I said I was back… but this time, I brought someone with me. LIAM! Liam’s last day at his full-time job was the Thursday before last, which meant that we were able to work together full-time this entire last week, which has been awesome. Since I once told everyone to “share what you do!“, we decided to take our own advise and do that this week. Enjoy!
K: Tuesday morning was a sombre one. Within minutes of waking up, I had learned the news that Robin Williams had died, and that was really really heartbreaking. After postponing some planned digital outreach until our collective consciousness had time to process and mourn, I wrote David a note and went out for a run and a ponder.
L: Sad news first thing is never a great way to start the day so I decided to stay positive by focusing on the new life sprouting in my kitchen. My chilli plant gifted to me by our mutual friend Ed is growing like crazy and this is the first thing on it that actually resembles a chilli.
K: My run was only a short one and I was back home, showered, and sipping some hot lemon water for the start of the business day. Though I like to start my mornings quietly at home, I’m always taking a beat on the conversations and stories that are unfolding in the digital landscape. Starting the day in-the-know is crucial to what we do.
L: Clearly our brains are in-sync (or NSync!) as I did a little bit of skipping – my current ‘I’m too lazy to run’ exercise of choice – before getting ready to face the day.
K: Oh heyyyyyy. Liam came over shortly before 10:00 for a quick catch-up before we headed off to a meeting. Tuesday was only our second day working together, and as we’re still in the early days of this new partnerships, we’re still trying to find what works for us and our schedules as we move forward. As with anything, it’s a process– a really fun process, though!
L: We had to take a ‘OMG, you take a photo of me whilst I take one of you!’ photo. It just needed to happen.
K: Mid-meeting. There’s nothing Liam and I love more than a good brainstorm session when ideas– no matter how feasible– are flying around the room and everyone is excited about the opportunity at hand. Harnessing that energy and using it to create momentum as the project pushes forward is usually the difficult part for clients, which is why we think it’s important to meet with our clients often for enthusiasm/brainstorm/rallying sessions.
L: Secret time: Kate’s photo of me is a lie, I’m the worst at taking notes and I mostly just fake it. When I do take notes, I never look at them again. We have an agreement that note taking is Kate’s job, I just throw ideas out there and Kate filters the ones that are worth noting or not. My photo: We drank delicious Perk and Pearl peppermint tea.
K: After our meeting, we met Ed for lunch. The three of us have one of the most amazing running text message threads in the history of all text-kind, and when we’re together it just escalates into a flurry of wonderfulness IRL. People who sit at neighbouring tables probably think we’re a little ridiculous with all our joking and laughing and big-dreaming, but we don’t mind.
L: Ed’s shoes are worth photographing multiple times and yes we always have a hoot in person and in virtual land.
K: Over lunch at The Black Dog, we talked about art, depression, our favourite Robin Williams memories and the constraints of the human spirit.
L: The Black Dog is one of our favourite coffee places in town, it is effortlessly excellent every time and they have awesome teapots that are ‘For Life’.
K: After lunch, I went into the office. My jade plant is doing super awesome, you guys. It makes me really happy.
L: I recently attended a charity yoga weekend with my dear friend Alice from May Yoga Massage. After our limbs were stretched into shapes and our yoga mats were rolled away, we ate the most delicious vegan feast. Long story short, these soya chucks were fried in spices as a delicious meat substitute and since then I’ve wanted to try them myself, so I popped into our local ‘shop that sells this sort of thing’ and grabbed a bag on the way back from town.
K: Do you collect things? I do. I collect coffee sleeves from indie coffee shops all over town. I make it a point to reuse them whenever I can as I find it incredibly wasteful to throw them away with a coffee cup just because my hand touched it.
L: I hung out with Boodle (His ‘real name’ is Gus, confusing, I know!) before a dentist appointment to have my first ever filling – ouch!
K: Okay, the office really isn’t one of the most exciting places, I admit it, but is this not the coolest USB port everrrrrr? (It is.)
L: Post filling, I looked through my Seaside Retreat film photos as feeling in my mouth came back. Most people probably wouldn’t know that film expires and the quality naturally deteriorates over time. Fun Fact: Put it in the fridge to keep it fresh! This film was stored in the fridge but not before I bought it, so the ‘fine film’ is now very grainy.
K: Sky-gazing. I was meeting up with Liam again to prep for a meeting we had the next morning. I always enjoy looking up at The Eye of Sauron (aka my lovely neighbourhood crane) when I walk past it toward his house.
L: I love the synergy between our photos. Same sky, different place.
K: After an entire week of working with Liam, I can say that the biggest change to our process is the fact that we get to work during the daylight hours. I mean, during the summer we’ve pretty consistently started work in daylight hours, but now we get to work in the morning! In the middle of the day! At night! During all of the times! Together! It’s really exciting and I’m both impressed by and proud of how much we’ve gotten done this week. Even if I am kicking up my feet, sipping a beer and wearin’ my Chucks whilst doing some of it.
L: We work, we neck back beers, we’re cool like that and we have cool lampshades!
K: When I first meet people, I like to decide what colour car they have before I see their car. When I met Liam, I knew right away that he was a red car kinda guy. Turns out, he has a little red car. A car that is exactly like our car (though he had his first), except red. Isn’t that cute? Car twins!
L: I went into the garden to tend to Scully the Chicken – remember Scully! We have three cats but the garden is Napoleon’s domain, who spends a lot of time looking really pretty amongst the greenery.
K: As some of you locals may know, our favourite pizza joint recently sold their pizza place to other people who like to make pizza so we’re in a pizza void. BUT, Ed mentioned that a local pub near his studio does Italian food. When he told me this, I was like, what? Italian food? Are you sure? But yes, he was sure. It’s a ITALIAN English pub. And it serves PIZZA. And, though it wasn’t quite as good as La Fiamma, it is now my favourite pizza in the area. GIMME GIMME GIMME.
L: Yes, cats hunt, kill and bring in poor creatures that don’t conserve much dignity once the cats have set about making toys of them. This summer has been the worst for cat kills and rarely a day goes by when a poor animal isn’t dragged in as a present to us ‘servants’.
K: So sometimes when I’m shooting TWM, there will be people who are totally weirded out that I’m taking pictures so sometimes I just take weird photos of things like the branding on the balsamic vinegar so they don’t feel too uncomfortable whilst eating their dinner.
L: Before bed I decided to do a little more film photo editing. Digital is invaluable to Gradient and my photography business but film has a charm all of it’s own and viewing images on a computer doesn’t compare to admiring the tangibility of a negative.
K: Whenever we come home, Le Chat stalks us, but at the same time pretends to be way too cool for petting/loving/kitten cuddles. She likes to play hard to get like that. But as soon as we tucked ourselves into bed, she was right there snuggled on the foot of the bed. She’s a big softie deep down.
L: When I am home Lord Fluffington lll (Fluff for short) is my sidekick, since becoming an old man indoor cat around 2 years ago, he rarely leaves my side. He spends a lot of time snoozing so after taking this photo I copied him and went to bed.