I have not been posting anything recently! Various commitments have got in the way of writing poetry to the standard I want to, or subjects have been too personal to post about.

However, over the past month myself and a few others wrote our third complete sketch comedy show. It has left me incredibly drained, especially in this last week, but nothing compares to performing your writing in front of some absolutely outstanding crowds.

I’ve also been working hard on building up my film/photography portfolio, which you can find here. It feels really fab to see the accumulation of everything I’ve worked on over the past few years have its own place, not only my Instagram, but on here as well. I can’t wait to have some time in the next few weeks to myself, I feel I have a lot to write about.


Pisa 2017: Photographs


During May of this year, I took a 5 day holiday with my mates to Italy. Myself and Giuseppe had visited Pisa for a day last August and had really enjoyed the laid back environment. This (and the fact that flights were relatively cheap) led us and our friend, Sad, to flying from Leeds Bradford Airport to arriving in the city late at night.

After searching for our temporary accommodation for over 40 minutes, we eventually settled down in bunk beds ready for a chilled few days. We woke and admired the view onto the square from our little balcony; people-watching behind richly pink geraniums.

It will be noted that most of the photos actually depict Florence, as we made a day trip with our €16 train tickets. I very much enjoyed revisiting the city, especially accidentally wandering into a vibrant market street when searching for the American Diner we ate in last year.

However, my favourite part of our holiday was making the 20 minute train journey to Viareggio and marching around for an agonising two hours trying to find the free beach.

We lay on the dunes for a few hours, deliberately missing our train back before meandering under arching park trees towards the station.

The soft sand and ridiculously sky blue waves were well worth the stupidly long and exhaustingly hot trail there. I can only say we’ll be quicker next time.

War: Film & Photographs


I arrived Sunday evening at Giuseppe’s house, head filled with aches and hungry to the bottom of my back. Soon rectified by bowls full of pasta, pain killers and good company, I stroked grey, long-haired cat Cocoa and beautiful Bantam hens in the warmth of a late June garden. Heading to bed in the early morning, we were set for the 5:30am wake up call.

As well as playing a small part in the short film, it was my job throughout the day to record BTS footage. So I rushed downstairs to grab my camera and load it with batteries and formatted SD card and began filming every little thing occurring at 5am that morning. I super enjoyed having this job as I love documenting candid and exciting moments, especially when we’re doing something as visually interesting as a shoot. I need to work on my camera focusing ability when capturing fleeting moments, but I’m very happy with the tonality and colour of the pictures, enhanced in editing. It was a pleasure to be part of this film and have the chance to document what goes on between takes.

Leeds, Part Two: Photographs


These are the second round of photos I took in Leeds last month. I was beginning to feel particularly anxious one evening in my matchbox hall room, so forced myself to head outside with a camera. I could see the sun was going to produce some rich contrasts against the West Yorkshire red brick buildings, I enhanced this and the colours even further in editing. I tried to play with perspective and framing with these images and concentrating on this really helped to calm me down. Deliberately seeking out a new way to frame a subject and considering the various lighting and colour variables was very stimulating. The combination of industrial houses and greenery is really appealing to me; it’s an absolutely gorgeous place to live. I mainly take photos whenever I feel a good opportunity presents itself, so I really loved setting out specifically to achieve a certain aesthetic and produce photographs of Leeds that are representative of my experience here.

Leeds, Part One: Photographs

Kodacolour 200 35mm Colour Film on a Pentax P30T

As I said in my Goodbye post, I’ve been experimenting with my dad’s old Pentax. Between rehearsals, I had time to wander about around Leeds’ gorgeously sunny campus. I’ve learnt from the multiple rolls of film I’ve had developed that inside photos hadn’t work out all that well, especially since I hadn’t used a tripod or flash – definitely my own fault – so venturing outside had become more and more appealing.

After the disappointment in the quality of previous film, I was very pleased with sharpness of the photographs of buildings on campus. The first two images aren’t composed particularly well, the framing is both wonky and uninteresting. Rather than hastily snapping subjects, embarrassed of what the people passing might think, I’m now trying to take more time assessing what I want in an image.

I am very happy with the 3rd and 4th photos; the contrast of the clear blue sky is a real stand out, even against similarly toned, grey stone. The time of day had been a blessing in terms of  how shadows cast, creating a greater depth and dimension to the photos. I was especially pleased with No. 4, as, due to the fact it was taken from the inside looking out, there are reflections of electric light and dark window frame. I think the layering in the image adds an interest it wouldn’t have otherwise attained.

The final two photos of the daffodils possess a quality of colour that is really appealing to me. The deep green and rich yellow become almost vintage; the harsh March sun making the flowers dreamily hazy. As in earlier pictures I’ve talked about, the film was at the end of its roll and started to come undone from the spool but caught back onto the teeth, creating the double exposure effect. While this was completely accidental, I’m pleased with how it turned out, so I must find out how to do it bloody deliberately.

This is the first set of photos I’ve taken in Leeds, I have another roll ready to be developed, so that will be up at a later date.

Goodbye: Film & Photographs


The film here are some of the first photographs I’ve had developed from my dad’s old Pentax P30T. I’ve never used an slr camera before, so I’ve been getting through quite a few rolls in order to see what works and what doesn’t.

I was invited on a film shoot by Tom and Giuseppe, which took place in the North East on March 31st. In the morning, we packed up all our equipment and night-bags and started off on the smooth journey along the East’s windy country roads, the car filled with music. We were staying over at Giuseppe’s friends’ house in order to obtain all the shots needed, so once we’d arrived, we unpacked and settled ourselves into our hosts’ beautiful Georgian home.

We began the evening with an hour’s shoot down by the river, only a pleasant half a mile’s walk in the Spring’s sun. Despite the changes in light throughout, Giuseppe and Tom were pleased with the scene they shot, so we carried all the gear back to the house along the fading country lanes. The night started by surrounding the table with as many chairs as we could pack in. Starved after being out in the cool for a while, I wolfed down the gorgeously homemade tomato pasta and middle class, crème fraîche and pine nut salad. We followed this with slices of pizza and ginger wine warmed with whiskey, before sleeping soundly, happy and well-fed.

Starting early in the morning, we set off with all our kit to various pre-scouted locations, including two breathtaking high-force waterfalls, which I experimented with when taking photos, by varying the shutter speed. My favourite place, however, had to be Hamsterly Forest. The day was relatively bright, but that changed as we entered the edges of the trees; we were sunk into a brown, warm dark, the yellow light from outside cracking in between the high branches. The narrow, winding path we strayed off was deepened and muddied by the tires of mountain bikes. We struggled with the equipment past low and painfully-spiked limbs of the dense trees into an enclosed clearing and got to work. The hour or so we spent, surrounded by spring birds and high topped boughs, was wonderfully calm; the other four cast and crew members absolutely knew what they were doing and adapted when necessary.

We comfortably finished all the shots we needed with time to spare. It was a pleasure to have such an efficient and enjoyable couple of days with everyone there. This has to have been one of my favourite shoots I’ve been on. I’ll link the final film when completed.

Waste Beneath The Waves: Film & Photographs

35mm film from a disposable camera

My good friend Giuseppe was commissioned to make a video for The Cumbria Wildlife Trust back in December, so of course I ended up going along and helping. The Trust wanted him to create a film highlighting the dangerous amount of waste that is appearing on our beaches – in 2015, 8 million metric tons of plastic pollution alone ended up in the world’s oceans. The final short film was to be shown at a variety of exhibitions, along with art made from the waste cleaned from beaches, all created by primary schools across the local area.

Giuseppe came up with the concept of a girl decorating an old helmet found on a beach, which I felt was unsanitary, but there we are – the things we do for art. We began filming the messy painting process on Giuseppe’s kitchen table. The same shot is maintained throughout the video from the perspective of the piece of plastic, this was done by rigging both camera and helmet securely onto a tripod, ensuring we had the ability to be mobile.

After obtaining all the shots we required, we set off with our wonderful actress to Silverdale beach. Despite there being a sharp winter wind across the bay, Florence continued to absolutely beam, wrapping herself up in a scarf between takes of running over the soggy sand. Everyone was so efficient, we finished with time to spare and hopped right back into the warm van and headed back home.

We visited one of the exhibitions in Barrow to see everything put together with the children’s art. I was taken aback by how beautiful and uncannily cartoon-like each piece looked; especially falling in love with some sardines made of various metal cans, hung from lengths of fishing wire. Not only did this project, along with the children’s art, help to positively highlight one of the largest issues currently evident in our environment, but was was also a delight to be a part of.

Project Website: http://www.cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk/news/2017/01/17/clean-beaches-great-art


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