November 3, 2013
A while back I realised that despite having comparable incomes, my friends were all leading far more interesting lives. They used their incomes to DO things, to travel. Weekends away, road trips, going to the country, exciting holidays. That sort of thing. Turns out I had been so focused on clothes, booze and fags for so long it hadn’t occurred to me to go away once in a while. To inspire myself with something outside of London. So that’s what I did.
In this brave new world that is starting to look scarily like adulthood, I am as broke as, but I am now culturally enriched. I have visited many places (well, about seven places). I have seen things I had not seen before. I have eaten things I did not know exist. Like a Devonshire cream tea. I leave London. I surf! It feels great.
Admittedly, doing exciting things means I can’t afford to wear exciting things, but realistically I never could to begin with, and it’s probably (definitely) better that I don’t spend my disposable income on clothes that I probably (definitely) don’t need. Except for the Canada Goose jacket that’s definitely (probably) in my future, because, you know, going surfing in November is COLD. You know?…
As a designer and Instagram sap, I take pictures, because, you know, I’m never not working and all that. Here is some of what I have seen in the past few months. Feels like the right thing to post given my summer holiday from blogging!
July 18, 2012
Back in February I spent all the money I had on a flight to Bali. It was equal parts inspired and insane behaviour. Sadly, the too-poor-to-eat thing didn’t give me the awesome beach bod I was hoping for, because food that is bad for you is cheaper for you than food that is good for you. But that is a debate for another place (Channel 4 have a good series of documentaries if you are interested). Anyway, me and my not-even-nearly beach ready bod went to Bali and surfed, snorkled and generally acted the maggot. I went fishing at sunset and dived off boats. I absorbed the overwhelming culture, which was Aussie bogan style, and came home thinking it was perfectly acceptable to wear an oversize tie dye tee, leopard maxi, trucker hat and flip flops as a legitimate outfit. :/ Well when the place looks like this, who gives a shit about clothes…
Ps. I accidentally threw out a roll of film with all my favourite places on it. EPIC fail. Thank feic for my iphone….
May 10, 2012
Paris really needs to do everyone a favour and stop being such a beautiful, inspiring place; otherwise people are just going to keep on taking dodgy, arty farty pictures all over the shop.
Case in point:
May 3, 2012
I am getting serious mileage out of last weekend’s trip to Paris – me + camera + very blogworthy place = millions of images. Did you know that it takes just 20 minutes to cross the channel on the Eurostar, and that it goes below the sea, as in, under the seabed? They are just some of the things that I discovered. Here are some more…
…and that’s just the start of it. I’ll give you a pound if you can tell me what that amazing building in the seventh picture is. Not everyone, just the first person.
April 14, 2012
I told you before I went to Brighton and I was hoping for some nice shots from my Olympus XA. These are they. No filters or Photoshop, just good old fashioned 35mm film photography.
Therese from Smoke Out TV. I just call her Therese tho.
All images (c) Jane Alexandra
And here’s me, beside a merry-go-round on the beach. Thanks for the pic, Tee.
So, Brighton Rocks. I must actually watch that film…
January 17, 2012
John Stezaker has a really boring first name and a reaaaalllly awesome surname. It’s like steak with a Z. Wow! So I guess it goes some way to explaining his innate understanding of juxtaposition.
I am fascinated by his images, the deconstruction and blatant disregard for faces is sublime subversion. It’s like he wants to use the face but not as a face. Or maybe as a face but just one that you will never fully know or understand, all duplicitous and full of different sides. I think I like that though, it’s a pretty good reflection of people in general – for all the friendly faces out there, there is a forest you will never truly get lurking underneath. Or something along those lines.
image sources here, here, here, here, here, here and here. phew!