When was the last time you paid attention to the cinematography of an ANIMATED film?

When was the last time you paid attention to the cinematography of an ANIMATED film?

My Neighbour Totoro (Hayao Miyazaki, 1988)

Can we please take a moment to honour the framing, colour, lighting, and design of shots in Miyazaki animation? His animated films are visually beautiful and a nice stylistic difference from the traditional western aesthetics.

Note to Self: the cinema of Asia is artistically exceptional and I should watch international films more often.

What Do I Love More Than Anything Else?

What Do I Love More Than Anything Else?

Search Engines. Happy Valentines Day.

“Hatred paralyses life; Love releases it.
Hatred confuses life; Love harmonises it.
Hatred darkens life; Love illuminates it.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

“People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centred. Love them anyway.”
-Kent M. Keith

“Sometimes it’s a form of love just to talk to somebody that you have nothing in common with and still be fascinated by their presence.”
-David Byrne

September is the January of Fashion.

“I think that what I often see is that people are frightened of fashion and that because they’re scared of it, or it makes them feel insecure they put it down. On the whole, people that say demeaning things about our world. I think that’s usually because they feel in some ways excluded or not part of the cool group. So as a result they just mock it.” – Anna Wintour (Editor-in-Chief of Vogue)

In the documentary: The September Issue (R.J. Cutler, 2010)

Watch The September Issue and The Devil Wears Prada together. It provides a stark contrast between a fictional story written by Wintour’s past assistant and a ‘documentary’ film that follows Wintour behind-the-scenes of actual Vogue. Whether or not fashion interests/scares you, I promise it’s worth your entertainment and intellectual time. 

5 Rules of being a Good City Citizen

  1. When someone asks you to take a picture of them, take your job as a photographer seriously. This picture could be their only ‘couple picture’ in front of Big Ben. Or it could be her new Facebook Profile picture. (And we all know how important that is!)
  2. When it comes to working in coffee shops, be respectable of space. If you’re on your own at Starbucks, let a stranger take the other side of the table. And when they or you leave, say your goodbyes and smile… you were practically on a coffee date after all!!
  3. Be mindful of people traffic flow. Everyone is busy. Everyone is stressed. Everyone is late for a meeting. Everyone is being slowed down by tourists wandering on the wrong side of the street. So just please be respectful of those stressed and frazzled human beings around you. They’re fighting a battle as well.  
  4. Those people on the street – the ones in colourful vests and a cause they’re promoting – are real people on the street. You don’t need to ignore them like the plague. THEY’RE PEOPLE, in the cold, trying to save Pandas. So say “no thank you” if you don’t have time, but have the courtesy to look them in the eyes.
  5. It’s easy to get caught up in day-to-day tasks. So, every now and again… take a break and look up at the wonderful buildings around you. It’s simultaneously a humbling and aspiring feeling. And will make you a better citizen of your respective city. A true Londoner, or Parisian, or New Yorker. 

Pourquoi pas moi?

‘I love everything about film. I’ve seen so many films over the years, so I thought… why not me?’

The Lesson here… and I quote someone older and wiser:
‘If you don’t build your dreams, someone will hire you to build theirs’ – Tony Gaskin