I did say that life was getting pretty crazy around here. I have been too busy to really post an update, though I have really wanted to. This post might be a little like an itinerary of my week, I hope it does not seem that way.
This weekend I was in our fair capital, this rounds off the seemingly endless cycle of travelling I have been doing for the last fortnight. I was in London on a photoshoot at the V&A with a lovely lady on perhaps the wettest, windiest, darkest and most overcast day of the year! Luck was on my side, because the shots came out well and I had a great time. Had I still been an active tweeter, I am sure you would know all about the rain, my wet feet and fuzzy hair on this day.
The sad part of all of this is that I am probably going to buy those sunglasses.
After parting ways with my Bristol boy (who had to get back home to work) I headed over to my friends place for a catch up, some champagne (pre wedding taste test!) and a very early night before I met up with a total stranger at a predisclosed location.
Meeting people you have gotten to “know” online has turned out to be a pretty mixed experience. I am fortunate enough to count two of my very favourite people in the world as “friends I have met off teh internetz” they are indeed so normal, so nice, so wonderful that I have attended their wedding and even lived with them for a short time. Another internet friend has become someone I hang out with here in Bristol on a very regular basis. Everyone I have met in “real life” has been awesome, if they think the same of me then that remains to be seen. I don’t think I am any different, I certainly don’t think I have a persona I uphold or a character I play. I am pretty much, well….. I am pretty much the same. Only in stereo, with more gesticularions and a camera.
The longer you get to know someone online, the greater the pressure can often be. I have met friends after 4 years worth of exchanges, by which point there is no room for pretence- and I have also met someone after only a week and a half of one on one interaction (scary). I have also been spotted (and approached) by Twitter followers twice in the street, once at a gig and on another (actually pretty terrifying) occasion…. at work. I felt like Elton John! So it was with great curiosity that I began my journey to meet the man I have always known as “Jonny Rock”, aka @ISEEMONSTERZ on Monday.
Meeting one of your favourite Tweeters is always a bit surreal, I should mention that Mr The Rock and I share a real life mutual friend which is how we follow each other so the likelihood of him being a) mental and b) a killer were already slightly lessened. He is also the person who sent me my very own Libs Guards jacket, for which I am very grateful.
There was no need for alarm. He was an awesome person to schlep around the Tate Modern and talk about the Libertines with. I also learned that he enjoys art that looks like squares of red paper pinned to a wall.
He really enjoys them very much indeed. I hope posting this photo does not anger him. I can assure you that he is indeed as brilliant IN REAL LIFE. Though he never mentioned ducks ONCE. Disappointing.
We discussed the “online” thing and how I don’t feel ready to tweet again any time soon, it seems the longer I leave it, the harder it is to return. I don’t know what I am even scared of but I know that right now I cannot be there, no matter how many DMs get sent to my inbox. Posting this blog remotely is about as near as I can get right now. It is a bit like flying too close to the sun- like a tweety bird I got my wings burned and I am sitting on my behind, waiting it out until I am ready to relaunch myself. I know that today is not that day, but tomorrow might be. I hope it will be soon, but at the same time.. people know where I am and how to get hold of me. It is also not hurting my career to be so absorbed elsewhere for the time being.
I can’t share any pics of my actual work from this weekend as my client has not signed a release… But I can post pics of my mates so here is Simon being a model around Carnaby st.
I think that is all. I wrote a serious post that is appropriate for todays date, but I can’t bring myself to post it. Like with everything else though… maybe tomorrow.