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I'mAma Addo

Creative and Startup Entrepreneur

Ideas to me are like bees to honey. I am constantly thinking up new businesses I'd like to start, projects to undertake and skills to acquire. Photography is one of my many passions and creative projects and Behold This is where this idea lives.

projects

Traveller's Service

2015-Present

Currently I am working on a business plan for a service that aids Traveller's in their wanderlust adventures. Watch this space.

Albatroz & Co

2014-Present

I started my Personal Blog, Albatroz & Co. almost three years ago and have not looked back since. Albatroz & Co. is where I found my creative legs and where I continue to nurture and grow my creativity.

Behold This

2016-Present

Behold This was an idea conceived whilst working in a Camera Shop as a Christmas Assistant. Surrounded by like minded people who shared my passion for art and creativity, I was inspired to dive into my love for photography and learn as I go. I am by no means a Photographer and what I find beautiful may not be so in your eyes. With Behold This I want to challenge and expose you to a different type of beauty.

Faking Adulthood Now

March 2017-Present

Faking Adulthood Now is a podcast born out of my Pretending To Be An Adult Being blog series exploring the world of adult responsibilities and relationships. Is there really anyone out there who knows what they are doing? We all write our own Adulting Handbooks,I just want to read a page out of yours.

About Me

I'm Handsy

No it's not what you're thinking! I like to take a hands on approach to every project I undertake. Learning is one of my favorite things to do and I love diving into a subject that really takes my fancy.

Tech & Me

I don't have the biggest tech head but new advancements in Technology excite me, espceially when it's something I can be a part of. Ultimately my loves lies with the Film & Media industry. I dream of directing abstract music videos and taking pictures of things I find beautiful.

Friendly

Most people would describe me as pretty friendly and that would be true most of the time. However it's best to steer clear of me when I am in either two of these conditions: cold, hungry, tired. For your own safety of course. I love meeting new peole but can also be overwhelmed by it so if you see me on the street and I run away from you, you just caught me on a bad day. Don't take it personal.

Social Media

Like most people you'll find me on social media. My handles across the board are albatroz_co and if that doesn't work, follow the multiple icons on this page to find me. Marco...

Love

Like all Libras, I've a big heart and for the most part that's great but don't get offended if I keep you at arm's length, it takes me a while to figure people out.

Be A Diamond

'Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without' -Confucius I'm not perfect but you're ugly too.

3000

LINES OF CONFUSING CODE

50

HERBAL TEAS

324

BOOKS FOR DUMMIES

365

GIFTS OF SLEEPLESS NIGHTS

Portfolio

Windows


€25 ( Digital Copy )


Do you ever feel like you're looking at your life from the outside in? What do you see, how does that effect your actions and what you think of yourself?


The last few weeks I have felt less than myself. I have been lethargic, tired and a little depressed. This feeling was a result of buckling under the pressures and expectations I put on myself and those I believe others have for me. 


My motivation was present, I still had the desire to do and create but my body felt so weak that the smallest tasks seemed to require a great deal of energy which I did not have. I was watching my life play out screaming directions and motivation but my watched self couldn't grab onto any of it to get out of my funk.


For the most part I let myself sink into the funk and take it as it came and sometimes I was really sad about it and other times I let myself believe that this was the best thing for me right now. 


In order for me to heal and restore my body to its prime, I needed to take this as a sign to give myself some extra TLC and keep at it till I came out the other side. A lot easier said than done.


I tried, really I did and I was happy, truly happy with the TLC I was giving myself. But each single moment was tinged with the frustrating nagging feeling that I could be working on a project or writing a post or doing something other than watching Bob's Burgers over and over again.


It was painful and not always enjoyable so I did behind the scenes work that I knew would make me happy and not stress me out. I even managed to write a blog post for my main site Albatroz & Co and managed to send out a newsletter.


Alas I feel like I'm coming out the other side now and it feels good. I'm going into this next phase with more awareness of my limits and a determination to work self-love into my routine, a lot better than it already is.


I'm a big advocate for me-days and spending time on ones self but I guess my current level of self care needs to be reviewed and amended to reflect the new projects I am undertaking.


I don't want to burn out but I also don't want to put my projects aside because they bring me so much joy. I guess it's all about balance.


Oh the irony of being an unbalanced Libra.


Till next time.

Empty Spaces



€25 ( Digital Copy )

I found myself to be the last person in my tube carriage on one  of journey in London. I wasn't going to do it because I didn't want to get any funny looks from onlookers on the platform.


But I took out my camera none the less and took the picture of the empty carriage. Something about its weathered old clothed seats and the interrupted energies, a mix between people getting off and on leading their lives and the rumble of engine clung to my sense of awareness, something that is heightened on every travel adventure I have. 


To me the carriage way felt dirty and abandoned by the people who were there one minute and gone the next. Living lives neither I nor the other passengers will probably ever know. Not a name, not a favorite color, nothing.


My awareness of the many different paths we all walk in life is always heightened when I travel and in that carriage way I felt I was at the height of it.


I wanted to reflect this feeling of estrangement from the people outside our familiar communities. Using PicMonkey I played around with contrast and shadows but couldn't quite get the picture to accurately reflect the stain of life I felt in that moment.


That was until I gave up and went to place a watermark across the image using the overlay text feature. Something beautiful happened right before my eyes. My decent enough picture was breathed alive with a deep grime of shadows and contrast that echoed the mixed energies I felt.  


I'm not expecting you to feel what I felt looking at this picture. My aim for this image is to speak to the melancholy in you about whatever makes you feel dissonant or empty or abandoned. It's slight unsteady balance is to tug at the perfectionist in all of us that can't quite just let such little things be.  


Wouldn't you love to just straighten it out a little? Aren't you just itching to set it straight? Mwahahaha 


This is my first priced piece and I don't know if I'm punching above my weight here so please weigh in with any criticisms or feedback. I've never charged anything for a piece of my work so this is scary but hey, I won't be meeting my €500 year goal if I don't stick my neck out a little.

To make a purchase, (which would be pretty cool) I'm at info@albatrozandco.com. 

On a completely separate note, I entered one of my pictures, the first one from my Birth of a Beauty post into a competition and I'd appreciate any support you can throw my way. Check out my entry here and please share.


I know I'm new at this so help a girl out eh?

300 Pounds of Fat


In March I visited London for a Glass Animals concert where I stayed in the East End with my Couchsurfing host. She kindly gave me a tour of the area between Miles End, Shoreditch and Whitechapel. On this tour were streets upon streets of art from tags to characters to mural, stencil etc.

I'm not sure if classing this peice as 'sticker' is artistically correct but I'm going to go with it anyway. Like I said in my very first post( which you can check out here ), I like art that makes a statement and I love satirical anything so seeing this sicker was a perfect combination of both for me.

I'm not body shaming anyone so if you're offended, get off your high horse. There are many reasons why people may be overweight, genetics, disability, illness etc are logical and sometimes unchangeable contributors to weight gain I get it. 

However the blind consumption of garbage and sometimes the not so blind consumption is what I do not agree with. That is my opinion. I love a good McD night time drive thru and take out food but I'm in the gym about 5 times a week and try my best to eat healthy and live a balanced lifestyle ( hooray me I know...fuck off ). 

Eating junk to the point where it causes medical issues shouldn't be an issue in this day and age. It's never too late to learn how to eat properly for your body. Proper diet education should be supplied in schools to all children so they can understand the importance of eating healthy and pass that unto their children. Parents should be given lessons during their first pregnancies on the best ways to support their children's nutrition.

It is only when nutritional education is readily available that it can be enforced on a larger scale. The knock on effect in terms of a reduction in food wastage, medical expenses, healthier bodies, minds and societies will make for a higher quality of life.

Looking at the current progression of the world , I'd say we'll have just that after Trump and ISIS start and finish World War 3 and the global society rebuilds itself just in time for Busted's song to go multi-platinum in the year 3000 and we're all submerged in a world at sea, whooo.

I wish I could credit the creator of this piece but unfortunately they was nothing to track them down with when I took the picture. Instead I'll pass this on to you all.

I'll be back sometime next week. Sign up to the BT Newsletter to be first to know when the new release hits. Also follow along on Instagram & Facebook for regular updates.

The Birth of Beauty



Behold This was an idea conceived whilst working in a Camera Shop as a Christmas Assistant. Surrounded by like minded people who shared my passion for art and creativity, I was inspired to dive into my love for photography and learn as I go.

The drive behind BT is to explore and nurture my love for photography. I am by no means a Photographer and what I find beautiful may not be so in your eyes. With Behold This I want to challenge and expose you to a different type of beauty.

Along the way I will be selling my images, both digital & physical where stated. I may review products and techniques that I try. I'm still finding my niche and what I like to photograph but expect a lot of moody, abstract pieces.

 I love art and pictures that make a statement and those that induce a sense of calm. The darker the subject matter or emotion evoked, the better. If I were to describe the type of photography that speak to me with a handful of words, these would be: nostalgia, melancholy, calm, strange and satirical. I also have a special fondness of portraits.

Behold This will be a project that I will trial for a year. So far I have  one goal for this year, which you can find below. I will be adding goals as I encounter them but so far I have nothing in my heart but to produce great content once a week for you guys.

I am not yet sure what days I will be posting as I want to produce work based on the merit of quality and not quantity alone. To always know when I'm posting and what I'm posting, sign up to this weekly newsletter. There will be no spamming involved , ain't nobody got time for that, but if you want to join me on this journey of creative discovery then sign up for BT news here.


Goals


  1. Post A Picture A Week For 52 Weeks
  2. Make €500 in sales of great quality images
  3. Partner with at least one magazine
  4. Photograph at least 3 concerts ( this one is mainly for fun as I've always wanted to be up and close to artists in the press pit. )
  5. .......to be continued............



Equipment:

1) I embark on my year long journey with very little but trusted equipment. I have my Nikon D3300 Camera which I purchased three years ago after months of working late after school and weekends.

2) My Nikon WU-1A Mobile Wireless Adaptor

3) My Hahnel Triad 60 Lite 4-Section Tripod



Editing:

4) ASUS Laptop
5) PicMonkey & GIMP


It's not much but it's a start and I can't wait to see where the year takes me with this project. Follow along on Instagram and like the Facebook Page for regular updates.


 Let the countdown begin and watch. this. space.




Three Things From My Brief Existence

Money makes the world go round but happiness isn't runing after it. But yes I will take that million if you offered it to me, I'm no hippy.

Lesson

1

Know your worth. Don't settle for less.

Lesson

2

It's okay not to be okay but don't let that define you. Happiness is a state of mind so think positive.

Lesson

3

Ama Addo
353-83-189-0935
Dublin, Ireland

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