1. Where are you? Tell us the story that got you there.
Hurtling backwards through the Peak District writing this in longhand. Then at some point later I shall be sat at a laptop in Liverpool writing it up and trying to resist the urge to edit.
How did I get to be writing this in transit? Over the last few years I've worked in Sheffield, London, Manchester, Birmingham and Liverpool and at present I find myself bouncing about between the most northerly three like a pinball. Still, the scenery is great.
2. Why do you Moblog? And which of the posts on your Moblog are your favorite?
Back in about 1999, perhaps 1998, I signed up for a photography course. It was the sort that involved an old K1000 permanently borrowed from my dad and much use of film and darkrooms. At the time I remember saying that I had always been such a linguistic person and I wanted to learn a new language, ie. to think in pictures.
Cut forward to late 2004/early 2005 and I was doing some research about online photography communities for a work project (A Digital Picture of Britain), ended up talking to Alfie, as you do, and the rest is history.
Now I moblog for lots of reasons ranging from immediacy to history - I've been here for over four years and have over 90 pages of photos - and back again.
My favourites are probably split between shots that encapsulate moments for me and are part of my personal archive - and those that are portraits of loved ones.
Moments like.... the Apparitions
I met whilst walking with my pregnant sister in 2005. Feeling abstracted and emotional
in 2006 or just plain through the looking glass
Portraits: Beautiful wife, Brother
, dear friend
And I've not even started on the wedding photos!
3. If you could take a year off, what would you do with it.
Realistically, I'd probably spend the first month panicking and trying to adjust to not having the imperative of work every day. Then.... Travel. Train for a marathon. Learn to do something new.
4. Imagine you would have to spend the rest of your life on a deserted island. Which three items (or people) would you take and why?
Presuming that all the necessaries to sustain life are provided for, I'd like to take my mobile phone, my wife
and my cats
5. What do you actually do all day long?
Work wise it depends on what project and what role - I'm sometimes more of a journalist and sometimes more of a producer. So any mix of writing, editing, shouting at software (Avid, I mean you!), meeting people, shooting video, having meetings with other organisations to set up partnerships, managing other people, working with designers and developers, doing work with young people.
Outside work you know what I do, if you've seen my moblog. I run. I go to the theatre and gigs and various other arty happenings. I walk up hills. I spend time with my wife, my family, my cats and can usually be found by following a trail of books, newspapers and coffee cups.
6. What trait do you most dislike in yourself and what trait do you
most dislike in others?
In others? Apart from the obvious like fascistic tendencies, racism, homophobia, bullying, dishonesty....
I have the odd little bugbear which I worry away at. At the moment it's the difference between real friends and networking contacts. A few people don't know the difference and treat every personal interaction as a transaction for gain. That doesn't cut much ice with me. I'm a great believer in good faith and altruism. I'm probably very old fashioned.
In myself? Intolerance!
7. What's your motto? Your tagline? Your favorite saying?
But I digress....
8. What is your strongest memory from childhood?
Well if we're going to get all Romantic with a capital R, my strongest memories are probably isolated but terrifying incidents. Like seeing one of my parents grieve terribly when one of my grandparents died suddenly.
But I had a very happy childhood and remember things that were happening perpetually, like being a good big sister and looking after my clingy younger sister, who always wanted to hold my hand. Or being not such a good big sister and dressing my much younger brother up like a doll in the dressing up box.
9. What movie have you most often recommended to others and why, or what's your favorite movie?
There's no one favourite. Recently I've really enjoyed Milk, My Summer of Love and I've Loved You So Long.
Over the last few years I've probably recommended: Orlando, Far From Heaven, Les Liaisons Dangereuses and Blade Runner.
If there's a common thread to those, it's probably to do with visual style, artifice and how characters construct their identities through dress, makeup, outward appearance. If you care to look at any of the shots I post of myself, you'll notice that very few of them are "straight" look-at-me shots. As a woman I'm very aware that my appearance is constantly being judged and elided with all sorts of other issues about my social standing, so I always try to subvert the picture somehow.
10. Of all the places you have traveled or lived, is there one in particular that you think everyone should see some time in their lives, and why?
Conversely, is there one you never want to see again?
I'm not well enough travelled to make a pick from the whole planet. But all Brits who haven't already been should head for the North West Highlands and keep going north, up past Ullapool. The vastness, drama and relative emptiness of the landscape is a real eye-opener for all of us small islanders. And with the exchange rate as it is, it's cheaper than Norway.
I was not a fan of Beverley Hills and in fact spent most of my visit to LA being grumpy that I wasn't still in San Francisco.
Posted by OJ