Scott Carruthers

Meet the gentleman who is moulding me into a machine. Actually, Scott used to work in the gym I go to and help me train, but now he’s moved elsewhere so I hardly see him. Recently, though, he had me in his gym doing plyometrics and boxing, and nearly killed me in the process. Because he’s helped me out so much, I offered to take his photo – though it was probably more so for my benefit than his. I totally went on a black and white binge here, and it felt GOOD!

 
 

Miss C.

The beautiful woman you see in this picture is one of my oldest friends. As a kid she was my neighbour, and we hit up the same primary and high school together. Despite Lindsay having travelled the world, we’ve always kept in touch. It seems crazy that we live in the same city, have something ridiculous like 17 years of shared memories behind us, yet rarely meet up. I hope to change that.

 
 

Meet Diana

When I was in Dublin I picked up a Novella Diana F+ camera from the moolah I made second shooting a wedding. I got off to a great start by buying the wrong film. n00b! Many people are surprised when I tell them I’ve never shot film, but I wasn’t into photography until my 20’s when digital cameras were cheap to pick up, and I just haven’t gotten around to buying a film camera – until now. It’s just a wee toy camera, but I’m eager to see how I find using it.

 
 

Dublin

Gah, I’m a little lost for words regarding my trip to Dublin. Getting to spend hogmanay attending a wedding in Ireland was the finest way I’ve ever welcomed in a new year. The whole experience was fantastic for me; coffee in St Stephen’s Green, wandering the city with my camera, dancing with old (and new) friends, trying Guinness etc.

Dublin is a photographer’s dream, which is why it’s been tricky to trim my photos down to a manageable lot. So I haven’t. Yeah. I walked down Grafton Street with my 135mm and meandered back up with the 45mm ts-e, the latter of which got a lot of use on this trip.

 
 

Good Bye, 2011

It’s the penultimate day of 2011. Where does time go! In a few hours I will be boarding a flight to Dublin, where I get to spend New Year helping two people celebrate their wedding, and seeing a lot of faces I usually only catch up with once or twice a year. Fun times. It’s become a tradition of mine – like many others – where, towards the end of the year, I will write a list of goals I want to accomplish in the coming year. I haven’t done that this time. The only thing I’ll be applying to 2012 is common sense.

Happy new year, everyone. Make it great.

 
 

Chihuahua?

Yesterday I came home to find two, beautiful pedigree dogs sat on my terrace, staring through the window into my living room. WTF. I opened the terrace door and both came tumbling into my house, chasing my dog – who happens to be the most unsociable dog ever. Chaos ensued, and I just couldn’t figure out where these dogs – that had no leads or collars – had come from. To cut a long story short and fast forward a half hour, I found a woman outside, upset and calling the police to report her missing dogs. Guys, be careful with your pups!

 
 

Chris Russell

Last night I went to the open-mic night at The Libertine in the Merchant City. I never partake in open-mic nights, but my interesting friend Gary – who also has lots of interesting friends – invited me along. It feels like it’s been a while since I’ve taken my camera to one of these things, mainly because I know the lighting is always going to be dire, but sometimes ISO 6400 just works.

An alternative is on my Flickr.

 
 
 
 

Off-Duty Santas and Christmas Shoppers

It’s Christmas Eve. Hiya Santa. What are you getting? I think he’s bringing me a Kindle. Yesterday I headed into Glasgow for a spot of last minute shopping. It was pretty hectic, surprisingly more so than today. I saw a couple of undercover Santas, but mostly just grumpy people. Everyone seems grumpy at Christmas. People I follow on Twitter are complaining, folk I follow on Tumblr are whining. Apparently 2011 was a ‘bad’ year. Well, it isn’t going to change with 2012, because guess what? It’s not a numerical thing – it’s life. It’s up and down regardless of what year we’re in, so shut it.

Whew, went off on a tangent there. Merry Christmas!

 
 

Straight Up Selfy

This is my last straight up self-portrait for 2011. Honestly, I feel like 2011 passed in the blink of an eye, but in reality a lot happened. I moved to the city, took up strength training, went to College, proved that I am not human, and lots and lots of other things. With 2012 approaching – which I’ll be spending the beginning of in Dublin – my mind has of course turned to where I am with my photography.

I want to take more pictures in 2012. I want to take more, better pictures in 2012. I want to practice strobist photography, and I want to do a lot more traveling with my camera (and not be so lazy with …

 
 
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