Hello friend. Are you doing ok this week? I baked cookies this week. I’m calling the week a success. Here’s to next week! 🍪
My new bike just arrived and I cannot wait to go for a ride. My first was a gold tricycle. My second was a black BMX which I adored as a kid because of Street Hawk. It was stolen from our garage and our doberman slept through it. I was devastated. My third was a green Raleigh mountain bike which I had from aged 11 till maybe 37. I miss cycling.
So I bought a Brompton, reluctantly. There’s a lot I love about them but the cost isn’t one and right now I’m not making any money. I also have a foot issue, plantar fasciitis, which is preventing me from running. If our house was bigger I’d have a much cheaper bike and space to leave it in the hall. But our house just isn’t suited to a full size road bike so Brompton. Still, ignoring the cost I am excited to get back out there on the bike. It is red and silver and I only just now realised the red harkens back to my first bike. Huh. I’m going to call it Discovery. 🖖 See you out there.
I saw an interesting panel discussion this week about architecture and the media. A point was raised about the best way of representing architecture in photography. Do you show the beautiful space or the contextual use of the space? It is something I often think about with my work. Create a beautiful photograph of an amazing building or show pesky humans getting in the way? As someone interested in both design and documentary photography I hope I can try and blend the two in future work.
In that respect here are some photos of the Hallgrímskirkja Church in Iceland. A fantastic building that I was really excited to see during our stay there and the one featured at the top of this newsletter.
- Over 1000 Black photographers to hire, commission, follow and support
- Keeping ‘Insecure’ lit: HBO cinematographer Ava Berkofsky on properly lighting black faces
- Lightroom on iOS is getting better with each release but I’m still flaky on a full mobile workflow for archiving.
- Pokémon Snap is coming to the Nintendo Switch – The Verge
Did you know that yesterday, 18th June, was Autistic Pride day? No, me neither and I’m autistic. So what does that mean? Do we say “Happy Autistic Pride Day!” Is there cake? There better be cake. I got my formal diagnosis 2 years ago so I’m still relatively new to the world of autism. The idea of celebrating the things that I’ve felt were wrong with myself over the years is a strange one. But I think that’s the point. Imagine living in a world of open Neurodiversity where your parents or teachers are able to spot that you might be autistic from an early age and have you formally diagnosed. Imagine growing up in a world where difference is celebrated. You end up growing up in a world where its ok to be autistic and there is support for any issues you may have.
Am I proud? Hmm. Kinda feels egotistical to answer that with a yes. I have to be proud though. I have to accept myself for who I am and be ok with that if I am to be useful in the world. If I want to be a better photographer I need to be proud of my core personality so I can create better photographs because photography isn’t just about pressing the “Take photo now” button. It’s a self portrait. So am I proud? I think I am. I wear a Pride Apple Watch strap as a symbol of acceptance and support for diversity. It takes time though and I’ve only been fully aware of who I am for 2 years. I’ve got 38 years to restructure in my head. It takes time.
This video may help to explain it better than I can.
Also this video by Les Miserabby – 30 Days of Autism Acceptance (what autistic pride means to me) – YouTube
All that said the disabled arts community is facing an incredibly tough time now.
- ASC Overwhelming Situation card – Stickman Communications
- I am autistic card – National Autistic Society
- Seeing the Unseen – why are autistic women so often overlooked? – Disability Arts Online
- ‘213 Things About Me’ podcast – Disability Arts Online
- Autism Spectrum Diagnosis Helped Comic Hannah Gadsby ‘Be Kinder’ To Herself
- A manifesto for allies adopting an acceptance approach to Autism | Reframing Autism – Very long but well worth reading. There’s a dictation option too.
Did you know that 30 years ago Sally Pride was the first American woman in space? Not only that but she was the first LGBTQ astronaut? I didn’t.
- Women at NASA on twitter
- How Sally Ride blazed a trail for women in space
- ‘Astronauts: Women on the Final Frontier’ – PopMatters
- Today marks the anniversary of the first flight of Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, and the first LGBT+ astronaut in NASA history!
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- How BBC’s Cardiff building considers neurodiversity in creating an inclusive workplace
- Anti-Racism Daily
- One in five UK creative jobs will be lost as a result of the Covid-19 emergency, says report
- Pointer Pointer – This website finds your pointer – silly fun
I am very excited for this new Star Wars: Squadrons game.