My Family & Other Animals

Sunday, 24 March 2013

"Don't Know Much About History!..."

Turns out I didn't know much about anything when I went to University. I was what they call a 'late bloomer' in some houses, I didn't start at Uni until I was 41 years old.
I had left the Royal Air Force in 2004 and I knew that I wanted to further my education, I just wasn't sure which direction I wanted to go in. After buying my first digital camera (a Kodak one, NEVER go there gain, they are the worst cameras in the world!!), I knew then where my skills could be improved so I enrolled with Lincoln University; I had to stay local as I would never have been able to leave Jo and Lincoln had a course I was really interested in, it was called Contemporary Lens Media and featured film making as part of it's first year.
Once I started the course I found that they really should have told me I could have benefited from a foundation course at College first as I had enrolled for an art course and it really required me to have a lot more basic photography skills and knowledge before starting. Some of the projects we had really did test my knowledge but by the end of the course I was standing on my own two feet and doing some really great (even if I do say so myself) work. I graduated with a 2:2 which I know isn't exactly brilliant but I really felt like I had earned it.
I tried my hand at some wedding photography but learnt rather quickly that I really didn't have the patience for other people's unrealistic demands. As a novice I gave them far too much control over what needed to be done and as a result I ended up doing hour after hour of Photoshop work and all for free! So I got a little part-time job as Asda and now I am free to do whatever takes my fancy. My ultimate goal is to be an art photographer but I really do need to find any area that I can excel in, I'm in no rush but I think whatever I end up doing is going to be 'family' related, I have spent my entire life trying to find out what that word really means!
Having said all of that, I apologise for the above image, it's one of the worst I have taken and lets my card down quite a bit. This is my last card as part of the Kenny K Design Team and I am using one of the three brand new images launched today. My young graduate is called 'Graduation Guy' and to accompany him there is also a 'Graduation Girl' and a very busy young lady called 'Unstoppable Mom'. Kenny has finally launched a Facebook page and there is also a Pinterest Page but I have no clue what that is all about, I don't really spend a lot of my time on-line except to check out my fellow bloggers and followers but I'm sure some people will get a lot out of it.
Why is my time coming to an end at Kenny's you might be asking, well I was supposed to be in the middle of my second six month term but apparently the teams needed 'streamlining' and I was obviously considered 'wastage'. I know this is coming off a little bitter and twisted but things were not handled very well and I am really upset at having lost my place on something I gave so much time and effort to. I will continue to use Kenny's images as I love what he does and I will even enter the odd challenge but everything feels a little tainted and I don't think that will ever change now.
I will be putting myself out there to try and get on a new team with someone as I love being part of something where you all work together, I just hope nobody holds my opinions against me, not everyone is going to like what I have written but it is how I feel and I want this to be at least an honest blog if nothing else!
So enjoy this card and look forward to some different images coming your way in the near future.
Take Care,
Hugs 'n Stuff,
P.S. Those of you that enjoyed my wife's beautiful creations below will be pleased to know you have persuaded her to finally have her own blog - more to follow...


  1. That's a bummer Bro. Gotta love this image though, lol. Great colouring as always.

  2. Fabulous card Andy, great colouring.
    So sorry your time at Kenny K has come to an end Andy, it is gutting when something happens to taint your enjoyment especially when you have given a lot and change is beyond your control. Keep your chin up, there will be DT's out there crying out for someone with your talent :)
    hugs Mandy xx

  3. So sorry to read of how your time ended with Kenny's, no the wonder it leaves a bitter aftertaste. No one will hold your statements against you Andy. Hopefully another team is just around the corner.
    Love this card. Great image, layout and papers and of course fab colouring.
    Really looking forward to Jo's blog.
    Thanks for the lovely comments you left for me, we will have to get together sometime this year
    Eileen x

  4. Ignore this Andy.... Jo... I am so flattered that you would want to base your cards on mine... you have free reign lady to do anything you wish... really looking forward to seeing what you create.


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