Apparently excessive photography will decrease my memory. Well, dur, that’s why 64GB memory cards, cheap 1TB external HD’s, & cloud storage were invented.
But seriously … what were we talking about?
Too often we focus on the imaginary characters of a production – and not on the people that make it all possible.
For over 25 years I have been an ardent fan of the television series ‘Doctor Who‘. Between his regenerations, his varied companions, his choice in clothing genre’s, plus the amazing evolution of the interior of the TARDIS, I eagerly looked forward to every episode. Well, most of the time. Like everyone else I re-established my enjoyment in the series when David Tenant took on the role about ten years ago.
But what caught my attention this time round is the music. It is colossal, inspiring and, most importantly, it is different for every episode. Yes, much of it sounds the same – but it is tailored for the production. The key music is played when the Doctor is about to play his hand and attempt to win the day – and we notice it. The man responsible for the current music is Murray Gold. With a name like that, he will be unforgettable.
But it was what I watched after that got me thinking (and got me writing this article) … Who are the people behind the scenes? Why were they not given more credit in the earlier days? We all know Steven Moffatt now, he is synonymous with the series, as is Murray Gold. Steven Moffatt goes to ComiCon each year with the current Doctor and companion.
BUT there is one person more important than all:
Verity Lambert, what an amazing woman. The tenacity, ‘piss & vinegar‘, the balls of this woman, we need to be much more thankful for her amazing desire to make the series. Were it not for her, the Daleks would have remained a bug-eyed-monster stuck to celluloid in a container buried in the BBC bunkers!
So don’t forget those people who put in the hard-yards, effort, and many years. Fifty years so far. We are counting, plus keeping an eye or two on everyone who is involved.
So should you.
- Doctor Who 50th anniversary is about ‘paying tribute to the past’ says Steven Moffatt (express.co.uk)
- Doctor Who – An Adventure In Space And Time, Does William Hartnell Need Protecting? (musingsofamildmanneredman.com)
One of the best points of having ‘Casual Clothes Friday’, particularly for me, is being able to hide in plain site.
As I particularly like shooting architectural and inner-city photography, it helps to be wearing clothes that are either or both plain and of a tourist appearance.
So today I am casually dressed. I won’t describe my outfit; you might recognize me!
But it is what I have managed to discreetly hide blows my mind. I wish I had thought of doing this 6 months ago when I started this role!
Inside my man-bag (a Crumpler tote bag) is all my usual paraphernalia (smartphone, glasses case, mini-LED-torch, business cards, coffee-club cards, ear plugs, etc) PLUS my Canon 50D with 40mm EF 1.2.8 STM lens.
This may not seem like much of a combination. But there is a point to this post….
Back in 2006, for the entire year, I hauled on my back a Lowepro backpack that had my Canon 400D with hefty battery extension hand grip and at least 3 lens. I thought I was oh-so-cool. I must admit I learned and taught myself a LOT about photography and camera usage that year. And I got a fervent taste for architectural photography. I have photographed almost every building around the Adelaide CBD. Yet I know there are still some to shoot, newer buildings that have eluded my lens, plus a few places I want to reshoot.
So being able to pack my current camera into such a small space is impressive. And allows me to get back to what he enjoys.
So if you see a plain-clothes guy shooting up in the CBD this morning … it might not be a tourist, but a local doing what he enjoys most.
I like proving the vocational assessment I had 3 months ago to be very wrong.
Yes, one might say a thing is either wrong or right, there’s no place for a combination of the two. To that I’d like to butcher a quote by Stuart, owner of the profitless comic book store on #TheBigBangTheory – “It is a little wrong to say I could Swim in Jello, it’d be very wrong to say I could Ski on Sandpaper.”
Yet back in early July 2013 I was assessed as being unsuited for a helpdesk or any role that included repetitive tasks.
Whilst I’d much prefer to continue to shoot abstract, architectural, landscape & vehicular photography AND have people buy sufficient artwork each week to cover my mortgage, the truth is I need to do a job that utilizes my real world skills.
So winning a 6 month contract on an IT HelpDesk has proven I do have sales, people, communication, tutoring & computer skills which help me to provide a full service to all my clients.
So I am doing a role that I not only exel in, I also enjoy doing. Talking with people at all levels, taking a moment to discuss the impact of the issue at hand on their working day, working through and resolving or escalating the issue, then doing the necessary computer based logging of the job … heck, I am smiling as I write this all done. I am in my element!
That assessment was very wrong. Which leads me to believe my response was based on utopian world, not real world.
Because now I am doing a job where I am most suited, well placed, and everything feels very right.
I arrived in town (the Adelaide CBD) at 7am this morning!
As we drove through Hindmarsh Square we spotted the Sunrise crew and Vintage cars. My wife agreed to let me out to go shoot the cars and check out the glorified news reporters known nationally as the ‘Ch7 Sunrise Crew’.
But before my feet hit the grass, I quickly decided it was too early to stand in the sun. The sunrise is way too early today!
After four hours sleep (courtesy of my son’s sleepless night), this consumption is good for my sore head. I’m also getting a doughnut and cola to keep me going all morning – I start the 8am shift this morning.
Have a happy day. See you on the flip side of midday.
Thanks to a one-liner on one of the many social media sites I traverse daily, I found a subject clse to my heart
I have had enough of 2013 – Bring on 2014!
See, I cannot believe people can afford to say this.
Since late 2011 I have been on a path that has included a multitude of trials & tribulation, all of which I have either had to win, lose or learn to cope with having as part of my life.
The first hurdle was accepting that the government department I work for had made my role redundant. Heck, to this day I don’t understand that decision was made. Anger was my first port-of-call, followed by comprehension, then resolution – each taking months to go through. Resolution has taken the longest. In truth, this isn’t over.
Thankfully in 2012 I won a higher level job for 12 months in the office that made me redundant. But they chose not to keep me on. No matter.
Between January and July 2013 I worked in four different government departments. If money had been available for my employment, I might have won ongoing roles at two of them.
But I am glad I didn’t win any of those jobs found for me. In late July I found the role of my dreams: An IT helpdesk, level 1 support. I felt I had most of the base skills – and my new boss agreed.
But life isn’t so perfect.
In mid 2012 my wife and I finally had our first child. You don’t need to know all that went into ensuring our little man was able to come into this world. We are just happy to finally have a child!
So that is won of the positives of 2012.
In August 2012 I mysteriously suffered a case of either Vertigo or Menieres Disease. Basically, I have a serious imbalance of the ears. This is ongoing. Through photography and writing I am able to control this.
My contract in my current role ends in February 2014.
Let’s not rush nor wish our lives away.