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It's always the little things that hold me back.
Things like not being able to find the blue-tack;
rushing to get to the door, and not being able to find a shoe;
getting so caught up in my emotions that I can no longer see the wood from the trees.
I can't do everything, that's true, but it's no excuse to stop trying.

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The city brief that we were given. Nothing amazing, but this is how I resolved it. Everything here is a collage of a free German newspaper that I picked up at a station. I cut it into pieces, collaged it together, went over some parts lightly with watered down colours, and, in the end, photoshopped it together with a map of Berlin that I found in the paper.

I did some experiments (which I might put up a wee bit later), but in the end, I decided not to give the woman a face, mainly to make her seem like anybody. How often do you take note of people that you don't know in a city? Everyone is busy, and everyone passes each other without expressing the least bit of intrest, and why should they? There are almost 7 billion other humans on the planet.

I like train journeys, particularly tube ones, where people are more likely to hop on and off more quickly (I could go on forever bullshitting more about why I like train journeys, but I'll spare you that). In particular, I felt more inspired (maybe I even coined the idea from) Miyazaki's Spirited Away, where Chihiro's on the train... None of the other passengers have faces, they're just busy bodies getting on and off the train.

The tube map idea was quite a random thought when I was sitting by myself, staring out of the window (as I do, I need my alone time) one night, and thinking about the things that instantly distinguish a city, apart from the obvious things, I mean culture wise, not just the way a city looks. It occured to me that the things that differ between capital cities might also be things that they have in common (if you're following). I don't mean to sound like I'm in any way experienced (I know that I am still incredibly young, and in many ways ignorant of the world around me), but I have been to quite a few major cities; London (used to live there), Paris, Newyork, Berlin (that's only 4...); all capital cities have an underground sytem, that is recognisable to anyone who has traveled on it, so I figured I might start there.
29th Jan 2011, 16:47   | tags: