Week 5 – Relationships

Earlier in the year I shot some newborn photos for my sister in law.  Her second child, a gorgeous little boy, Louie 🙂

This week, I finally finished editing them, and gave her a disc at our nieces 1st birthday party.  She was very excited, and thankful, but was yet to actually see them.   Her response on viewing them is exactly what one is after as a photographer.  She was emotional.  Her response also made me feel emotional, because I had made her feel emotional.  All in all lots of nice warm fuzzy happy feelings 🙂

Anyway, this got me thinking about relationships and then thinking about the effect technology and social media has on them. We all know we spend too much time looking at a screen, but why do we do nothing about it.  Is it purely addiction??  Are we controlled, and entranced to the point we have lost control??  I am sure some of us are!  Are our relationships effected more than we think??  We send texts whilst ignoring the person sitting next to us. What message does that send??  We are only at the very beginning of this social media age, so what will be thought of us in years to come.  Will they look back and think ‘Wow in the early 21st century they really had no clues, did they??’  They just didn’t realise the damage they were doing!

I have spent some time recently banning myself from screens and social media for a day or week at a time, and I was gobsmacked at what I achieved, and how much everyone else seemed so mesmerised with their screens.  If my son loses screen time as a ‘disciplinary action’ it is like I have a new child who is fun, and chatty, and engaging.

Just this morning I saw a quote on social media by Albert Einstein which states –

I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction.  The world will have a generation of idiots.    Wow, just wow!!!

Now I know I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know, but what I really want to know is what happens next?  Will we start seeing groups organising social media free days or weekends?  Or will social media simply implode??   (Pet hate: FB not showing me posts of pages I have liked, but inundating me with posts from pages I have not liked!!)

I have a small part of my friends circle who shun technology and social media, and sure they miss out on some irrelevant stuff, but they are also some of the most amazing people I know.  Why can these people ignore the hype, and the lure of social media whilst others lose so much!  Maybe I should jump ship and join them!

I await the next chapter with breath that is baited!

Note: yes I do get the irony of using social media to question social media 😮

 

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Week 4 – The Stars Baby, The Stars…

This lovely long weekend I enjoyed all of the fun with enchanting friends and amazing music in a bewitching setting that is, the Golden Plains Music Festival.  However, whilst that sounds like the delight that it most certainly was, I did have one special highlight.

Something I had never done, but something I had imagined doing from childhood.  I slept under the stars!  All I can say is ahhh the serenity.  Seriously, the bloody serenity!   I had a couple of visitors who after briefly experiencing my experience, left dripping with serenity, and I imagine, envy!

It was one of life’s perfect moments.  The conditions were tailor made for it.  I watched planes, and pretended they were UFO’s, and I saw my first shooting star.  Yep, first one ever!

Even being woken at 4.30am by some exceptionally loud neighbouring tent dweller who thought he was David Lee Roth was ok though as it meant I was awake to bask in the glory of the stars once again.  Surely I was the envy of the whole festival!!

The monumentus event came about by chance when we had  a makeshift camp bed malfunction.  The tarp over the back of the ute we were sleeping in became a little too suffocating, as tarps tend to do, when they are approx 10mm from your face!

Coincidently, it was also very apt when keynote speaker Michael Leunig regaled his enraptured audience with an anecdote of the amazingness of sleeping under the stars or as an elderly indigenous man had put it to him, sleeping on country.  I wanted to jump up and yell out to him my plan for that very night, but something stopped me, I’m guessing it was sanity.

As anticipated, I awoke to watch the sunrise from my bed feeling fresh, sans hangover, being handed an egg and bacon sarnie by my best friend.  Ahh the serenity!

Note: iPhones are not very good at taking pictures of the stars so I am including a pic of how I felt my night under the stars looked.  A little creative license has been used, but you get the idea 😉

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Week 2 – Colourful

Colourful is a tricky yet probably necessary theme for someone who is always content with very little colour.  If you know me, its clear I like more muted tones, or to be brutally honest, black 😉

It was a hot summers night, and I was driving home with the kids from dinner with their Nan and Pa.  And there, like an oasis, on the horizon, was ‘colourful’.  A beach side summer carnival, a massive tacky drawcard for anyone under 18.  As I slowed I said to the kids, we’re stopping, but we’re not going in!  Thankfully and bizarrely I got no argument, and then I remembered when you’re a kid, and you go on a family road trip, Dads won’t stop to look at anything. I’m assuming it’s quite universal!  So my kids were just happy that Mum, was actually stopping at something ‘cool’.

Like a good little photographer I had my camera in the car, though I really really wish I’d had my tripod too, and the kids both happened to have a camera of sorts with them.  We had a lovely time taking photos, and they were keen learners, which warmed the cockles of a mothers heart 🙂 just like that little bit of sunset that’s still visible.  You should have seen it 10 minutes earlier 😉 just like the one that got away!

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Week 1 – Self Portrait

Hello!!!  It’s me!  I have been missing for quite sometime, but I am back.    Hope you didn’t miss me too much 😉

Not only am I back, but I have a plan!  I am commencing a Project 52, which means I will be posting weekly, all year.  The first one is a self portrait, and boy oh boy it’s probably the toughest shot to take.  Cringe!  Having just had a birthday a mere few days ago, it felt relevant to show the head on collision between getting older, but not feeling older.  The glasses are an obvious sign of age with vision degeneration, whilst the pig tails hopefully show I don’t feel old on the inside.  Hmmm not sounding cynical at all am I?

See ya next week!

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Cubby Renos

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Hands up who had a ‘cubby’ when they were little??

I had my mum’s, from when she was little, which as a structure, was totally amazing, they just don’t build em like that anymore 😉

BUT…  it was dark and full of spiders so I was too scared to go inside.  That thing was screaming for a skylight, but alas it never got one.  I wonder what happened to it!

Obviously, my cubby experience was not complete so I got myself a new one under the guise of buying it for my daughter.  Even before we got it I had pictured it nestled into the trees and me, gazing out at it, from the house.

So this is how it eventuated.  My daughters 9th birthday was coming up (yes I know 9 is probably a bit old for a cubby, but she, I mean I, wanted it)  We just happened to find one close to home, in our price range, so hubby could easily pick it up with the bobcat, and plonk it in its new home.  Simple!  To me that is, not him!

As an unexpected bonus, Jemima’s excitement upon seeing the cubby arrive on the forks of the bobcat was truly amazing.  I don’t think I have ever seen someone so happy, and so able to express that joy!  It was truly unbridled enthusiasm, to quote a 90’s sitcom 😉  That moment in itself made the whole exercise worthwhile, and I’ll have that forever!

Then, all I needed to do was give it a makeover, a lick of paint and some new flooring and furniture.  Voila!!!   Now it’s screaming for a ‘tea party’ photo shoot.

It’s since been rejected by my 9 year old but I don’t care, I still have my cubby to gaze out at 🙂

Oh and for trivia’s sake – The definition of ‘cubby’ is small room, and a synonym is ‘snuggery’ How cute!!

New bunch of dates!!

The start of a new year means a new calendar, and I was extra excited by this one because I made it myself.

In saying that, it would not be worth hanging without the efforts of the Geelong Roller Derby League skaters.

When I put the call out for photo shoots they were there with gusto, and made the whole experience a laugh and a breeze.

Doing projects like this, which are love jobs, are so much fun and I wish time was an endless commodity so I could do more and more.

Here are a few of my fav shots 🙂

Oh and if you want to buy one just contact the league at www.geelongrollerderby.com they would love to hear from you!

This calendar is especially important to me as it was the last one I did before retiring from skating, after 5 years.  It was an amazing 5 years, but I decided there are lots of others things to do that I haven’t done yet so I am excited to see what 2013 has in store for me.  And hopefully Geelong Roller Derby might let me do another calendar for them next year!!

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