Monday, 16 January 2017

Leaving Education & Pretending to Adult

Here's a scary subject to broach, no more education. Schools out, college is complete and university is finito. What now? For someone who enjoys learning, working on projects and striving to get good marks, the idea of finishing education and leaving it all behind was a bit bewildering. Lunchbox in hand, I marched off to school at the age of 4. And after primary came high school, followed by sixth form college (and then there was that weird bump in the road when I had a surprise gap year) to finally reaching university and completing a three year undergrad degree. I did it! I did it and it all went by so quickly. And then I was thrown out into the big wide world to fend for myself and earn proper money and pay bills.

Monday, 9 January 2017

New Year Challenge | A Photo a Day

1st January 2017

This year I'm working on a little project. I'm challenging myself to take a photograph every single day. It might sound like an odd resolution to make considering it's my job to take photographs, and I can't complain, what a fantastic job it is! But I mainly pick up the camera for other people; their families, their children, pets and parties. I've learnt a lot during these past three years of running the business but my own personal photography has taken a back seat. Luckily I've had my blog to keep my product and lifestyle imagery going a little, but this year I want to increase the amount of images I take 'for me' and hope that a 365 day photo challenge will do the trick. I'm excited to see what I end up with at the end of 2017. Ideally I'd like to capture a photo that sums up the day I've had. But I'm not putting to much pressure on myself to produce stunning images every single day. I'm happy to use a variety of equipment for this project too, my DSLRs and lenses or my iPhone camera. Whatever I have to hand! I'm hoping I'll learn a lot along the way, I really need a creativity boost. Plus I'll have something to show for it this time next year. 365 things to be exact. Here are the first eight images of 2017...

Friday, 6 January 2017

Book Review | The Girl with All the Gifts

My first completed read of 2017 was The Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey. It was a title that caught my eye on Amazon, described as a sensational thriller and having the outer appearance of a unique dystopian, it seemed right up my street. I was expecting a story about a girl with superhuman powers or 'gifts' and after reading the extract on Goodreads...

"Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh." 

...I imagined something similar to the Netflix series 'Stranger Things'. What I realised fairly early on was that this wasn't a novel about a child with desirable powers at all. In fact quite the opposite, what's different about Melanie is somewhat a problem for her. And for those around her.
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