My career for the last ten years has been a little weird. I left a stable product job to do something I'd always wanted to do: work on things talented people had designed so that I could feel proud to show them off. As a programmer, and godawful designer, I feel people judge my work based on its aesthetic, in spite of the fact that that has nothing to do with my actual role. It's understandable but frustrating. I was tired of working on CRMs and intranets - boring stuff to use that is surprisingly fun to make. I wanted something I could show people.
So I got my agency job and the company, almost immediately, went bust. I don't take credit for this, but I was redundant for the second time in two years so decided to freelance.
I hated freelancing so much. The idea of a sweet day rate was super appealing, but what I hadn't considered was the fact that you can't charge your day rate for pitches, or admin, and I was kinda crappy at that stuff anyway. I thought I was going to get paid super sums of money to wear a bathrobe and code all day. Nope.
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I can't remember how, but I accidentally stumbled across Buffalo's site when I was looking for potential agency partners so I could decrease that sales stuff I was doing and increase the code I was writing. I contacted Dan and we hit it off immediately and we're still working together seven-ish years later. I'm immensely proud of where we are right now, even though I can hardly take any credit for it (I spent pretty much the entire last seven years writing code and very little else, but I like to tell myself that that freed Dan up to do what he's great at, which is building the company).
Sadly, I can't join the Brighton Agency Founders Slack channel, but I can enjoy the 10th birthday of the best place I've ever worked. And I can also enjoy watching Interstellar, starring Max's head, at one of our clients' 30-seater cinema.
There's something about the seaside in winter that's very sombre. It's one of my favourite places to be.
I don't often shoot film because it's expensive and I don't trust it. Plus I'm used to the immediacy and advanced processing of digital. I know you can process a film photo, but that feels even more like cheating to me.
That being said, you simply can't beat the rush of picking up a roll of film to see what's on it. Especially when it turns out there's something you like. I've been posting photos on my Instagram for a couple of days but I'm also going to post them here because I love them. Somehow I think this is only the third roll I've put through my Contax and I much prefer these. Next up will be a roll of black and white.
I don't really get halloween, but I do get the joy my daughter extracts from everything she does.