Dear everyone! :)
I've been receiving tonnes of messages and emails asking where I have been, to please update, and if I am ok. Well, the good news is that I am still around. I've just been caught in the whirlwind that we photographers call 'peak season'. So much so, that I swear I've spent more time on planes and behind my camera, than I have at home. It was so busy, that I was telling one of my second shooters that I remember having this thought the other day "if I could get away with not eating, I could save myself the 1 hour every day, to get more work done". And this is coming from someone who loves food! I love eating, so when I start thinking thoughts like that, you KNOW the mr BUSY has been overflowing into all facets of my life.
On top of that, I've seen hints of plagiarism of my work which has made me very very sad indeed, and coupling it with the fact that I've been falling sick (VERY sick - the kind of sick where you need to be dragged to the clinic and receive injections to feel some sort of relief) quite a fair bit in the last month or so. This has meant that any spare time I have has been spent in bed, and sleeping. Because I can't really walk properly (the stomach muscles have been rendered so sore/tender that it can't support my movement while walking, laughing, or sneezing). Just the last 2 days, I slept almost 12 hours each night which proved to me that in combination with my frequent bouts of illness, my body is severely overworked and very tired.
So if you are wondering where I have been, that's where I have been. But I promise I will be updating sometime this week again :) Writings on life, love, music, and of course photos are all coming. I've been keeping a journal, listing out all the things I want to write about and this 'list' is already about 2 pages long :)
Get ready. In the meantime, wish me a speedy recovery. I'm still ill! :(
For now, here are some tracks which have kept my ears very very happy over the last few weeks. From these songs, you can tell I've been in much of a contemplative and reflective mood amidst all the work of late. I hope you love them as much as I do!
I LOVE this song. Rob's version which you can find on the Twilight soundtrack was very pleasant (albeit a little hard to decipher), but I just adore his co-writer's version (Sam's version) so much more. While Rob's has an understated longing and sadness to it, Sam's version is just painted all over with an apparent cry of emotion.
I fell in love with this track when I was faithfully following the show "Felicity" (which I still love to this day) of which it was featured on the official soundtrack. The guitar work is just beautiful, and married to a very lovely melody.
Hurricane - By Mindy Smith
I've heard ALOT of breakup songs since I've developed my love for music, and most of them pass my ears with a simple 'meh' that I exhale. Mostly because they are cliched, and don't really wrench the heart as a break up song should. Anyhow, when I heard this one by Mindy Smith. I was enraptured. Her lyrics were different. They were lovely and subtle in a symbolic way. And the simplicity of the acoustics with her earthy melody was just perfect. I loved it :)
I'll Take You On - By Howie Day
Wow, have I just loved this song for years. Its just beautiful. I can't express in words how gorgeous this song is anymore. You just have to listen.
Okay, most of you know I LOVE finding unknown/underground artists. There is just some secret joy that revels inside of me knowing I have stumbled upon something that hasn't yet been plagued by the masses and spoiled by commercialism. Tracks that are either softly acoustic and reflective, or tunes that are laced with heavily bassy bass lines, additive drum rhythms, or married with a tonne of bluesy goodness are what really grab my ears. This one is no exception. I LOVE youtube! :)
Freeze My Senses - Lionel Neykov