Thursday, August 30, 2012

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Max Schneider Concert

Beam Camp!!!

How's everyone enjoying their summer?!
If you've been wondering "OMG WHERE'S NOVA" been in New York City for the past month, the truth is that I haven't been here-I've taken a break from everything in New Hampshire at Beam Camp, a GREAT, FUN camp that has the motto "kids making things happen." Actually speaking of kids, I'm turning 18 in 4 months!!!! Lets cue the 4-Non Blonds to sing "whats going on?!" shall we? The "kids" in the statement hit me hard being that this was my last year at a camp as a camper. On the bright side, I loved this camp SO much that I'm considering being a counselor there next summer!
It was great to be away from the noises, and to be surrounded by nature.

During my first week of camp, I decided to not take ANY photos. For my second week, I turned on my camera, and it didn't work. Long story short it works now that I got back to the city. Not taking any photos taught me to be in the moment-to take everything in with my 5 senses instead of recording with 1 sense. Any photographer at times is SO preoccupied getting the perfect shoot, that they often don't take a mental shot for themselves. It was my time to be selfish-to experience everything hands on and explain my journey through the excitement that comes from the inflection of my voice, rather than only showing photos.

For my session we created a gigantic boat structure on land and every time you row the boat, the constellations that we created that were connected on wire would shoot up and down. It was a beautiful sight to lay on the ground and meditate. I never thought I would be into using power tools, and now I wish I have a garage in which I could work and create everything from a bird house to my artistic pieces.

This summer I also faced my fear of black water (aka the lake water ha!). In the Adriatic sea my friends and I would race to the bottom of the sea and touch starfishes, therefore its not that I'm scared of the water, its just the color. I swam across Big Willie which is 1/2 a mile as part of my long distance swimming domain. Everyone calls me mermaid when I get into the water.


On special nights we were allowed night swims and we were guided by the moon's presence. I sat at the edge of the dock and took in the shadow and the bright stars. Here's a image off of google to give you a taste.

Each day we had rest and reading and I sent out letters with dirt and leaves in them with the outside saying "beware of the wilderness inside ;]"

Dancing in the forest as it rained, curling up in my bunk to a good book, playing the woods version of capture the flag, and SO much more;etc. My summer was really eventful and fun. After a long year of applying to colleges and worrying about senior dues, I owed it to myself to get away. To be at peace with my thoughts and to self reflect on my progress. I wrote everyday by my window and I feel at ease and clear minded for the upcoming year. I'm coming future dreams!

Here are some moments that were captured:


For my project I created a guy reaching for a girls heart. 

I also created this 'double decker' triangle


When we went camping out this is the beauty I woke up to!

Our counselors gave out 'artifacts' which are the stars we created with a nickname.
Mine was go-cart.  They said it was because I was fun like an amusement park, ready to go and because I am going to go far in life. <3

The FINAL Project!!!

My friend AJ took these at night:

Coming back into the city, I felt so happy seeing the lights and busy streets. Each time I come back from a trip, I confirm for myself that there's NO place I'd rather be living. Home Sweet Home.