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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I drive a car that’s just a couple years younger than I am and I still buy CDs and records, and because I have no way of listening to my CDs at home (the only way being on my laptop, but for that I might as well stream them on Spotify) I listen to a lot of music in my car.
So every once in a while I’ll pick out a CD, tonight’s was M. Ward’s Transistor Radio, and I’ll go for a drive. If driving didn’t already relax me imagine starting off a drive listening to an instrumental version of The Beach Boys’ You Still Believe in Me* and ending it with a guitar version of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier**.
The worst thing is having a lot of CDs and not enough time to listen to them all, and no will-power to stop buying more. I must have a big bunch of CDs I probably haven’t even played before. It sounds like I’m going to have to fit music listening into my day somehow, beyond the bit of music on the way to and from work and when I’m driving.
Seeing as I got one more project off my to-do list the other day I decided to update my portfolio at La Chistorra del Mar, my art portfolio. So check out new work in the Drawing and GIF sections. I’m not too sure how the GIFs appear to other people but to me some don’t appear to move. Anybody a Cargo Collective expert?
Anyway, I am about fifteen photos away from finish my second roll of film in a really really long time, so here are two that although I took weeks (maybe even months) apart I think go well together.
Now I’m actually going to get straight into bed, I’ve done a lot today and I think tomorrow’s going to be another busy one.
It’s been a month, I know. But I’ve been fairly busy with little bits here and there and the times I haven’t been working on something I’ve been too tired to do anything or, if we’re going to be honest, watching TV.
But I’ve got a list of things I’m doing on my phone and I’m slowly knocking things off the list, trying to knock off as many as possible before I end up adding more things to the list.
I’ve got a bunch of photos I still haven’t shared and a finished roll of film to send off to get developed. The best thing is I’m slowly taking more photos on my camera and I’ve been getting great feedback on the photos I’ve been taking on my phone. So now I’m looking for places to go, things and people to photograph; especially people, I’m really into portraits now so I really want to explore that a bit further. Please get in touch if you know anybody interesting whom you think should be photographed.
These are two of my favourite photos from this particular roll, the first I had previously taken on my phone and I’m just glad I managed to get what I was after with my camera.
I’ll try to keep this a little more updated again, and I’ll post about the little projects I’ve been working on soon.