days to their full potential, keeping to a (somewhat) strict schedule, a “year off” can become a successful endeavor.

To check out the daily routines of famous writers, check out this great write-up from Brain Pickings, it’s where I got the idea for this post.

MORNING (8:00-12:30) — Run, Read, Teach, Coffee.

These are tough for me. I never enjoyed waking up before 10am, but that had to change if I wanted to get all my projects done and still keep myself healthy — body and mind type of healthy. I made myself wake up no later than 8:00 am every day, which was essential for me to have my afternoons and nights to my work. Also, mornings were different every day, here are the few variants I went with daily: Read More

Random Blog Post #6 – Writing Tips from the Masters

We can always learn from the masters, today we have tips from Kurt Vonnegut.

The American writer, Kurt Vonnegut blends satire, humor, and science fiction in a way that will leave you questioning what genre you just read. Classics by Vonnegut include Cat’s CradleSlaughterhouse-Five, and one of my all-time favorites, The Sirens of Titan. And aside from these novels and more, Vonnegut has also written notable essays as A Man Without A Country, and short story collections, like from where these creative writing basics come from, Bagombo Snuff Box.

Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Basics of What He Calls Creative Writing 101

la-et-jc-kurt-vonneguts-literary-afterlife-201-0011. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.

2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.

3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.

4. Every sentence must do one of two things—reveal character or advance the action. Read More

Random Blog Post #5 – Writing Tips from the Masters

We can always learn from the masters, today we have tips from Strunk & White.

William Strunk Jr. privately printed The Elements of Style for his students, a classic on the art of writing good prose, which E.B. White, once a student of Strunk, then tweaked for publication. Aside from this little gem, E.B. White is also known for essays Here in New York and Once More to the Lake, and children’s books Charlotte’s Web and Trumpet of the Swan. Although a slender book, Strunk & White’s The Elements of Style include great tips for any writer.

Strunk & White’s 11 Elementary Principles of Composition

elements-of-style-6001. Choose a suitable design and stick to it.

2. Make the paragraph the unit of composition.

3. Use the active voice.

4. Put statements in positive form.

5. Use definite, specific, concrete language.

6. Omit needless words. Read More

Random Blog Post #4 – Frequently Visited Websites

What five websites do you visit often, and why?

You check your email, put on a great album, then open up your web browser. You check your Facebook feed, type “happy bday” to some forgotten friends, see what is happening on Twitter, and after all the notifications are gone, you have the world at your fingertips… where do you go next in the infinite vastness that is the internet? Well, I asked myself just that today: What five websites do I visit often, and why?

stumbleupon-logo1. StumbleUpon – Mostly used for daily homework, rarely used to waste time. Every day I like to learn new things, so I use the internet to find these new things to learn. Instead of sifting through endless suggestions of websites or google searches, I just let StumbleUpon do my random web browsing for me. With a list of 64 interests to stumble upon, anything from animals to books, cult films to philosophy, I generally find pretty interesting websites pretty quickly.

huff-post2. The Atlantic/Huffington Post – These two sites are where I get my daily news and worthy reading. I prefer The Atlantic over HuffPost, but that’s mostly because I see HuffPost is often too fluffy and click-baiting with whatever buzzword is popular on social media that day. But that’s besides the point, I still read 3-5 articles from these two sites a day. Read More

Random Blog Post #3 – No Time To Read?

The most overused excuse from friends when asked why they don’t read… and honestly, it’s bullshit.

Look, I’m not saying spend your days reading Crime and Punishment, because that’s a brick of literature that would take anyone hours upon hours to get through, I just want my friends to realize that not all great literature has to be long and tedious. Here I’ve compiled a list of ten short stories, which are splendid reads, that you can easily get through during lunch time or your next coffee break. Included on the list are even some of my favorite authors of all time. And the best part about it is that they are all online for your reading pleasure (links included below). Get off Facebook and check out these short-short-stories, you won’t regret it.

1 Margeret Atwood1. Happy Endings by Margret Atwood – Different stories, different options, all with the same ending creeping up and biting you with sass. “So much for endings. Beginnings are always more fun.”

2. The School by Donald Barthelme – Ah, more death, and lots of it. From the planted trees to the classroom puppy, death follows the narrator, a schoolteacher who says what he can to make it all seem unrelated. Read More

Random Blog Post #2 – Useful Tips from Authors

Best-of-the-best in tips from the world’s most famous authors.

I generally enjoy reading a few tips and quotes from famous authors during my last minutes of daily homework, they give me something to think about before I start my actual writing for the day. Whether it be through some random StumbleUpon search or my go-to list of favorite tips and quotes I saved on my laptop, taking a few seconds after my non-creative-thinking hours to get in the writing mood is a nice touch I added to my daily routine. I found a great list, titled Words of Wisdom: 101 Tips from the World’s Most Famous Authors, and here is my shortened list of favorite tips from each category:

“These valuable bits of information provide guidance on strengthening your writing skills, becoming a better fiction writer or poet, learning to tap into your creativity, advice on education and school, and even a few suggestions on success and living a meaningful life.”

General Writing Tips

1. Mark Twain – “Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.” So, in the end, eliminate using the word “very.”

2. Oscar Wilde – Be unpredictable. Wilde suggests “consistency is the hallmark of the unimaginative.”

3. Anton Chekhov – Something every writing class teaches: show, don’t tell. Chekhov said it most clearly when he said, “don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” Read More

“The End”

No better feeling than getting to type those beautiful words: the end.

Scene after scene, page after page, month after month, my good friend and I worked tirelessly on a feature film script. Through tough blocks of frozen minds, spewing crap and rewriting. Through countless hours of heated debates over syntax and character synopsis. Through Skype, FaceTime, GoogleChat video conferences, most leading to nothing more than a handful of “can you hear me” or “this connection sucks.” Like friends do, through thick-and-thin, we got through it.  Read More

Random Blog Post #1 – Ten Book Challenge

Rules for the Ten Book Challenge: In your blog, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. They don’t have to be the “right” books, or great works of literature, just ones that have stayed with you. Here are mine:

LittleprinceThe Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – This is the first book I have ever owned or read, although I’ve always known it as El Principito. The Spanish version I own has stayed with me since I was, I don’t know, 7-years old, I also have an English version and one in its original language, French, which was given to me as a gift (purchased in Paris, France). Read More

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