So, I lied. I most definitely haven’t kept up to date. However, I have kept experimenting – so that’s one thing. I have been fairly busy though, so here’s the rundown of what I’ve been up to and where I am now:
I bought a new lens (more about that later)
I designed the second Sixth Form Magazine
I got a job in a library
I made some films
I went to Nice
I took headshots for a website
I photographed a service at Christchurch Cathedral
I went to Devon
I turned 18
I did work experience at a London creative consultancy
The London photo book got published
I went to Bologna
I did an experimental drawing course
I finished my A-levels
I went to Bologna again
I went to Corfu
I went to The Isles of Scilly
I went to Cornwall
I photographed content for the website of a local Solicitor firm
I designed an advert for the firm
I went to Devon
I turned 19
I designed a Christmas card for 750 copies
I found an old lens.
And that brings me up to date. It’s been almost 2 years, and I can’t believe how much has happened. I love to travel about, and I think that it’s so important to experience and see different places and cultures, and it’s this change of scene which keeps my photographic intrigue firing on all cylinders. Admittedly, the most exciting part of the last 602 days must have been splashing out on my new lens, the Tamron 24 – 70 mm f/2.8. What a corker. It’s no longer just my nifty fifty and I anymore, but I’m thrilled to be building a collection of lenses suitable for any occasion. I also found an old Hoya 135mm f/2.8 Minolta MC mount lens at home. After lots of research, I’m excitedly awaiting the delivery of an adapter for my Nikon F mount and can’t wait to use it. I am also keen to start some film photography. It’s nothing I’ve ever done before, but I love the process of analogue photography; the unpredictability, the idea that every frame is so much more precious than digital. I am currently looking between the Minolta XE7 (XE-11) and the Nikon F3 – any thoughts?
Now, I’m on a fantastic Art Foundation course here in Oxford and absolutely loving it. It has given me the chance to experiment with such a wide range of media, techniques and areas of art, and really helped me to make my choices for a degree course next year.
And here I am now. It is the run-up to Christmas and I feel more on track than ever before. It feels so great to have found my artistic direction, and I can’t wait to begin the next step in my adventure.