Monday, 16 June 2008

Funny stuff from a funny site

I love Dave Eggers. A bold statement, but one i stand by. I love his short stories, i love his novels, i love his memoir, i love his novel-ised autobiography of a lost boy of the Sudan. I think 826 is wonderful and fabulous and cool, which is why i'm working there this summer. I agree with Jeffrey Eugenides naming him "the Bono of Lit."
One thing i especially love him for is the creation of McSweeney's, and the amazing website McSweeney's Internet Tendency, because it is clever, funny, and full of stuff to distract me from revising for my drama A level. Through 826 and McSweeney's i've discovered lots of truly amazing writers, so i thank Dave Eggers for that too.

If you haven't read McSweeney's before, this is my gift to you.

History's Notable Films Reconsidered.

The Citizen Kane one made me laugh in a very undignified manner.

Shoe Hell

As any of you who know me will know, I have big feet. I am not keen on them, but i don't hate them as some people do. They serve me well for walking, dancing, and being difficult to push over. What i do hate are shoe companies who fail to realize that girls with size 8 feet can still be interested in fashion and desirous of attractive footwear.
Why do i bring this up now? Because the Leaver's ball is on Friday and i still don't have shoes. I have found shoes, shoes i would be willing to kill and die for, shoes for which i would gladly sell my soul. Unfortunately the evil bosses of Topshop have decided that, due to my horrible birth defect of larger than average feet, i do not deserve said shoes, and thus must attend the Leaver's ball feeling less than perfect.
But enough moaning, all i can do is carry on with sub-standard shoes, making up for it by dancing badly and singing along to whatever music is playing. Hopefully that will keep people's eyes off my feet.

Here are the shoes, in case you were wondering what has gotten me into this state. If you ever see them in a size 8, buy them instantly, not only will i pay you back, i will love you forever.

Honestly now, have you ever seen anything so beautiful in your entire life?

Sunday, 8 June 2008

In search of a midnight kiss

I only heard about this film about a week ago whilst reading Little White Lies (the greatest magazine ever created, no word of a lie!) and suddenly i'm seeing stuff about it everywhere. Considering it's a tiny, no budget, DV, Black and white flick with no stars, it looks set for big things.
If only more films like this got noticed.
Anyway, enjoy the trailer, it looks lovely and i can't wait to see it.

Anyone wanna watch it with me?

Friday, 6 June 2008

Same great coke taste

I shouldn't laugh, but i do.
A lot.

Thursday, 5 June 2008

Photography Exam

My photography exam was in two halves, the first was the abstract nudes i posted the other day (I'll put up some of the edited shots of them soon, i promise) and the second was Ellen Von Unwerth inspired and a little bit sexier.

A couple of months ago I spent a Saturday learning how to do Solarplate Etchings using transparencies of Ellen Von Unwerth photos and come of my own doodles. You collage the transparencies and then put them over the plate and expose it to light.
What appears is an etching plate with the collaged image, photo perfect. It's quick easy and non-toxic, and i became slightly obsessed.
Here is the first one I made.

I thought it would be fun to do for my exam project, since it counts as a photographic process and i knew no one else would be doing anything similar, so i took some photos of my friend Fleur, edited them to remove any shadows from the background and enhanced the contrast.

 I then put them onto transparencies, collaged them until i got a composition i liked,  etched them and printed them.
I'm very happy with the results.


The first thing Duane ever said to me was "did you choose to have your hair like that?" when i acted mildly offended he told me it was a compliment, and he loved my androgynous looks.

Two days later, on about my 3rd day at my new school, i was stripping off in the history of art room, putting on his jeans and having him take photos of me (he was only in his underwear, because my jeans wouldn't fit him!)

Over a year after that, he took photos of me again, still dressed as a boy, only this time they were part of a project he was doing for his portfolio at London College of Fashion, and he kept his clothes on.
Here they are. Duane is a Genius and I love him.

Click for bigger pictures.

The actual editorial spread.

If i saw myself in a club, i definitely would!

Sleeping Beauty

These are some very bad scans of some photos from my first photography project this year, based on Sleeping Beauty.
I took the photos, printed them out on good photo paper, then scratched into them with a scalpel and glues words onto them. They look much better when not poorly scanned, honestly.

I think you can click on them for a larger image.

Wednesday, 4 June 2008

Even My Llama is for Obama

I got a facebook message today from Barack Obama telling me that he had won the democratic seat for the Persidency. It wasn't on msn today when i signed in, i've yet to see any press covering of it, which i find highly odd, but i did find a link to a video on youtube of his victory speech, and it made me cry. A lot.

It's been a long time since i felt in any way proud to be an American, but Obama, and the American people's support for him have brought back that sense of pride.
Now he just has to win the election.

Vote For Change.

Tuesday, 3 June 2008


Selected photos from my photography exam. These are unedited and untouched, so excuse any imperfections.

Ellen Von Unwerth

She's one of the many gods i worship. She can do no wrong. I want to live within her photoshoots, where everyone is sexy and just a little bit dirty and has amazing hair.

Recent GQ photos with Joseph Gordon Levitt and Claudia Schiffer.I'd do them both.

I said i never would.

So I have a blog, mere hours after telling Ali i would never get one, I guess you really should never say never!

This is really an act of desperation because I need to share a file with Miss Keems and i couldn't think of any other way of doing it, but if i ever get bored then stuff could go up here, photos, stories and such like.

Yeah, not much to say apart from posting this file i made, which would probably worry Rich and Zane, but which i'm sure Karima will find just as amusing as i do!

Here it is.

Everyone who mocks my description of my "type" of man now has fuel for months!