Photography, Travel

TBT: Iceland 2015

All I’m going to say is: TAKE ME BACK.

Let’s look at a pretty slideshow of some of our pictures because I’m feeling slightly nostalgic all the way back to November 2015 (and I discovered that you can make slideshows just this morning and I want to use it).

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Heck yes.

Reykjavik 2015

Misc.

About Me

Be sure to check on my About Me page every now and then, as I frequently update the pictures! At the moment there’s about 13 on there and I try to make them as recent as possible because it’s amazing how much you can change in just a few months. For example, now I have decided to scrap contact lenses and wear glasses for the time being because I fell in love with my new specs (and I’m sick of having a bland face with invisible eyebrows).

You also get to spy pictures of my friends, but unfortunately they don’t all have blogs for you to stalk apart from Lisa, which you can find here (although its last update was 2012 – come on Lisa!)

https://briholme.wordpress.com/about/

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Photography

Selfie Culture

There’s an awful lot of talk from the older generation and cynical youths about ‘selfie culture’ – in other words: lots of first world teenagers and young adults are taking continuous pictures of themselves with the convenient front-facing cameras on the latest smart phones. Selfies have bombarded social media, and you can find a sometimes too-close-up of anybody’s face on Twitter, Facebook or, more commonly, Instagram without looking too hard.

It’s difficult to ignore, and it’s difficult to accept, with the idea that it’s horrifically vain and unnecessary. People have screamed ‘Stop taking pictures of your face and your food!’ to no avail, meeting a noisy wall of camera shutters and satisfying digital *pings*.

We’ve had selfies for charity, selfies for good causes, selfies for no reason at all, and it’s been met with a red rage from many internet users.

It’s a different world to what it used to be, but people have always – always – had pictures of themselves. Are we taking into account the royal portraits that adorn the walls of stately homes and castles? What is the difference between a picture of somebody, standing alone and someone who has snapped a picture of their face because they are proud of their make-up?

I don’t look at selfies as vain, or inappropriate. We live in a world that has developed a second nature of putting people down behind the walls of the internet, with no fear. Both women and men alike are scrutinised for how they look and in the current state of things, it feels like nobody can say anything right. So why not celebrate how you look? Some days I wake up on a morning and really struggle to look in the mirror. Other people feel the same and on that one day that they feel good about themselves, they should be entitled to celebrate that online to their friends. They shouldn’t feel nervous about posting their face online because they are contributing to the horrible ‘selfie culture’. Let’s just celebrate people’s looks and their confidence rather than putting everyone down, inadvertently or not.

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Entertainment, Life Experience, Misc., Photography

Snap Happy

I have a new camera – spoilt beyond belief by the best Sam ever – because I wanted to get a bit more profesh with my photos. My phone’s okay and everything for it, but there’s just something about having a camera in your hand that makes everything 100% better. The one I have is absolutely perfect, a Nikon Coolpix L330, and where it’s a bridge camera and not a DSLR it’s all I want to be able to take decent pictures that I can be reasonably proud of. My fingers are itching to press the button and get some snaps but the only opportunity so far has been my cat (seeing the HD whiskers in his face has been a treat, though) and I feel the need to run away somewhere and take some arty farty photos. I hope that photography will be something I can add to this already blossoming blog page – film reviews, matters, travel and now photography? What more does one need! Haha. Stay tuned.

Entertainment, Film

Poster Words

I’m looking for new posters for the bedroom. I outgrew the rainbow phone boxes collapsed on top of each other, and my Back cinderella_poster_a_pto the Future one is on its last legs so I’ve been shopping around. I love film posters but I want something on my walls that’s more arty than fangirly. Trouble is, each and every film poster has the title scrawled across the bottom half of the paper, like I don’t know what movie it is. Lady in a blue dress – woah is that Cinderella? Who knew? Thanks, movie poster for telling me. A hobbit looking out of a circular door – is that perhaps…The Hobbit? Well, I never would have guessed! And a very familiar wavy haired dwarf, standing at the edge of a boat looking out towards a dragon over a misty sea. Is it for the movie Snow White? OH WAIT. It kindly informs me at the bottom that it’s Game of Thrones. Gee, thanks, poster.

I don’t need to be told what the film/TV programme is. If I’m a fan of it, I probably know what it is already. If I’m not a fan of it, why would I want it on my wall?? I just look at all these beautiful posters that are real credits to the films that they come from and think that they are entirely spoilt by the title plastered across them. We know what the films are, we don’t need informing. The struggle is real, all I want is something to brighten up my room that doesn’t have words on it…