first year photography student at aub. i enjoy photography, reading, writing and travelling.
I’ve had this film processed for over a year and I never posted any of the photos so I’m going to put up a few now.
Deaf Havana / Southampton Guildhall / Thursday 17th October
Last minute decision to go to this show with Leo and I’m so glad I did. Big Sixes and Charlie Simpson were brilliant but of course Deaf Havana stole the show. I hope they tour the UK again soon because I’m already impatient to see them again!
Kyle leant me his tablet so that I could see what using one is like. This was my first attempt at tracing the drawing of Will on the left.
I’m currently trying out the pre-release of VSCO cam for Android and loving the results so far! These were a photos I took out in the garden using the app.
We had our darkroom induction today and got to make a print from the negatives we processed yesterday. After a few test strips and a test photo I finally got all the settings right. I’ve missed working in the darkroom.
I realise that I’ve been neglecting this blog a fair bit in the past week or so. Everything’s got super busy since I moved to uni the day after I got back from holiday. On Saturday I packed up all my things into the back of our friends car and headed down to Bournemouth. It’s only when I move into a uni house that I realise just how much stuff I own.
Once my parents had gone I began unpacking all my things. I don’t have any good pictures at the moment but here’s one from my instagram. My room is on the ground floor so I have the fireplace in my room. I don’t have any shelves so I’m using the mantlepiece and I finally got to put up my fun picture!
After eating some dinner we all headed out to the pub in town. I should probably mention now that I’m living with four other people. Megan and Ashton I’ve been friends with for a year or so since we were on the art foundation together. Will and Kyle we met through the student accommodation page and I’d only met them once before. So it was nice to go out and have a drink and get to know one another a bit better.
I didn’t sleep very well that night and I thought it was just because I was in a new house but it turns out I was sleeping on the wrong side of the bed. Moving to the left = good nights sleep.
On Sunday I woke up kinda late and lazed around for a bit. Later on I found out that there was a freshers event called ‘zoo project’ on that night so I needed to go out and find a costume. A quick scan of the h&m sale rack and I found a leopard print dress. It’s supposed to be one of those dresses you throw over a bikini at the beach but I figured that with a belt it would be fine (and I was right!).
Meg and Ash’s friend Mollie came over and we all had pre-drinks in the lounge. We played beer pong but it was more like vodka mixer pong because only the guys like beer. Will kept getting the ball into the cup so I think I drank more than anyone else because I was the person after him. At around 11 we headed out to Cameo for the zoo project. When we arrived I spotted a guy who I thought was dressed as Snorlax from pokemon, so I shouted “snorlax!!!” at him, only to be told he was a wolf… I guess you don’t see many snorlaxes in zoos…
Altogether it was probably one of the best nights out I’ve ever had. I drank, laugh and danced and managed not to embarrass myself in anyway or get upset over something dumb. Here’s a few pictures from it. Me, Meg and Ashton were all leopards. The guys were giraffes although lots of people thought they were flintstones and Mollie was a panda.
This photo of me and Will makes me laugh. I can’t remember what we were finding so funny but it must have been pretty good…
A night out followed by the first day of uni at 11 the next day may not have been the best idea. I felt a bit sick during the first hour but after a good breakfast I felt fine. We watched a powerpoint for most of the day and met the course leaders who are all really nice and pretty funny. Oh, and for anyone who’s wondering, I’m doing a Photography BA. I should probably have mentioned that sooner…
Those first few days were filled with inductions, presentations and meeting other people on the course. It’s nice having come from a foundation on the course as I already know a few people and I think I felt a lot more confident than if it had all been brand new. On Monday we had a photography social at a local restaurant which was great, nice to talk to people over a drink outside of uni.
On Wednesday we had a long full day and then me and Leo headed to Southampton. The Front Bottoms and Allison Weiss were playing Joiners and I’d been looking forward to this show for a while. Leo was helping me film a couple of acoustic sessions with The Front Bottoms which will be up soon once I’ve figured out the editing. They’re serious nice guys and super talented, I loved hearing the songs acoustic.
The show later on was amazing. Allison Weiss was great and it was really nice to meet her and talk to her for a couple of minutes. She played One Way Love with a full band at soundcheck and then again which was just fantastic. She also played Wait For Me which is one of my favourites.
The Front Bottoms played and the whole set was just brilliant and the crowd were going crazy. It was packed and sweaty but a hell of a lot of fun. I was really glad Leo came with me, it was nice to have a friend with me to do the video but also I was glad he finally got to go to Joiners and experience a great gig in an intimate setting. I also think he’s been converted into an Allison fan…
The next day me and Leo went into uni in our semi-matching outfits. I wish I’d got a picture, we were cool kids…
On friday I had to go to a learning styles test then I left in a rush to London to see Paramore at Wembley! I was late but eventually got there and met up with Henry and Caitlin. I guess I’ve known them/been following their work for almost two years now. They are two extremely talented individuals and I’ve put links to their flickrs above. They’re also super lovely people and it was great to get to hang out with them for a bit.
Paramore put on an incredible show and I was glad I got a standing ticket. I got to dance a lot and ended up pretty near the front. It’s been three years since I last saw paramore and they worth seeing again. Hearing the new songs was really nice. Here’s a couple of pictures from it.
I got home at half 2 in the morning after a seriously long train journey. The next day I woke up at 11 and just lazed around in my pjs. I put up a few posters and pictures on my wall as I thought it looked a little bare.
I did some washing and cleaned a bit in the kitchen. In the evening we went to the pub for an hour or so for a very expensive drink. £4.40 for a cider. Sigh. It was a rather uneventful weekend but I think I needed some time to just rest after such a hectic week.
The first week of uni was a thousand times better than when I started the foundation. I feel so much better and barely ever homesick. My housemates are all lovely and I really like the fact that we go out and do things together. We’re all comfortable with each other and it’s a really lovely feeling.
We have just been given our first unit brief that we work on for the next ten weeks. I can already feel the usual project related anxiety but I’m going to try and not let it overwhelm me. It’s been a lovely week and I think it’s the start to a really good year. Fingers crossed!