I like taking photos at night, I reckon it’s all the Brassaï I’ve looked at. I go out at night every once in a while in the hope that I’ll get some great photos; I really should do it more with black and white film because digital black and white snaps don’t do it for me.
This particular night was a total noche de los gatos. It was August, hot, and I followed a couple cats up a lot of steps and then down until I got on the ground and got a better shot than I ever thought I would.
And that’s a whole lot more shots than I was meant to get today. I thought about going out and testing some lenses to prepare for tomorrow (I’m shooting an exhibition opening). But I think I’m just gonna take a couple lenses and hope for the best. Instead of going out I thought about the lenses, watched a couple movies, read a bunch of things on the internet, got through some magazines and put some things on here. I’ve been slowly moving away from Flickr and wanted something a little different. Oh, and you’ll find a drawing I did that you can vote for for me to win a competition, more details here.
I’m trying to keep busy, right now I think I’m trying the impossible: to find a place to put all these books that are still in their cardboard packaging because I have nowhere to put them properly without getting damaged.
…is Norwegian for moments.
I’ve always liked the idea of a ‘coffee table book’, I just need the coffee table. I have a lot of books and a lot of magazines; and for some reason I have a lot of books that fit this ‘coffee table book’ criteria: Books you can just pick up, flick through as long as you like and put down. Although there is no coffee table I pick a ‘coffee table book’ about once or twice a week and flick through it every once in a while; I usually try to keep it to something I can take something from, something that’ll inspire me. For about two or three weeks I’ve had a couple: The Sartorialist’s ‘Closer’, Hervir Un Oso (Jonathan Millán & Miguel Noguera) and the June 2013 Domus magazine. Oh, and of course, the ever-present 14,000 things to be happy about (Barbara Ann Kipfer), the king of coffee table books. But today I put them all back (or should I say squeezed them all back into spaces) and brought out Øyeblikk, a perfect little photography book by Astrid Hagen. I bought it about under a year ago and I never get tired of it. It’s a perfect example of what I’ve always said: The best photographers, and my favourite, aren’t the well-known classics but the people all over the place who have a massive passion for what they do and do it with love. I really suggest you check out her site, she makes a lot of these books, I know I’m already looking into getting some more. And you can also check out a little interview I did for her blog on why I use film, here.
What are your coffee-table books?
P.S: About the photo, it’s a new one, from the last roll of film I developed, I’m extremely happy about the photos.
I’m about to get on with checking some photos I took today. I’ve got a tea and plan to get to bed soon but it’s like I can’t go to bed without first looking at these photos (the opposite of how it work when I’m shooting analog). I’ve been busy today, which is good, I like being busy; but at the same time sometimes I’d rather not be, only because the anxiety I get in return doesn’t really work out. Of course I’m talking about being busy working for somebody else, and by working I mean doing something like taking photos. Don’t get me wrong, I’m constantly looking for projects where I have to take photos, I’m constantly asking for work, in the hope that I’ll get used to it and it’ll be as easy as taking photos for myself. There’s just one time I take photos (apart from for myself) where I’m a little more confident, and it’s when I’m doing the photos for People People. Running the show, as in being in charge of the whole process from taking the photos to choosing them (with help at times) and putting them on the site, means it’s a bit of a stress free or less stressful process. And if the interviewee makes it easier all the better. But I’m glad I get work and for that I’m thankful to the people who trust me, so here’s a shout out to Headwires for trusting me with all their photography and design and Jennifer for kindly asking me to photograph her first exhibition, what an honour.
But I’ve been busy. And I wish I could always be this kind of busy and not the nine to five busy. I’ve carried out one job this afternoon and submitted work to two other projects this evening; and I’m feeling accomplished. And all the while I’ve been keeping a mental note of all the things I wanna do this week. Because I’m quite the jack of all trades, I like to think. There’s just so much I want to do, so much I want to learn how to do and so little time or means to do them, and that gets me down. It’s something I realised recently on a drive and it made me think how my choices in the past say ten years have all been quite ‘jack of all trades’. From studying more than one language and learning how to play a few different instruments to spending most of my free time taking photos but also messing around with design, art and even web design. And they’re all things I still want to improve on.
The key, I find, is in getting the timing right. I mean, not getting lazy but most importantly finding a good balance of time to take up everything I want to take up, because there’s just so much. And what I’ve always said is (and I was telling a friend last night) not to give up on what you already know, which is my advice and the reason why I’m constantly trying to keep my languages and my music going even if I’ve moved on to spending more time on art. And most importantly not be afraid of trying new things, which is what I’m working on now with trying to get photography work and submitting other types of work for other projects.
After all being a jack of all trades but master of none isn’t really so bad, as long as time’s on your side.
Do you think horses get songs stuck in their heads? I know I constantly do and I know I also ask myself those kind of questions too, Tina. All I’ve been up to these days is watching Mad Men, Adventure Time and other cartoons and getting songs stuck in my head. Oh, and having strange dreams. So I’ve had the song Apartment by Gospel Music stuck in my head for like a week and it’s made me not only think about apartments but dream about them a lot. A while ago I spent a good week or two looking for a flat everywhere and ended up pretty depressed when I couldn’t find anything…
I’ve noticed that when I have a roll of film to finish or I feel like I’ve photographed everything there is to photograph I end up looking up, at all the buildings. And there’s a whole lot of interesting buildings here. And here’s where these two stories come together: I’ve been saying it for ages, there are so many places in town that are empty and are probably so great. And here are two I found last weekend and photographed with my phone. The second one is so great. Wishful thinking, right?
And I’ve just finished having a look at a new roll of film I got back today, that I’m super psyched about, so some of those will be up here soon. In the meantime, if anybody can get me this apartment?