My life, as a photographer

It’s been an interesting week!

So this week’s blog entry I’m sitting at home on a Saturday night, about to start getting ready for a night out on the town. After last weeks failed attempt at a photo shoot in Cologne, in terms of photo-taking this week it’s been pretty quiet. In other things, it’s been a bit crazy.

For those of you who might be following my other blog Australipean, I’ve started a cooking challenge for myself – to cook every recipe in Mary Berry’s Everyday Cookbook. It’s been a fun week, and you can read all about it on my blog here.

What I haven’t been blogging about much is my other challenge – 50 books in 2013. Basically, this one is to read 50 books in one year. Luckily I have lots of spare time so I can read through books fairly quickly. I’ve currently read:

The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Cholbsky
Port Mortuary – Patricia Cornwell
Red Mist – Patricia Cornwell
Just Kids – Patti Smith
Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkein
The Burden of Representation – John Tagg
After January – Nick Earls
A Clash of Kings – George R.R. Martin

The Burden of Representation was really hard reading, a collection of essays on photography and history, not the most exciting writer, but interesting subject for me. Clash of Kings (Book two of Song of Ice and Fire AKA Game of Thrones) is great, just rather long, so I’m going to have to pick shorter books, or give more time to reading if I’m going to make the 50 for the year. I think I need to get through about a book a week at the moment, so I’ll have to find some good short ones! I have my next two lined up: The Fault in Our Stars and Finding Alaska by John Green. Maybe I’ll write a review of them after, but from what I’ve seen, they’re awesome.

My photography school is also going really well, I had a great class this morning, we had a lovely tour around the Viertel, which is the funky-bohemian section of Bremen, and where all the ‘cool-kids’ live, or want to live. The tour included some interesting moments, including starting the tour in a children’s playground and getting some photos that included a 16yo boy shooting heroin into his arm in the cubby-house. A great way to start the afternoon! I really didn’t know what to say or do, I was teaching some students how to use the autofocus modes on their cameras, so I didn’t personally see it, but a few of my students too photos of it as it happened. Once he was done, he thanked us and left. He was so young to be shooting up so early. I was just stunned. I thought it was a good idea to move on, and go somewhere else.

Later on we took a few photos that showed a really excellent example of the difference that changing your stand-point can make to a picture, as well as being selective with your focus point. I’m looking forward to getting the photos from the students so I can show them and put in a little tutorial on here.

After walking to the river and doing a short portrait session while we still had some sun, we took a few photos of the football fans on their way to the game. I’m not sure any of the fans will ever see the photos, but it was fun. I did take a photo for a dad and his three sons on their little camera, so hopefully that turned out ok for them!

Well, time for me to head off and start taking some photos – so I’ll check in with you all later!

Aaron

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