Sunday, October 16, 2016

Sunday #24: Lumière & Lens Turns One

Hi, y'all!  Here's a shot of my mug since this blog doesn't actually see much of my face.  I wanted to take some new shots for the blog and it was a challenge.  I'd say 90% of my shots today were either a) RBF, b) herp derp, or c) out of focus.  Apparently, I really like looking down and to the side.  Retouching was kept to a bare minimum even though there's things I want to fix.  However, flaws and all, this has to be an honest representation of yours truly.

ONE.  Somehow, without my knowing it, the one year anniversary of Lumière & Lens sneaked up on me!  The true anniversary of this blog was actually on September 13 so technically, it's 1.09 years old.  The blog has gone through a rebrand, helped me develop my photography, and given me a platform to write about things I love.  My main goal for Lumière & Lens was only to have a personal space to write and post photographs to my heart's desire.  An online diary, if you will.  That it gets any engagement at all is a wonderful bonus.  In a year's time, it has grown a humble readership and I am incredibly appreciative.  Thank you to everyone who takes the time to read, comment, and engage with me on social media!  

PERMIT.  I got my learner's permit this past week after my old one expired over a year ago.  I'm way past the age that most people get licenses.  My entire life has been spent in cities so I never had need to learn to drive before.  To be honest, I dislike cars since I get motion sickness, but this is something I'll just have to get done. 

BELOW ZERO.  I try my best to keep negativity on this blog to a minimum.  I want Lumière & Lens to be a repository of positive things and an outlet away from more high stress situations so I tend not to talk about things I'm going through.  Unfortunately, as much as blogs and other online platforms open up the dialogue, there's still a stigma against talking about mental health.  Discrimination and judgment is still a very big problem. If I can figure out a way to articulate myself well, I want to contribute to the conversation in the future.

OIL.  I'm ending this Sunday with an at home screening of There Will Be Blood with my roommates/friends.  It's been a pseudo-relaxing weekend so far.  Back to the grind on Monday.


• Dani wrote about the experience of being a foreigner and otherness.  Though this written from a European perspective, it resonated with me and I think it's an important conversation to have. 
• Michelle encapsulates a lot of familiarity when she talks about growing out of friendships.  Life's too short to spend time with people who you don't feel good around.


  1. Congrats on the one year blog-nniversary (?)! I love your new profile picture as the sidebar too, looking very profesh ;-) and well done on your learner's permit too - I got mine about 5 years ago but never drive either because I'm in the city so I probably forgot all about it too! Bit of a shame really, since I'm not really trusted to drive if I ever take a long road trip or something...

    and oh my gosh you're watching There Will Be Blood?! That's my boyfriend's favourite film and he made me watch the entire thing and I unfortunately found it so incredibly slow thus quite painful to watch. Hahaha!

    Cherie | sinonym

  2. Congrats on the anniversary and you're looking loooovely! Sounds like my experience of self portraits too, tbh - usually accompanied by lots of deleting and squeals of "is that my FACE?!"
    I don't drive yet... it is on my before 30 bucket list but I'm rapidly running out of time. Hmm... I just dislike being in cars but can't deny it's useful!
    I completely understand wanting to keep your blog a positive space - it's a tricky one when mental health is involved. When I look back over my archives I can very clearly see the periods of time when my MH was low - the blog charts the ups and downs through my regular silences. I found writing about it last week felt a little cathartic, if for no other reason than to say, look, this is why I struggle sometimes. But it's different for everyone!

    P.S thank you for the shout out!

  3. Congratulations on your anniversary! I'm sure there's so much more amazingness to come! :D And I agree, let's keep the negativity out – there's no need for that :)


  4. Congrats on the anniversary! Hope to see much more from you :)
    Good luck with the driving. I had my license for ages before I could drive confidently, haha.

  5. Congrats on your blog's one year anniversary! You look gorgeous girl <3
    I've enjoyed reading your blog and I'm excited to see where it goes. I think it's not always easy opening yourself up to the world, but there's something really beautiful about that raw honesty.

  6. Congrats on one year!

    Do you still get motion sickness when you drive? I tend to find that it disappears when I am the driver, am thinking because I probably am concentrating so hard on everything [not the best driver either]

    nat // dignifiable

  7. congrats, alyse! i'm excited to see what's in the future for this space. keeping the negativity out is completely understandable. it's hard to articulate thoughts to writing and i applaud people who can do it brilliantly. but i can't wait to read your two cents on stuffs. i love reading people's opinion :D

    also the photo above is so lovely <3

  8. Congrats on the bloggiversary! :) I can totally relate to the license thing, most of my friends have had theirs for ages but I've been putting it off because I just really don't like driving. To be honest I'd probably never learn if it wasn't necessary haha... Good luck with it!

  9. Way to go for making it to 1.09 years! It's always an accomplishment sticking with something for so long, especially something that can take a lot of time and energy (more than people realize). It's been great following along with your candid writing! GET IT GIRL.

    Would love to see you talk through subjects like mental health as well, if it becomes something you're open to, but I understand that figuring out what to say and how to say it is difficult in itself. It took me a long time to even understand my boyfriend's experience with it, to be honest, but I love that the forum for discussion on the topic is growing day by day.


  10. Congratulations on the big 1-year! I always find it fascinating to hear how bloggers have developed over 12 months because I'm so new to this platform I'm intrigued where I will be in a years' time. Would be great to see a more detailed blog post on how far you think you've come in a year and maybe advice to beginner bloggers?

    Emma | Fashion Photographer and Model |

  11. Congrats on your one year anniversary, mines tomorrow! I'm glad I came across your blog, I really enjoy your content. It's difficult trying to balance how open and personal you want to be whilst trying to be 100% positive all the time, life isn't always like that unfortunately!

    Looking forward to the next year and beyond :) xx