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Friday Blast

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I’ve got a bunch of old photos to share and two rolls of film I sent off about a week ago, which should be back soon. So I’ll be sharing some more over the next few days. Here’s a selection of photos I took testing out my Olympus Trip 35, exploring some places around Gibraltar.




Water Fountain

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It’s hot, humid, sticky and the light’s not so good; but here are three photos where the light was excellent!

It’s been a while but before I get back to write properly in here, here’s a couple of links.

I recently put together a little photo book of photos I took in Southsea a couple of years ago. You can buy it here. And because it’s a little pricey I put together a little zine with a bunch of black and white photos that you can buy for a £5. All you need to do is email me, and you can find my details in the contact section of this page.

I also remembered I hadn’t put together a playlist for a while, so a few days ago I put together a little10 song, 40 minute summery playlist. I tried to make all the songs kinda match up but I’m not sure I did too well on that. But I hope you like it. And now that I’ve put together that one I’ve been thinking of putting together a longer, Latin America playlist to expand on my Brazilian playlist.

Now it’s melon time.




GIRLS

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Christopher Owens has his GIRLS, Lena Dunham has her GIRLS and I have mine.




Summer Sun

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I think I broke the ice. Every year it takes me a while to get going to the beach, it’s weird, but yesterday afternoon I spent a couple of hours with my cousins’ kids and it was perfect; followed by a quick sunset swim today.

I’ve had a great bunch of days and I’ve done a bit of everything, from enjoying the company of friends - both planned and unplanned - to eating meals that were so good the only thing I could do was laugh in disbelief. And spending a long time watching cooking shows has not only taught me a bunch of tips and tricks but it’s also made me a lot more experimental in the lunches I’m taking to work.

I’ve even been more creative in other things: I’ve redesigned my website, and I’m happier than with any other layout I’ve had up to now, I’ve been looking back at old projects and reviving them and I’ve been experimenting taking photos of different things and hearing what people think I should photograph. I even got round to finishing off that photo book I’ve been working on since I lived in the UK (and it has been printed and on its way!) and managed to find inspiration to write a lot more; you’ll see.

And because I’ve also been listening to a lot of ridiculously good music, both old and new, here’s a little list of recommendations:

1. Slow Club - Complete Surrender

This record came out last week or the week before and I can’t stop listening to it non-stop. Highlights: Tears of Joy, Suffering me, suffering you, Number One, Paraguay and Panama.

2. Thousands - Dream Isle

I can’t remember how I came across these guys, but it was just after they released their first record The Sound of Everything, and I was so mesmerised by it that when I heard about Dream Isle I just couldn’t wait to hear it. And I think it has to be one of the best written albums I have ever listened to.

3. Nat King Cole - Cole Español

My buddies Seb and Christiane laugh at his accent but I think it’s fantastic. It’s the first of three records Nat King Cole recorded in Spanish and it’s got one of my favourites tunes ever, Perfidia. Fun fact: He didn’t speak Spanish, he learned by rote.

4. Koop - Koop Islands/Waltz for Koop

Just like Thousands, I can’t remember how I came across these guys, but I recently took Koop Islands off my shelf to listen to it in my car and I’ve been listening to it constantly since. They’re like the jazz version of The Avalanches, as they use the same method of putting together songs. And as much as I love The Avalanches I really think Koop do it a lot better.

5. Chet Baker - Chet Baker Sings

There are a bunch of Chet Baker albums where he’s singing, so I really recommend listening to them all, but here’s a great one, even if it doesn’t have the classic My Funny Valentine.

And now it’s time to catch up on sleep, but before I got I must confess something: The photo is not of a Summer Sun but if you listened to Koop you’d understand how good a Summer Sun can make you feel.