you've got to L.O.V.E your neighbours

you've got to L.O.V.E your neighbours

liberty and freedom for one and all

Today i handed in my last project. I feels so unburdened. Now my thoughts can actually go towards tidying...
so i finally completed all the darkroom work which i actually now love. i though i'd never get the hang of it but i did i think. i think i have done quite well considering i have never done photography especially darkroom photography until i started this course. i guess.


yuletide cheer

my dream has finally come true. i have been in a christmas jumper photograph. no matter that we were posing in the style of russell's rugby team it's there and i have it forever. you may look too if you like


so now it is definitely Christmas because before it wasn't. i should have done a lot more homework as my last deadline is this friday but i keep lapsing in concentration as i think that christmas is only a week on thursday. how can a girl concentrate when she knows she's just days away from those 24 hours of magic.
and for some reason i can;t stop making and eating chocolate pecan pie, i think this is christmas magic also.

i let my frailty take the wheel

completely uninspired and rubbish at taking photographs. but all my essays are fine. shame its a photography course and at the end of it i need to be able to take a photo not write about doing it. curses.

however i have a week left of doing uni work, with only one class left and then i am living the christmas dream for like 3 weeks!!!!! maybe i'll use all that time to get a grip.
i actually LOVE doing my homework. i guess working for 3 years does that for you. especially when the first year of it was in a stinking office. so i guess i better finish up the scraps of work i have left to do for my digital module file, and then i will probably spend this last week panicking over my darkroom work which although is better, is less put together.

on an interesting note i have discovered that after years of avoiding it it is actually ok for me to wear yellow. this is a turning point in my life.

my new nemesis

i know its shallow but i am almost brought to tears by how many of my favourite items of clothing now have dark room chemical stains all over them. i have decided that they can't have been caused by me because mostly they are on the tops of my arms so i'm going to freely blame anyone who has ever been in the dark room with me in a way to lash out and ease the pain.
dark room chemical and me have an on going battle, now i have licked it off my lips by mistake thus making me sick and ruined my favourite grey cardigans. maybe it is my fault but i'd like to think the chemicals are out to get me.

so i guess its free byu t shirts and jogging bottoms for me on tuesdays now. how embarrassing.

some things i love right now

just to document the facts.
mansfield park
MGMT
rag and bone- the white stripes
tailored men's trousers (triple pleats)
russian dolls
fuzzy jumpers with pockets
dance macabre-Camille Saint-Saƫns
bagels with cream cheese
ginger beer and lime


sometimes i just love how a photo turns out. i spend so much time agonizing over the settings and exposure i'm starting to find this whole photography thing a lot harder than i ever thought it would be. however these photos made me so happy, and made me think maybe i should stop worring so much and just have a laugh, take some pictures, have some fun.... i also owe this to a documentary on lomography so please visit www.lomography.com . i did try and have more fun with my lomo its just one of the cheap novelty ones and £11.50 and two films later i had about 4 pictures i liked. but still i'm learning. im actually finding darkroom a lot more enjoyable. i think having a subject to work on helps. we were given the title "where i live" and i have loved this project. i've been doing a lot of still lives based on ideas from 17th century dutch paintings and i'm enjoying constructing scenes and filling the pictures with meaning. maybe i'll scan in some of my negatives onto here. i guess direction and fun are all you really need.
so none of my photos are edited really. this is because i am counting myself lucky to be able to negotiate my way around the internet and pages documents. i'm not so computer handy and every lesson we get on photoshop at uni involves me with my face in my hands in complete despair. so i apologies for the lack of quality in my photos. one day perhaps me and photoshop will be a tale of epic romance.

all hallows



my favourites from halloween, and two i am going to use in my first house exhibition which should be fun. halloween this year was a party at the wilds with an orange and black theme. all i really knew about what i wanted to be was that i wanted it to be pretty. last year i was an ice nymph or a frost fairy or basically something silver with long eyelashes, this year i was the season autumn as autumn pixie didn't really work out i was like, heck i'll just be the season. still got the long eyelashes though.

pick a photographer, any photographer

so we had to choose a photographer to do work in the style of to learn things like framing, perspective, angle and some other fun stuff. i chose George Hoyningen-Huene. i don't think i was super successful to be honest. i think the pictures are ok but there are some main faults, which once they are placed nest to his work you can see quite glaringly, i have attempted to create photos like his without using his sense of balance and beauty. oh well here are my best attempts





national go slow day

an assignment to provide and image for the fictional event national go slow day. these are my first lot of ideas. i want to use shutter speed a bit more on my next images to try and create affects of speed whereas these ones were images that may encourage a person to take it slow. appealing shall we say.







finger food

I find taking photos in dim lighting really difficult. It may be that I haven't grasped simple techniques with aperture and shutter speed I'm hoping that's it because at least that I can fix. I think this is my favourite photo of my leaving party from work.

but I quite like this one too.

glorious britain








my first photography project. we were given certain subjects as guidelines to taking our photos i think i ignored them. the whole thing mostly reminded me of a calender we sell at work called glorious britain where the images are anything but.

personification




A couple of my favourite photos from the youth convention I helped at. Robyn and Phil are really really trying to be G Robyn half makes it by being a quarter black but really she's a 14 year old cutie with far too much attention from boys than is healthy. I think that girl's whole wardrobe is from primark which i found a new respect for today when a "freak" rainstorm hit manchester. I now own a lovely floral umbrella with a lace trim thanks to primark and it's fun sweatshops. Thankyou underpaid foreign children. The girl with the cardboard box was an ingenious young lady who's name i never caught but who will stay in my heart forever. Who would have thought a cheap bowling set box could look so good, and be so handy? It doubles as a stylish umbrella hat which keeps your hands free for the aforesaid bowling. Only teenage girls with hair obsessions could think this kind of thing up. I spent this activity getting rained on willing myself not to freak out about my hair which just goes to show that leadership positions push you to become stronger, at any other time i'd have been streaking like lightning to the nearest shelter. I found myself bellowing like a P.E. teacher "COME ON GIRLS IT"S JUST A BIT OF RAIN! I"M NOT COLD IF YOU ARE YOU'RE NOT WORKING HARD ENOUGH!" Firm favourite however is the conga line. I would pay good money to know who that boy is.

lift up your weary head


At the age of 22 I'm going to university. I know it's not unusual but it took me by surprise.  I finish my job at waterstones on the 2oth and start my photography course on the 22nd leaving me one sunday for adjustment.
I guess i'm starting this as a kind of gallery of my own work, it will be interesting to see what I do on a white background with a couple of words of explanation. This was one of the photos in my portfolio to which the member of the department said of the whole that i have "a lot to learn" but that's the whole point of my going to uni right?