Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Outfit: Cucumber, Banana & Tofu Launch Party

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Last week I was fortunate enough to be invited along to the screening and launch party of Channel 4, E4 and 4od's new series' 'Cucumber' 'Banana' and 'Tofu.' I got to see the first episode of each of the series, meet some of the cast at the after party and even go to the very top floor of the Gherkin for the best views of London, cucumber inspired cocktail in hand. I have an interview video coming on my channel very soon, with some of the cast of 'Banana' and a mini vlog of the event- so stay tuned for that. This post, however, will be showing you what I wore on the evening, photographed by the lovely and talented Mr Ollie Ali, who I interviewed, previous on my blog.
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Photos by Mr Ollie Ali
Dress: Missguided
Coat: *Urban Code London
Boots: *Barratts
I wasn't brave enough to go cold turkey -quite literally- without my tights, as the UK is very chilly at the moment, however, I did wear a strappy dress and my faux fur coat over the top- just for good measure. I often get a lot of people wanting to stroke or hug me when I wear this coat, the attention is quite nice, actually!

Thank you to Ollie, for taking these photographs and stay tuned for more info about Cucumber, Banana and Tofu!

Amy x
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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Diet Chef: Week One Update

So, I've been on the diet for just over a week now. I won't lie to you, there were some difficult points. The first few days were certainly the hardest, you haven't seen any physical change in your or your body yet and there is absolutely no motivation to continue on. The amount of time I almost called up Dominos, getting my Jennfier Lawrence on like, 'where's the pizza?!' But I persevered and on the third day when I suddenly lost a couple of pounds, that then became the driving force behind my motivation to continue. I want to wake up every morning and be able to do a celebratory fist pump when I step on the scales.

So, Amy, crunch those numbers for us, eh? Well, I'm down 7lbs, which is half a stone. I'm pretty excited but what I'm more proud of is the strength and determination I've gained from persevering with this. I've stuck to my guns and even on the odd occasion where I have broken away from the Diet Chef diet, I've done it with control. On the third day, after my final exam, I treated myself to a small packet of Magic Stars and a week later, I went out for lunch with my pal Rosie, and chose a salad. Pat on the back for me.

So what of Diet Chef, itself? Well, the food so far is yummy, there are some thing I prefer over others, the protein shakes, sweet and sour chicken and pretzel sticks are my favourites, but I haven't found anything I particularly dislike yet. What I'm most impressed with, so far, is the ease of everything. Other than milk, fruit and veg, I hardly have to worry about food shopping, or running out of anything. All the Diet Chef food itself can be cooked in under 4 mins in the microwave- I hardly want to give up the quick and easy food lifestyle I'm getting used to.
Above is my first weight loss video, which shares some of my weight loss tips which have been helping keep me on track the past week or so. Together, we can get fit in 2015!

Amy x
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Sunday, 18 January 2015

Photography: Interview With Mr Ollie Ali

Welcome to a brand new feature on The Camera's Lying- interviews with some of my favourite photographers. Today, we are talking to Ollie, better known on the internet as Mr Ollie Ali. I sat down to ask him some questions about his porthographical roots, and take some of my own photographs of the man himself. Ollie is an Instagram wizard, freelance photographeroccasional YouTuber and bloody talented. Let's meet the man himself-

What was the first moment you realised you were interested in Photography?
There wasn't a specific moment, it was just picking up a camera and playing around that I realised I was interested in it. Other people commenting on my work online was really encouraging, as well, that inspired me to keep taking photographs. I often find I'm more inspired by work my friends have done, than by famous photographers. 

What is it about the art form that you love, specifically?
I love it all, but I think what I love the most is the idea of capturing a moment in time. You can look back at a photograph and remember so much about the time and place it was taken. I also really enjoy the process of editing photos. I can't draw, but I can use photoshop, so that's my creative outlet.

How would you describe your photographical style?
Oh, that's difficult! I don't like to label my style or limit what I take photos of. If I see something I like, I'll take a photograph of it. I like to take photos of anything and then put my own touch on it.
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What inspires your work? (places, people, instances, specific photographers?)
Firstly, I take pictures because I enjoy taking pictures, more than anything. It something I started doing, realised I loved it and that inspires me to continue. Second to that, I'd say seeing other photographers work, especially on Instagram, or photos my friends have taken, that's very inspiring, too.

What is your favourite photograph you have ever taken?
Ooh, I've taken so many! I think, when I do take a photograph I really like, then a week or so later, I'll go out on another shoot and take a better one. Or if I do a shoot I'm really passionate about, I'll really enjoy looking through all those photographs. There is one shot, I took of a guy on Oxford Street, it doesn't have much meaning, but I love the photo and his expression. It's always great to go to new places and meet new people on shoots.

Do you have a favourite photograph that someone else has taken and can you explain what is going on in the photograph, in your minds eye?
I can’t think of much but a photo that stands out to me is Afghan Girl. It's not that I interpret it much differently to anyone else, I just think it's such a strong image. The photographer has captured her emotions so beautifully, it’s as if she’s sat there right in front of you expressing everything she feels, all captured through her facial expression. It’s almost like her eyes tell her entire life story. Incredible.
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What does photography mean to you?
It all links into what I've said already. I love that you can photograph something, and capture it, frame it, and edit it to look the way you want it to look. But someone else may see exactly the same thing and choose to portray it through photography in a completely different way. I love how I can express myself through my work.

I've always been inspired by the works and life of Ansel Adams. He said '“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.' What does this mean to you?
This is a good quote. It ties into a lot of what we've been saying already. I guess with a photograph, it speaks the truth, it can capture poverty, war, etc and the truth is right there. You can build great opinions of things based on photographs. 
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Photos of Ollie taken and edited by me.
Ollie's Photography:
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Thank you to Ollie for answering my questions and letting me take some photographs of him! You can follow Ollie on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or take a peek at his website


Amy x
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