karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Default)
Comment to this post and I will give you 5 subjects/things I associate with you. Then post this in your LJ and elaborate on the subjects given.

[livejournal.com profile] puddingcat gave me:

1. Photography (duh!)
I've had a camera since I can remember. My first one was an Agfamatic (I'm unsure which model it was but it probably was a 2000) with a cartridge film. When I was 14 I bought my first SLR, a Nikon F301. I never did much with any of them except on holidays and the occasional party/event. What irked me was that you always had to use up a whole roll of film until you got to see the pictures and film was expensive. Then digital cameras came along and this problem was gone. It was just pocket cameras first but the SLR gathered dust on a shelf because it was just too bothersome.
Then, in late 2004, two things finally kicked my photography into gear: [livejournal.com profile] davefish regularly posting awesome portraits of lovely ladies which made me think, "I want to do that as well" and me being able to afford a digital SLR. Learning photography with digital is so much easier when you can see the results immediately. First successes with portrait sessions with [livejournal.com profile] luckychance, [livejournal.com profile] cryx and [livejournal.com profile] puddingcat (especially this shot which is still one of my favourites and best portraits) gave me the confidence to continue. Over the last four and a bit years, I've progressed quite a bit and learned a lot just by practising and listening to other photographers' advice. I still have a long way to go but I think that for someone who's had no formal training I'm doing OK.

It's definitely my favourite hobby at the moment and one I won't drop in a long time to come because it excites me and it's the closest thing to art I can ever hope to produce. I have two portrait project ideas for this year (both group shoots, one steampunk theme at the Museum of Technology and another model shoot at RAF Tuddenham because putting gorgeous models in beautiful outfits against decaying buildings is one of my favourite concepts) but I also want to do more architecture, macro and concept photography to expand my horizon. Lots to do. :o)

2. Roleplay
Used to be a huge part of my life, especially during my active time in the Cam ('97 til NewWOD came along) now less so. I play in one regular Call of Cthulhu campaign run by [livejournal.com profile] robinbloke and do the occasional con (like Dragonmeet). My favourite sort of games now are definitely freeforms (rules-light, social interaction type live roleplaying). It's still fun but I don't seem to have much opportunity (or time) anymore. It's perfect escapism and ideal for getting rid of your aggressions.

3. Linguistics
Interesting choice. I don't consider myself a linguist but a "user of language", if you will. I use two languages every day at work but in a very pragmatic and practical way. There's no science involved. Theory of language, etymology etc. interest me but I don't think I'd want to study it, it would be far too dry for my taste. In school, I was never really any good in subjects that only consisted of learning facts and numbers (maths, history and the like) but languages came almost naturally to me. At the time I never thought it would become my job, though. I was always interested in technology and how things worked (my dad being an engineer was probably an influence) so my plan was to become an engineer myself but my inability to get my brain around maths put a stop to that idea after two semesters of Process Engineering. I realised that I needed something else, had a look around and found a brochure for an institute that offered translation degrees so I signed up and my degree after three years without doing much work, really. It took me over a year to find a job, the one I still have (although my role has changed slightly).

4. Music
Listening to music has been and will remain a big part of my life. Music fills me with joy and I love discovering new and interesting genres and artists (Later... on the BBC is good for that). I haven't counted in a while but my collection is somewhere around 1,500 albums I guess, covering pretty much any genre, from classic Blues and Jazz to obscure minimal electronica. The only genres I don't get are chart pop pap and most modern R&B, Rap and Hiphop.
Interestingly, while I *love* music, I have no musical talent whatsoever. I don't understand notes and keys and all those things. I get rhythm, though, but I lack the physical coordination to play the drums. I would love to play the bass but that would involve notes so it's a no go.

5. Cooking
*grins* Another passion of mine. The history is a bit of an odd one. While I was still at home, I never used to cook and I only started when I moved out to go to university. I still remember my first disastrous attempt at a chilli con carne (for which I used one of those spice mix packets - Maggi Fix for the Germans). Ever since I've only used fresh ingredients, even when I was a student. Cooking was (and is) cheaper than eating out or ordering/takeaway so it only made sense. Over the years my skills evolved from stuff like spagbol to finer dishes but I'm still no chef (unlike, for example, [livejournal.com profile] whiskeylover). My food is honest, flavoursome and rustic but light. I've adopted various of my mum's and grandmothers' recipes (my dad has no cooking talent whatsoever but my maternal grandfather was a master butcher and chef so I guess that's where the talent comes from), mostly making them lighter and enhancing the flavours. With recipes I mean methods rather than a strict list of ingredients and amounts. I'm a spontaneous cook, I don't measure things, I just seem to know how much I need. Apart from not having access to an oven, it's probably the main reason I don't bake because you can't add another ingredient or two after the cake is in the oven...
I love watching cookery series on TV for getting ideas.
One of the challenges I love comes with the organic vegetable box I have delivered every week because it forces me to use what I get and I get to use ingredients I might not buy at the shop.
What I would really like to do is cook for others more often but I have no space for entertaining people because my flatette is tiny. :o(
karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Default)
I'm always bad at these things so forgive me if I don't come up with full lists

[livejournal.com profile] snapesbabe gave me photographers
Difficult )

[livejournal.com profile] pmoodie gave me Films That Are So Bad They're Good!
Cheese! )

[livejournal.com profile] eddyfate gave me Things That You Wish You Could Take Pictures Of
Shiny )

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