I bought these carnations on Columbia Road on Sunday for £1. I love the flower market there. I would have gotten more had we arrived there earlier.
I have a habit of taking photos of the flowers I buy or am given. That is partially because I don't get to buy them as much as I would like to so I try to prolong my images of them. I have a thing for flowers, most types (some scare me a bit). They place a very important part in my life. This is probably because growing up in Vietnam, flowers were abundant and cheap. My mother and my aunt have particular good eyes for them, buying them and arranging them. I love waking up on Saturday mornings to a vase of beautiful yellow tea roses, or chrysanthemums for Tet, lilies in April for my birthdays. There was never a week without blooms in our home.
Flowers in London are expensive and the quality doesn't compare to Vietnam (unless you go to very expensive florists). But I'd rather eat a bit less and have something beautiful to look at. It's my extravagance. I also love getting blooms for my friends when I visit them. Flowers make home more beautiful and "homier".
Shame W.H doesn't understand why I like them so much. They die so quickly, he says. But throughout their lifetime they are so beautiful, I reply.
Oh.. and I have managed to find this cool function to make the photos look a bit more artsy on the Canon IXUS 75. Loving the vintage polaroid-look-alike colours... I most certainly will play with this function more often :)
I actually had a different picture in mind. But this afternoon as I was walking down Goodge street, I saw two people handing out leaflets about Scientology. Anyone living in London would know that there is a Scientology church on that street, where they recruit new members by offering a "stress" test (and try to tell you that you're stressed anyway)...
But these two weren't doing any good deed for the church. Unluckily I didn't have time to stop and talk to them... I hope they will still be there the next time I'm in the area. But for today, I want to help and spread their message. I hope they are not harmed by that "Church". They are quite brave to do so and I applaud their action. The Church of Scientology has a reputation of following people around and eff up their head a bit (have you seen that BBC documentary?).
I have nothing against religion. It is people's choice to believe what they want but provided that it isn't tearing people's lives and families apart.
Check out that website, pretty basic but has some insights into CoS and will probably be shut down soon!
My lovely friend LL introduced me to Sofar not long ago. It is by far the most intimate & exciting music movement I have experienced. Once or twice a month the fabulous Rafe, PassionAte Dave and Rocky bring music lovers together to a secret living-room (of very generous hosts) to hear the newest in music. As Sofar prouds itself that nobody talks and everyone listens, it's all about the music. The 3/3 times I was there, I have loved every moment of it.
I am very blessed to feel part of this movement. And I aim to take all my music-loving friends to one of these gigs :)
Today, I am starting my new blog project. 365 days. 365 pictures.
Why am I not surprised that I was quite lousy at blogging? My friend E.S is so good at it, she blows me away with her consistency. She can write about anything and everything so well and in a decent amount of words. You can check her out here @scrambledeggs
My previous blogging problem is that when I do, I blog LONG. Also my inspirations come and go so quickly that most of the time I don't have the chance to write them down. Many topics that I am interested in was also quite serious it requires so much understanding and research before I can start writing my "essay". You see, this is a professional habit.
Until that is... E.S came up with an idea after reading this article. The article moved me to tears. It reminded me of many things, but especially how bitter sweet life is. When our days are numbered, there is that beautiful moment every day. In the long run, we're all dead. But in the short run, there is so much to appreciate.
So E.S is using her iPhone to capture a moment everyday here. I love her photos. But as I don't own a Polaroid camera nor do I have have an iPhone... my pictures will probably be of inconsistent quality. I will take pictures from whatever camera I can get hold of. Or do they have a polaroid apps for blackberry yet?
So thank you E.S for the lovely idea :) It is perfect because I need a creative project at hand. There are also many things I want to remember, one picture is better than nothing. Sometimes there will be a story behind it, other times there won't.
Exciting moments. (or) Mundane days. (maybe)Repetitive months. But my year.
.365 days. 365 pictures.
Day 1: Tug of War
Dedicated to W.H
Taken with Nikkie (Nikon D90)
W.H has many bad habits in the bedroom... Two of them are: leaving the wardrobe doors open and dirty clothes in a pile on the floor.
This is an experiment to see when he will remove his pile of dirty clothes, lying in the middle of our bedroom. We have to step across it every time we go out or to the bathroom. It's really annoying me but he's pretty oblivious so far (until he runs out of underwear that is).
It has been there 6 days. He still zen about it and says it's a piece of art!