I didn’t take many photos this week. London was hot this week, which I loved, but somehow between work and studying and stressing about other things I didn’t manage to do many fun, photogenic things or go to many photogenic places. Also, the heat and humidity meant that everyone I was with tended to be sweaty and red-faced, which is not the best time to take out the camera if I wanted to end the week with as many friends as I started it with. So we’re a little light on the pictures this week, sorry guys.
I went back to Oxford for a whirlwind fourteen hours to celebrate Maddie’s birthday and took a few portraits of her and our dainty outdoor celebrations after I realised that I was dangerously close to having nothing to put in this post. Usually, if my week is a little light on photography, the weekend makes up for it. But this weekend, birthday celebrations aside, I was only cleaning the house as we start the unreasonably protracted moving out process and studying arcane financial mandates. My arms are covered in scratches and thorns after fighting with the rosebush we hadn’t dealt with for two years and my bank balance is smaller after ordering some emergency twine to fix the fence that the overgrown rosebush had wrenched off the wall. I had a coughing fit from inhaling surface cleaner and went out to Tesco to buy new bedding after deciding that ours were just too gross to keep. Moving is very glamorous, as are the minutia of taxation, which is one of the ten chapters in my exam. When it was suggested that I enroll for this qualification, I was excited. I’ve always liked learning and getting a certification I can use to give myself credence in arguments (and, er, improve my professional capabilities, of course). But fuck me some of it is dry. I have been ploughing along but I’m still not sure if my knowledge of FCA sourcebooks is going to cut it on the day, and yes, I too am as bored as you are just reading about it.
Regarding this week’s photos, I was reminded of how difficult lowlight photography is. It became darker and darker as I kept taking pictures and it quickly went from challenging to impossible, as I refuse to use the flash as it almost universally ruins photos. But Maddie and I picked it up the next morning, after I took a few proper headshots for her (only a few of which are included here, as most of them were not that good, but it was only my first try!) and then photographed her by the window with better lighting and composition. I love some of the window portraits and I still love monochrome pictures.
Which photo is your favourite? Do you have any feedback for me?