you forget it in people
Messed around with some new brushes. No idea if I am happy with this, but just playing around.
Words are taken from the Broken Social Scene album of the same name.
rejection therapy day 19 -december 18th
Due to the increased snowfall, I went for a walk out and about to see what everything looked like sprinkled with icing sugar. I was walking next to a couple dragging their son along in a sledge. Rather than just walking on and passing them silently, I decided to say hello and they gave me a greeting back, just like a real person. Had a chat with them about sledging and frozen beer. Odd. Failed Rejection
I saw a woman trying to clean the snow off her car. She politely declined, even though she stated she had been stuck there several hours…Rejected
Street Portrait Project #11
This is Samantha, who is Daniel’s (Street Portrait #8) work colleague at Yep Media. She was kind enough to give me a few poses before carrying on with her day.
rejection therapy day 19 - december 17th
I asked if I could give a hand with some friends who run a magazine I write for since they moving office…they said yes and I spent the day hauling boxes and shifting shelves. Great fun though as it turned into a sort of Christmas party involving lunchtime pints and fish a chips. Nom. Failed Rejection Their new office will also be above a venue which they will be hopefully organising some gig nights for…thought I would throw my name in the hat and say I would manage some nights for them, again they said yes (the friendly fools) Failed Rejection
At a Christmas party that offered by cocktails and cocktail sausages, I offered to make some a ‘sausage cocktail’. They declined, giving the excuse that they had eaten to many sausages already. They were not impressed when I proclaimed that they were probably “all porked out” Rejected
Walking home late at night, having missed the last buses and lacking funds for a taxi, I decided to see if I could hitchhike. I don’t blame the dozen cars I stuck my thumb up to and refused to stop. A big strange man drunkenly stumbling through the snow, dressed with his hood up and gloved; while also waving his arms about while he sang along to David Bowie on his own is hardly someone you would want to pick up. Rejected
I love being an idiot. That is the one thing I have rediscovered today. Up until about a year ago I used to enjoy being myself and that is: a geeky, slightly loud, overly friendly, idiot. This is who I am. I think I tried to be cool, determined and polished; this is not I who I am and thus I became unhappy. I am an idiot and I am damn proud of it.
Street Portrait Project #10
This young lady is Emma, Rich’s (Street Portrait Project #9) girlfriend. She had a coffee cup which she seemed to subconsciously be sneaking into the photos. After pointing it out this shot came out. Looks good, even sans coffee cup.
rejection therapy day 18 -december 16th
I have really not been making the effort the past few days, but this is just a game and other things have been more pressing on my mind.
One thing I will say though, is that with all the crap that sent me on a downward spiral yesterday, I don’t think I would have ended up in as good a mood at the end of today if it wasn’t for my previous efforts in Rejection Therapy. Doing this project has certainly reminded that bad things can happen (you get rejected or whatever unfortunate things) but as long as no one is hurt, then it is not the end of the world. Things will happen, good and bad, and you have to learn from them and move on.
To quote Rudyard Kipling’s poem ‘If’ - “If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster and treat those two impostersjust the same”. That’s the aim: things will happen and you have to learn to greet them with open arms. Might as well smile :)
So my one rejection today was when I met up with a friend at a Christmas Market for a few drinks. I asked to pay for drinks, food etc. but she kept rejecting. Rejected
Tomorrow I am looking to get back in the swing of things and see what mischief I can get up to. Fun times!
Street Portrait Project #9
This fellow is called Rich, and both him and his girlfriend Emma seemed very suscipious of me at first, but soon warmed up. Nice one.
rejection therapy day 16 -december 14th & day 17 -december 15th
I have not been updating my rejection therapy as much recently because the past couple of days have been pretty terrible! Day 16th was spent doing some work which turned out to be a waste of time; and Day 17 involved a whole series of events which were all particularly shit.
I only write this here to just get it out of my mind and not burden any others with it. Part of rejection therapy is learning to deal with failure and move on. Well, the past couple of days have been complete failures, so today I am looking to move forward.
One of my favourite sayings is “Fall down seven times, stand up eight” and even though the past couple of days virtually had me on the edge of sanity, I know I am better than that. A lot of people go through a lot worse, so I should be glad for what I have.
Street Portraits Project #7 & #8
Thanks to my friend Sammi who posed for #7.
Yesterday (Day 17) was pretty successful on the Street Portrait front and thank you to Daniel (pictured below) Samantha, Martin and Doris for all allowing me to shove a lens in their face.
Special thanks go to Daniel and Samantha, a friendly couple of fellows who work for Yep Media. Hope their pitch went well.