Over the last few years Desert Island Discs is something I’ve come to love. I had listened to it before but didn’t properly appreciate the range of stories and depth of emotion the program can provide.
It recently celebrated its 75th anniversary with a wonderful highlights episode. Whether or not you normally listen to Desert Island Discs, I urge you to listen it. If it’s your first time it’ll give you a few starting points at which to burrow into the archive.
We’re already through the first month of 2017. So here’s what I’ve been enjoying this month. Hopefully you can enjoy some of this stuff too. Let me know if you have recommendations.
Through December and January I spent some time in California and Japan (Tokyo, save for a day trip to Hakone). I spent two days in Downtown LA and then the rest of my time with family in Riverside County.
Some of my best photos from California were intimate and candid shots of my family. I’ve decided not to publish these here but I’m really pleased with them.
I then spent seven days in Tokyo over New Year. Tokyo is quiet at this time of year but it created a calm and serene atmosphere that you don’t often see otherwise. It’s a beautiful place and I can’t wait to visit again.
Tokyo also lends itself to iPhone snapping which I did quite a bit of but I haven’t published those photos here. I have posted some, along with some of these photos, on my Instagram account. Go check that out and follow me if you’re interested.
These photos were shot on a Sony a6000. Some were taken with the 16-50mm kit lens, many were the Sigma 19mm F2.8 and my favourites were nearly all taken on my new Sigma 30mm F1.4 which is probably the most enjoyable lens I’ve ever shot with. I’ve done some minimal Lightroom editing across these photos. I also posted some of them on 500px if you’re on that platform.
I had a wonderful time in both places and hopefully this cut-down selection of photographs gives an impression of two very different and very unique countries.
General opinion has it that this has been The Worst Year Ever. I can kind of see why. 2016 can’t be discussed without mention of the political shitstorm that came with it, nor the catalogue of deaths that tore us apart from heroes, legends and truly inspirational people.
I’m late with December’s edition of this monthly post but for good reason. I’ve been travelling to California and Tokyo. There’ll be photos coming soon but until then, here’s what I’ve been doing. As always, let me know any music, movies, books or video games that I should check out.