Thursday, 22 January 2015

The Pressure To Be Better

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They say "the pressure is good for you, darling."

Nothing makes me want to be a better writer, a great writer, like reading other great writers. I don't mean famous literary icons or journalists, I mean people like you. Human beings with stories to tell, and words to toy with.

But nothing scares me more than the realisation that there are better writers, more accomplished and wise with experience. At times I am animated by a puppetry of motion, electric with ambitious ideas and voltaic words. Sometimes, I'm incredibly proud of the things that I have done and the words I have said, until I read someone else's. Then comes the lump in my throat that forces me to admit, maybe I'm not as good as I think I am.

Creating a Photoshoot For Nichelle Jewellery

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Danielle Arapis and Nia Jones
After creating and shooting the identity theft of a Pretty Little Liar, myself and Danielle were approached to work with Nichelle Jewellery, a local business based in Cardiff. We collaborated with it's owner Luke Richard to stage our own photo shoot to use on social media.

Early Tuesday morning hours were spent combing through loose curls and lining tired eyes, and we spent countless moments framing faces and adjusting lights. This was our second project as a team, but this time it wasn't just for us and we were also throwing another face into the mix. 

Each girl was told to be themselves, and there was some apprehension. Pretending to be somebody else is easy, but letting people see who you really are is not.

Monday, 19 January 2015

We All Have Someone That We Used To Know

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Last year felt like I was headed for a one way collision, and it was 12 months of tired eyes dazzled by bright lights and headlights. It was a year of tattle tales and secret keepers, scarlet letters and dirty labels. It was 365 days of broken people just trying to make it. We ended the year with different people than we started it with, and we switched sides.

When I think about the people that have ran in and out of my life, or the ones I've exiled from it, I feel like I'm staring down a hall of magic mirrors, filled with reflections of myself that I can't avoid. On the last night  of the year, instead of staring into glitter and champagne flutes, I got stuck in the past. New Years Eve became a time warp.

Friday, 9 January 2015

The Contradiction of Individuality: We All Judge Each Other

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“Are you proud of yourself tonight that you have insulted a total stranger whose circumstances you know nothing about?” 
― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

Millennials, as a general rule, are less judgmental than our predecessors. We are waging our own war against unnecessary prejudice, and we know better than to indulge a narrow mind. We are often lost but sometimes found, we are explorers and romantics. We are old soul daydreams and moments of new age digital wizardry. Yet somehow, someone somewhere wants answers from us. They want you to repent your sins, and explain yourself. Someone you know has decided it's Judgement Day, and they want your truths. Who are you?