November 26, 2009

Lazy Eye - The Photography of Regina Belmonte

viva Regina! - by chichi

All photos taken by Regina Belmonte.

Composed. An adjective that will sum up the number of emotions that I can not relay into pulse - driven type written words as I stare with my jaw dropped, my eyelids, slightly stretched bigger. The stimulus for this reaction is of course the photographs you see above taken by
Regina Belmonte.
Don't think that as I used the adjective Composed that I just used it as per it's convenience. Rather, let me explain to you why I used the word or at least the idea of the word and at the same time, i may be relieved of my lack of articulation.

To be composed means serenely self-possessed and free from agitation especially in times of stress. The same can be said about the photos above. Each one is a powerfully controlled and peaceful capture of the stressful world that surrounds her. Stress releases powerful neurochemicals and hormones that prepare us for action (to fight or flee). If we don't take action, the stress response can lead to health problems. But Regina does neither. She neither fights or flees for moments that will catch her eye. She settles and captures the stimulant of stress and she is able to express it through her photography and makes it look like the most serene thing. This captured serenity seems to not only be external but also internal as well, as Ms Regina is one of the most pleasant people I've met. Now you see a balance between and relevance between the work and the artist.

It seems mathematical in such a way, an equation to capture these images that I will never understand. But what I do understand is the beauty and grace in them.
One has been a secret fan of her work since my current girlfriend showed her tumblr (VivatRegina) to me.

I'm listening to Silversun Pickups' Lazy Eye as I am writing this and I swear to God, This song best soundtracks Regina's photos.
Now I have three adjectives based on this song that I wish to add to "composed":
raw, nostalgic and epic.
Now that's three and that's the magic number.


  1. Hey Chi! This is so awesome! You make me sound so much better than I am. Haha! :) Thank you! <3

  2. Nice one Chi! And Reg! Good on both of you :)

  3. @ reg : hahah you deserve it. for real. I thought and it just came out of me organically so that means something ! yown!

    @merc : thank youSS!!