Blogging has taken a bit of a back seat lately. Unlike previous problems of not knowing what to blog about, at the moment there is too much, but not enough time.
Preparations for the “Staring Back” exhibition (now only 2 weeks away) continue and the mounted prints have finally arrived from the company I decided to use. They are all slightly darker than I would ideally have liked, but not fatally so.
Seeing all 24 together for the first time was quite overwhelming and I’m now really excited about how they will all look when up in the gallery.
Having all the images in digital format to begin with, as well as the writings I’ve created to go along each one, I realised making a book of the exhibition might not be too complicated.
So I am now in the process of putting together a photo book of “Staring Back” using software downloaded from blurb.com, which will be available online to anyone who would like to view and have a copy of all the images and writings, but can’t make it along to the actual exhibition. It will also give me a wonderful record of the event.
Realising I had reached the limitations of my camera while shooting for the exhibition, Maggie and I worked out a plan on how we might secure me a better one without having to sell the children, although we will be tightening the belts for a long time to come.
After lots of research I finally settled on a Canon EOS 7D. After more research I found a company that offered it at a good price, and it arrived last week.
Unfortunately it wouldn’t recognise or format the memory card despite several attempts, so I returned it. Apparently one of the pins that slots into the card is bent. Apparently Canon would never have let a camera out of the production line like that. Apparently the most likely cause is something I have done. You can imagine my thoughts about that…
The company I am dealing with says they have sent the camera to Canon and are awaiting to hear their verdict and outcome before any battle commences. With any luck they will be thinking of the big picture. As a new Canon camera owner, if all goes to plan I will probably be using Canons for the rest of my life, as once you start buying lenses that are built for Canons, then it becomes a costly process to switch to a system like Nikon, for example. So getting into conflict over a bent pin could cost them many thousands of pounds of lost business in the future, not to mention blog posts of outrage.
Sort it out without a fuss and they can expect a lifetime of Canon loyalty and blog posts of praise.
It could be another week before I hear anything
Several weeks ago I went to see a nutritionist in the hope of finding an alternate route to tackling the Chronic Fatigue, having been pretty much abandoned by the medical system with lots of shoulder shrugging.
Possible Candida – an excess of yeast in the system – has meant I have had to avoid anything with yeast, sugar or equivalents, fruit, dried fruit, anything fermented (not just alcohol, but vinegar, soy sauce etc), and anything mushroom or fungi based (including quorn products).
Still no sign of improvement in my condition yet.
Sleep (or lack thereof)
Looking back through my records, it was discovered I was supposed to be referred for a trial for a machine that tackles sleep apnoea, after the sleep clinic trial results nearly a year ago. I was possibly borderline, but the general sense was there’s nothing to lose by trying.
So for the last 2 nights I’ve slept far worse than I ever have, because of a mask strapped over my nose pumping air up it all night. Every time I move, I wake up because of it. And every time my mouth opens and I unconsciously begin to take in air through it, it’s like trying to breathe with your head stuck out the window of a car doing 90mph. And that wakes me up too.
With press releases to write, posters to design, book to finish compiling, and tiredness levels reaching a new extreme, life is keeping me away from blogging for more time than since I started nearly 5 years ago.
So my apologies for not checking in more often, or visiting other blogs, but when things calm down a bit, I’ll begin writing more frequently again.