The Eye of the Storm

by Anonymous Photographer February. 23, 2017 2233 views

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. 

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Antonio Gil 3 years, 9 months ago

Love the composition and the grainy look of this image.

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Anonymous Photographer Replied to Antonio Gil 3 years, 9 months ago

Thanks Antonio

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Sharon Eames 3 years, 9 months ago

Brilliant Tom. The only qualification I received at school was in English and writing stories / reports was something I loved. The use of words and recording emotions, feelings and events have given me immense pleasure and to this day it still does. (See cubs reports and caravan stories).

You will look back on these blogs and re-live these times. It will colour in the detail when all you remember will be black and white.

Your reminiscing over a life changing four years is golden. Many children will never see the days you have endured, let alone gather their scroll on a stage full of robed fellow sufferers; so appreciate your gift of education and remember just how much your journey has encompassed.....

.....Bryony. Hours of face time. Vans full of gear. Bikes. Bikes. More bikes. Coffee. Beer. Yorkshire. Quality cafes and sandwich bars. Your cooking skills. Procrastination. Friends. Cheese. Nights out. Many nights in. Family. Ben. Good times. Low times. Above all love.

You write beautifully and it's a pleasure to read and see that it helps you get by; writing it down has always been a great therapy.

Thank you for sharing another great piece.

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Anonymous Photographer Replied to Sharon Eames 3 years, 9 months ago

Its certainly been a journey!

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Ram Ya 3 years, 9 months ago

Love reading your posts here! I hope you ace the exams, I am sure you will :)
Stunning photo as well, to my favorites for sure.

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Anonymous Photographer Replied to Ram Ya 3 years, 9 months ago

thank you Ram, very kind of you.

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