The Poetry Snapshot: A Different Kind of New

As you grow older,
you set expectations
for the future.

   Neha Allathur Photography © New years 2019, Snoqualmie, WA

You expect every new year
to be the one where you
stick with your goals.
As if, you cannot be capable now.

You expect the future
to be where happiness lies,
and you continue to miss
the joyous moments passing by.

Be excited, feel renewed,
but do not hold onto
expectations for the future.

Falling into the unpredictability,
the only thing that is certain is change.
If you are capable to set goals for the future,
why not start today?

This new year
is a different kind of new.
Not a new year
that starts as a clean slate,
with new habits or new goals.
This new year
is built off the lessons from the past;
being open to change in every way.

The Poetry Snapshot: Explore Deep Waters

Loud voices, outspoken personalities.
The glimmering attraction of success all around us.

Seems as though there is only one
right path to take in this infinite world.
One right path for people to be impressed by me.

 Snoqualmie Falls, WA © Neha Allathur Photography

But is that what I want people to be? Impressed?
Without comparison, impressive is a positive adjective.
But there’s another i  word I prefer.
Another i  word that elicits
action and fosters dynamic change.

Ironic, how similar and interchangeably,
these words are used on the surface level.

But how can people be inspired by someone
who follows the one set path to success.

How can people feel inspired by someone
who stays in shallow waters and
does not explore uncontrollable waves.

It is easy to fall into the spotlight of success
and feel its withdrawals.
But stay strong.
Impressive people will fade away with time.
Inspiring people spark a change in their environment
as their legacy.

In the Eyes of an Architecture Student: The Importance of Photography

Hi Everyone!

I’m back again this week to discuss this week’s topic: the importance of photography!

Yes, photography, as in the term corresponding to the Webster definition: “the art or practice of taking and processing photographs.”

In architecture, as you may have inferred from all of my previous posts, representation is VERY important. Representation makes or breaks our works’ proposal, and that is kind of a very big deal, even within the stages of education before a job in “the real world.” In architecture school, representation refers to everything (all types of media) you use to “sell” your work to your professor(s), and this includes the exact words you use to talk about the project, how perfectly orthogonally pinned up your work, how nice and stable your constructed models(s) are, and how sharp or effective your photographs are.

Even outside of classes, powerful photographs serve arguably more importance than how well you preserved your hand-drafted drawing(s) or even your original model(s). I say arguably because, when we apply to jobs and internships, the employers are likely to only have access to your work virtually- which makes photographs EXTRA important because that is their ONLY window into your skills and personality as a designer! Yes, employers want to see perfection and thoughtfulness in your work in the portfolio, but they also appreciate the honesty of sharpness of quality of photos- it’s a sort of stunning thing to see, even if you did Photoshop some blemishes or glue-globs out!

Photographs not only serve to simply document you work to show to employers, but also function as a very effective way to remember your work and (potentially) locate your improvements within your work. Of course, the sharper and better your image, the larger the file, but I cannot stress what pain it is to have to go back to old files only to realize I did not document the stuff well enough, and now it’s too late because my models may or may not be rotting in my basement now, very obviously not photo-worthy quality. So, in other words, after you make a model or ANYTHING (if you don’t think it’s worth remembering right now in this moment) it is safest to just check out a nice camera (Nikon, Canon, etc) and deal with a million AMAZING photos now, than to just use your phone (even that cannot compare to a really good camera) and take a few subpar images, only to realize the quality degrades each time you uploaded it to different platforms. The ideal process is as follows: make the model(s), get a good camera, yes spend time and get all angles of the stuff you’re documenting, and upload it straight to google drive for initial storage. But, I’d recommend you go through and eliminate to the images you’re going to keep, Photoshop them to the best of your abilities (or satisfaction, I guess), and save as a Tiff or PNG (or PDF if that’s an option). Fair warning though, Tiff files can get pretty big and jam up your memory, so I recommend saving as a Tiff without layers, or PNG to save memory.

Good luck to you all, happy documenting!

If you have any questions or further insight, comment! I love hearing from you all 🙂

Have a fun and safe Thanksgiving holiday break, everyone!

Ciao for now 🙂

The Poetry Snapshot: Changing Perspectives

Think about your future.
Plan long-term.
Dream big.

It’s important to have a north star,
providing you a direction to follow in life.

But it’s easy to get lost in all the noise.

People talking about their accomplishments,
their goals, and their motivations.

They are not coming
from a place of malintent,
but they all make me anxious.

Mailbox Peak © Neha Allathur Photography

They make me nervous that
I am not taking the right path in life.

Stressed that there is no
‘try again’ button in the real world.

Yes, you should have a north star,
but focus on your current path.

If you never look up from your compass,
you’re bound to run into a tree.

Immerse yourself
in the path you’re taking
and in the moment you’re in.

Keep the short-term goals in focus
and pay attention to the space you’re in.

– A small reminder to myself.

The Poetry Snapshot: change in AA

Summer green turns into
vibrant shades of autumn.

This transition happens,
whether I think about it or not.
Whether I want it to or not.

Ann Arbor © Neha Allathur Photography

One morning I notice
my morning walk to class is crisp.

A brisk breeze is hitting my face
and leaves on the ground are
being brushed past my feet
as I walk by freshly carved pumpkins.

I realize I should have worn more layers.
People around me are bundled up
in their scarves and winter boots.

Something about this change feels cozy,
and I cannot help but smile.

I appreciate the beauty of impermanence.
A seasonal love, in a sense.

What a shame it would be,
if summer lasted forever.


The Poetry Snapshot: standing is falling

A step in any direction could lead you down such different paths,
that sometimes it seems easier to stand still in comfort.
Never move forward so you can guarantee not taking the wrong step.

But what is wrong with the wrong step?

Mailbox Peak, WA © Neha Allathur Photography

Is it that you have to
work harder to climb up?
You reach a dead end
and have to back track?

If the right step brings you
to the top of a mountain,
every wrong step creates a
beautiful story of lessons learned
and memories earned.

Standing still only deprives you
of a beautiful view or a beautiful story.

So move, dance, run, leap,
but do not stand still.