Why Art is Important?

Why art is important? Today in the social media era people are digesting images and video faster and in larger amounts than ever before in our history. With streaming technology people are listening to more music and video than ever before.

All this is very interesting and feels like the “future” to me, as a kid I always dreamed about the time where video games would look like reality and how cool would it be to have the whole Metallica discography at my reach with just pressing a button.

So where are I’m trying to go with this? the main point is that we have all this entertainment available for us and we take it for granted. All the images that you see on Facebook and Instagram from different artist and photographers where made with care and love for the craft, a piece to be appreciated and take the time to observe and digest. To have it on your wall for years and if you take the time and stop to look at it you would find something new, different and even inspiring. 

No matter what media it is if you take the time to look at it (or listen to it) for more than 5 seconds you will be able to connect with the real intention of the artist. All this rambling takes me to the main point of this post. Why art is important?


Art by itself is meaningless, we as conscious beings add value to the piece by connecting to it with our heart, mind and soul. Art can be inspiring, beautiful, meditative, shocking, can heal you, is emotional and has the ability to give you all this and more overtime. That’s why wealthy people collect fine art, because they can have anything they want, but they are able to see the value of things developing overtime, not just monetary value, but also “soul value”.

So if you find art that inspires you, collect it, talk about it, put it on your wall or your speakers and let it take beyond where you thought was not posible to be by just admiring an object created with care and intention.

Carlos “Hakuin” Ocando

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Sanando (Healing) New Portfolio

Sanando (Healing) is all about healing our wounds and how determination, inspiration and love can help us achieve anything we believe possible. When I started working on this portfolio I was in a transition point in my life, where I started meditating, exercising and taking a better care of myself.

This portfolio to me, is the perfect representation of what I was going trough in that point of my life. Most of the images are still life photos, macro or patterns created by nature, mainly small plants or exotic plants from japanese gardens.

Maybe you could use this as an inspiration to go beyond any limitation and create a better life for yourself, a daily reminder that can help you the same way it helped me.

I invite you to go to the Gallery section and check this new portfolio or check out the store if you want to buy one of the open edition prints that are for sale.

Carlos “Haku1n” Ocando

Featured on Magazine and Other News

Hey guys, I just wanted to give a quick update about what's going on with my life and the website in general.

As you can see the website was updated and added a new portfolio and newer prints from the portfolio "Glimpses of Stillness" a panoramic body of work with black and white abstract landscapes.

New Portfolio available to purchase limited edition prints

New Portfolio available to purchase limited edition prints

The other news is that today I was featured on Voyage Houston Magazine, with an article and a few photos of my work and myself, please feel free to follow the link and check out the article.

http://voyagehouston.com/interview/check-carlos-ocandos-artwork/

Have an excellent day and rest of the week.

Take care!

Haku1n <--- who's this guy?

Forest of Love

I uploaded a new portfolio today to my website is called Forest of Love, and consists of a transformation to the way I explore the world and use it to express my love for nature.

During my meditations in nature I felt more and more compeled to use color as a tool. A tool to show what I feel inside. Things have changed for the best in my life and everyday I feel more happy and peaceful, making me more grateful about the presence of color in life.

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A Forest of love shows the Texas Landscape connected with my emotions and meditations, from vibrant a powerful yellows and oranges to cool and peaceful cyans and violets.

Please feel free to follow this link and check out the rest of the portfolio, this pieces will also be available in the store in a few days to buy and collect.

Thank you for sharing your light and your time.

Carlos

Everything is possible

To me everything is possible, sometimes I feel closer to this notion than others. But today I really want to feel that my life is improving, that I can follow my heart and let everything be and support myself and the people that I love and care about. 

Today's photo expresses that feeling of power, hope and love.

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Happy thoughts to you my friends,

Carlos

Exploring during Hurricane Harvey

This is a second part of my explorations inside my apartment while there was Harvey storm passing by Houston Metro Area. This is a little different from what I normally shoot, but I felt inspired to document my experience, which was not dangerous or major. But really interesting to me in a personal level, here are some of the photos from the Third day of seclusion in the apartment.

Carlos

Photography, Beauty and Timidness

Since I was a little kid I considered myself a timid person. I always hide my true self behind a shell of silence and awkwardness.

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It's not easy to be a timid person, I believe is harder to be timid than bold. Being timid is constant hard work failing to block your original personality to show a silent and “perfect” being.  

Yes I said perfect because that’s why timid people are timid. We are so scared to be criticized that we sphincter ourselves believing that we will be able to fool people into not seeing beyond our shell.

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That’s where photography comes into play for me, because I found a way to be me and say what I want to say without risking of being me. The tricky part was that the result was the opposite, the more I shoot the more I have to take the risk to show you how I see my world and what is important to myself.

This risk taking issue has affected me, because I have to live this double life where I hide myself and show myself at the same time. Today I decided to open myself, leave my shell behind and take the commitment of being me from now on.

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I decide to turn away from perfectionism and anxiety, leave all the BS and start enjoying all this process.

We will see how this decision will affect the way I see and capture the world.

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Carlos

Hurricane Harvey - Exploration

I live in Houston, and during the hurricane Harvey I have had to stay in my apartment. This gave me a lot of free time and the opportunity to appreciate my environment and my family. 

Here are a few shots that I took with my camera while exploring my small apartment and all the feelings that passed through my mind while shooting this images.

I'll be adding more photos and more post of my experience with this particular storm

Take care,

Carlos

USA LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2016

Hello, it's been a while since the last time I wrote something here. I've been full of work and other responsabilities.

Today I write this short post to let you know that I was shortlisted for the USA LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2016, with one of my favorite "Tree Portraits" from the body of work Komorebi. The image is called "Thank you / Perseverance" and it holds a very special place in my heart because I took it on my birthday in 2015. A magical fogy morning that I will never forget.