What I’m reading : Getting to Cleveland: A Gratitude Conversation with Seth Godin — “I think that gratitude is a profound choice. It is not just something that some people do. There is a way to look at life as a “have to” or a “get to” there are all these things in life we could do because we have to do them, or there are things in life we do because we get to do them.” — Seth Godin
What I’m listening to: Cities | Tell Me Something I Don’t Know
What I’m thinking about doing: Moving to a Fujifilm X series camera, in particular the XT-2 or Xpro-2. I’m going to be renting the camera gear over the next few months for some paid jobs before I decide to purchase and commit to the system. It’s an exciting time. I have taken the Xpro-2 at a wedding last year and it was a joy to use. It’s the kind of photographic approach and shooting style that I love. I think I’m getting tired of the “traditional” way of shooting where a lot of the wedding day is controlled. I want to photograph people and capture the day as it unfolds. I’m a documentary photographer at heart.
Go see: A Ghost Story — This is a haunting and unexpected film. Poetic, emotional and almost verging on comical - it’s effing good.
A quote I’m pondering on: ”Leadership is not about the next election, it’s about the next generation.” — Simon Sinek
What I’m reading : The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson — I’ll post an update once I’ve finished it. But I’m hooked on the first page.
What I’m listening to: Morning Routines and Strategies by Tim Ferriss
A quote I’m pondering on: “Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.” — Brené Brown
Go see: Dunkirk — An absolutely breathtaking piece of cinema. The narrative is imaginative, complex, and meticulously crafted. It’s bleak and beautiful at the same time. Prepare to be unsettled. Christopher Nolan is a genius.
What I’m reading : I’ve been leafing through a lot of cookbooks in bookshops lately. But what I keep returning to is an online one called Recipetineats.com. There are plenty of recipe sites on the web but this one is refreshingly delightful. Her writing is positive and fun. She’s really creative with her cooking and manages to make everything simple to follow and exciting to undertake on your own. And I love watching her videos. I’ve already made 3 meals from it!
What I’m listening to: Politickling | Tell Me Something I Don’t Know - Good editing soundtrack.
Go see: It Comes at Night - I’m not sure why I went to see to this film. Actually I do know. It’s got Joel Edgerton in it. He’s always fantastic to watch. But gosh was I terrified by this movie! It left me feeling disturbed and a tad ill. Even then I will still recommend it.
A quote I’m pondering on: “To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children… to leave the world a better place… to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
What I’m reading : Homo Deus : A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari — I’ve just started this book and it’s as fascinating and thrilling as the first one!
What I’m listening to: Ian Weldon - Taking a Stand with your Photography Business — I’ve listened to many photographers and Ian is shaking me to the core. I feel humbled and distressed by this revelation. This is a good thing.
A quote I’m pondering on: “There is no special way a photograph should look” — Garry Winogrand
What I’m reading: Seth’s Blog: Make Two Lists
What I’m watching: Just Dance: UpDownLeftRight - A day and night in the life of the man dubbed the god of Dance Dance Revolution on Nowness.com
What recently made me Laugh Out Loud: “Don’t be so hard on yourself. The mum in E.T. had an alien living in her house for days and didn’t notice.” — via @TheUnmumsyMum
What I’m listening to: Who are The Minimalists? - The Minimalist Podcast — I’ve just started this series so give me a minute.
A quote I’m pondering on: ”Being aware of your fear is smart. Overcoming it is the mark of a successful person.” — Seth Godin