flashing lights.

if yall could see my google reader, you would be amazed. i follow a lot of blogs from fashion blogs, to travel blogs, to food blogs.  music blogs, special interests blogs, and just plain writing blogs.  makeup blogs, inspirational blogs, gadget blogs.  i follow tumblrs, and blogspots, and wordpresses. 

i also follow photography. photos are my hobby and if you could see just HOW many pics i have in my iphoto you would be astounded.  anyone can take a good picture, but for the select few who have turned it into an art, please know that it is appreciated.  

i first mentioned Keen in my very first “ya digg” post – he’s the eye behind some amazing photos,  and the man behind dashesclay.com.   

allow me to make some introductions…  


My intrigue with photography is more of an intrigue with creative expression in general. I treat this photography thing the same way I’ve treated any other craft. I pay attention to what I like, and I try my best to do stuff like it.


I’ve spent a lot of time trying to put into words what it is about photography that caught me so heavy and I still haven’t completely figured it out. I think part of it is trying to slow time down a bit. We’re not getting any younger and without the artistic things in life, from music to photography, what do we have to document anything? I don’t do diaries, I make music and I take pictures. The older I get the more I realize that memories fade. Months and years end up blurring together and photography is a good way to work against that.


This is the type of people my peers and I are and have been. As far back as I can remember, outlets for us to express ourselves had to be around us constantly. Without them, life never felt right. And as I evaluate everything now, there’s not much difference between making a good song and taking a good picture.  With both, you try to set a mood. You try to create an ambiance. With both, you try to make something aesthetically pleasing. And with both, when you do it right and the pieces just kind of fall into place perfectly, a certain sent of accomplishment runs through you. It’s a thrill and for me, that’s the chase. A chase to make something out of nothing and make it beautiful as well as timeless.


People know me as Keen. My real name is Keane Dasalla and I’m the person behind dashesclay.com. Bookmark it if you like, slide by when you get a chance. I believe that everyone has their artistic side and I invite you to come check out mine.”


p.s. thanks to my fashionista, Judee for puttin me on!  =)


  1. Queenie · September 15, 2009

    Can I be as good as him please? Even just a lil bit?! Lol

  2. conniethegreat · September 16, 2009

    Amen, to Queenie.

  3. Judee · September 16, 2009

    woohoo!! Awesome Rachel. I love it….now I’m curious to see your iphoto. haha. Keep up everything you do girl…. 😉 props to you.

  4. tina · September 16, 2009

    hey i like this. i keep it a secret but i love photography too. i guess its not a secret anymore since i’m commenting it. i was supposed to go to a college for photog in sta barbara. i wna c more of ur work whenever u do do it. puhpuhpuhplease. pleasE? please? (i said those pleases slowly….)

  5. gailey · September 16, 2009

    those pictures are AWESOME. I am def gonna have to show Jayce!

  6. rio · September 16, 2009

    I see why you like the dude’s flicks, forreal. I like his take on what he does though, and how he came to do it.
    Like Judee up there, you got me wanting to peep your iPhoto too! Haha!

    ps. you said you follow travel blogs? got any good links? 🙂

    • Raaachem · September 16, 2009

      rio — check out ninjanomads.blogspot.com. bay area grown, these two dropped everything to travel the world. their trip is over but this blog always reminds me that EVERYWHERE is accessible…

  7. Avenia · September 17, 2009

    I see wh7 you like the dude's flicks, forreal. I like his take on what he does though, and how he came to do it.
    Like Judee up there, you got me wanting to peep your iPhoto too! Haha!

    ps. you said you follow travel blogs? got any good links? :);

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