I recently moved all the photos off my compact point-and-shoot to clear it for my trip to Batemans Bay and Canberra. Looking at the photos I’d moved off, I realised I hadn’t looked at it since I got back from Fiji. It had all my photos from my time in London on it. I was there a year ago, beginning an adventure. I look back on the photos and I miss it. I miss exploring a foreign city, travelling on weekends, living with friends and just doing something new and different every day.
A year has passed and I wonder what have I achieved since I’ve been home? Not much really. I spent so much time at work during the last busy season, it stretched from July to November… relentless in its grip on me and my life. I got to December and the year had flown by. I can feel my attitude to work has changed. I am no longer excited or enthused, I dread waking up in the morning and I find periods of time during the day where I sit at my laptop… listless. Devoid of motivation and inspiration. A friend of mine left recently… and other close friends are planning their move. I have resolved that I will do the same.
In happier news, the festive season brought a very welcome three week break with it. I was able to do my usual end of year cleanout of my room. I threw out so much stuff, I filled the entire rubbish bin. I also recycled several trees worth of paper thanks to CA. It always feels very cathartic to do this and I really wonder where I accumulate all this junk from. My parents were really happy I was home for Christmas, considerinng I was away last year. I think we all enjoyed spending time and just being a family. I also got to spend time with friends and enjoy catching up with lots of mates.
So, a quick list of things I wish to achieve this year
- lose weight/get fit/exercise
- eat healthier/drink less
- save money/buy less stupid things/acquire things I will use
- read more books (including comic books)
- play my violin
- play more computer games
- take more photos. Tempted to do the 365 day challenge BUT not sure how that will work with my numerous analogue cameras…
- stop listening to indie pop/electronica/dubstep, despite how much I love them, and get back to my rock roots
- blog more (hah!)
- catch up more with friends that I haven’t seen in ages, spend less time on people who do not care for my overall well-being
- leave work on time
I suspect this list is much the same as last year’s list. The things I want to do never really changes…
And finally, a few photos from my recent photo expeditions. The Minolta Hi-Matic 9 that I found at the markets on my trip to Hobart has proven to be a wonderful find. The lense gives beautiful, clear shots with a tinge that I think only film can capture. The Diana however, is a more complex beast that I am still trying to master.
Fire hydrant (Diana camera, pinhole setting)
"The Canada" under the Harbour Bridge (Diana Camera, 75mm lense)
Owl artwork (Diana camera, 75mm lense)
No riding the crane! (Diana camera, 75mm lense)