Kicking in the door of self esteem!

My last post touched on self esteem and how social media impacts on our own self esteem. I have worked with so many talented creative people, who run a mile when a camera lens is pointed in their general direction. Is it because they haven’t had their final make up and costume checks? No. It’s because they are deeply unhappy with how they look. Ok, this could be a deep routed issue from childhood? However the pressures of social media dictate that we all must look perfect and that we absolutely must get 1000’s of likes or we are a failure!

I sadly see this everyday with the young people that I teach. They are starting out on life, but feel that they are failures due to their social media accounts. This needs change. As well as saving the whales, the rain forests and the planet? How about saving our young people?

Creative cold turkey!!!

Going on a family holiday is fab. There is nothing like a break from your daily rut to get the creative juices flowing. So we’ve been back nearly a week and I am suffering from ‘creative cold turkey’. If you really want to know, me and the family went to Norway, which is an absolutely stunning country. Being a photographer and film maker, Norway has inspired me no end. As I am writing this I can feel the anxiety flowing away from me, it is has become a ‘fix’ for me. I need my ‘creative fix’.

My wife Claire shot the above photograph on my iPhone XR, using the fantastic Moment app coupled with their anamorphic lens. You can see the outer edges of the photograph are a little stretched and bendy, but I really like this effect. However the centre is fine. I did shoot a shed load of images and I’m so excited to share them as they will be used as ammunition for my upcoming blogs. Hope you like the images that I post as they are all shot and edited by yours truly.

Just a little footnote: my site is called ‘selfie esteem media’ the reason being is that I want to tackle the issues that social media can have on a person’s self esteem and self confidence. I didn’t realise that I would have to deal with my own self esteem issues before I can progress and do justice to the vision that I want to share with the world…

Child free days…

Cub scouts rule!

My son, Joshua, has escaped to camp with the Cub Scouts for 5 days. This is first adventure without mum and dad since forever. So my wife and I have loads of time to kill. Claire went clothes shopping, while I tried out some dodgy long exposure shots outside. I used the moment app. Which is so good, I doubt I’ll ever use my DSLR’s again! I used Snapseed app to edit, which I find so easy and intuitive to use. I’m into grainy, vignettes at the moment as I’m always up for trying new things creatively. No matter how rubbish the weather is, get out there a shoot stuff. Have play with those ideas that have been spinning around your head.

So it’s train home, kettle on and settle down to watch ‘killing Eve’ on catch up. Rock & Roll baby!

The summer standstill!

The eggy photograph above was taken yesterday as I had a rare midweek breakfast with my wife. We headed into Liverpool city centre, whilst our son enjoyed his last day in school before the start of his summer hols.

I rather enjoyed my wild mushroom on toast with the standard poached egg on top. Anyway enough food porn! I’m getting rather addicted to blog posting. After months of inactivity, I’m finding myself searching for daft things to blog about.

I’m not looking to change the world, just looking to share daft thoughts in between being creative. Enjoy.

Hurry up and wait!

It’s a strange time of the year for me, as I hurry up and wait for the summer to be over! What? Why? Am I mad? NOPE! It’s all about being a dad. My 8 year old son is about to break for the summer and he is looking forward to lots of adventures with his dad, whilst mum is still at work.

I know that it is a total role reversal with me being at home and my wife at work. You see, since I returned to work in at the start of term in sept 2016, after my cancer treatment, I returned worked part time. This is because my priorities changed from career to family, also my wife is amazing and I wants to support her career. I have had an amazing career working in television and education, but having a shit time getting through stage 4 cancer I decided that my wife and son come first.

I’m all better at the moment, reference my previous post about having to go back in august, I think that I’ll be ok.

So the summer is a time that my creatively is put on hold, to be replaced with ice creams, rainy days out and Lego!