Ask me anything

January 28th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

So I joined Formspring. I’ve had a couple of friends do it and it looks like fun. Should be interesting, but only if you choose to participate. Ask me anything: http://www.formspring.me/tashj Let’s have some shits and giggles!

Look after your art

January 25th, 2010 § 1 comment § permalink

© www.oldpictures.com (I kid you not)

© www.oldpictures.com (I kid you not)

I’ve been going to a lot of museums this past couple of months and I’ve noticed that some* photographs made around 200 years ago aren’t necessarily good per se. They just withstood the test of time and are now being shown around the world.

The images that we consider landmarks in our history shape our consciousness because they weren’t destroyed or lost and were eventually recognised for what they’re worth. So take note. Back up your shit. Make double copies. Whatever you put your soul into, make sure there isn’t only one copy in the world. Give a carbon copy to your Mum in case there’s a fire in your house. Do whatever you can. The next three generations down the track might love you for it, even if the only one seeing your art right now is you.

After enough time has passed, your photograph stops being an image of a woman in a red dress (shameless Matrix reference) and starts becoming a representation of your era. You’re instantly capturing how you view this world in this time, it’s hard to take such a big step back from everyday situations when you’re in it, but 2, 20 or 200 years on, it’s damn well fascinating.

I have a Western Digital drive that has two drives and Time Machine set up. What do you use to protect what you love to do?

*I say some in italics to prevent tomatoes being thrown at computer screens and general booing as you read this on your couch.

Cookie, cookie metal!

January 11th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

My new year resolution: act like lady gaga

January 1st, 2010 § 4 comments § permalink

lady gaga
As of last week, I’ve fallen in love with Lady Gaga, not necessarily with her music, although if you hear her songs they will stay with you until you die, like a piece of gum you’ve accidentally swallowed.
Nope, I admire her because:
  • She thoroughly studied the industry she wanted to get into before she did anything.
  • She then created a persona, a story, a bizarre fashion style, an album and an audience. And stuck to her guns. So far there hasn’t been a break in her concept and if there’s anything I love, it’s consistency.
  • It’s very hard to create a story out of your artistic vision but she does it effortlessly and from her gut.
  • She knows her shit. Clearly, her first album is doing well.
  • Lady Gaga is two months older than me. Nothing motivates you more than someone your age doing something absolutely amazing.
So why is she my new year resolution? Because she’s driven, memorable and gives good story. And that’s what I need to do with my photography. Freaking bring it 2010!
And now, to steal a page from Cupcakes and Mace, my summary of last year.
  1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?
    Held the wheel pose in yoga, got my shirts laundered, discovered interesting places through thousands of photographs for my job, smiled at a child under the age of five, counted the different derivates of corn syrup in a food product, made a budget for the next year, actually, generally looking ahead to the next couple of years.
  2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
    I can’t really remember last year’s resolution, to be honest but I’m sure it included lots of yoga, photo-making and getting a regular gig. So I kept it. For this year, see above.

  3. What countries did you visit?
    Does the States count? If so: San Fran, Chicago, New York, Arizona, Las Vegas, Outer Banks of North Carolina, a small town in Pennsylvania. Canada: Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal. Aruba. 
  4. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
    Extreme motivation, to the point of ignoring things like social media and food.
  5. What dates from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
    Getting my LensBaby for my birthday and the consequent fun. Changing visas in July, always memorable and complicated but at least I got to try poutine. Eating crème brûlée at the Bellagio and veal-I-don’t-want-to-admit-to-but-was-so-good at the Phoenician. Times with W. that I can’t really share here but was definitely memorable. I’m not that good with dates, food and good times more so.
  6. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
    Really nailing down what I want to do with my life and being ok with where I am right now.
  7. What was your biggest failure?
    French fries. Seriously, they have a special place in the addictions part of my brain.
  8. Did you suffer illness or injury?
    Oh yeah, got a really bad virus and had to get an IV, forgot about that. 
  9. What was the best thing you bought?
    Them Crooked Vultures album, Who Killed Amanda Palmer: the book, everything else was gifts.
  10. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
    All the bloggers that I love: they have backbone, an opinion and the figurative balls to put themselves out there. You know who you are. 
  11. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
    No one. It takes too much effort to get appalled or depressed. Oh, I know, I get down cause sometimes I feel like I haven’t done enough for my age. But I’ve felt that way since I was 16.
  12. Where did most of your money go?
    Travel, savings and rent.
  13. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
    Photographers. Food. Travel. Spending time with W. Awh, how cute.
  14. What song will always remind you of 2009?
    Can I do artists? Björk, the Presets, Coldplay, Bat for Lashes, Kings of Leon, Them Crooked Vultures. Metallica, always, Metallica.
  15. Compared to this time last year, are you:

    Happier or sadder:
    Happier.

    Thinner or fatter:
    I have no idea. Same.

    Richer or poorer:
    Richer.

  16. What do you wish you’d done more of?
    Organising photography projects. 
  17. What do you wish you’d done less of?
    Cooking. I spend far too much time thinking of and composing meals. That quiet time at the end of a yoga class? Yeah, I spend that mentally going through my fridge and seeing what I can cook for the next week.
  18. How will you be spending Christmas?
    Spent it in Toronto with absolutely awesome family and my little sister.
  19. Did you fall in love in 2009?
    In three month intervals as in any long term relationship.
  20. What was your favourite TV programme?
    I’m currently in the midst of The Office marathon. Just started session three. Flight of the Conchords.
  21. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
    Fuck no.
  22. What was the best book you read?
    Sex, Time and Power: How women’s sexuality shaped human evolution. By Leonard Shlain. Although the Third Chimpanzee by Jared Diamond changed my way of thinking.
  23. What was your greatest musical discovery?
    If you don’t know by now, you’re a noob.
  24. What did you want and got?
    Everything I really wanted. 
  25. What did you want and not got?
    Peking duck pancakes, we’re working on it.
  26. What was your favourite film of this year?
    Watchmen followed closely by Wall-e and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. It should be noted that I haven’t seen Fantastic Mr. Fox as of yet.
  27. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
    Good food, brew and company. 23.
  28. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
    A warmer winter.
  29. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?
    Seriously? Not to flash my underwear.
  30. What kept you sane?
    My family, mates and W.
  31. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
    You don’t want to see that list, there’s a lot of wtfs.
  32. What political issue stirred you the most?
    Healthcare in the States, gay rights.
  33. Who did you miss?
    Family and friends in Australia. Australia as a country.
  34. Who was the best new person you met?
    Blogger friends. Random drunken conversations. 
  35. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009
    Organisation. Regular yoga. Things to aim for.
  36. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year
    The triumph of a heart that gives all
    That gives all – Björk, Triumph of a Heart