My company Road Ahead is primarily about music teaching. Digital media has become so vital in music, I branched out to graphic and web design and even film making. Also, I am studying photography. Here is then, my media blog. There are separate pages for photography, graphic design, web design and film. Road Ahead Music is a separate web site. Here on the home page, I am attempting to keep a range of interesting posts on my various media and musical projects.
During 2015, in my second year as an undergraduate, I had my first poem published with Spectral Visions Press. It was an exciting time as previous to this I had only one poem published to my name; a poem I had written and submitted to a competition when I was 11 years old (which, it is safe to say, is now a little embarrassing to my 23-year-old self!)
I’m now excited all over again to be having a second poem published with Spectral Visions Press in this years ‘Tarot Collection’ anthology. While my 2015 poem ‘Mulier Maris’ was published in the ‘Grim Fairy Tales’ anthology, what is all the more exciting to me about the ‘Tarot Collection’, is that each individual writer has taken their given Tarot card and explored the themes, symbolism and meanings related to their specific card. So, there is no doubt…
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In relation to our current world issues, Jenah Colledge created an idea for an effective photo shoot based on consumerism and coercion, offering a visual contrast of the American Dream and a 21st century decaying reality. Jenah graduated with a BA Honours in English and Drama and is currently studying an MA in English Studies. She also works closely with Spectral Visions as their director of social media and Editorial Team Leader for the press.
By means of drawing attention to the reality of the horrors we live in, I was forced to take a stand and make my voice heard. Constant news reports of hatred, political idiocy, racism, and the desperate attempt to segregate mankind has only brought the decaying reality of a coerced population to my attention. In a fabricated attempt to offer gilded promises of a better world, the actions agreed are quickly abolished by the powers-that-be, with…
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Here is a project with a message that means a lot to me. I’ve re-blogged the article below so please have a read. Essentially, we have a photo shoot in an American style diner to illustrate an article on society. It’s not anti American, it merely uses the American Dream concept to reference consumerism as used to control individuals and detract from the horrors of rampant greed and corruption.
The designer is Jenah College. She uses exquisite horror makeup with smart costume. It juxtaposes the look of very sick people (or even zombies) going through the normal motions, oblivious to the worsening world problems.
Well done to Jenah, Jennie, James, Rosie and Rachel and many thanks to the owners of Park Lane Café for being so accommodating!
I can’t hear enough of this message. The true face of consumerism without the rose tint. I might add in the brain sucking effect of corporatism and the blinkered masses, but I’d just end up going on all day. Well done to Jenah, Jenny, Rosie, James and Rachel. It was great to be a part of the project.
In conjunction with our photo shoot, Degeneration: The All American Nightmare, Jennie Watson has contributed with an article on consumerism and zombie culture. Jennie graduated with a BA Honours in English and Drama and is currently studying an MA in English Studies. She also works closely with Spectral Visions Press as Deputy Editorial Team Leader.
The American Dream is the ethos of the Land of the Free, but what does it really represent? Does it mean prosperity for all who work hard regardless of social order, or is it a materialistic ideology that enslaves rather than emancipates? Are the fast cars and the big house with the white picket fence really just around the corner? In truth, the representation of the American Dream is different for every American. With racial discrimination still rife, is the American Dream not a meaningless platitude used by the middle-class white American to give…
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Here are samples from the photo shoot for the new Spectral Visions blog. The article by Jenah College is What Makes Goth Girls Gorgeous? Beautiful Spectral Visionaries are the canvas for Jenah’s artistry. The blog article examines the lure of the Gothic lady. For me, this was a great chance to further chart the realm of portrait photography. With the new Canon, the Sigma Art Lens, a few cheap LED lights and a bit of black curtain, I sought to put into practice some of this year’s study material. Click on an image to enlarge or arrow key to move through the gallery when open.
A truly excellent presentation. Dr Younger giving a revolutionary view on Monsters, our relationship with them and their importance in our culture. An excellent turnout, full house including members of Spectral Visions who all contributed. Details in the post below.
Our Monsters, Ourselves – Dr Alison Younger [1/12/14]
On Monday 1st December, Dr Alison Younger gave a talk on monsters and monster theory at Newcastle’s Café Culture. Discussing vampires, werewolves and child monsters, she explores some of the most famous creatures in Gothic literature.