Frosty Mornings

How cold has it gotten now? SO COLD. Yesterday morning was my favourite type of morning – I wasn’t on shift, and I could get a lie in, listening as the front door kept opening and shutting as my housemates went to shift, got back from night shifts, went to shifts. And then, lazily, I got out of bed, put on some music (one of my 100+ playlists on Spotify, maybe some Maribou State or Skream because hey, it’s never too early to wake up to some Skream), and picked up my camera, put my slippers on and a hat, and stepped outside. Sunshine + frosty mornings = perfect.

Frosty Leaf

I haven’t used my macro lens in a little while, but it’s one of my favourite types of photography. I have a real fascination in taking photos of plain, every day, little things and making them look beautiful. The camera and the sunshine does most of the work for me, but I think a lot of my interest stems from my photograph project back at A Level where I created a project on ‘elevating the status of the mundane’. E.g. taking photos of the grass, or some rubbish, making it look a little bit more interesting. So I take pictures of leaves, and blades of grass, and little flowers.

After that cold and happy start to the day, I had some rolled oats and fruit for breakfast, went to the gym, had a lukewarm shower (do not recommend), and went for a meal with some old friends. I then had some cocktails with my housemates, and came back to a kind of warm house. Nice days. Appreciating the days off when I have such long shifts at the moment. Finding little things to appreciate in the cold because it seems like it’s settled in (and here to stay).

Jaguar Skills @ XOYO, 26.11.16

Joy and Dani on the train

Me and Joy went to XOYO last night to see Jaguar Skills on his Ready to Rock tour. It was my first time seeing him and first time at XOYO, and it was such a good night! (Other than royally smashing up my iPhone screen, #oops). Jaguar Skills delivered a very fun and energetic set, and I’d definitely see him again in the future. It was funny how we ended up going to this gig, actually. A month or so ago I had intended to go, but as it got closer to the time didn’t think I really had the money to buy tickets, and wrote off going. And then last weekend I entered a competition on twitter to win tickets, thinking I was just trying my luck, and ended up winning them. Yay! You can see a tiny snippet from the set here:

I’m looking forward to February when I’m going back to XOYO to see Skream again on his Open To Close tour. It’s a nice, intimate size which are my favourite kind of clubs. I also appreciated the way this Christmas tree was decorated nearby which we passed on our way to the venue. Anyone know where I can get some giant eyeball baubles?

Eyeball christmas tree