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#106 – Visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa

‘I’ve been to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. It’s a tower, and it’s leaning.
You look at it, but nothing happens,
so then you look for someplace to get a sandwich’
 – Danny DeVito

Truth be told, Danny DeVito hits the nail on the head with this one. In fact, the accuracy can be acknowledged by the fact that the second time I ended up in Pisa I didn’t even want to bother visiting the tower, however I made my way there with my then-girlfriend so she could experience what all the fuss was about – and I mean “fuss” in the most sarcastic of ways.

Anyway, you’d have to go all the way back to 2010 and a day trip from Florence to Pisa for the first time I visited the Leaning Tower and its Duomo. Apparently either during – or perhaps after – construction, the tower began to sink due to the ground being unable (more…)

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(Untitled thoughts of one who doesn’t say thank you enough)

“You don’t know what you have got until it is gone”. A common phrase that everyone will have been told at some point or another. It’s applicable to pretty much all walks of life as well, from the unsung hero, to the all-rounder at work, to that friend who may fly under the radar but will never let you down when you need them most.

Most importantly, it’s a phrase that should resonate strongly when it comes to your family, especially your parents. At least, it does with mine. All three of them. And it is especially prevalent when it comes to social media interactions. (more…)

Callum’s 2016 Adventures: South Island, New Zealand pt.1

‘There are parts of New Zealand that I absolutely fell in love with
that I will miss going back to,
but I kind of think that is the part that can continue and will continue on.
I don’t imagine I’ll stop going back to New Zealand,
because I feel part of the fabric there, really’
– Andy Serkis

Kaiteriteri: 29.11.16

Kaiteriteri is a common destination due to its close proximity to the Abel Tasman National Park.  In fact, it’s probably the main/only reason people would go there.

After leaving Wellington and North Island behind via a ferry, we were driven directly to Kaiteriteri, with a brief stop in Nelson. To then get to the Abel Tasman National Park, you usually have to take a water taxi – this is the case whether you are just going to walk around the park or if you are going to kayak.

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‘What sort of Photographer are you?’

‘You don’t make a photograph just with a camera.
You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen,
the books you have read,the music you have heard,
the people you have loved’ 
– Ansel Adams

Since really getting into photography and starting to drop my interest in it into casual conversation with someone, the question ‘what sort of photographer are you’ always seems to crop up. So much so that my answer has almost become second nature; telling them that I don’t know, whilst wearing a wry smile. Why? Because in return I get to see their faces wearing a look of utter bemusement.

I don’t say this in jest though. I honestly don’t know what sort of photographer I am – it’s a hard question to answer. Any question asking you to define your role in a sub-section of the arts is difficult usually you end up giving a word-y statement filled with technical jargon. Why? Personally it is because I don’t want my creative role to be thrown “under the bus” of a general statement. After all, what I do – or attempt to do – ends up being an extension of myself due to how much I end up investing in it both emotionally and personally.

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