Indie: Week Eleven (Outtake)

I hope you’ve been keeping up with my 52 weeks of Indie project? I have a lot of outtakes, I just never edit or do anything with them. Except today. I had a hard time deciding between this one and the one that made it onto Flickr. I like the sausage (sausage is a funny word) in this one, but prefer the composition in the other shot, even if there is a lot of negative space.

 
 

Eruption

Yesterday I had a bit of a strange day in which I erupted like a volcano. Actually, to anybody that really knows me, that isn’t strange — I do have a temper. My friend had been badgering me to help her shoot her pal’s portfolio; she didn’t have the confidence to do it alone and needed me to give her pointers with her camera. I agreed, but when I turned up my friend didn’t have her camera. I felt the wool had been pulled over my eyes, that I thought I was doing my friend a favour but now I was giving up my Sunday to shoot someone’s portfolio for free. The worst part is I didn’t get a thanks from the person who’s portfolio I was shooting.

Sometimes I feel so alienated from my generation, and this is a prime example of why. A generation that, while I’m massively generalising, seems to have been brought up without a decent work ethic or basic manners.

I had words with my friend and she assured me she hadn’t meant to take advantage, and everything is cool between us now. On a positive note, that’s the sign of a good friendship — when you can blow off steam and talk it out in the end.

 
 

Wee Wolves

You should know by now I love my doggies, and I have no problem stopping random people to ask if I can photograph their pets (they always say yes, as opposed to what they say when you ask to photograph them). I didn’t catch their names, but I do know the pup is only 13 weeks old and both dogs aren’t related. I also know the focus is a little soft on a couple of the images (namely the one with the Spaniel humping some other dog in the background), but I’m going to let my perfectionism slide in this case as they are CUTE!

 
 

The Jesus Dude

A bit of street photography for you. This man has an amplifier, a microphone, fliers and a mission to spend his days preaching to the passers by in Glasgow about faith, society and Jesus etc. Kudos to him for being passionate about it, but I don’t think people take so kindly to having beliefs thrust upon them. We can all figure out our faith, or lack of, on our own. Right?

 
 
 
 

Laurence Deveney at Sugar Sheds

Cobbled roads, rich reds, graffitied doors… Why haven’t I shot at Greenock’s sugar sheds before? Today I briefly met up with Laurence to take his photo. He’s not unfamiliar with my camera, so I knew how photogenic he was. I told him to give me 30 minutes of his time, wear a suit, and meet me at the Sugar Sheds.

 
 

Ella

What a great weekend I’ve had, totally lowkey and very relaxing. I feel energised and ready for work tomorrow!

I finished my weekend off with a walk through Kelvingrove Park with Sheryl and her pug, Ella. The rain had cleared up and there was a pleasant autumnal chill in the air… if you know what I mean. You know what I mean, right? I think this is my favourite time of the year, and I’m so glad to be back in the city for it.

 
 

Chai Latte at Artisan Roast

Artisan Roast sits next to Kelvingrove Park, which is how I know of it as that’s where I walk my dog. It’s been recommended to me on numerous occasions, and so today — when weighing up the decision to either nap or ply myself full of caffeine — I opted for a trip to Artisan Roast. I had a Flat White and a Chai Latte, both of which were lovely, and my friend tried a few of their bizarre array of hot chocolates. I’ll be back for a white hot chocolate soon.

 
 

Autumn Cake

My friend, Shona, is amazing in the kitchen. In fact, I’m going to ask her to marry me when I’m older. We thought it would be fun to welcome the new season with apple and roasted hazelnut cake, which we’ve otherwise dubbed as Autumn cake.

Ingredients you will need:

  • 4 apples, peeled and chopped
  • 200g softened butter
  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • 3 beaten eggs
  • 140g flour
  • 50g ground hazelnuts
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon
  • Brandy

Okay, this is the first recipe I’ve ever written, even though I’m copying from Shona’s notes. Here goes…

  • Soften the apples on a low heat with some water and the brandy
  • Mix the butter and sugar until creamy, then add the eggs
  • Fold in the flour
  • Add 1/2 the apples and spoon into cake tin
  • Top with the rest of the apples
  • Bake for 1 hour at 180°C / gas mark 4
  • Halfway through, top with the ground hazelnuts and cinnamon
  • When ready remove from the cake tin an top with apple slices
  • Sprinkle with sugar and caramelise top
 
 

Graphic Novels

Ever take a photo that you like, but you’re not sure you like it enough to share on Flickr or your blog? That’s how I feel about this one.

 
 
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