WTF

I feel like it’s time, the events of this week are bringing back a side to me that was in hibernation but now, that side of me awake. It’s two year slumber is over, here goes nothing……

“WTF”. This is an expression I normally use every now & again but recently I’ve been using it much more often. Why? Because I feel like the world in the short-term is spiralling out of control. Cops are killing innocent black men as if they are wild animals without a care of the devastating impact that has on their grief-stricken families, what a great service their are to the people they’re suppose to protect. Divisions among people are growing, causing a festering feeling of resentment towards the establishment, what a brilliant way of forming a team-spirit among communities who live among each other. Things have advanced to the point that there are snipers shooting police officers as a result of the events of this week, that must have been quite the spectacle for people experiencing those scenes first-hand. Then there’s Donald Trump with his simply fantastic hair and his magnificent bandwagon full of hate, ignorance and an alarming amount of head-shaking and facepalms and yet somehow, he could be the new President of the US, that looks like a masterpiece of an outcome, an end result I’m sure a lot of Mexicans from the other side of the wall will be lining up the shots of tequila, chugging bottles of Corona and toasting a job well done. The defenders of the 2nd Amendment must be so proud of themselves, choosing to fight fire with fire really was a great choice. You better watch out for those silly people who want to restrict gun rights, I mean guns are cool, why would anyone what to restrict their use, that’s crazy.

Britain at the moment is a bit of a mess right now, somewhat portraying a moody teenager’s bedroom, choatic with a pungent smell that makes you think “what the hell could be making that stench!”. Scotland doesn’t like England, Ireland doesn’t like England and England doesn’t like England, England’s football team is shit, we somehow managed to leave Europe twice within a week but that’s okay because our we have got our country back from the diabolical hands of the EU. Times are a bit tense, a bit like meeting your other half’s parents for the first time, the sterling has taken a pound in the face, Nigel Farage managed to escape from the pub, spread his unique blend of mischief before running back to the pub like nothing’s happened, the older generation have muddled the futures of the younger generation, leaving it to them to sort the shit out but hey-ho, we got Britain back and it’s going to be Great again, all the Europeans who took ‘er jerbs are going to majestically float out of the UK like they’re Mary Poppins with magic umbrellas and all of our tea is suddenly going to be extra British, better get the Chinese to help with ensuring its authenticity.Our politicians are moving like it’s Britain’s Got Talent out here, David Cameron got the red buzzer treatment, as did Boris Johnson and that calamity he calls his Barnet and Michael Gove has come out from this debacle looking like a treacherous scoundrel, stabbing Johnson in the back for his own gains.

With Turkey, Iraq & Bangladesh all suffering from terrorist attacks recently but not nearly receiving as much air time compared events elsewhere, it’s no wonder there’s tension in the air, rising animosity levels and plenty of fear & anxiety that things may further spiral out of control. The hypocrisy from those in the higher echelons is rife, preaching about unity when their actions leads to division and when things go wrong, instead of owning up to their faults, they offer mealy-mouthed excuses, pathetic in its aim of comforting innocent victims.

“WTF” is what comes out of my mouth because I can’t even comprehend the madness that is going on. There are too many hidden agendas, I don’t know whether certain people are telling the truth or not, problems that have been somewhat invisible have now come to the light of day, impossible to ignore. It’s sad to see things come to this. For now, I’ll just have to see how things pane out, it’s been an eye-opener of a week.

Now that this side to me has come back, the question is how long will stick around for?

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22 In 22: The Canvas

A new year, a new canvas. The canvas of the year just past is completely saturated, there’sno more space for anything else to be crammed onto it, the surface area totallycovered by an array of colours, tones, emotions, feelings and the blood, sweat & tears shed across the last year. Now it’s time to put the old canvas away and start afresh, now is the time to think of new ideas and dream of new adventures to scribble onto the new canvas which is as white as the clouds in the deep blue sky. The possibilities are endless as to what will end up on the canvas, a whole year to come up with splashes of brilliance to decorate the clean slate, all the misdemeanours from the past forgotten, all the hurt cast away, all the disappointment eradicated but then you suddenly think that those negative experiences weren’t as crushing as you thought, those experiences although hard made you a better person, they made you wiser and now with the knowledge of hindsight, you can right the wrongs and make this particular canvas a brighter one than the one that preceded it. One year to decorate the canvas. One yearto complete aproject full of ups & downs. Let the work begin.

22 In 22: Go Solo

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Sometimes, only you know where you want to go so why bother waiting for people to go with you when you can go solo. If you know what you want, go for it and don’t let anything or anyone get in your way.

22 In 22: The Next Steps

Does anyone find it hard to work out what to do with yourself after completing a project. You might have invested a great amount of time and effort into it and when it’s finally done and finished, there’s that feeling of emptiness, that milestone you’ve been striving for has come to fruition but you realise that you hadn’t planned for the immediate aftermath, what were you going to do after that particular goal had been reached.

Taking the next steps may not be straight-forward, sometimes we all need a rest, time to recharge the batteries because we are all human at the end of the day. We can’t function at maximum efficiency 100% of the time, it’s natural to need to take a step back and refocus our energies and when the time is time is right, take the plunge and take the next steps.

What those next steps are? Where they take you? Those are questions you will find out; you might enjoy where the steps will lead you or you might not or you might still be in the dark as to where you’re going, no two paths are the same so ultimately, it’s down to you to find out what steps you need to take. Don’t rush the decision, jump into something that you’re not ready for and you’ll wish you hadn’t been so impatient. Clear your mind, find a way to unwind and relax and you’ll find that the fog clouding your vision will disperse, the uncertainty that existed before will disappear. Those steps that seemed invisible before are now more clear than ever.

That emptiness that was there before is something to embrace because then you can fill that void with something worthwhile. The glass isn’t always half-empty, if you have a positive mindset, that glass will be half-full. How you fill the whole of the glass is entirely up to you.

22 In 22: 9 Shot Challenge #12

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Wanted to try something different so I came up with this, an orange version of a 9 Shot. I’ve used the orange filter before in other pictures I’ve put up. There’s something quite dramatic about looking at the sky when it’s in bright orange.