For the love of Lomography.

My blog posts seem to start off with the same sentence, ‘It’s been a while’.
But as usual, yes it has been a heck of a while. I mean we’ve had bonfire night, Christmas, New Year, Valentines and now Easter is fast approaching! Where has that time gone? 2016 is on to a flying start.

Currently I am in my final year at university, so tension is pretty high with a near degree under my belt and I feel like I have no time for anything, or it’s just poor time management (probably the latter). I can’t begin to tell you how many times I have said the word dissertation, assignments, deadlines, oh my god I can’t do this (then I can hear my nan saying ‘there’s no such word as can’t… and she’s right) but I feel the need to write something that doesn’t involve over analysing everything and being critical, I want to write freely.
So here I am. Youtube was to thank!
I ‘attempted’ to start writing a literature review for one of many assignments due in May and you know when it’s just not happening, I did start off with good intentions but well you know…
Recently I have been flicking through old photographs of holidays and happier times to once again ‘avoid’ assignments (but those pesky things always creep back) and pretty much all my adolescent life to date has been captured using film cameras. It is one of my few hobbies that I have and it has stuck with me for years despite how much it costs me to get them printed. Not too long ago I sifted out all the film I had taken and it’s something like 20 odd which I need to get developed, kinda pricey considering they keep hacking up the prices. Nevertheless I still have many beautiful photo’s that I have captured over the years which gives you an insight to what the hell lomography is!

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Why do I use lomography?
Where do I start? In today’s society this idea of ‘perfect’ is everywhere, you can’t hide from it! Social media is FILLED with celebrities and how perfect they look and it’s only photo editing and filters that make them look that way, and probably a cake mix of make-up on their face. Although I appreciate that is how they want to look or how they want to be perceived but I find it rubs off on people, especially on todays youth. I found myself living in a world where every photograph has to look perfect whether that be a selfie or a landscape, thats not how I see the world. I love the fact that lomography is ‘imperfect’ or however you want to describe it and technology is constantly advancing, and you can’t help but get suckered into it! Don’t get me wrong I love DSLR cameras and am an avid Instagrammer but I find lomography so much more interesting and artistic. Rewinding back to old times where everything was analogue I felt the world was a much more happier place, where getting your photographs developed adds an element of surprise, you can’t just simply click delete. That’s what I love, unknowingly what amazing shots you have captured, even the rubbish ones are interesting!

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I recently read that a quote ‘comparison is the thief of joy’ and I find myself constantly comparing myself to others in everything I do and thinking like that can make you feel pretty negative. Something about lomography doesn’t make me feel that way and I feel absorbed and find myself not comparing myself to anything because everything I capture in lomography to me looks pretty perfect even if it isn’t, maybe thats why I love it so much!??

I’d love to know your experiences of film photography or your thoughts!
Thanks for reading you lovely lot!

Aimée x

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New approaches, rants and my brain.

//Hi m’lovelys.

It’s been a while and I do apologise. But the last couple of weeks I’ve had to take a step back and think to myself what is the relevance of my blog? I read an article the other day about blogging and it advised people not to blog if there is no inspiration or passion about what you are going to blog about. Unfortunately I found myself to be one of those bloggers. I want to blog but I have nothing to blog about that I find passionate, it feels like a chore, and it shouldn’t be that way.
//So I hear you ask what next? Well good question (any advice would be much appreciated). I want to do something different all the blogs I seem to see are about beauty, food, fitness & travel, which essentially I suppose is the majority of people’s lives but I am striving to be something different, and I am still trying to discover what gets my cogs working.

//I don’t know about you but I feel like a minority of people who have no hobbies or passions which I want to pursue (I definitely haven’t found it yet). Yes I enjoy a lot of things but nothing grabs me by the face and says YES I LOVE THIS! Is it just me? Hopefully not. I suffer with anxiety and watching a lot of Youtubers and reading other blogs I am not alone in this matter BUT again it is something I can not uniquely write about because it is EVERYWHERE. Although my anxiety has been behaving recently I can feel it creeping back in slowly- that pesky devil. It leaves my mind in a haze and that is exactly how I feel my blog is right now.
Stripping it back to my blog basics I am Aimée waffles so I am going to do what I think my blog should represent which is a good old hearty waffle, so I hope you have a cup of tea on you!…..and maybe a cheeky biscuit.

//Recently I feel like everything is getting on my nerves from the non existent summer, to my mother moaning, customers, work, going back to university, friends and people that don’t listen and ignore advice and do you know what annoys me the most?..me! Why do I let it annoy me, why do I take home all these frustrations with me and let it sit on my own shoulders because at the end of the day people make their own decisions and nobody can change that, maybe my brain thinks it can (ha, good luck with that brain).
I’m sat here with my cat sitting on my chest straining to look at the keyboard and computer screen trying to type something that has been pondering on my mind for a good month, so I am letting it out. LET IT GO as Elsa would say.
//I’ve decided that I am not going to force myself to blog deadlines, I have enough of them at work, I am not going to force my blog to have a particular theme if I like it then I will write something- I reckon this is my best approach.
Simplicity and no stress is where I’m heading.

So…

Let’s just roll with it and keep walking.
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A week in Wales.

//Wales, where do I begin. I go to Pembrokeshire every year since around the age of 10, so 12 years strong so far! Really frustrates me when folk say Wales is constantly wet and miserable, it’s not, it’s all lies.
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Every year my Grandparents rent out the same old fashioned (awfully decorated might I add) welsh cottage in a place called Marloes, it is my whole families favourite place. So rural and rustic and all you can hear is the sea, no traffic, no people…nothing. Pure bliss. All we do on holiday is beach hop and eat, a lot. Well who doesn’t hey? It’s just so nice to be away from work and rushing around all the time and the best part NO HOUSEWORK all week! I could actually read a book and not feel guilty for not doing something productive.

We literally spent all week lounging around, Ezra, my Dad and Granny would be trying to surf all week (I only went in the sea once, naughty and yes my Granny body boards!) and my Granddad would just be eating all week, that’s all he seems to do ha! Every evening we would get back from the beach and have dinner then just bake next to the fire with a glass of wine in hand, or in Ezra’s case..rum. You can imagine how merry he was every evening.

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This place was a right old treat, all the years I have been to Pembroke we never knew about the blue lagoon and typically we forgot to take any of our swimming gear, the water looked incredible, I’ve never seen anything like it! We were so annoyed we couldn’t go in and it was scorching weather too!

We visited this cafe twice called Foam in Milford, which is a huge harbour basically flaunting rich people’s boats! We can dream.
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I have so many more photo’s I wish to add but I’ve had a problem getting them developed, and typically the film which needs to be sent off is the film with all the decent snaps regrettably.
But I defintely needed that break and I am already craving being next to the sea and we all had an incredible time, especially this guy…N’aww look at that face.

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Thanks for reading!

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Wind it up.

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//Analogue cameras! Where do I begin.

//These beauties are something I have been using since around 14years old, gosh nearly 10 years ago, scary.
Although I am lover of the handy digital camera going back to how it used to be I find it refreshing. It’s nice coming away from the reality of technology and the modern world, I swear life was simpler when everything was analogue, especially analogue pause in the 90’s now that amusement of people still moving on pause was pretty funny, anyway I am waffling off course here.

Back to basics, here she is, my fisheye no.2. She’s very battered and bruised but she works good as new.

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//I have many other lomo cameras such as Diana f+, Diana mini, Diana baby, La Sardina and Holga 3D but I find myself always crawling back to the good old fisheye. She comes with me on pretty much every holiday and outing.

Here’s what you can expect from Lomography style camera’s.
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//Awh jeez I just love them, they are in every photo frame in my house, it is like I am literally in a fish bowl!
//I urge anyone and everyone to pick up a camera film camera, even the cheap disposable ones you can buy are brilliant they are just as good! You won’t get the fisheye effect BUT I can guarantee it will have a Lomo effect! And who doesn’t want that!
//The best photo’s I get from my fisheye is when I go on holiday, blue skies really bring out the best in these film photographs.

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//These were all taken in pigeon park in New York City in November 2014 (best park ever, equipped with a hilarious pigeon man) and they are some of the best shots I have captured of animals apart from my cats.
These are just a few examples of what you can create, I’ll create some more posts on about my plastic cameras’s such as film exposure effects and I have even got an underwater case for my fisheye which has produced some really fabulous photo’s as I am on holiday next week I will be able to play around with the underwater case more and see what other photo’s I can create!

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//Hope you enjoyed this tiny snippet and I shall see you all next week (as I am off on holiday, woohoo).

While I was writing this blog post I was listening to an artist called astronomyy, check him out – https://soundcloud.com/astronomyy.
Song of the day – ‘Nothin On My Mind’
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A tribute.

This weekend my perspective on life changed. A person who I knew barely enough to call an acquaintance turned my mind into an emotional rollercoaster.

I suspected there was something wrong, I hadn’t heard her or seen her for about two weeks and I noticed little things such as the washing wasn’t on the line (like it normally was) or the loud pitter patters of her and her children’s feet running around upstairs – a guaranteed alarm clock.
Then on social media there it was, confirmed. She had passed away from breast cancer barely even in her 30’s. Although I never knew this lady properly I feel like I knew her well, being neighbours I practically saw and heard everything that was going on and I felt like I knew her. It is amazing what you know about a person without knowing them, I knew she was one of a kind who lived for her family, she was funny, outspoken and just a joy to have met. I used to catch her sitting in the garden, eyes closed and feeling the warmth of the sun on her face appreciating the little things that we take for granted.
It takes one hell of a lady to battle through breast cancer but the fact she carried on life regardless and you would of never of known. Nothing stopped her and I could see this without having to be next to her but obviously you don’t know what happens behind closed doors.
What a woman. Everyday so far there hasn’t be a single moment I haven’t thought about her, sat writing this now a few tears have shed. Practically a stranger and she has really touched me, making me realise you can not predict the future, WE need to live life. Waiting to save for a house, stuck in a dead end job you hate, waiting to travel or the thought of ‘oh I’ll do this and that next week’ – there might not be a next week. Now that scares me, I think it scares everyone to some degree. But from this lovely lady I will appreciate the wind on my face, the rain ruining my make-up and the warmth of the sun. S5ODui1438003717
I am going to begin to remember how lucky I am and what I have, even if I do hate my dead end job someone out there would give anything for it. And my poor boyfriend, I forget how lucky I am to have him and he’s put up with me for nearly four years – poor bugger.