It has been exactly a week since I got my Nikon D90. Figuring out how to use it has been a real exercise in learning, because it feels and functions so differently to my Olympus, which I know inside out. It’s bulkier, heavier and a bit slower too, and the buttons are in different places. I love it though. I love anything that gives me new methods of picture making.
The first few shots were taken on the day I got the camera, at 1000 £ Bend. Jeff and Seb were around for a drawing jam, and it felt good to have friends around to commemorate something significant. If you buy a great camera off Gumtree and no one is there with you to play with it, did it really happen? I love the picture of Seb in the front garden, with Suzy yawning and stretching in the background.
The picture of me was taken by my multi-talented man, Nuwan. He produces incredible electronic music, check it out! He has written a couple of songs just for me, which makes me feel very special indeed. :)
I have some strong ideals, especially when it comes to my relationships with people and things I love. The upside is that I am an eternal optimist, always open to giving and receiving love. The (possible) downside is that, I get attached. Really, really strongly. To friends, family, partners, and the idea that things must be a certain way for it to be good.
Sometimes I am afraid of losing things that I have built. Of potentially never seeing some people again. Of the nature of my relationships changing. But I’m learning to be more peaceful when those things happen. I’m not sure why. I think, more than wanting to fight, I want to have a peaceful, happy life, where everybody is just living the way they like, and doing what they want to do. People who are aligned with my values will find their way to me.
I know things will be fine if I don’t see some people as often as I’d like to. We are still friends if we make that choice to be. I want to practice patience and acceptance, of myself and of others. I want to love people the way they are.
A lot of things have already been happening this year that require that of me, and hopefully, with this new found philosophy in practice, I’ll be ready for whatever comes my way in the future.
A dark shot inside the hotel? Outside? Who can tell?
Outside the Uffizi Gallery. This statue has won over the other statue.
A fruit seller's stall. It was drizzly the first day I was there, hence the protective cover.
Ponte Vecchio, where all the shiny jewelry is. You can also see how overcast it was.
A very interesting collection of books and posters outside a book store.
Il Duomo. All the carvings and statues blew my mind to bits.
The view from the Boboli Gardens. I wish I had spent more time here! If you ever go to Florence, come to this place first thing in your day. So majestic.
I could envision a bunch of my artist friends and I traipsing around the city in the future, filling our sketchbooks with drawings of statues, finding inspiration in the old masters, and comparing notes over gelati. Art trip! Who's in? :)
I was served the best coffee in a little hole-in-the-wall cafe called Michaelangelo's, and I am sure there must be 10 other cafes going by that same name. I also met cats EVERYWHERE... cats in the parks, near the hotel, and in the grounds of the Pitti Palace. The official palace cats. I was really lucky to have this experience.
I got a disposable camera while I was in Carlisle. We were in a small, pretty tourist town called Grasmere, and it was the only thing I wanted in of a sea of dinky merchandise. I don't think I have ever used one, or maybe I have and forgot. I always see these beautiful pictures on the blogs of photographers who still shoot with film, and I love the dreamy, deep and sometimes imprecise quality of the pictures.
I was thrilled to get the results back from processing. One thing I've discovered about myself is that I value new ways of taking pictures, all the time. I think it's important to document your life, my life, everybody's lives, so I get really excited about things like disposable cameras. I have already started looking up bulk packs of the things on Amazon.
I don't mind that it's a digital age. I like fun things and photographs.
I feel a bit behind on updating here. I have so many pictures of beautiful places and people from the last month, work is taking a priority at the moment. These pictures seem like a good place to start. I was juggling three cameras - my Olympus, Instagram, and this little cardboard box I kept losing in the labyrinth of my backpack - so volume of shots are not always proportionate to how much I liked a place.
I liked Carlisle. It was cold, cosy, comfortable and the accents were cute. I didn't like the coffee. My sister and her boyfriend are great cooks. Bookstore culture is still alive and well, and there is a gorgeous four-story mammoth of a secondhand bookstore in the heart of town. I liked eating goats cheese baguettes with cranberry sauce. Overall, it was a thoroughly charming experience.