Assignment: The Rules

  1. Use your spare time each week to look at the work of the following photographers (one each week), at the end of each week pick one photograph and write 200 words about it. Diane Arbus; Phillip Lorca deCorcia; William Eggleston; Jane Bown.
  2. Fall in love with something.
  3. Identify in which areas of life you under-achieve. Spend two days needlessly obsessing over this.
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World Mental Health Day

Today happens to be World Mental Health Day, as suitably hashtagged with #WorldMentalHeatlhDay all over social media. I’ve seen plenty of posts and blogs from all over the twitterverse, and mostly from ladies. As we all know, men are typically useless at sharing their feelings. I know, I’m one of them.

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Extraordinary

 ordinary

ˈɔːdɪn(ə)ri,-d(ə)n-/

adjective

1.

with no special or distinctive features; normal.

"he sets out to depict ordinary people"

synonyms:usual, normal, standard, typical, stock, common, customary, habitual, accustomed, expected, wonted, everyday, regular, routine, day-to-day, daily, established, settled, set, fixed, traditional, quotidian, prevailing

"the ordinary course of events"

 

extra

ˈɛkstrə/

adjective

1.

added to an existing or usual amount or number.

"they offered him an extra thirty-five cents an hour"

synonyms:additional, more, added, supplementary, supplemental, further, auxiliary, ancillary, subsidiary, secondary, attendant, accessory; More

 

So why the fuck would anyone want to be "extraordinary"? Why strive to be more of the same old usual. No one dreams of being extra-normal, extra-typical, or extra-standard. English is a weird language. You only need to look at how we pronounce the name of the actor Sean Bean. It's complicated, contradictory, and confusing. It can be made beautiful and poetic through thorough thought. 

 

It's extraordinary. 

The Quite Delightful Project

Today I took delivery of a very heavy parcel from The Quite Delightful Project, the first two editions of some the finest, intelligent, and beautifully crafted erotica I have seen in a while. If you’re in a rush, and don’t want to read the rest of this, then let me just say, as a man who has been trying to explore and create cerebral erotica in both photographic and literary forms for many years, this is one of the publications I have been waiting for. Longing for. 

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Red Light Lit Vol. 9

Tomorrow night (Friday 6th November) sees the release party for Red Light Lit Vol. 9, the quarterly literary journal published in San Francisco. I’ve mentioned before I was lucky enough to have (my first ever literary submission!) published way back in Volume 1, and they have used and published quite a few of my photos in the past as well.

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Review - Shooting On The Rim

Shooting On The Rim is the first feature length film from Ask Me Tomorrow Productions, due to be released on Vimeo’s On-Demand feature on October 30th. It’s a ‘mockumentary’ styled film, with distinct flavours of The Office and The Thick Of It, about the production of an adult movie. The auteurs have fantastical, and doomed, ideas about breaking the genre completely, whilst all around them chaos slowly ensues amidst protests, pretentious writing and egos, and on-set accidents.

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