Socialism in the UK

Election campaign 2017. The UK once again has a chance of a genuine government. Continue reading “Socialism in the UK”

Alt Models Photo Shoot

This was interesting. First unguided photo shoot. A chance to work alongside professionals with amazing models. I do like Alt models. These models I understand were competition finalists over several years. I was initially attracted to the event by photos of more far out models. The finalists although not the most “alt” were stunning.  Here’s to good old fashioned good looks anyway. Do check out the gallery.. Continue reading “Alt Models Photo Shoot”

I have a new poem coming out!

H. M. Smith

I have a new poem coming out!

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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Degeneration: The All American Nightmare

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!

‘This is not a democracy anymore’ – Capitalism and Consumption, the 21st century Zombie metaphor

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.

Spectral Visions

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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