Monthly Archives: October 2010

Has anyone seen my mojo?

I have lost it. I was not pleased with the last assignment, and this is truly affecting my picture making skills for this one.

Documentary photographers usually live out of suitcases, overseas and do not have families. This puts that idea on the back burner for a while.

I am thinking that after I graduate I might want to do my own projects and maybe have self funded exhibitions etc. For a while.  I think. Maybe..

Travel is still a definite and I will do this regardless of how my photo career is going.

I will put this post down to a bad few weeks and laugh about it tomorrow.




Marlee, photographs and sunburn.

The title sums up my long weekend pretty well. Staying at Haven, taking pretty pictures and getting burnt at Bethalls Lake.

Marlee said her first sentence this weekend. It went something like “Walk *mumble* pushchair *mumble* for icecream?”. Proud Mum moment!

Marlee also had her second sleep-over with Louise on Sunday night, from what I hear she had a ball!

I got my first sunburn for summer and its a goodie. I can walk round without a scrap of clothing on and still be wearing a white bikini and shorts… Hot.



Assignment over. Photos printed, writing written, and visual diary pasted into. Yes!

Good day today. Full food shop last night so my cupboards are groaning. Had a nana-nap with a very good looking pilot this afternoon. The crock-pot has been dusted off and is slow cooking a beef strognoff, and New Zealand’s Next Top Model repeats are on TV in the background.

My favorite ‘C’ things for today.

  1. Constructive Criticism and positive feedback for my photos.
  2. Cuddles – especially tonight when it is cold.
  3. COFFEE – need I say more?
  4. Crockpot – the kitchen smells heavenly.
  5. Chocolate – always wanting what I can’t have. Grandad’s Whittaker’s peanut chocolate is looking sooooooo good over in the corner. (Shhh Dad, I know I should have brought myself a block – you are aloud to be right occasionally.)
  6. Caleb – You picture looks awesome mister. Thank you!
  7. Crunchy gingernuts.


Dear Dad.

Thanks for letting me take the photos yesterday. You look great!

I found a note from you the other day, written years ago. You mentioned that one day you hope I would be proud to have you as my dad and that we would become friends. I just wanted to let you know that I am proud of you and I value our friendship.

You have encouraged me to do things that I never would have tried. You helped me move to the city, gave me the nudge needed to begin studying and have supported me throughout the whole upheaval. Thank you.

Love you lots, you are a great father and grandfather.


Tuesdays Five things.

Five things I am grateful for.

  1. Dad – coming food shopping, and to dinner AND letting me take his photo.
  2. Kick Ass – funny, funny movie.
  3. Dinner with Louise on Thursday – giving me an excuse to COOK.
  4. Meeting interesting new people at school.
  5. Having a bath at this house – best thing ever!


My five favorite songs right now.

  1. Sideways – Citizen Cope and Carlos Santana
  2. Rewind – Paolo Nutini
  3. Shivers – Screaming Jets
  4. Talking to the Moon – Bruno Mars
  5. Little House – Amanda Seyfried.

Stop This Train.

Stop This Train

No I’m not color blind
I know the world is black and white
Try to keep an open mind but…
I just can’t sleep on this tonight

Stop this train

I want to get off and go home again
I can’t take the speed it’s moving in
I know I can’t
But honestly won’t someone stop this train

Don’t know how else to say it,

Don’t want to see my parents go
One generation’s length away
From fighting life out on my own

So scared of getting older
I’m only good at being young
So I play the numbers game to find a

Way to say that life has just begun

Had a talk with my old man
Said help me understand
He said turn 68, you’ll renegotiate
Don’t stop this train
Don’t for a minute change the place you’re in
Don’t think I couldn’t ever understand
I tried my hand
Cos, honestly we’ll never stop this train

Once in a while when it’s good
It’ll feel like it should
And they’re all still around
And you’re still safe and sound
And you don’t miss a thing
’til you cry when you’re driving away in the dark.

Singing stop this train I want to get off and go home again
I can’t take this speed it’s moving in
I know I can’t
Cause now I see I’ll never stop this train


John Mayor

I sound like my parents.

Dear Marlee,

You are special, unique, and beautiful. Don’t you ever let anyone tell you otherwise.

Smile. You light up the whole room when you do.

Love and be loved.

Continue to learn and continue to question, curiosity makes you smart and keeps you ahead.

Forgive those who deserve it and forget those who do not.

You hold the whole world in your hands. You can be anything you wish and go anywhere you want.

Travel. The world is your oyster kid, and you are it’s pearl.

Practice kindness. To yourself as well as others.

Treat others as you expect to be treated.

Read, watch movies, wander through art galleries and live through others’ experiences as well as your own.

Remember the TEN rule when talking to people. True, Encouraging and Necessary?

Be loyal.

Remember that first impressions do count.

Do not settle for a partner that is of lesser intelligence. They will somehow make you feel inadequate.

Listen. Especially to your instincts, they are right more often than we give them credit for.

Love your family, they are the friends you will keep the longest.

Wear sunscreen.

Do not judge people unless you can handle them judging you.

Drink responsibly.

Sing, with the radio, in the shower and in the car. It can make you feel good.

And above all –

Please, do as I say. Not as I do.

Love you always.