Friday, 30 April 2010

Day 118 (dot com)

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So my worrying was ultimately unfounded , but I didn't get the job anyway, although I got positive feedback for the pitch, someone else got it. I don't really see it as much of a dent to my confidence because the areas that I knew I was lacking in is what was mentioned and it was mainly a slight lack of prep - in all fairness I could have tried harder but I've had other more important work to do, in the sense that I'd like to stay on my degree.
It's an experience to learn from though and hopefully next time, I'll spend less time worrying and more time actually thinking.

Day 117.

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Today I am feeling both insane and tired, this is a combination of nerves about tomorrow and pain from the gym yesterday (I think). At least I have drafts for my final images done.

Thursday, 29 April 2010

Day 116.

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I'm feeling pumped, today has been productive in terms of work and my body is aching from the gym. Lol.

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Day 115.

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So, I was photographing Andy's theatre company again this morning.
I'm definitely getting tickets for the play, it's pretty good, judging from the rehearsal, which is what I was taking photos of.
I'm genuinely hoping that I get to do stuff like this in real life, it's so fun.

Monday, 26 April 2010

Day 114.

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This is from a group project I did this afternoon as part of The Body Unit, they're meant to be famous photographers.
The reflection on the floor bothers me, but at least the actual shoot wasn't as stressful as previous ones, and I know how to use a light-meter completely properly now. I'm finding making a magazine hard.

Day 113.

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I wish I'd got as much work done today as I had planned.
I kind of have, but have really only given myself more book work, although, I have kind of done the first double page spread of the article, which is alright. InDesign is horrible.

Saturday, 24 April 2010

Day 112.

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So, today we went to go play golf and had tea and cheesecake at The Tenth Hole afterwards.
I was not great, but it was a nice way to spend a bright and sunny afternoon.

Friday, 23 April 2010

Day 111.

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So it turns out that the new Reg (The Kraken Wakes) is a bit nicer than the old Reg but it comes at a bit of a price. I present to you, The Kraken Burger.
My reshoot this morning went well, photos are here.

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Day 110.

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Moon, Chris and I went to look at a house today, it would have been really nice, if the people living in it weren't so filthy.
I wonder if it would be out of order to ask the Estate Agent whether they will deep clean the place, should we move in, I have arranged a few other viewings for next week, fingers crossed they feel more like 'the one'.

I've made a lot of plans today.
Apparently I have to pitch an idea to a band....... in front of other photographers that I'm up against.......

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Day 109.

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I am exceedingly happy with the postman today.
I got both my new cameras, my G10 and a new Diana F+ to replace the one that Moon smashed on Sunday.
I got a sweet hood from
My new 35mm lens came for my SLR, it's pretty nice, it will be awesome to go right up to people and get all in their face, as it's a fixed lens, I won't have a choice in many cases. It's teeny tiny in comparison to my 18-105mm though, doesn't matter though I should be encouraged to 'get in there'.
And finally I also got the new issue of Vice, which is always a delight to read, and there are a lot of interesting stories in this months, as well as great pictures.
My photograph from the modelling I did yesterday is on Facebook, my skin looks great, lighting can work wonders, I'll post it on my regular blog in a minute.

This was taken on my G10, my feet have hurt so much today, I've honestly not done much else of worth, should have taken a photo of my battered and blistered feet but I know the kind of people that kind of stuff attracts.

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Day 108.

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So, today is the day I play both at being a photographer and being a model, haven't got round the the modelling part yet, we'll see how it goes. I'm not allowed to wear makeup for it...
This shoot was pretty fun though, it's for one of Andy's projects for his course, this is 'The Open Road Theatre Company', they were pretty neat to photograph. So far, from more experience with actors/actresses during my own University projects than people who specialise in other areas, actors/actresses do make pretty good models.

Monday, 19 April 2010

Day 107.

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Today was quite productive in terms of work, I am up to do date and now have to start the long process of editing and putting the images and text into inDesign, as well as starting the article. I don't think this project will be good enough but then again, if they'd given us a straightforward project linking to the body, I'd probably enjoy it more. The technical sides of it are interesting though, like learning to work around shooting so quickly and a more advanced workflow.
Sorry for another Photobooth picture but nothing interesting happened today but I did spend two hours reading through one of Moon's reports and correcting spelling. Hence why my face looks like this, obviously.

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Day 106.

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I think that this photograph sums up the day quite well.
It was so relaxing and warm. I had lots of nice Pimms.

Moon did another Burger Challenge, but it wasn't as much of a challenge because it was actually edible and delicious.
I even participated in it. Ah, this was probably one of the nicest days of the year so far, and I can say that because I've documented it up to now. 365, is a great idea.
The Diana on the table is broken, Moon broke it, but he's bought me a new one now, so I suppose it's forgivable.

Saturday, 17 April 2010

Day 105.

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I attempted to do some work outside today because it was such a beautiful day but I had a nap instead.
I did do some corrections on one of my reports. The only reason my nap wasn't lengthened is because the kids next door were being too unruly and loud, I kept thinking that they were either watching me, or going to climb into the garden, so I retreated inside and did manage to get some more work done there.
So, this is me using Photobooth in the garden.

Day 104.

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I went out last night, hence no 365 from yesterday, but this is from last night anyway. It was quite fun, I think I have found my soulmate in a very attractive (but rude) Irish boy.

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Day 103.

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I thought this was great.
I went to see Frankie Boyle tonight, he was pretty good too, have just finished watching Urban Massacre, this was not so good. I mean it had such a lazy ending, but due to the rest of it, I don't know why I felt so violated and surprised by this.
Downer on the day is houses for next year, Moon refuses to sign anything because he is worried about not getting in... regardless of grades...

Day 102.

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We meet again red toenails, but in a nice new shade.
I like that the ringlight makes everything look nostalgic and filmy.
I went to a travel agents today, all she did was look up mega-expensive prices on Google. I found many that were at least £20 cheaper, just from browsing. FML.
I'm quite liking the weather, and the prospect of a holiday is making me look forward to the summer time even more.
I have been doing pretty well at the gym too, it's just a shame that since finishing off my dissertation proposal that I have completely neglected my practical work, there is always the rest of the week to make me feel less guilty, but it's so nice outside and the evenings have some really good TV.

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Day 101.

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I spent a ton of money in Boots today.

Monday, 12 April 2010

Day 100.

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Nothing special for today as nothing special happened.
If it's 'Day 100' today it means that today is the 103rd day of the year, and that's weird, not quite a third through yet though.
I spent a lot of today looking at potential new cameras - now that my loan's in, but I did manage to finish my dissertation proposal, it's not brilliant, but I think I'll pass, few adjustments to be made but it's basically finished.
I think I should get out in the sunshine tomorrow.

Sunday, 11 April 2010

Day 99.

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I am back in Portsmouth again after what feels like an all too short two weeks at home.
I arrived to my delivered ringlight, which after a stock up in Asda - for both food and batteries, I tried out, it's not what I expected, but I think I could do some quite interesting things with it.
I know it's another photograph of Moon, I also realise it's a pretty bad one, I kind of like it though, reminds me slightly of Terry Richardson.
Am I looking forward to a new term?

Saturday, 10 April 2010

Day 98.

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Moon had two nosebleeds today, one in the middle of shopping just after lunch, it was so inconvenient.
It is the second of his two days off of the whole holiday, he's spent the rest of the time working, wish I had had the motivation to be that way, I probably would have finished everything ages ago, but I'll be going back to Portsmouth still having lots to do.

Day 97.

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I wrote twice as much today, not much further to go, this is much harder than the other essays I've had to do, I think it's because I really like it, so I'm finding it harder than usual to make it factual rather than opinion. Rule of essay is that Americans are bad though. (Ellis, 2007)
I'm sure the actual dissertation will be easier.........

Thursday, 8 April 2010

Day 96.

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Yesterday was the first time that Moon met the Chinese half of my family.
It was little Tony's naming ceremony, which meant tons of food. I tried abalone for the first time, thought it was some kind of sea cucumber, turns out to be a mollusk, and looks horrible when it's not food, tasted nice though, next time I have it I just won't think about it.
The baby is called Tony because his parents are called Tina and Joey and the name is a combination of the two, thought it was pretty neat. I love babies, they are so soft.
If Moon and I used the same technique as Tina and Joey, our child would be called Randy/Randall, dear me.

Day 95.

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My cat is a dog, this is very distinct dog-like behaviour.

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Day 94.

I'm not sure if this could count as a 365 image but if I am honest with myself it's not like I took a photograph today or attempted to and in a graphic sense, this counts as an image too. Plus makes make a shutter sound when screen capturing, this is my useless try for today.
I'm 342/2000 words in, I could do it really speedily, but I don't feel motivated enough, I suspect it's the 'not doing anything for days' syndrome that is probably easily cured by doing something tomorrow and coming back tomorrow afternoon with a clearer head.

Monday, 5 April 2010

Day 93.

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Happy Bank Holiday Easter Monday.

Sunday, 4 April 2010

Day 92.

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I'm try to persevere with this work, but it's hard and it was Sunday.

Day 91.

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I think I'm in Dorking until I go back to University next week.

Friday, 2 April 2010

Day 90.

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I didn't know HMV were doing cinemas now, I didn't go to this one though but I did go to the Odeon round the corner and see Kick-Ass there.
These last couple of weeks seem to be about reconnecting with people.

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Day 89.

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Today I had my hair cut, it is now too full of product and feels gunky.
I was astonished to see how white that part of my scalp was, particularly in comparison to my make-upped face.
I got round to finishing off watching my Liberia documentary and have started reading Stephen Ellis' book about the Civil Wars as well as looking up past BBC news coverage, I'm not completely sure where I'm going with it yet, I'm sure I'll be able to have it done by this time next week.
I thought I'd got a lot done today, but reeling it off in my mind, apparently the Liberia documentary was a lot longer than I thought..
Look at the women in the background of this picture!

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