Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Greetings from Dan. I need your help.

Hello there,

It's probably been a while since we last spoke, but I need your help. Don't worry, this is not some sort of Nigerian royalty scam. I write this e-mail because I need your help in winning a Facebook photo competition. I know, I know... Why am I bothering you with this? Well, the simple reason is this: I am behind in a competition that I very well could win! Winning this competition would send me to Namibia in Africa, where I could go and take wonderful photos to post when I get back! So I'm really sorry to bother you, and it might be an annoyance, but I only need about 100 more people to "like" my photo to get back into the lead, and every single vote counts. So here is my request:

If you have a Facebook account, go to the link below and read what is going on. Then, click on the link to the photo, and hit the "like" button to submit your vote. Then, go ahead and share the photo with everyone you know.

If you don't have a Facebook account, tell your family or friends that do have it. OR, what better time to experiment with something new?

The competition ends October 31st, so please go do it as soon as you see this e-mail. Thanks again. I really appreciate your help! Anyway, I hope this e-mail finds you well, and I really wish you the best. I thank you for the time you took to read this, and finally, here is the link to the photo:


And for a bit more info:

Thanks again!
Dan Sandoval, photographer

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Still Alive.

Its been over a year since I last posted. Much has happened since then, and much more will happen over the next year. This last year has seen both opportunity, and loss.

A Ship and a Man (as told by a boy)

Sometimes we find quiet moments where we can finally hear ourselves think. This is almost one of them. Im not a writer. Not by far. I wish I was, but at best, I can only really admit to decently being able to throw thoughts onto a virtual paper. Writing is not a passion. It’s not even a hobby. But sometimes, every now and then, I do enjoy it. Let’s call what I just wrote a preface, and allow us to move into something different.

It’s been loud lately. My mind has been wracked and savaged by the foul seas of drama, and yet here I am, still casually floating along. My sails may be battered, and my hull may have some leaks, but it is nothing that can’t be patched with a little time. Finding the time to work on myself, though, has become increasingly difficult. There hasn’t been a dry dock in sight for ages.

My mind does funny things, sometimes. It sails from port to port searching for some fabled treasure, only to find that at some point, I came back to a port I had visited before. Its a roundabout road, but only until I come to the realization can I really take measures to sail in a different direction. A compass, I find, is useless, as my sense of exploration has a tendency to lead me off any planned course.

So what is one to do? Sail the seas endlessly bound to crash upon the same reef, or perhaps just narrowly missing it again and again? Or does one set a course for calm seas? For now, Ill just let the wind decide that one.

Friday, April 01, 2011

Over the clouds

Over the clouds, originally uploaded by Dandoval.

From the balcony of my house here in China.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Wont be back this year...

Looks like I wont be in the states until NEXT year (July 2011). Oh well. Keep Checking the weeklies: http://www.dansandoval.com/weekly

Friday, January 01, 2010

Fw: Happy New Year

Happy New Years from China. I know I'm a few hours early with this, but here, its been New Years for almost 12 hours. Hope the new year finds you all well. Ill be back in the states for a month this August, so make sure you keep in touch. Also, if you're heading out to the far east, let me know, and there maybe a chance to meet.
Dan Sandoval, photographer

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Update on updates

Because of the situation with this blog being blocked in China, it has become a little more difficult to update. I am currently updating my twitter fairly often (http://www.twitter.com/dandoval) and also try to update a gallery of current photos every week (http://www.dansandoval.com/weekly) Feel free to send me twitter messages and e-mails (dan(at)dansandoval.com). This blog will be sparsely updated until the situation with Chinese censorship changes.
Dan Sandoval, photographer

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Updated Bio

I was bored so wrote myself an updated bio. Dont have a place to put it yet, but Ill find somewhere...


Dan Sandoval. Born in the City of Angels on August 12th 1984. In his youth, Dan was an explorer. Whether digging a hole in the yard (and subsequently running from his mother) or reading a book, he had an insatiable hunger for exploration that constantly got him in trouble. Growing up, Dan dabbled in many things as he pursued the holy grail: Knowledge. Along his journey, Dan discovered he had many tools at his disposal—Spanish, English, and Public Speaking, which came to him naturally. Other tools, Story Telling and Leadership, he learned slowly but honed to perfection. On his journey, Dan teamed up with many unlikely allies on the road towards Knowledge. Despite natural abilities of his own, he found that sometimes they were not enough. He sought out new clues and information to reach his goal. He trained in different schools of thought with gurus from the Temple of Compu-Sci and Lit Rature. Sometimes he was reluctant to team up with some, but keeping in mind his goal, he bit his tongue. These powers included Math-e-Matics, priest of efficiency, and Bio Logy, cataloger of life. Eventually he met a mysterious man that would inspire him to train with the ultimate tool. Lumina was introduced to him by the Librarian of Sci Ance. When Dan first met Lumina, he seemed to beam with radiance—beneath the surface lay great power. Dan immediately became fond of him. Lumina took Dan on a journey to visit many scholars that held the secrets to the universe, such as Astro Nom-E and Fiz-X. Lumina attempted to convince Dan to join one of these schools but Dan desired more—to understand the power behind Lumina.

One day, 2 years after their journey together began, Lumina approached Dan. "The time has come for me to teach you about a device which gives one the ability to freeze time itself. You must train well and hard to use this device to its utmost. Keep in mind, that everyone can use the device, but it is only by mastering it that you will truly unlock its potential. A master of this device can control the minds of others; influence their thoughts and bend them to your will. You will find that you can make people feel emotions they thought they had forgotten, as well as give them desires they never knew they had. The name of this device is the Cam R.A."

He handed Dan a device that, once in his hand, seemed so familiar—a missing appendage he has somehow forgotten. Upon waking, Dan discovered Lumina had disappeared. He had known it had been coming, but was saddened, nevertheless. Dan found himself on his own once more but now with newfound determination. Dan gave a silent thanks to Lumina for introducing him to the device and continued his quest. As Dan journeyed, he developed his control over the Cam R.A. and learned to harness and control the power of the sun by bending light and capturing it. Even now, Dan is constantly refining his technique with the device, learning even as he teaches others. These days, Dan can be found in the far eastern lands of Chi Na. As he wanders he finds pieces of the puzzle that lead him further along, closer and closer to his ambition: Knowledge.


On a side note, new weekly post up. Watch what happens when Dan tries his hand at Fashion... Weekly