I'm fittingly, given the pattern of this top, listening to the Hitchhiker's Guide to Galaxy radio show while I write this. If I had my way I'd be hanging out with Arthur, Ford and Zaphod plotting our escape from Vogon's, but alas I'm taking a short coffee break at work to type this up - something Zaphod would never put up with.
I've been trying to find the time to orchestrate these photos for about 6 months. Sitting on this top and refusing to be photographed in it for that long was no mean feet, but somehow I managed it.
The location and style was essentially inspired by my desire to walk through long grass and to create some form of pretense that I lead a calm and dreamlike lifestyle. As luck would have it the entire adventure (which seemed to be on a bitter campaign to strike me down with irony) turned out to be quite the opposite, despite the ethereal vibe we managed to capture in the photographs. As it turns out, I'm allergic to grass. I've always known this, but the symptoms have always been manageable. I'll spare you the specifics, but let's just say that I won't be repeating this specific outing or sitting in grass in a short skirt, ever again. The icing on the antihistamine filled cake was that we lost my glasses in the long grass (which was basically the same colour as my glasses). As I'm short sited this meant I had to crawl through the grass for half an hour looking for them. The moral of the story boys and girls, is that real life isn't always as wonderful and glamorous as it looks in pictures.
This is something I'm mindful to remind myself of whenever I'm scrolling through my Instagram feed. People on social media have a way of making it look like their entire lives revolve around pretty beach visits, expensive shoes, amazing looking food, fresh flowers and beautiful accessories. But behind every Kenzo jumper or cronut, there are real life problems. Bills, relationship issues, car troubles, family feuds, late nights, early mornings and far too many coffees. In a world where we check social media the moment we wake up, before we go to sleep and a hundred times in between, it is important to have perspective. Everyone wakes up with bad breath and bad hair, just like you.
Photos by Joe Cheng