Month: May 2014

On going Plan.

Two Theatres in Liverpool have an option for students to get in to see a show for £6. If any tickets are available on the night of a performance and you can produce evidence that you are under 26 and a student then you can buy a ticket. So me and my better half have decided to do this, if we are in Liverpool and the play that is on takes our fancy then we will go and see if any tickets are left. I think it’s a nice gesture by the company to put this in place.

On a separate point, I have decided to write a book, I have the best part of 5 months off so I may as well do something i enjoy, yes I am still looking for work but in the mean time I may as well be productive. My photography is coming along, not as fast as I had hoped but you can’t rush a project.

I feel like my book should explore a lot about society, with everything in the news, I feel a hard-hitting book needs to made, it should deal with areas like, nootropics, society’s take on male and females, the law, the notion of the elite getting everything and the poor getting nothing, the idea that politics is a sham, democracy is nothing more than a glamorous production for the masses.

As you can tell from this post and my previous posts, my mind is very active, creative, and I’d like to think a little complex.

Today

A new barbers opened up in the central shopping area near me, good place, guys in there are friendly and very well-mannered. I get a 2 on the back and sides and short and choppy on top, also had a traditional hot flannel shave. The cut is incredible, the shave not so much, may have just been a bad day but its only my first impressions, would go back , for a cut if nothing else.

Regarding the other parts of my day , I am back to working out again, not getting anywhere but it feels good, less stressed and I feel happier. As well as that I am an avid gamer, I hate that phrase, just finished Lego Lord of The Rings, yes I am 20 and I like Lego and Lord of The Rings. I have the new Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zero to play and I have the HD collection for my PS Vita, the should last me about 3 weeks collectively. Other than them I am taking photos of anything, trying different settings, lenses, anything to try to give me a new perspective.  I am taking inspiration from a friend of mine and starting a series alongside my upcoming project, see here for that, my new solo series will be a photo of me everyday for as long as it still looks okay, I would then layer these images on top of each other to show a passage of time while still having all, for lack of a better word, versions of myself on display. I think the effect would be interesting to see, the colours of my clothes, skin, the hair length, the subtle changes yet it still being me.

Tomorrow will be a very good day, I am seeing the girlfriend, she has a few days of from exams and I am going up to calm her down, well try to anyway.

My life can be non-eventful at times but I enjoy these non hectic moments because when you are hectic everything seems to crop up at once, if I have learned something in my 20 years on this earth apart from the school/uni education I have had its to enjoy the peaceful moments because in the end valar morghulis.

WordPress Meet and Greet #3 – All Bloggers Welcome

Hey thank you for the follow and thanks for giving me this opportunity, I very much appreciate it.

My Blog is: https://thethoughtsofaactivemind.wordpress.com/

If you want to see some photography, want to get involved in a photography project, or just want to see how my life goes from day to day then take a look!

Thank you once again!

Ben

HarsH ReaLiTy

Well this is the third post I have done like this so far and I have seen some great connections. I’ll keep doing these off and on and I think they provide a great way for “active bloggers” to network.

All bloggers are welcome to use this post as a “Self-Promotion” thread for their blog, projects, causes, writing, books, eBooks, food, fashion, or whatever you are into. You may post links, book covers, or whatever you like and feel free to revisit and leave a new comment as this thread will quickly fill up. I’ll leave this post as a sticky through May.

Hopefully some authors, photographers, painters, writers, and bloggers will take the opportunity to push their work. Please keep promotional comments on the posts dedicated for that purpose.

Feel free and re-blog or share this post. Thanks!

-OM

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Photography Concept

I am mostly appealing to the photographers on here with this but anyone who sees this and would like to partake and or knows someone who may want to partake please do read this and pass it on.

I want to start a photography concept and new piece of documentary. I live in a place that is regarded as run down, dirty, full of lazy people, people that don’t care, scroungers, people that live off handouts that kind of idea.

The area I live in may not be full of marble houses and gold plated streets but where I live is full of character, it has life. The people where I live make this place what it is, a funny, sarcastic, gritty, role your socks up and keep going place. We don’t have a lovely city or beautiful landscaped areas to go and walk in, we have social housing, roadworks, rubbish on the floor, our skyline is full of nothing but noise from where the sirens are going off and the police helicopter is flying overhead.

Saying all that I want to show that appearances can be deceiving, I want to get together a group of photographers, worldwide, nationwide (I am from the UK) any and all who want to participate. The aim is two fold, I want to capture the area I live in and dispel the connotation that where I live is just a dive, a hole, a pit of despair and misery, full of people no good for anything. I want others to do the same. Every country, county, state, area, geographical region has a area that is regarded in this way, not as good, full of lower, lesser people. The idea is simple, capture the character, the special something that gives the area its character and makes it a good place to live, Yes it may not be nice to look at but the people here are still good people, they have character, personality, the factors that actually count in life, not just looks.

If you are interested or want to talk to me further about this please email: benwilkiephotography@gmail.com or contact me on twitter @B_Wilkie2701

Photography: Lanzarote

Lovely Coastal Evening Walk

Lovely Coastal Evening Walk


This picture brings back so many happy memories for me. Not only is it one of my best photos, but that may because of the sentimental value but still, it is also the one that makes me realise how good a time I had, the colours are warming and friendly and when I think of Lanzarote I think of my family, we all had a good time, no holiday family drama, and my girlfriend was with me. We went to all sorts of p[laces, travelled the entire length and breadth of the Island in a day, took over 2000 pictures and saw some sites that took my breath away. Looking back that was a fantastic holiday but not because something amazing happened specifically but because it was simple, good times, sun shining, warm, lots to see, everyone was happy, and my family and girlfriend where there. Things couldn’t have been better.

Lets Get Things Started.

It’s currently 23:13 here in the UK, I am sat on bed typing this out. The sound of keys being pressed on a keyboard has always been kind of therapeutic to me.  I don’t know why but it just has.

For those who don’t know me I’m a Law student. I have just finished my first year and I am awaiting my results. I don’t know how my exams went. I refuse to comment on the basis that in the past exams that I say have gone well have turned out horrendous so I am keeping stump on that one. I have started my summer, all 5 months of it. I want this summer to mean something to me, I want it to be more than just a summer of working to make money, I have my life to make money, I want to enjoy my freedom, do things, I am keen photographer, writer, thinker, debater, I just love doing creative or progressive things. Doing a summer job doesn’t appeal to me, it’s a waste of free time. I have a Saturday job and that tides me over nicely, granted I can’t afford £200 boots or clothes but anyone spending money on clothes like that I feel needs their head testing.

As stated my summer has just begun and as I am trying to find things to occupy a full 5 months my girlfriend is just starting her exams. She is worrying about them, she is putting on a brave face but she does worry, I try my best to calm her down but she tends to talk to her friends who have a similar thinking about exams than my just do it approach. We aren’t perfect, we don’t agree on everything but that’s what makes us get on so well, we never back down from our side of a discussion which gets interesting but over all we are brilliant. I have been with my superior half for over two and half years and frankly its the best two and a half years of my life, she has had a profound affect on me that has made me a better person, more confident, I believe in myself more and more and most importantly she accepts my absolutely bonkers behaviour. I love her.

My Photography is very important to me, there is a link to my business on the side of my page where you can see various collections of work. Yes I am a student but my quality of work is very commendable and I charge very reasonable prices. I do follow the rule of always having my camera on me so I can take advantage of any opportunity that presents its self.

As far as my writing goes you can be the judge of that, I do have a separate blog on here but that’s focused on my law work and law commentary, used mostly during my uni terms.

This blog will be for everything else, my photos, my ideas, my general social commentary, my life, everything.

I can’t say where this blog will go or what it will become but it will be used, I will say some crazy things on here but it’s what my head is like, totally random, crazy, bonkers, unpredictable and do you know what? I love it!