Think Negative Thoughts

Jennah Ramsden: Photographer/Assistant/Retoucher/Cynic
Images I admire, photographs I take and observations I make.
The title of my blog is meant to be a pun relating to photographic film. In hindsight, it tars me as a bit of a misanthropic downer. There's nothing like a good pun to show your playful side.

I decided to revisit some of the photos I took a couple of months ago at a wedding. If you read that post, you’ll remember my profuse moaning about not having a flash and the colour balance being unsalveagable. So I’ve turned a few of them black and white.

It was just Open House weekend in London and I took advantage of this wonderful opportunity to cross another thing off my 30 before 30 list! The Gherkin is my favourite building in London and although it took us five hours of queuing, it was totally worth it. Look at that view! 39 floors up and a 360 degree vantage point.

1) Own a dog
2) Shoot a gun
3) Skydive
4) Live in France
5) Read a book in a foreign language
6) Sing on stage
7) Drive in London
8) Ride in a helicopter
9) Visit China
10) Spend a day at a theme park
11) Eat at Dans le Noir
12) Have laser eye surgery
13) Pay off student loan
14) Get a tattoo
15) Get married
16) Start a blog
17) Go paintballing
18) Do a ouija board
19) Send out helium balloons with my email address attached
20) Be an extra
21) Go on a scavenger hunt around London
22) Participate in a flash mob
23) Visit a wonder
24) Go to La Tomatina
25) Dye hair a crazy colour
26) Visit Japan
27) Go inside The Gherkin
28) Visit Australia
29) Knit a scarf
30) Ride a Boris Bike


23 to go, 5 years and 3 months left. 

Part two.


Here are some photos that accurately depict what my life is like on the days when I take on the role of housewife.

6/30

It’s been absolutely ages since I crossed anything off my 30 before 30 list so you’ll be DELIGHTED to hear that I recently crossed one off and have put the wheels in motion to cross off another! So to recap, here is my list:

1) Own a dog
2) Shoot a gun
3) Skydive
4) Live in France
5) Read a book in a foreign language
6) Sing on stage
7) Drive in London
8) Ride in a helicopter
9) Visit China
10) Spend a day at a theme park
11) Eat at Dans le Noir
12) Have laser eye surgery
13) Pay off student loan
14) Get a tattoo
15) Get married
16) Start a blog
17) Go paintballing
18) Do a ouija board
19) Send out helium balloons with my email address attached
20) Be an extra
21) Go on a scavenger hunt around London
22) Participate in a flash mob
23) Visit a wonder
24) Go to La Tomatina
25) Dye hair a crazy colour
26) Visit Japan
27) Go inside The Gherkin
28) Visit Australia
29) Knit a scarf
30) Ride a Boris Bike

Aaaand recently crossed off was number ten. Some of my best buds and I went up to Blackpool on bank holiday weekend to experience the Pleasure Beach (and pleasurable it was.) We spent almost nine hours there, which I think constitutes a day.

Top three rides: Valhalla, Revolution and The Big One.

Definitely avoid: The Ghost Train, Impossible and River Caves (masquerading as the Tunnel of Love- hugely disappointing.)

I have also started knitting my scarf! Credit where it is due to these old women knitting at a million miles per hour; I was at it for at least two hours and I only have four or five rows to show for it.

I should also probably make some more headway on L’Histoire de Pi but it’s way harder than I originally thought it might be. In hindsight, it was a rather silly book choice.

So if I get my act together, I could have another two crossed off before the year is out. MAYBE MORE!

In other news, I’ve moved into my new flat with Jack and it is delightful to have our own little space. It’s falling apart a bit but it has “character” and its crack den charm comes in handy when red wine is spilled all over the carpet. Since we’ve both been coming and going a fair bit for the past month, we haven’t managed to get any pictures up on the walls but I’m sure we’ll get all the finishing touches in place just in time to move out.

Check me out, back so soon! Well I’m cheating a bit because these are actually some pictures I took at uni. The first two are based on a brief where we had to match the background to our object so it blends in. The bottom one was for a competition about Tetley tea advertising although I never submitted it. It sort of fits with the high key/low key/colour brief so I’ve put it in the same post.

The day after the fete we were taken on a tractor run, which was so much fun! It was to fund raise for the charity MACS, which supports children born without eyes or with underdeveloped eyes. Here’s their website: http://www.macs.org.uk/

We went through fields, villages, woods and everything. I had a great time. I tried to get some shots but was being bounced around like nobody’s business so this is all I’ve got. The flowers and machines were taken once my feet were firmly back on the ground.

As with your typical fete, there were some kids and animals hanging around. Those kittens in the cage were free to a good home. I wanted to take that sassy looking one on the right but Jack said no.

A few weekends ago I went on a countryside adventure in Chistlehurst with my boyfriend, Jack. We went to see our friend Grant singing at a fete and basked in the wholesomeness of a dog show, pony rides and welly tossing. All whilst eating hog roast and sitting on hay bails. The above photos are of Jack, Grant and Grant’s dad, brother and friend.

More photos from Powder Keg Diplomacy.