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Blocking Dead

Blocking Dead

The Blocking Dead. New t-shirt! #grateful365

This is a combination of a t-shirt graphic and a house concert Hono and I performed at. The t-shirt is a lego representation of The Walking Dead show, and behind that I placed the image of Hono and I playing because the song we played together was inspired by The Walking Dead. I was grateful for the performance and the t-shirt, and was intreguid by the fact that both photos represent homages to The Walking Dead show, for which I am also grateful for. For this image I just wanted to see how it looked as a black and white image; I feel it gives it a form of gritty realism, which is what I feel the walking dead is about. This image is dead of colour.

Achievement

Achievement

Boom. #grateful365

Today, Alice was born. I’m her Uncle Gareth. Feels awesome!! #grateful365

Here we have two seemingly unrelated things: a baby, and an academic achievement certificate. But I wanted to look at the definition of achievement some more:

achieve·ment noun \ə-ˈchēv-mənt\
: something that has been done or achieved through effort : a result of hard work

: the act of achieving something : the state or condition of having achieved or accomplished something

So on the one hand I have a piece of paper, that says well done for being clever, for reasons that are not overtly clear to me; and on the other, I have a beautiful niece, Alice, that my sister worked extremely hard to bear through childbirth (facing severe bodily trauma in the process). I know that in years to come, my relationship to my niece will bloom, become beautiful, and be rich and deep in values that will be difficult to express; while on the other hand I feel my certificate will be helpful, but largely forgotten within a few years. So where is the real achievement?

Drain & Refuel

Drain & Refuel

I think toilets are awesome, and totally unappreciated. #grateful365

When I take time to notice that we have fresh water to drink from, and a place to sit when we need to visit the toilet, I am reminded that many countries do not have these priviledges we take fro granted. When I lived in China for nine months I came to understand that most places I visited would just have a bathroom with a hole in the floor for people to squat over and initiate bowel movements accordingly. This was something I just never got used to, so thank-you conveniently close, clean, and comfortably supportive amenities. I appreciate you.

Eating Meaning

Eating Meaning

Honoka cooked us this delicious meal tonight. Apparently the name of it means ‘Yummy’, which it was. #grateful365

This is a picture of the curry box/packet our exchange student Honoka used to make us a meal this evening, and beneath that is some of the new English words she has discovered since she moved here. I was very impressed by her penmanship in how she writes her English and Japanese words. I used the same method for naming this piece as the last one relating to Honoka in that I used a variation of the dingbats font to disguise the title of Eating Meaning. I called it this because in a way she has to consume and digest new information, and she shared a meal from her country with us at the same time, so we all share this experience of digesting meaning both figuratively and literally.

Carrot Allium

Carrot Allium

A fair remedy for a cold. #grateful365

Here I have spliced our families’ juicing machine alongside our self penned ‘Juicing Bible’. I felt a cold coming on and tried a variation on the Carrot Allium and it just knocked it in its tracks so for that I was grateful.

Love & Place

Love & Place

I have decided to work with a series of combined photos that focus on the theme of gratitude. Every day I will take a photo of something I’m grateful for, add a quote, and then once a week I will combine two of them and add a title combining the two themes.

This week the two concepts that have been combine are as follows:

My girl. Gives me more joy than I can put into words. #grateful365

I’m grateful for the warmer day today, and the frosted scenery. #grateful365

The title Love & Place comes from the combination of the love I have for my wife, alongside the gratitude I have for the location, thus I have framed ourselves in the scenery, much in the same ways our lives are.