People

I think the most interesting aspect of photography is it’s ability to capture an emotion. Photographing people is such an extraordinary thing because you never know what true feeling you will be convey in the image until you look back at it. I took some time the other day to have a play with a Canon 450D. The reluctant models who were not at all pleased with me shoving a camera in their face at all ended up enjoying the experience once they saw some of the photos we got (I think Mum!). The odd photo came out well I think for having poor lighting, no backdrop and reluctant models!

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June Playlist

It is now mid-June and starting to feel slightly like summer is on its way. The weather is improving along with everyone’s spirits and what better way to celebrate then to listen to some crackin’ tunes. I have put together a playlist on Spotify but if you are more a visual consumer of media then below are some of my personal favourite videos.

Bleachers- I Wanna Get Better

Thumpers- Sound of Screams

Warpaint- Disco//Very- Keep It Healthy

Foals- Inhaler

Tame Impala- Elephants

This next song doesn’t have a video yet but I guarantee it will make you feel 17 again. I have already listened to it about 20 times tonight and I’m not going to stop any time soon.

The Sunshine State of Mind

What does sunshine mean in England? A trip to the beach of course.

The eventuality of sunshine in England however does not always equate to warmth, in fact, it could be comparable to describe the temperature as close to Arctic today. But like true Brits we put on a coat and braved the weather. I am lucky enough to be the new owner of a Canon SLR, since my Dad had gone on to bigger and better cameras I have adopted his outdated toy. I haven’t really spent much of my time with photography recently so it was nice to have a bit of a practice again. It was also nice to finish the trip sharing some cheeky chips!

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Four Girls One Trip

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Last summer I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to travel around Europe with some of my closest friends. The unforgettable  trip began in Amsterdam and ended in Dubrovnik six weeks later; and looking back at the photos which are plastered on my bedroom wall it is hard to comprehend that we actually managed to do it. Four girls, all of which with different personalities, embarking on a trip which in my families eyes was deemed very dangerous for young women to do on their own could have the possibility for disaster.  This in hindsight would prove to be fairly true,  however, we were to full of youthful naivety to let that stop us. The parting words from my Aunty of “Watch out for strange men” rung in my ears every time we had a tricky situation and the headline ‘Four British Girls Killed in Car Driven By an Overweight Bald Croatian Man’ appeared in my mind. Out of the four of us I am the most anxious, a constant worrier who doubted every decision we made and analysed every situation to death. This compared to the others who have a much more positive and care free attitude meant that we managed to avoid any major hiccups like losing a passport. It also meant that I was exposed to things that I would never have normally done, take for instance canyoning and white water rafting. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would be confident enough to do anything like that. In fact I wasn’t and the canyoning was quite possibly the worst experience of my life and it secured the fear I have of jumping/heights and water all at the same time. My habit of worrying was definitely in overdrive that day, with the questionable health and safety measures that were in place (if any). But the satisfaction of doing it and coming out the other side a more confident and worldly person was one I do not regret.

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The trip was one full of firsts like canyoning. First time travelling without a family member, first time in many of the countries we visited and the first time I have met so many different people. When travelling we stayed in hostels, or should I say cheap hostels, the ones where  you share a room with many other people and question the cleanliness of the sheets you sleep on. but, disregarding the physical aspect of hostels, the atmosphere is one unmatched in any other environment. Everyone there has a commonality which draws them together, usually with the involvement of alcohol, that makes the time you spend together even more meaningful because you know that in one or two days time you probably will never see each other again. There are so many stories from the trip that I wish I could just write now without it taking 3 years to do! Along the journey we managed to keep a small diary where we wrote the most memorable of experiences we had and the small things that made us laugh along the way. Hopefully, I will get that diary and tell the stories we have so we don’t forget them in years to come.

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The Return of Girl Power

Gender equality is something every person should be fighting for; however, it seems it just like child raising and washing it has primarily been left for women to do. This may be an incredibly cynical sentence, but the truth is that the strive for equality is a fight that has been predominantly lead by females for females. The statistics on gender equality speak for themselves; women make up only 17% board directors of FTSE 100 companies and women’s unemployment rate is at its highest for 24 years. These numbers make it easy to generalize how repressed women are, however, the truth is that females are on the rise and it is important that we help girls realize that the equality pendulum is swinging predominantly in their favour. There is a risk that by constantly bombarding young women with inequality statistics, we are in fact creating a generation of girls who will automatically become victims just because of a percentage. It is therefore important that girls have a voice and are shown that they can conquer the world if they want. A great example of this is the ‘DAY OF THE GIRL’, a UN declared day to “help galvanise worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential”. A movement led by girls to discuss what really matters to them, which in turn can teach adults, boys and other girls around the world new ways of thinking about gender issues.

All industries and sectors are facing a change in their demographic structure lead by the demand for equality. The resurgence if popularity for girl bands and female artists has meant that a record number of women are topping the charts. For instance, the 16 year old singer Lorde made history with her debut song “Royals” holding the number one spot for seven weeks running, passing Alanis Morissette’s 1995 hit “You Oughta Know” as the longest reigning female leader in the charts 25 year history. Women are not only being represented in popular media but changing how so. Artists like Haim are leading the way and showing girls that being talented is way more powerful and beautiful than wearing no clothes. The sexualisation of women in the music industry is still however an important issue that needs addressing, especially regarding the expectations and pressures placed upon young women from the likes of the music videos. Controversially, it seems the more offensive and sexualised the content produced by female artists the greater attention and engagement it generates, take for example Miley Cyrus. She was the epitome of the child star who has used her once influential role model status to rebel and set her adoring young fans an example of over sexualised behaviour. I am well aware that this isn’t anything new; female popstars have been following the same formulaic depictions of how women should behave for years, and never challenged it. However, now is the time for influential figure heads in all industries, not just the entertainment industry, to step up and challenge the degrading attitudes and behaviours exhibited towards women that we have come so accustom to. This change can only happen if it is facilitated by these leading women, who instead of adhering to the status quo must challenge it, perhaps starting by making music videos in which they aren’t just in their underwear.

New Discovery

One of my favourite things is stumbling upon a new band or artist that I immediately fall in love with. It is quite a rare occasion, however today was one of those days… lucky me!

So, today I was lost in one of those internet black holes, click after click, sifting through endless amounts of internet space. This happens from time to time, usually when I have lots of university work I should be doing; I suddenly become the queen of procrastination. Nothing good usually comes out of been in a ‘internet bubble’ however, today I discovered Blood Orange. The first song I heard was You’re Not Good Enough and I was immediately hooked and downloaded the album immediately. After doing a little bit of digging I found that Blood Orange or rather Devonte Hynes had previously released music under the name of Lightspeed Champion, a band I remember enjoying a few years ago. This guy seems to be a bit of a song writing genius at this point in time, working with artists like Theophilus London and Solange recently. I have a feeling this album is going to on repeat for a long while now.

Here are a few tracks of his… enjoy!

Blood Orange- You’re Not Good Enough

Lightspeed Champion- Galaxy of the Lost

What I’m Listening To Today

Today has been a very productive day full of university work…..how exciting! So in order to keep me relatively sane I have had a playlist of songs on repeat. Here’s a few of my favourites. Enjoy!

The 1975- Girls

Walk The Moon- Tightrope

Tegan and Sara- Sentimental Tune

 

Gogglebox- Giving the nation a voice

With advancements in the digital world, through the likes of social media and blogging, it has never been easier for people to share their opinions with the rest of the world. However, it is still quite uncommon for the average person to have their view expressed on the television, or it was until the emergence of the channel 4 show Gogglebox. I have followed this show from the very beginning, after I was first made aware through a funny and realistic advert for the show. The basis of the show is simple, we, the audience, are watching other people watch TV. Now, this might sound like a bit of a boring premise, but until you watch I don’t think you can fully understand how great it is.

It is surprisingly intimate, like you are invited round to a friends house to watch x-factor on a Saturday night. The families and friends on the show say what we are really thinking, in a particularly British way, which makes you feel included and like you could be the one on screen. It is also topical. The show only includes programmes shown on television in the past 7 days, making it current and relevant. The shows creator, Stephen Lambert, who brought the nation shows like Wife Swop and Undercover Boss, stated that:

 “We wanted to capture something of the national conversation. Our participants are pretty sophisticated in their analysis of what’s going on in the world. They know when politicians are not answering questions and will shout at the screen.”

Its true, the show really does give the nation a voice.

 

A particular favourite of mine are Steph and Dom Parker, now affectionately known to the nation as ‘The Posh One’s’. In between downing vodka red bulls and fighting with each other, the couple are hilarious and are in my opinion two of the best on the show, even if they do live in a rather different world than I do. However, Steph did sum up the show pretty well in this quote:

“It’s a real-cross section of England and what you see is exactly what people are thinking. There’s nothing scripted: it’s real observational TV.”

I highly recommend the show, even if it’s just for a bit of a laugh and gossip on a Wednesday night!

What I’m listening to today

I love music. I know this is a pretty cliché thing to say, but I really do love music. I think I am partly deaf due to the long hours of listening to loud music in my headphones every day. As I get older my taste has definitely changed; today, I listen to a lot of genres from rock to electronic, which is definitely a departure from my angsty teenage years. Hopefully this blog can give me an opportunity to share some of my musical passions, to maybe show you your new favourite song!

Here’s a couple songs that have been on repeat today.

Naxxos- New Orleans

The Jezabels- Disco Biscuit Love

My First Post Apprehension

I am fairly new to this blogging malarkey, but this first post seems to be an almost impossible task. I have sat and stared at my computer screen for the last ten minutes trying to write a witty and interesting first post, but as you can see I have failed. Here I am writing about what I am going to write about. Hmmm maybe this blogging is going to be harder than first thought!  The apprehension I am feeling right now is slightly ridiculous also, due to the fact that I have approximately zero followers, therefore there is a high probability that no one will ever read this post (I hope not!).  So, shouldn’t this post should be the easiest. No pressure and care free! The possibilities are endless! But that doesn’t seem to be the case. so, maybe I should explain why I have started a blog.

Well, firstly I am in my final year at university. I am quickly coming to the realisation that in about 6 months I will be in the real world, probably unemployed and living back at home with the rents. A depression thought huh! This realisation has prompted a change, I have applied for jobs, volunteering experiences and had numerous careers meetings in order to try to alter this inevitable and impending doom. Okay, so doom might be slightly dramatic but I do feel like my future, at the moment, is unpredictable and kind of intimidating. I have done some reading about the blogging world and the ‘wonder cure’ that people have described it as; giving people a new-found clearance about themselves and their life. So, have I created this blog to find myself and understand my life? Maybe a little bit, but that statement seems a bit to hippy for my liking. This blog is just a way for me to explore my likes and dislikes and maybe identify things that I would like to do in the future. After all I am only 20 years old. Sometimes I have a tendency to forget this and spend too much time worrying! Is the end of university a problem or a challenge to overcome? I guess we will see!

“A problem is a chance for you to do your best”      Duke Ellington