Thursday, October 18, 2012

Fuck That Shit

This. Is. Insane.
What would bring a person to want to do this? 
Yes, I want to see this. 
But No, I do not EVER see myself walking it.
I can't even imagine it being created.

 "El Caminito del Rey", or  "King’s Pathway", is a 110 year old dilapidated walkway over 330 feet above the ground in El Chorro, Spain. It was originally built in 1905 for workers to travel between two hydroelectric power plants.
I think its safe to say that is it the scariest walk to work one could ever endure.
And has been named the most dangerous pathway in the world.
For good reason too.
Just looking at images of it makes me nervous.
 I just have three words to say...
Fuck. That. Shit.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Portrait Line Up

These amazing images were created by Blommers/Schumm for Hector magazine.
Wonderful portraits disguised as lined images.
I'm impressed.
Hint: tilt your screen back, squint your eyes, or view from afar.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Same Love

I'd just like to say that Macklemore is a genius.
 I laugh, I sing along, and I think.
This particular piece tells a beautiful story of same sex love.
So effective. And stunning. 

 And listen to/watch Thrift Shop. It's my favourite.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Wonderful World of Wearable Arts

It's that time of year again.
When all the shops in the city dress up their window displays with the most wonderful mixture of crazy and creative to take part in the Wonderful World of Wearable Arts.
Although I was not lucky enough to grab (or afford) tickets for this magnificent event this year, the street displays always brighten up my daily journey.

But I have forgotten to charge my camera...
So these images have been stolen.
(thanks Weird in Welly)
And I'm on a hunt to find more beautiful displays.
This is bound to excite my window shopping craze.

Also, in the spirit of WOW,
although not connected in any way...
this video is awesome.
You should watch it.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Empire State of Pen

I'm in the process of trying to save money for a year of traveling and attempting to plan my trip.
But I kept getting distracted with other things that are taking up my time in life right now.
Each time I think about the different places I want to see and the possibilities open for discovery it brings me back to my time in New York.
I hope I end up loving all the places I see as much as I loved New York.
(I also wish I could draw these cities, like Patrick Vale (below) but for now I'll just rely on photos for memories)

Monday, August 27, 2012

Feeling Inside for Cure Kids

(This is me, supporting red nose day throgh my facebook profile picture, with use of a facebook app)
 I've just recently celebrated my 23rd Birthday.
It was wonderful. 
One of my early birthdays, I was possible turning 6 or 7, was on Red Nose Day and we got to dress up in red for a day at school and donate to Cure Kids with a gold coin donation. 
And that is the last Red Nose Day I remember.
This year, when I heard they were doing Comedy for Cure Kids I got far too excited.
Unfortunately I was out celebrating my birthday on the night of it aired so I ended up watching it ondemand last night. 
And I laughed the whole way through, and donated for the cause. 
 Flight of the Concords also contributed with the creation of a new, wonderful, hilarious, amazing new song, which I just HAD to share! I love how they combine all the children's lyrics.. watch to see what I mean.
Enjoy it.. Laugh... check out Cure Kids, and donate...
text cure to 933 (automatic $3 donation)
Feel inside (and stuff like that)

Friday, August 24, 2012

How to be Famous

My friend posted this on her facebook page this morning and I couldn't help but reblog it.
It made me laugh. 
How people act around the 'famous' is hilarious in itself,
and this video steps it up a notch.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Much Better Now

This is a absolutely adorable video of a forgotten bookmark and its incredible ride through the book it is lost within. Its a beautiful depiction of the the joy one can get from reading a book,
and a simple metaphor on the adventure of life.
Find it, and its process of creation, here.
 I'm a little bit obsessed with books and bookshelves at present..
and this is just beautiful.
Take 5 minutes to watch it.

"In “Much Better Now”, the main character is a bookmark, stuck in a forgotten book, caught in a life marked by standstill in a deserted room. One day wind knocks over the book and blows the bookmark onto the table, separating them. Unfolding hands and feet, the bookmark is swept back into the pages that turn into ocean waves and the two are reunited for a journey. With a surfboard it experiences its environment in a new way – wipe-outs, washouts and nosedives connect the hero to the ocean. The bookmark enjoys the ride of its life."

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Fun with a book shop

This beautiful piece of stop-motion must have taken HOURS. 
But it is incredibly lovely.

If you love bookshelves and their contents as much as I do, this is a fantastic blog to visit;

Monday, June 18, 2012

Extinct Since When

Brian R. Williams paints some seriously beautiful images. 
My favourite? 
His series of birds, dressed in the clothing of the year they became extinct. 
Intelligently beautiful 

Great Auk, 1844

Laughing Owl, 1914

Carolina Parakeet, 1918

Molokai Creeper, c.1963

Atitlán Grebe, 1989

Sunday, June 17, 2012

This has been around for a while now,
and i imagine the majority of you have seen it.
These girls are incredibly talented.
I also love how many people have commented on youtube for someone to "call Ellen".

Monday, May 28, 2012

John Baldessari

In 6th form we had to do an art project based on an artist for our NCEA assessment.
The artists were given to us by our teacher.
He gave me Baldessari.
I'm ever thankful that I have this knowledge of this incredible artist.
In the study I fell in love with many of the things he has said, the quotes I found from interviews etc, and the artwork he has made.
It opened my eyes to a new form of art in my early years, and have been subconsciously inspired by him, and the other artists we studied, ever since.
I wish this video was about then.
It makes me laugh,
and I continue to admire him.
Plus, Tom Waits has an incredible narrative tone. He can definitely narrate my life.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Ageing happily

Happy At One Hundred: Portraits of Centenarians
This is such a beautiful exhibition.
Absolutely stunning.
"Imagine for a moment that you have been alive for 100 years. In your lifetime would have been two World Wars, the sinking of the Titanic, the end of horses on city streets, the invention of the computer and the first man to walk on the moon. It’s a fantastically long time to experience."

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Siting Waiting Wishing Missing

 On Sunday my boyfriend left for the Navy.
Basic training lasts 13 weeks. 
3 months.
3 months of no contact,
letters only.
3 months of snail mail.
3 months of missing him.
In a way it's exciting.
I love the feeling of receiving a letter in the post,
it often puts a smile on my face.
But the waiting sucks.
I've been wanting to write a letter from the moment he got on the plane,
but I have to wait to receive his letter first.
In the mean time I've started writing my thoughts, (there are many), down in a journal.
I've even gone so far to title them...
"Letters To Will"
It's a bit cringe.
But it helps.

So for now, 
I'm just sitting, waiting, wishing, and missing.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Red Red Velvet

Cupcakes cupcakes cupcakes.
Red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese icing.
I'm so happy.
You should be.
1 1/2 cups of sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) of butter, room temperature
2 eggs, room temperature
2 1/3 cups of cake flour
2 tablespoons of Dutch-processed cocoa powder
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 cup of buttermilk*
1 1/2 tablespoons of red food coloring
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of distilled white vinegar
1/2 cup of butter (1 stick), room temperature
8 oz of Philly cream cheese (1 package), room temperature
2 - 3 cups of powdered sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 Preheat the oven to 350°F. Beat the butter and sugar in an electric mixer for 3 minutes on medium speed until light and fluffy.
2 Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until each is fully incorporated. Be sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl to ensure even mixing.
3 In a large bowl, sift together the cake flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl whisk together the buttermilk, vinegar, vanilla extract, and red food coloring.
4 Add a fourth of the dry ingredients and mix, then add a third of the wet. Continue adding in a dry, wet, dry pattern, ending with the dry ingredients.
5 Scoop into cupcake papers, about 1/2 to 3/4 of the way full. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Rotate the pan after the first 15 minutes of baking to ensure even baking.
6 Allow to cool for one minute in the pan then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
1 Cream the butter and cream cheese together, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl to ensure even mixing.
2 Add the vanilla extract and mix.
3 Add the powdered sugar, continually taste to get to desired sweetness. Pipe onto cooled cupcakes.
 Decorate and Eat. 

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Some Study

Sometimes I really do wonder what happened to the brains I had as a child and teenager.
I knew how to write my English assignments, I could do math without the calculator or my fingers, physics was hard, but do-able, and art was a piece of cake.
I turned up to class and did all my homework...
on time.
But now, I really do wonder what happened, I can barely add 2 simple numbers together without checking my fingers or a calculator for the right answer.
I think I might need to work on these things.
This song pretty much sums it up...

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Extra Vocabulary

Sometimes I swear.
Sometimes it is unnecessary.
Steven Fry thinks otherwise.
"Things not being necessary is what makes life interesting.”

Monday, May 14, 2012

Taste the Rainbow

I spent a little time this afternoon watching m&m commercials
laughing away,
craving chocolate.
and I found this...
I think I could watch commercials all day.
How sad.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Talent at 50

I've only just seen this,
I laughed the whole way through it. 
Oh my gosh,
he is fantastic. 
Britain really does have talent...

He made the semi final, which dance is equally fantastic...

...and the final, which is even more fantastic.

I have no idea if he won or not, 
I don't actually care.
I think it is hilarious and incredible either way!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Kung Fu and a Laugh or Two

I've just recently watched 'Kung Fu Panda 2'
and I have to admit,
It's probably my favourite cartoon since 'Up'.
Jack Black is hilarious of course,
and the creators are so fantastic.
And did I mention how wise it is?
"You got to let go of the stuff from past - because it just doesn't matter! 
The only thing that matters is what you choose to be now."
God I love it,
I think it should be watched by all.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Oh hello

I've been meaning to write a post for quite some time, but never did.
It's not that I don't have anything to say,
that would be quite unusual for me.
I just haven't known what part of my life to tell you,
or how to put it into words. 
So I guess this post is just an update on the projects I have been undertaking.  
First there is my holga.
I still love it and use it as often as possible. 
And lately I have been spending all my money on getting the films developed.. 
Then there is my video project.
Meg, one of my favourite people, decided to move away, and we have no idea when we will see her next. So I decided that we, her workmates, should create a farewell video for her as a final laugh.
It was the funniest thing trying to get people to dance in front of a camera, 
and the hardest thing trying to keep it a secret from her.
So a lot of my time has been doing these two projects, while trying to work through my uni assignments, 
which really isn't that exciting.
Kind of a useless update.
But I thought it was time to write something here.

Video for Meg
and a selection of my favourite recent holga photos