When I first started blogging way back in the February of 2009 I was living in Berlin and was attempting to take the opportunity to do some of the things that I never had time to do in between studying.
Those things included (but were not restricted to):
- Reading a lot of books (The Scarlett Letter, the entire works of Angela Carter and a lot of classics, just for starters)
- Reading a lot of Greek mythology and starting a reference folder filled with Greek Gods/stories/references so that when reading Angela Carter (my fave) I wouldn’t be completely lost
- Getting to know the Bible (more for literary purposes than religious)
- Exploring my interest with Gender Studies
- Figuring out what I want/ed to do with my life
No mean feat then.
Needless to say I barely got started on this. Once you’ve factored in improving German, attending classes, making friends and writing a dissertation, there wasn’t really much time left for intellectual improvement, never mind colour-coded folders and life plans.
That said, the year abroad did help me to realise that fashion is most definitely the industry for me – I started my blog, started interning and went to my first Fashion Week. But more than that, I fully realised that although I adore writing in particular, I’m really just a creative beast in general.
You see, it was in Berlin that I started blogging, but it was also the time I really started obsessively taking photographs of food.
This is a bit of a bizarre first blog for me, but I only just remembered this today because of the competition NOWNESS are running at the moment called ‘Fantastic Food’. Readers are uploading pictures of ‘decadent dishes’ and then everyone votes for their favourites…
“The top ten most popular photographs will be included in a NOWNESS guide on Foodspotting.com and reviewed by our panel of judges, which includes chef April Bloomfield (of The Spotted Pig, The Breslin and The John Dory), food artist Jennifer Rubell, restaurateur Frank Falcinelli (co-creator of Frankies Spuntino and Prime Meats), Swallow magazine editor James Casey, and Foodspotting.com’s Fiona Tang. The panel and NOWNESS will select the winning image, to be showcased in a feature on the site—placing the photographer in the esteemed company of NOWNESS contributors considered to be among the world’s leading image-makers.”
You can upload your competition entries until Wednesday 22nd December. Until then, here’s a selection from my personal archives…
(It’ll also give you an opportunity to get used to my *superb* photographic skills)