Turns out that I can get a lot of reading done in the downtime I have between job applications, photography assignments, and tie making endeavours. I’ve been finding some quite interesting books all over the house, and this week’s fascination has been on Tom Wolfe’s Hooking Up â€” a collection of essays, novellas and opinion …
It’s been a long time since I was as obsessed as this about something. In this case it’s Into the Wild. The film, initially, now the Vedder soundtrack, and finally the book by Krakauer.
I guess thanks have to go out to the people who introduced me to such an epic tale and with such forcible suggestion, wanted me to watch the film. Thanks, and wow. This has changed everything. It’s such an enigmatic tale of self discovery, about finding the meaning of life, discovering what it’s all about.
Well after outlining the list of books to read/the ones I’m currently attempting to get time to read, I managed to finish Onward, Howard Schultz’s (of Starbucks fame) second book.
I don’t know what it is really, but I’m feeling unnaturally Chrismassy and I know it’s far too early for it. Far far too early! It’s literally just turned November, but something is telling me that it’s Christmas soon or something is giving me that Xmas feeling.
I’ve tried narrowing it down to a few things, and so far my list is pretty short, but it has a few items:
It seems weird that a year ago I was on the West Coast of Canada having a great time exploring, eating, photographing and just taking in the culture. I miss it. My summer this year has been the same pretty much as last year. I’ve stayed in Cambridge, worked with Pembroke’s fantastic International Programmes, though this year as a General Coördinator as opposed to last year as a Programme Assistant (PA), but then this year I will finish much later and not really have the chance to explore and get away as I did last year. It’s a shame slightly. While I did get away to France for a week at the start of the Summer, it’s not quite the same. I miss the opportunity to explore a new place on so many different levels. Especially the food. Maybe it’s because I’ve been in the UK for too long, but the food here is boring. Nothing is that good, nothing is especially special, and it feels like 80% of all restaurants here are Italian.
I got round to using the ever-so-old Olympus 35LC (1966?) from my grandad quite recently and have so far taken a roll of Ilford HP5+, developed it myself, and am currently in the process of making enlargements! They look unbelievably awesome and just so timeless at the moment! I’ll attempt to scan some of then and see how they turn out. Might even invest in a negative scanner (as there do seem to be some cheap ones on the ‘bay). Wooop! For now though I have a new roll of Kodak Tri-X 400 to use! Yay!
Well I’m getting through my exams slowly. 4/10 done. They’ll be over on Thursday week. Literally cannot wait. The freedom will be amazing!
Meanwhile, I’ve been thinking up a few things to do when I finish, or even start preparing now. I’ve bought some Ilford HP5+ film for my Olympus, which I’m intending on developing and processing myself. We’ll see how that goes…