Been a while, many months, since I wrote about what's going on with me. Last episode I had talked about coming to realise I'd been living with depression/mental illness most of my life, and how I'd be heading back home to Australia to get help with the support of my family. It started of kinda rocky
, had to wait a month before seeing a psychiatrist, so I abused alcohol a bit here and there. The first anti-depressant I was put on was Lexapro, and while at first it seemed to help eliminate the depression, it soon became evident that it kinda eliminated everything. I was a zombie.
I was stuck with it for maybe two and a half months, because during December and most of January my psychiatrist was unavailable. Towards the end I was basically stuck in bed all day, getting up only to use the bathroom and marathon episodes of Star Trek (original series and TNG.)
With that obviously not doing me any good, I've now switched to Venlafaxine
(Enlafax, Effexor) which is a big improvement. Still feeling kinda weird, but I've got my mojo back
to some degree. I've taken up photography again
in a big way, my shot count is in the thousands. The actual number of 5/5 star photos is far less, perhaps double digits, perhaps triple, but I've certainly got a lot of content to upload.
A relative came down from Greece in the week leading up to Dec 25th, and I tagged along as my family took him to see the sights - a walk through Melbourne, a road trip to Ballarat to see Sovereign Hill, and a trip to the Vic market.
There's a paper mill near my grandmother's house that is being slowly demolished to make way for what is essentially a self contained city state, with appartments, shops, etc. My first trip there I was able to get inside one of the buildings - which has since been blocked by huge lumps of concrete. So I've got quite a few urban decay / urbex photos out of that, some that I'll upload as stock photography.
One of my aunts is an avid photographer, she's one of my early inspirations, and with her I've been out to a rose garden and a garden show that was held in Melbourne recently. At the rose garden I focused on wilting flowers mostly, but I got a few classic shots too. At the garden show however I found myself taking advantage of the density of the crowd and I focused more on taking photos of people. I had a great time taking photos of people taking photos with their phones, tablets and cameras.
My uncle on the other hand, got into photography more recently, and it's through him that I'm a weirdo using Sigma cameras with their Foveon sensor. He prefers landscapes and cars, so it's with him I've been taking trips to the paper mill, but we've also gone to two car shows.
Coming back from the garden show with my aunt we found ourselves approaching a car accident, fire trucks, police, paramedics, the works. An elderly man had backed his car into the local bookshop (from which I've bought Nadia a book on Dali, and myself a big connect-the-dots book) and I found myself leaping out of her car with nary a word said to photograph the event. I think until the news crews arrived I was the only one there with an actual
camera camera, and not just a cell phone or tablet.
Aside from shoots with my aunt and uncle, I've gone on a few walkabouts myself with various cameras (even taken a few hi-res shots that might wind up being NEW TEXTURES!!
), and this week I'm planning to go on a walkabout with a longtime friend, perhaps into the city so we can shoot a mix of subjects. So... yeah. tl;dr:
I've got a lot of photos to share lol.
Lets see. What else. A trip to the office store with my mum so she could print some photos resulted in me buying something like $35 dollars worth of pens, markers and highlighters that I hope to use to draw/sketch with. It suddenly occurred to me that general office/school supplies is the medium I'm most comfortable working with, so why get in the way of it? Embrace it, yeah? When I first came back home oh boy was it a strange experience to go through old doodles and drawings I hadn't seen in almost a decade. They'd even kept the ... lets say... erm... artistic nudes
I used to .... mumble mumbleOH HEY! DID I MENTION I GOT A NEW PHONE?
It's a Samsung Galaxy Alpha. Pretty snazzy. Still getting used to it, but it's certainly nice not to have to carry my Nexus 7 around in my pocket.
I guess that's all for now. For anyone that's mutual friends with bleedsopretty
, drop me a note if you'd like to be updated on what's going on with her these days. Things being how they are, I'd like to talk about it, but would rather do it privately with her dA friends.