New Year

Favourite Photo From 2012

I have been away from this blog for quite some time. I haven’t had the motivation that I had at the start of 2012 when the whole world of iPhoneography was opening up for me. I still followed iPhoneography news, played with new apps when they were released. I looked at some amazing art that came across my screen throughout the year and I honestly think that that was where my problem had it’s start. I was trying to match myself up to everyone else’s standards and I felt (and still do) that my efforts were not as good to stand next to other iPhoneographers work. I was intimidated by standards that I had set up for myself and somehow couldn’t break those barriers to move forward.

As I start into 2013 I realise that I have to be easier on myself and go with the flow and see where I can reach to. See how far my mind and my eye will allow me to extend myself.

With that being said, I have taken some photos this year that I am quite pleased with, but my favourite is this one:

Gibson Grin

My favourite shot of the year.

This was taken on Boxing Day, and it ignited a spark that I hadn’t really felt since way back earlier in the first half of the year. It felt quite good. It may not pass muster with some, it may have some issues in exposure, but it caught a moment in time when he was full of joy and smiling for all his worth.

I am not going to make promises that I will being posting daily or weekly, but I am determined that I am going to be out more looking for things that are inspiring to me that I think will push me one step further than the last time I took a shot.

Happy New Year to whomever may read this blog. Here’s to 2013.

Until Next Time…

Three Tracks Of My Year

This year I have spent more time listening to music than is probably good for me. Most of it Live recordings of The Wall, I now have over 70 versions of that album. Each one different than the last. It will always be my favourite piece of music. It’s like 100 minutes of Opera that couldn’t be topped by any other media.

The Wall aside I have been pretty much staid in my music choices. Choosing to listen to things that make me feel good rather than introspective. My health hasn’t been great this past year as some will know. I have used music to get me through the endless nights of insomnia and the pure hard rock of John Bonham’s drum beats to block out the voices that harangued me day in day out.

I thought I would share my top 3 tracks from this year. I couldn’t get a decent feel from my Last FM readings as a lot of my listening has come from Untagged files and CD’s.

The one track that will guarantee me to bounce my ass off around the room is Black Stone Cherry’s Blame It On The Boom Boom

(this video has a tiny flash of nudity right near the end of the video.. It was recorded at Donington so it was, I assume, obligatory, for it to be in there)

The first line of the chorus to this song sounds off at 10pm every evening to tell me it’s time to take my evening medication. That time is now referred to as BOOM BOOM time. A bit of a misnomer seeing within an hour I am usually ready for bed.

The second track of this year for me is Run Like Hell by Pink Floyd. It is taken from The Wall and my original choice would and will always have been Comfortably Numb, but I have felt like this past year has been spent running from one thing to another and never really getting anywhere. So Run Like Hell it is.

(Warning.. This video contains flashing images and Lasers… and other cool stuff)

My final track of the year is Led Zeppelins Kashmir. This years stand out album is Celebration Day. This is the live recording of Led Zeppelins reunion at the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute. I purposely didn’t choose a video from that show as I wanted to show the original band as they play it in a style only they can. Jason Bonham was outstanding in place of his father on the night and his contribution certainly helped me decide that that was my album of the year, but ya know.. THE ZEP.

This isn’t the greatest video quality wise, but it shows them at their best.

So that’s it. The three tracks that have contributed to my sanity over the past 12 months. What will next years tracks be.. who knows… Roger Waters is out on tour next Summer finishing off his Wall Tour with European Stadium shows. Sadly tickets are way out of my price range so unless I win the Lottery or my Rich Uncle gets out of the poor house in time for the summer I am out of luck.

Have a great New Year and I hope that it brings everything you want need and desire.

Until Next Time…

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