"Using a digital camera is like believing in fairies" -- Pete Blackburn
I started out my life by pushing my way through ahead of my twin brother, and the first year was probably spent crying and craving all the attention while my brother sat quietly and observed.
I've been told I was loud and expressive. Not a lot of things change, I guess. Except these days I can be quite a bit reserved too. And very shy. I guess it all depends on who I'm with and what mood I'm in. But mostly I'm outgoing and bubbly, if a little introverted (does that sound like a contradiction or what?!).
Some friends in New Zealand summed me up like this: bubbly but gentle.
I was raised in a Christian home. The whole Sunday school every week and church camp and church activities was the bain of my life. For ages. I do still believe. And I do still go to church. Occassionally. But I'm not so naive these days and I guess I can be quite the cynic when it comes to a lot of things.
But on the whole, I take on the whole "love others like Christ would love them" mentality so I can come across... nice. Nice, and easy to talk to. And gentle. And... just nice, I guess. I'm never out to pick a fight. In fact, I don't like much conflict.
I'm too diplomatic for conflict.
When I was 13, my twin and I got pulled out of school and we were home educated. I've found this intrigues a lot of people. Firstly, to answer the ever popular question, "why?".
Well ... for lots of reasons. The main one being that Kris (my twin) is very dyslexic, but the school we were in weren't very helpful. He was in and out of special education needs so much, and I guess my parents found it frustrating. We know people who have educated for a long time, so I guess my parents took advice from them. And they pulled us both out, so at least we'd have each other home rather than one at home and one at school.
When I was 16 I studied performing arts at college. But I hated it. So I dropped out. I love dance and drama and anything to do with theatre, but for some reason I did not get on with the course I was doing. It just wasn't me.
So I got a job. And it was mind numbingly boring. But nevermind!
When I was 18, I ventured off to New Zealand on my own to be a live-in nanny. That was quite the experience. I had a 4 year old girl named Romilly, and a 7 year old boy named Jack. They were crazy characters and I love them dearly. I miss them. Along with the other kids I looked after while I was out there, and all the friends I made.
Then in February 2006, my old man back in England had a heart attack, so I came home ASAP. No fear, Dad was fine. Very weak and ill, but alive! He was in hospital for about a week, then at home for ages. All's good now. He's healthier than before.
But I was back to square one. So it was back to work, and narrowing down ideas of something to study at college. I narrowed it down to photography, which has been a hobby of mine for years.
Talking of hobbies, I love photography, fire poi (or fire twirling. although I don't usually set them alight. I also use ribbons or glow sticks, or even flags), playing guitar, 3D design, web & graphic design, and... I dunno... reading. And driving. And swimming. And on the rare occassion, a bit of rugby.
So I don't know where this leaves me.
I guess... it leaves me here.
This is just a photo blog. So I (and whoever else may read this) can see how I progress over the next few years.
It's going to be interesting, so watch this space.