I am now 18 months back from my big adventure. I lived and worked in England for over a year and was only cut short by the industry I am in work wise and diminishing opportunities there. I miss London a lot. Yes I even miss the weather the bad food and the traffic.
What did I love about it? I loved the sense that nothing was predictable and anything was possible. I got to do things I only had dreamed about. I got to see a Beatle play a club. I got to see some of the greatest treasures of the world at the british museum .
I also loved the feeling of being close to everything the world has to offer. I fell in love with southern England namely Cornwell. Had clotted cream ate far to much fudge and was offered a cup of tea and a piece of cake by an elderly couple staying in St Ives. I celebrated my birthday with 60,000 music fans at the Hyde Park calling on a sweltering London day. I saw plays and even went to the theatre built into the side of a mountain in Cornwall. Never was I more creative photographically and in my work.
I walked the cobbled roads of Paris , dreaming in the warm glow of the sun.
I climbed a glacier in Switzerland pushing my body to its limit.
Then Splendored in the majesty and history of Florence and Venice.
I have heard native inhabitants of different countries refer to a spiritual belonging an attachment to place. I felt very at home in England. I am half english having been born to a father of british decent. I have always loved everything English the music, the history. If it was English I have felt attached to it.
I consider myself slightly eccentric and different in my beliefs and tastes. The exciting thing about living in England then traveling is you find all sorts. The typical rude brit but then you find incredibly intelligent out there friendly people. I lived with a few in my time there. I guess the point of the post is to say, for me anyway. I am at my best as a person when I am challenged . In fact in my time away from all the emotional and physical comforts I was used to, I became more diverse more spiritual and grew a deeper understand of what its like to feel like a minority. Basically home comforts make me lazy. When I was out of my comfort zone I did things I never thought I would ever attempt. The feeling that comes from this increases confidence makes one better socially and makes one well rounded. I can only wish my friends and family could get to the level of consciousness I felt its feels pretty good.
Today I had the fortune to go and have lunch at the peoples market in collingwood. Its an inner city Suburb known for its funky food and atmosphere. The peoples market serves funky urban street food with a real home grown quality. Everything is second hand and reused.
I took along my X pro 1 with the 35mm attached. All I can say is I am continually amazed at how good this camera is. With every firmware update it has become more responsive and so joyful to use.
Yesterday I had the pleasure at of being at a screening of Samsara, in 4k high definition at the Astor Theatre, in St Kilda Melbourne.
Before I write my feelings about the film I have a technical nit pick . The Astor is a lovely theatre but something was amiss with the projection. The film lacked sharpness and at times was very fuzzy. I feel that it possibly was not focussed properly. Its a shame as it didn’t show of the digital 70mm film print at its best. For that I will await the Blu Ray, which by all accounts is flawless.
Samsara is the followup film to Baraka a non verbal documentary which leaves the viewer to make what they will from the way the images are edited together and shot. I enjoyed Samsara a lot more than Baraka. There seemed to be a lot more variety and conceptually I felt it was more human.
The sequences had more synergy to them. For instance you would see a child getting christened then it would follow through to someones funeral. We see religion , consumerism the work place . The film really highlights that as people we are really grains of sand in a far bigger thing that is life. We are diverse and we are complicated.
The film has the amazing ability to almost put you in a hypnotic state and for your imagination to run wild as the images of death and creation flow by your eyes.
Some may say “why no commentary” the fact is , the film doesn’t need it. Its a piece of art that asks you to contemplate your existence and meaning on this earth.
The cinematography is incredible . All budding camera people should see it just for that element alone. The music is sublime . Watch the food factory workers go about there business to the rhythm of the music . Highly recommended go catch it on the big screen while you can.
I just got back from seeing Django Unchained.
I have to say it was an absolute hoot of a film. The characters are strange and bizarre , the violence is over the top almost cartoonish but the story has an underlying message we all should listen to.
Django shares a lot in common with Tarantino’s last film inglorious bastards.
It is about an extraordinary slave befriended by a white german man who rises up to take revenge again his enslavours the white plantation owners. There is something about how Tarentino uses music old style techniques and the spaghetti western. I love his use of language and comedy. He uses over the top violence to convey the stupidity of it. I had a ball with Django its not for everyone but for fans of Tarantino awesomeness abounds. Look out for hi cameo in the film , its great fun. You will know what I mean when you see it.