WOW! Now this was an experience! We took a cruise ship down the Yangtze with all the chinese tourists...It is difficult enough because barely anyone speaks English in China...but this boat had no one, no one speak it at all. We found a common language of course - the one that involves pointing, signing and saying "XieXie" an awful lot. To be honest with you, we are terrible tourists, we should have learnt more of the language...but slowly bit by bit we are begining to understand shorter sentences. It is quite funny when you say to a Chinese person that you don't understand what they've just said, they normally simply repeat it again After the twentieth time of hearing the same phrase you begin to comprehend what they're on about. So far we have met two kinds of Chinese - awesome, nice, superhelpful and cute...and the total opposite. Constant sound of some old guy coughing up his flem and then spitting it on the ground is also very common. Oh and oh the smell and appearance of public toilets are rediculous...they're scwats, which means if you want to go for number two - good luck. To a normal europen gentleman that pose is impossible to achieve and believe you me I've tried. Perhaps the need didn't overtake my senses completely. So, even the poshest hotel, as we found out, you will find a scwatty. Those who are about to embark on travels to South East Asia any time soon - beware...and stock up on your own toilet paper or otherwise use the hand.</blockquote>
We are currently in Yichang, on our way towards Guilin.
Oh, well...time's up....read the Travelblog for more details
...now where's my "well done!" t-shirt?
Yeah, yeah, yeah...I am bragging, but seriously, we froze our little buttocks off. During the day temperature rose to 35C. But at night time on top of a mountain, it was not particularly pleasant...keep having to fight your girlfriend for that precious bit of sleeping bag and ending up uncovered only able to fall asleep for half and hour at a time. But it was worth it - BIG TIME! We got to see the sunset and sunrise and it was spectacular. I have photos to prove it but they're unedited so im not going to post them here just yet. Where as if you want a sneak preview then you can just read our travelblog at TravelPod dot COM. There's plenty to see and plenty to read. If anyone wants to comment please do, but the best photos are being kept for editing in the near future (when I get a pc/laptop with a working version of PHOTOSHOP!!!).
We spent a week in Beijing and have gone further south to Xi'an where we are currently at. Although we are ready to embark on our next leg of the China journey - off to Chengdu, further south...as you can probably tell we are working our way towards Laos
Lots more to tell but I shall leave it at that for now...
to be continued!
Ello Ello Ello everybody!!!!
I haven't updated my journal in a very long time...life doesn't treat us all equally, so as you can tell an awful lot has happend.
I am no longer married - long story and I won't go into detail.
I am in an amazing relationship - long story short - she's...amazing and she's travelling the world with me...
...I am trevelling around the world this year starting off in South Korea. Where I'm currently sat in a business centre.
We're off to China next, but only after spending an entire month doing volunteer work here at a summer camp near Seoul.
Right...some of my closest friends on DA will be contacted if I'm near them...you know who I mean `Tepara
Yes indeed, I have managed to turn one year older...Why dear God, why!!!?
Frankly, I hate birthdays. As a kid my parents didn't think receiving presents was all that important to me. I bottled it all up inside for 18 years and then left home. Now 3 years later I have a wife, a house, a decent job that I enjoy more than anything. I am almost perfectly happy. Kate got me an amazing 20" TFT monitor, which I am so grateful for. Now all of your artwork is looking so small
"God" or whoever's up there has given me the best present of all. For a while now I didn't feel too happy about my job at a camera store. Even though I had a good, solid position within the company, the lack of actual use of cameras made it a rather dull place to work. I mean at the end of the day I didn't wish to be a bloody salesman for the rest of my life, and honestly, having it as my career really bothered me, since i always thought i was made for bigger things (a little big headed i know, but shut up). Well I spoke out of line a couple of times there, so what? Got a disciplinary, so what? Its better than being undermined for having ideas that will improve our business and the number of customers we get. To be honest with you, I was beat. For a week after that I surrendered to it all...while looking for a new job.
Now here's the weird thing...I walked the same path to work for 6 months, observing all around me as I went along. Was never meticulous with the shops I went past, but I knew where pretty much everything was. Some time last week something opened my third eye, I saw this little studio called Olan Mills Photography. On an off chance I strolled in there asking for vacancies. To my surprise they actually gave me an interview, brought in all of my work and they loved it hiring me pretty much on the spot. Handed in my notice to Jessops the same day. So, here I am now with the dream job of a Photographer (had a few studio shoots already ), happy and energetic like i just did a line. With everything fallen into its right place, I can only imagine what the man upstairs is gonna surprise me with next.
There's now only one thing missing - I so need a skateboard. My wife keeps on trying to get me to run with her in the morning, but it's just not my cup of tea. I exercised on my deck for 6 years, I loved it to bits and it didn't get me tired, just brought excitement and joy when I would finally complete a trick. I could spend hours on the ramps, I felt so free.
Well the beast is here. I finally managed to scoop the TLR of my dreams.
Should give me more room for professionalism if im able to go all the way, or at least give me a starting point to begin working in this area of expertese. Mind you, I never worked with medium format before so this is quite a challange. C330s is the last in the C series Mamiya have produced. Seen these going around £300 on ebay, so getting it for £150 with 3 lenses is really quite well done. 135mm, 80mm and a 65mm leave me only the illusive 50mm to hunt for. Once I get that, I will have the full range of accessories to go both landscape and portrait no problem.
Well cameras are great but people are better. Wen't to a London devmeet organised by "oh the great!" $dxd. Met some wonderful people, was a first with most of them, but there were some familiar faces such as ~AlexJHH, ~carbon-12 and `Rushy. 4 pints of Guinness (due to St Patrick's Day it was all we could drink) later all of us were pretty much best friends. Finding out that I've met $dxd the day before was also quite a surprise. Like me he works at a one of London's Jessops stores right up the Oxford Street. Had a nice chat about figures and our bosses , business partners are never too far away from us. General impression - "What a great Nikon guy!"
~Queen-of-Darkness - what a lovely gal!
!episkeuo - the fake tattoo man!
`greenie - ima steal that thing!
$dxd - "GOT YOUR NUMBER!"
~carbon-12 - You know where I live! Drive me to Portsmouth now, u bitch!
~AlexJHH - Still waiting for that Press Pass
`Rushy - Merlot SAKHS!
~J2046 - Leaving so soon?
Thats all the captions I could think of, DAMMIT!
Well tata for now...SIMON, DRIVE ME TO PORTSMOUTH!!!!
This humble, lovely man is an inspiration for me and a lot of other people as far as I know. He's come in and overwhelmed us with his photographic skills, in such a modest manner. I'm glad I can call this one a good friend so with no further adieu, I would like to present to you the works of the mesmerizing, astonishing, overwhelming Mr ~lowapproach:
Well now i have updated the website, mainly the layout. A few new sections added and its been made more interactive and sleek. SO go quickly...and take a peek!
Go check it out: Tom Tirins Creations. Plenty of improvements are on the way...mainly to the layout as well as the content of course.
Right, well check it out and tell me what u think.
no feature for now...but do have one in mind for the next week once i get back to UK.
And may i just add...His meshing rocks my socks! I can only dream about this sort of level of quality. well done mate!
-the original that i fell in love with
and what an awesome graffiti artist he is too!
hes been featured in a magazine too...so go check him out!
~Kamster ~KORIGAN ~Scleranthus !sianlister ~fatallook ~Morvena ~shantidub ~manati ~whoobie- NOw to chose between these lovely ladies is a suicide...so they all get a third place...they were here for me from the start...well most of them And i love em so much! The great talent of Korigan has inspired me endlessly. Scleranthus and her silhouettes are just pure beauty. Nymp-in-Yellow is a sweety and a half. Morvena is one kinky monkey! Fatallook will keep u in line no matter what, and is one impressive photographer! Shantidub is an impressive artist and a lovely person to talk to in general. Manati is my secret lover...i wish No her artwork is astonishing and im really having trouble pinpointing her style...which is what makes her the awesome artist she is. Now for Whoobie...shes a sweety with so many problems Love our "extra long" discussions about those. Fantastic poet (whose poetry i wish to turn into songs one day ) and a great photographer with her own style. Kamster is an old friend an an ex of mine from lonodon...and she a great conceptual photographer with many other talents!
So in no particular order:
Aegina is one talanted girl and has a lot to say when u come and talk to her. YusufArtun is a WOW kinda artist...i mean his stuff should have their own section on DA! I love it and always will!
~carbon-12 (also my next door neighbour) ~tweeny ~dbdaman ~Tribal-elf ~AlexJHH (~Monochrome-Madness ~Antony-R-Turner) all-in-one ie. Antony ~Nickest1988 ~Buxy - Just wish to thank u guys for all ur support and great chats ~fuckartletsdance - ma real bratha from anatha matha
Hi Guys! I have recently come to aknowledge the fact that #thumbshare channel has become repetetive, and really quite boring. After a lovely chat with it was decided to open a new chat room. And since we had an anti-thumbshare theme going...the name promptly followed:#Toenailshare
The rules are linient, and are more flexible than that of thumbshare. We allow for 3 thumbs per line advertising for non-members, and once u have become a member you will be allowed to post up to 6 in line. I would greatly appreciate your support so come and visit this new-born baby.Thank You all!!
Signing out...Tom____________________LOVE THESE PEOPLE! _____________________
and of course lets not forget and
I had my first lecture and seminar on Photography today...well lets just say it went well Well it actualy went super well. I got chatting to my lecturer...and he saw my stuff here on DA. And i was offered a place at a local gallery, to submit my work together with the 2nd and 3rd year students of fine art course even though im doing Graphic Design
I was overjoyed...walking down the road with a stupid grin popping out of nowhere, people must have thought i was crazy...but i couldn't care less for their opinion
It will be mostly my newest work, thus the stuff with the white border and Bauer Bodoni font as the footer. Righty...never mind the details...but im extatic
Thank U all for sharing ur wisdom with me and for all ur comments and favs