Ashley and I had our two year anniversary on Tuesday and tomorrow is her birthday. It doesn’t feel like two years but at the same time I find it hard to remember what life was like without her.
Back to GSA tomorrow. Not sure how I feel about it yet but I think it’ll probably be alright. At least being in the new studio should be good.
Today Ashley and Hannah met each other for the first time. Two of the most important people in the world to me. It was really great to be in the company of two people who mean so much to me and to have them get along. Good day.
Spent today with family. Met my mum’s new puppy and read some stories to my niece because she’s not well.
Had coffee with featherfall today. Talked about how we’re going to take over the world and the word ‘carpenter’. Hopefully going to collaborate soon which could be very interesting so I’m looking forward to that. Going to sit at home tonight and read The Rules of Attraction.
Yeah so I got a new phone which makes it a bit easier for me to use tumblr regularly so I’m hoping to use it more. Since I last posted regularly I’ve moved to a flat in the city centre, finished my first year at Glasgow School of Art and dramatically changed the way I make images. Anyway, nice to be back amongst tumblr-folk.
So today was my enrollment for GSA. I’ve had a few family problems over the last week, particularly sunday night, so I wasn’t really in a very good mood this morning and wasn’t enthusiastic about it at all. In the end it went quite smoothly but was nothing exciting. I’m hoping that my enthusiasm will pick up over the next week so that I can start things off in the right frame of mind. Feeling stressed out tonight so I think I’ll just relax and hope some beer can help.
Also, I’ve been listening to the new Grizzly Bear album all day and it has certainly helped to improve my mood.
thursday - Went to a leaving night for Deans who is going to Canada for some reason I forgot to actually ask. Pretty good night, we went to Brunswick Cellars and then Firewater. Memorable parts of the night include lots of singing in Cellars and dancing to Iggy Pop in Firewater.
saturday - On saturday there was a house warming party at Iain and Lyndsey's. It was pretty fun, I was sensible and didn't drink too much. Lots of chilled out talking and some dringing games. Got the last train home at a reasonable hour and witnessed some fighting on Sauchiehall Street which was amusing. Sometimes it feels like there's a riot going on in Glasgow but nobody is quite sure what it's about so they all just shout nonsense and fight.
sunday - Watched the F1 which is a sunday ritual which has been missed lately. Then Ashley and I headed over to see her little brother (he’s 2) and we played with his trucks for a while and he dressed up as a spider. Headed to town after that and met Nicole who is back from Italy for a little while. Went to Nando’s and then Dimaggio’s for dessert. Got a couple of drinks in a bar and then headed home. Was good to catch up with her, looking forward to maybe doing another photoshoot with her next time she’s in Scotland.
today - Haven’t done too much today really. Got home this morning and my mum wasn’t too well and the doctor had to visit so that’s a little sad but she seems ok now. Had a bit of trouble with my sister which put me in a bad mood so just having a chilled out night now. Oh and I watched Breaking Bad which was awesome (though not quite as good as episode 7) but I’m sad because it’s the last episode until next summer.
tomorrow - Meeting Pierre (who is also back in town for a while) for lunch and a catch up. Should be good, haven’t really been in touch with him over the summer so it’ll be nice to hear what he’s been upto. At night Ashley and I are going to see Shut Up and Play the Hits at the GFT which will be amazing and I can’t wait, it’ll be a final chance to say goodbye to LCD Soundsystem. Also, Kirsty arrives back in Glasgow tomorrow so hopefully I’ll get to catch up with her soon too.
Doubt anyone actually read all of this. oh well.
Currently listening: Black Mountain - Year Zero OST.
Currently reading: Kafka - Metamophosis and Other Stories.
On saturday, Hannah text me and asked if I felt like meeting for drinks. We met in Central and shared a bottle of wine in a bar nearby. It was really great catching up - after not seeing her for a year. We caught up on life and what we’d been upto. We also had a little chat about a possible collaboration which could be quite fun. It’s good to have people who you can talk over ideas with and develop them. After that we moved on to Bar Ten for a couple more drinks and then Max’s on Queen Street before Hannah got the train home. Overall a lovely night. Hopefully it won’t be another year before we do it again.
On sunday, Ashley and I went for a walk up Dumbarton Rock which was good fun and not as big as I remembered. I got some nice photos and some ideas for a possible photoshoot soon. I was really small last time I was up there so it was strange seeing the view again after so long.
I didn’t do anything too exciting for the next couple of days but today I went to the Futureproof exhibition at Street Level which was really good (full post to follow). I also bought 'An American Dream' by Norman Mailer for £2 which I’m looking forward to starting.
Lately I’ve been;
watching: Breaking Bad season 4
reading: Jay McInerney - Model Behaviour
listening to: Bloc Party - Four
I had a really positive experience earlier today when I visited 'Blue', an exhibition featuring recent graduates from the Glasgow School of Art's Fine Art departments the RGI Kelly Gallery.
The exhibition features photography, installation, sculpture, painting and drawing and the stardard is stunning, so many great skills and ideas on display. It was a very inspirational collection of work. I got talking to the two women in the gallery about attending GSA next year, the quality of work and our opinions on some of the most successful elements and works. While the work was excellent, I didn’t find it intimidating because the range of techiniques on display showed me that I will have freedom to find the areas where I am most successful.
Generally it was just really positive to see a great collection of work in such varying styles. It made me feel a lot more excited about the next few years.