my everyday life

For the past week or so I have been recording some details and rituals of my life for a little macro project. It has been interesting to stop and think in much smaller scale about things I have been photographing. It's also been a challenge to try to get something interesting documented of the mundane every day routines.

There are very pretty and interesting things around me however. What has become
a common theme in just a week has been how different light plays a role in the details around me.

If you click on the photos they will take you through to my flickr pages where
I've written down some details about the things I have shot this far.

I'm going to try and keep up this little documentary for a month or so,
although I'm travelling in between October and November. Let's see how that fits in…

I've just become fascinated about the small details around me, everywhere, when I'm out now.
And I'm totally missing the "bigger picture". It's been great. :)

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end of the rainbow

Blatantly I have been in denial about the near end of the Project Rainbow. It has occupied and inspired me this year to take colour themed photographs in and out of London and today is the day I can say that I have completed the seven sets of 20 photos. It feels slightly hollow and strange to be sitting here and realise it really is the end of the rainbow. Now where is my pot of gold? :D Before I show you today's photos let me share you some photos from Brighton where I was last weekend with my sister.

Brighton is called "London by the sea" and it certainly lives up to this name. I hadn't been for a long time and my sister came with me for the first time so we did the really touristy Brighton things and hung mostly at the beach and the Pier. I first came to Brighton when I was 14 and the Pier was the coolest thing ever. ;)

Especially the fun fair – arcade part of it still captures my inner teenager. I'm glad I'm not the only one that takes these things seriously. I can so relate to how this man is feeling playing this game. It's one of my favourite British things actually, but we didn't have a go. Just for the sanity of both me and my sister. :D FTW!

One of the funniest things we saw that day were these boys playing by the beach, just a stone's throw away from the Pier and the amusements. They obviously thought it would be more fun to see which one of them can run around that barricade without getting wet. Although I think getting soaked by the sea was part of the fun in the end. ;)

And as for today. I took a nice long walk from Piccadilly to South Bank. Today is a public holiday, or Bank Holiday if you want to be all British, and the weather was OK-ish for some street photography. I really need to start getting into an autumn routine with my photography as well and start taking more night time shots. Something I always say in autumn and then chicken out. :P

I love the contradiction in this so much. The first photo I took today
and I couldn't have been happier with the start I had. ;)

I have no idea what was going on with these two or on the ground. Just makes a great moment for me to add to my blue collection. I actually find taking photos at Leicester Square really hard – too many people and not enough background interest going on. A total opposite to this shot actually.

And here it is, the last blue photo and the last photo of the Project Rainbow. I loved how these two men juxtapose with each other. And you can't beat a blue t-shirt leaning on the blue wall. I'm quite content how the series turned out. Some colours were mentally really hard for me, but I'm glad I'm all done now. Actually, I'm thinking of adding some "unofficial" themes to the Project so let's see how that works out. I really want something to carry me to the end of the year and then ideally start a new project for 2009.

This is about wanting to tell some more stories with my photos. Something a friend said last night struck me about my usual approach to the street. I'm now trying to make more effort in not excluding individuals from their surroundings (yeah, let's see how long that lasts :D) and make and effort to give a bit more flavour of London with the photos… like in the above photo.

Tourism is hard work you know! ;)

My favourite photo from today. Not bad for 50mm in my opinion, although I can't wait to start rocking some proper full frame wide angle on the streets of London as I've booked tickets to New York for November and the Christmas present plan is a Canon 5D. Can't wait, for either actually. It'll be my first time in the US and New York especially. :)

I popped in the Royal Festival Hall to use the facilities and they had this ballroom dancing performace (?competition) going on. The audience was really… thrilled. I would be if I was drinking at lunch time, too. ;)

It's the last day of the Psycho Buildings exhibition at Hayward Gallery. The queue was loooong.
Just liked the frame in a frame setting here. I think that could be another theme/project for next year.
Very old skool street photography theme-wise actually. ;)

And that my darlings is it for not only the Project Rainbow but for the photos from today.
Time for me to veg out and have a little nap myself in front of the TV me thinks. ;)

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London: video time


Something I saw this week.
And a thing I was to start working on.

I've realised that I am much more of a linguistic person. I love words and reading and expessing myself through language, so it's a kind of strange revelation to have when photography is so imporat to me. It's also a weird thing to talk about in a so-called photoblog. I have been writing a personal journal from a very young age, but I have also been taking photos from a very young age. I think these two can and have co-existed for a very long time. It does however explain to me why I never pushed myself or visualised conseptual things as beautifully as I'd love to. I enjoy other photographers' work immensly, be it fashion, street or conseptual work. And most times I feel a tinge of jealousy not being able to produce not only the technicality of some shots, but more so the ideas behind them.

This is probably one of the reasons street photography has suited me very well personally. For me it has always been about documenting the everyday, however bizarre or boring it is around me. It also makes me see things I wouldn't usually see, observe people in a way I usually wouldn't and look at things differently. Photography has also become a very personal thing for me in the past year.  It's become something that I enjoy and think about more, but for my sake rather than anyone elses. Before I felt like I had to achieve something to a specific level, or thought in beforehand what others would think about it. Of course I like to keep standards high and wonder if other people see what I have seen in the photos I post for example here, but it's not a main priority any more. Funny that apart from the learning process this all has become this kind of internal process, too.

So, where do videos and YouTube come into all this? Maybe somewhere in between. To me it's all about the visual as well as the story, so maybe I am finding myself somewhere new, and experimental. The above video is part of a series, or more a beginning of a series, I have decided to work on this year. My London.

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