Lately

I’ve been quiet lately, I know. There’s been so much going on. So what’s been shaking our bacon?

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We’ve been busy settling in to our new house. It’s a lengthy process. There are still piles of frames waiting to be hung, and mountains of bubble wrap waiting to go to the tip. And there are still a couple of those boxes around. But we love it here. Our garden is flowering, the sun is shining and we’re so happy to be living right here.

I got first place for one of my new images in the International Photography Awards in the category for Night Photography, non professional. Very stoked about that. Now I’m getting my winning image ready to be included in the annual IPA book. I’ve been a bit down in the dumps trying to get work done and this was a major moral boost. Two of my other images were awarded honourable mentions as well.

I’ve applied to go part-time with my MA. There is simply not enough hours in the day to get all my work done while watching Anakin. I hack away at my thesis during nap time and try my best to get location scouts and shoots in whenever I can, but between rain, equipment failure and other issues, it’s been a slowly progressing matter. And writer’s block has reared its ugly head. As a visual person writing is something that doesn’t come very natural to me. But on the upside I’m just about to finish a new image and it’s a cracker.

Eating bubbles with a spoon

Eating bubbles with a spoon

Anakin is babbling away and making small 2- 4 word sentences. His vocabulary astounds me and is somewhere between 150-170 words (yes, I wrote them down a while ago) and is growing on a daily basis. We’re also working a bit more on his English vocabulary and he’s grasping that quite well. He can make jokes now and one of his favourites is to ask for the fruit he is not being offered. If we give him a choice between apple and banana, he’ll ask for a pear and start laughing. Another one is pointing at one of my artworks while calling it pig (gris) and then crack up. Might be that the nude bodies in it remind him of pigs or perhaps he’s trying to tell me he thinks it’s a dirty picture.

My partner got his PhD and is now a doctor, which is very exciting. We’ve celebrated by drinking copious amounts of wine in our pyjamas. At some point we’ll have to score a babysitter and do it properly. We also just “remembered” that we’re getting married next year and should probably start finding a venue and do other necessary planning. We’re not all that fussed, but we do want to have a great day so it’s probably a good idea to start soon.

I’ve been procrastinating by sewing hats, pants, dresses, softies and shorts. I love sewing and I’m working up the courage to launch a small etsy store under the name Little Horrors soon. There’s not nearly enough time to sew on top of everything else as well, but when my mind gets tangled I tend to untangle it best by making things.

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Anyway, that’s us of late. What have you been up to?

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4 responses

  1. Wanda

    Hi,
    I was just wondering how you make pictures. I know you work with photography, but I don’t quite get how you take months for a single picture? Please don’t take this the wrong way, I don’t know anything about photography, or art for that matter, I’m simply interested in what the process from idea to finished photograph involves. Pure curiosity, you may say, not at all trying to question your work or anything, I’m just completly blank on this subject 🙂

    October 6, 2013 at 9:04 am

    • Hi Wanda! That’s a totally fair question! It doesn’t take months to make the actual image, but it does take a while to resolve the idea/concept, make or find props and then find a suitable location. It all depends on how complex each image is and what context it is meant for. I only shoot my latest work at night and can’t photograph when the moon is at its fullest because it becomes too bright so a lot of time is just spent waiting once everything else is ready. My work is pretty complex overall so it takes me a year or two to complete a full series. Once I shoot the image it takes anything from a couple of days to a couple of weeks to resolve it, depending on how much time I have to work and of course how clear it is what needs to be done to get it ready to print. My latest image was an idea for a long time, but once I was able to work out all the details in regards to the larger concept and find a location it only took a couple of hours to shoot. It’s a whole lot of meticulous planning. Of course I make other types of work that doesn’t take half the time as well. 🙂

      Not sure if this explains it, but I hope so. 🙂

      October 6, 2013 at 9:47 am

      • Wanda

        Thank you very much, I think I got it now 😀

        October 6, 2013 at 11:01 pm

  2. maia

    Cute!

    October 7, 2013 at 3:33 pm

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