Monday, 6 June 2016

HUES OF A BUTTERCUP



Last week listened to : My Heart Is A Storm 
Currently listening to : CheerleaderA Forest | I Ain't Got Nobody | Need You Now

Hellooo ! Long time, no see ! I meant to share two posts last week - May's playlist and parts of an outfit - but I was so busy with the amazingly hot weather, summer exams and then, enjoying myself after those exams that I didn't have the energy to even think, let alone post online ! I'm not exaggerating a lot or bragging when I say that since Thursday when we got our summer holidays at 1.10pm, I have seen friends more than I did over the three months of last summer (or previous summers for that matter.) ! I've also been spending time with family and watching TV shows or films (Grease the Musical .... Nijiro Days and Fairy Tale ... watched the amazing 80s film 'Mystic Pizza' last night - it is the best !). Unfortunately also, as a result of being out so much, the aftermath of exams and just being so content, I have had no motivation and either too much energy or none at all ! For weeks, I've been getting up at ridiculous hours of the morning to either study or finish off homework. This means that my sleep pattern has been all over the place, leading to me staying awake almost all night twice, although on the first occasion I did get to see an amazing sunset so it was quite worth it. I'm slowly beginning to adjust to not having any work to do (I'm taking the month of June off from study.) and I also haven't found any summer work so to keep boredom and a lack of motivation at bay, I have decided to attempt to teach myself some basic Spanish !


I haven't been very active on social media, YouTube and this blog as I haven't had any ideas springing into my head. Like I said, I have also been out a lot and I tend not to share a lot of that on social media. It kind of confuses me, since when I like back through my "On This Day" memories I used to share so much whenever I hung out with friends when I was younger (at times when I didn't have a lot of friends this was my way of screaming "LOOK SOME PEOPLE ACTUALLY ENJOY MY COMPANY". Thirteen year old Grace was quite peculiar.) but I suppose my perception of online has changed. I am not one to let others' thoughts on myself affect me  but with the opinions of many who see 'oversharing' online as 'narcissistic' or an act of 'showing off', myself being more cautious of what I do share online - I don't particularly enjoy sharing my face on the Internet now - and perhaps a lost of interest, I do share less and less online.

It's a minefield. The online world is criticised for depicting their lives as 'perfect' and 'flawless' when sharing online, however, when the online world open up about the ways in which their life is not so 'perfect' and 'flawless', they are also criticised. The online world is not real. It is not real at all. It is not natural, crafted without force, it is staged. It is not a physical thing - living or not. And for that it must be acclaimed. It is art in the way that it is crafted to portray different realities - whether they are the best bites of reality or the worst. I suppose that is why my Instagram strictly consists of photographs that I have chosen to be of certain hues, photographs that I have chosen to be positioned in a certain way, photographs that I have chosen to be somehow 'staged'. Occasionally, I'll choose to share 'less staged' photos, whatever they consist of. But at the end of the day, I adore photography and photography means many different things to me but most of all memory keeping. It's a almost of sentimentality or a form of hoarding.

 I take photographs of everything - I always have. I take photos of every sunset, first thing in morning and photos of a lot of sunsets, late at night. I take a photos of my rabbits when they go for a nap together. I take photos of my surroundings every time I have an anxiety attack or meltdown in the school bathrooms. I take photos of my family sitting together or when we have a nice meal. I sometimes take a lot of photos of food. I carry a disposable camera everywhere. I take photos of my friends acting like goofs. I take way too many photos of nature and I take selfies for the most ridiculous reasons. For example, at the end of my last summer exam - art history - and then photos, of the notebook page where I had doodled and written Alice Cooper lyrics. I LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY !

Wow, this is similar to a therapy session.



I feel a little drained following those last three paragraphs and reading this, you may be too, so we are keeping the May playlist for another day ! I had not intended to go on that tangent but I hope it made some kind of sense anyway, that I do not sound like an idiot and that you might leave your thoughts on the topic in the comments - what does photography, social media and art mean to you ?

Grace x 

2 comments:

  1. Love this post! I definitely agree with the whole over sharing thing, social media for me is a way to promote my blog, not promote my life. I'm a photography lover too, photos can hold so many memories it's amazing.
    Ailbhe x
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    1. Thank youu ! And yess completely agree with everything you've said :D

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