Sitting here just weeks after January exams, they could not seem more enveloped in the past, resigned to faded memories. A new storm is brewing. Finals lay just around the corner and although they seems far away, the time is wind and minutes are being buffeted into weeks as we speak. Dark clouds of deadlines and silent library hours loom on a rapidly approaching horizon, so now is the time to fight off the outstretched hand of impending stress and tackle this whirlwind one last time.
Incase you had not noticed, focusing on photography and writing helps me to relieve self-induced exam stress. The next 10 weeks are the pinnacle of four years work. A culmination of knowledge and experience gained through trial, error, practice and vast quantities of reading. I have loved my time at Leeds University but nothing could have prepared me for what it turned out I was willing to subject myself to in pursuit of my goals. All experiences, bad and good, have been self induced. It has been incredible to ride my wave through the seething ocean of strange sleeping patterns, sticky footed 00's classics and borderline caffeine addiction which made up my university experience.
The link from text to photograph is tenuous at best. It was taken in what felt like the eye of a huge storm which battered the cornish coast in August 2016. We stood on porth island watching 25ft waves crash down upon the rocks around us whilst sea spray lashed exposed skin and wind whipped unbleached hair. It's easy to be intimidated by the raw power of nature surrounding, but I find pleasure in its purest form when revealing in the madness of it all. To bask in your insignificance is a fine tonic for any misplaced self-importance.
N.B. To be clear, my all-time pet hate is the sensationalism of the distinctly unsensational and as such I'd imagine I may seem like a hypocrite. I am one standard student, doing student things like hundereds of millions of students before me. But to satiate my love of fun words and in the name of (a modicum) artistic endeavour, I have made my time at Leeds sound perhaps more exciting to others than it really was. Make no mistake though, its been pretty amazing from where I've been sat.