Happy New Year! I hope that you had a lovely Christmas break!
I thought I'd just write a little blog as it's been a little while and let's face it, it's a New Year tradition that I try to be a better blogger! If you're a long-time reader you'll know that I do make resolutions, but I'm pretty casual about it. I'm under no illusions that I'll massively change my life or keep them up for longer than a couple of weeks, but hey, a couple of weeks is better than nothing!
I was working on New Year's eve so I was back to work a little sooner than usual. I was back in time to see in the New Year with friends and some bubbly and had a relaxed day with good food on the Monday though so it was a nice start back. Most of the week was at the computer, processing, catching up and planning for the weeks ahead.
Be more focused, more organised: I'm giving the Dream, Plan, Do journal a go - setting better goals and reaching them is the plan.
Be a bit better: A vague one, but basically read more, see more, learn more. Remember I'm under no illusions here, but for me giving it a bit of a go is helpful!
Some sort of journal: Last year I started a log book inspired by Austin Kleon, and it turned into more of an art journal. It got too big for the book, I lost momentum, but it was the best attempt I've ever made and I've enjoyed flicking back through the images to see what I was up to. This year I'm going to give the log book another go, and keep a more visual journal on loose pages - instant photos, a postcard, collages, whatever really. I'll let you know how that goes.
I know everyone's over Christmas now and I'm a bit late on the 2017 recap post but I thought I'd do a little recap on what I've been up to lately:
December was a really busy month for promotional photography and I worked with some new clients on some great projects. Most I can't share yet as they'll be launched on new websites this year, but I can share some of the photos I took for the Judith Blacklock Flower School:
The Business Woman's Network had Paul Hutton from i5 Group speaking about 'Maximising Your Digital Effectiveness In An Innovative & Agile Manner' - a very informative masterclass with great businesses coming together.
It snowed proper snow in the UK so we had a lovely day in a nearby Country Park, me trailing behind taking photos. It was such a lovely day!
I've been trying to do a bit more film photography this past year - I finally got the black and white disposable camera I've been carrying about processed, took my old Canon AE-1 home for Christmas and messed about with my Mamiya RB67. The AE-1 was the camera I used for most of my uni work so it felt good to use it again. The film was expired but I don't think I took it to the best place for processing as I was in a rush so the prints aren't great. I'll take them somewhere proper next time!
There were loads of exhibitions I wanted to go to see but didn't manage too as it was just to busy (and the trains weren't running properly over Christmas). On my list for this month are 'Instant Stories. Wim Wenders' Polaroids' at the Photographers' Gallery, Basquiat: Boom for Real at the Barbican, and pretty much everything on the Shutter Hub '8 Great Exhibitions' blog - most importantly 'Borders', Shutter Hub's exhibition at the Bridewell Theatre Bar Gallery - the PV is on Friday 12th- see you there?
The last exhibition I did see, which is still on and I highly recommend visiting if you can, was Grayson Perry: The Life Of Julie Cope at Firstsite in Colchester. It's wonderful to see the tapestries, hear the story, and particularly to see the sketchbooks used to plan A House for Essex. It's on until 18th February.
In my headphones: I've been rubbish at new music as usual, but lately I've been loving Gary Numan's 'Savage (songs from a broken world)'. I've also been getting more into podcasts (finally) and I absolutely love the fab Scenario, which not only tells the story behind photographs but has the fab Jessica McDermott going with the photographer when they take them, so it gives you a really unique insight. Highly recommend checking it out!
On my TV: 'The Good Place' on Netflix was great and I loved 'Please Like Me' on Amazon Prime. Over Christmas I enjoyed the beautifully shot 'The Miniaturist' and absolutely loved 'Hidden Figures', which Tim got me for Christmas. 'A Monster Calls' was beautiful but very moving!
That should do for now, but you can join me on Twitter or Instagram if you'd like to see snippets of my view of the world - it's looking quite wintry at the moment. I'm also trying to share a few Instagram Stories to show what I'm up to on a day-to-day basis. I've also got a newish newsletter you can sign up for below - I'm trying to share useful tips and things in that so let me know if there's anything you'd like me to look at.