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Life lately by Tiffany Yang
Life lately by Tiffany Yang

I'm not sure how I let myself one year off from writing this 'life lately' series. I mean, isn't this what blogging was about a few years back -- an online diary. Speaking for myself, first and foremost, I'm down to my last term in school. Started doing freelance photography. Wrote a few articles for Polysh. Decorated the flat. And looking to publish something with my classmates (more about that in a later post). In my defense, my compiled wishlist is actually ticking off. Anyways, I'm hoping to keep this Life Lately (sort of) series going, at least every two months. 

So before we jump into new years resolution, let's do a little recap of the past two months. Plus, I feel like its a good idea to stop for a second to look back and be proud of what you've done. Hope you'll find it interesting. x

自從搬離痞客邦之後,『小日記』這個系列好像就悄悄荒廢了。一直到前陣子在備份資料,才覺得好像該把這些工作、學校加上生活的照片收集收集記錄成一篇。坐在電腦前,翻開手邊的行事曆,發現這半年來的分秒都以一種想不到的速度飛過;感覺夏天還是昨天的事、紐約是昨天的事、楊媽媽的日本生日之旅是昨天的事,所有的訪談與攝影也是昨天的事。長越大,想完成的事好多,想體驗不同文化,也想繼續考驗自己。即便每天睡不到五小時,心卻是滿的。回頭想想,問問自己累嗎?一點也不。

終於!聖誕節前必須完成的代辦事項都一一劃掉了,安排好久的放鬆之旅也即將開始。那今天就讓我來把事情整理彙報一下吧。

Life Lately -diy space london by Tiffany Yang
Life Lately -diy space london by Tiffany Yang
Life Lately -DIY space london by Tiffany Yang
Life Lately -DIY space london by Tiffany Yang

In early November, I had the chance to visit DIY Space London, and I was there to take photos for my classmate's article.The session was held by Arts Sisterhood, a non-profit organisation providing art therapy for female, aiming to give women chances to express creatively.The night was truly amazing; I got to meet some of the most inspirational people.

Honestly, before moving to London, I didn't have much expectation for this city -- prior trips had only every been a layover of few days. I was under the impression that Londoners are distance and cold for reasons unknown. Then, as much as this sounds like a cliché, after spending two years (almost!) in the city, I knew I was wrong. In my opinion, the hidden gem of London are the people. Meaning even though I was sometimes meeting the same people every weekend for shoots, and another group of same people every weekday in class, it doesn't matter, there always seems to be endless topics of conversation to cover. 

十一月初為了幫助同學完成一篇文章,來到東倫敦的 DIY Space 參加英國非營利組織 Arts Sisterhood 的活動,這晚我的身份不是部落客,是攝影師(笑)一開始以為大家都是藝術家或是從事相關工作,一聊之下才知道其實他們白天的職業和這方面完全沾不上邊,只是單純擁有一顆熱愛創作的心。三個多小時的塗鴉作畫是種療癒,也真心覺得身邊深藏不露的人實在太多。

Life Lately -Beara beara by Tiffany Yang
Life Lately -Beara beara by Tiffany Yang

曾經,我也以為大多數的英國人都高傲冷淡,但往往許多的不欣賞或是警戒都是來自於不了解。起碼,一年半兩年來,在學校、工作上甚至是路上遇到的當地人都很有溫度,與他們聊天對談就算沒有大笑也會會心莞爾。總之,這六百多個日子,改變了很多想法,對倫敦的喜愛也一直在攀升。

Life Lately - Beara Beara photo by Tiffany
Life Lately - Beara Beara photo by Tiffany

One of the highlights for the past few months is the fact I got to do my first studio photography. It was a quick 20 mins shoot, but I love how it turned out. I never really mentioned what I'm actually doing in London -- school-wise. Mostly because in class we often work on things that aren't going to surface for about 2 months, and when it does, your headspace is already on the next deadline that it just goes "ok, cool! On to the next." So, to answer the question precisely, it's a Magazine Publishing course I've been trying so hard to figure out in university.

All that said, since I'm more on the editorial side, it's always about image-making and content-creating. This brings me to a recent interview with the founder of Beara Beara, which I will be sharing very soon. Stay tuned! 

另一個雀躍好久的事情就是拍了人生第一組人物棚內照。這學期多了很多分組作業,同學間的鼓勵也都很誠摯,互相給予好多正能量,真的很慶幸自己能夠在這樣的環境挑戰每件事。之前有收過一些讀者的來信,說想出國留學但害怕難適應或是遇到種族歧視,我自己真的沒有遇過所以沒有辦法給予非常詳細的解答。但我覺得在歐洲大多數人都是友善的,他們總是能夠迅速地打開話匣子,跟你微笑聊上兩句或是開開小玩笑。況且,我覺得最快適應的方法就是不要把自己當成外國人,不要害羞,畢竟大家都是來學習的呀。

話說有在注意英國品牌的人應該很快就認出照片中的包包是 Beara Beara 的吧,前陣子到了他們店裡拍攝,也見到了創辦人 Jake Bullough。不過現在還不能說太多,到時候文章出來再來聊聊吧,等我!

Life Lately - By Tiffany Yang
Life Lately - By Tiffany Yang
Life Lately - tap coffee by Tiffany Yang
Life Lately - tap coffee by Tiffany Yang

I spend so much time writing and retouching photos in Tap193 lately that I feel like it's my second workspace. You guys might remember raving about this place a year ago, and it is still top on my list! However, as much as I love working in coffee shops, I make sure I get to spend one day at home doing nothing every week. Most of these stress-free days involve loads of tea and canelé -- my pastry  crush for the moment! Do you guys have a favourite pastry? 

不知不覺已經成了一個整天與電腦為伍的人,下課跑咖啡廳也變成一到五最常出現的行程。Tap193是我除了拍照以外,最常去工作的地方,好像已經默默變成我的第二工作室。欸,是的,我去到有些店員一看到我就知道要點什麼喝。也因爲幾乎天天都在外面趴趴走,我一定會在禮拜六日中挑一天待在家,在緊湊的城市生活學著休息,放空發呆喝茶吃可麗露(笑)我最近真的太愛這個法式小點心了,右下角的是 Selfridges 出的耶誕版本,可愛的外表迅速成了新歡。

Life Lately by Tiffany Yang
Life Lately by Tiffany Yang
Life Lately - JW bag by Tiffany Yang
Life Lately - JW bag by Tiffany Yang

I'm sure I'm not the only one who bought something during Black Friday Sale (hopefully!). I had been saving for the J.W. Anderson Pierce Bag for a while, and after considering for a while, I decided to go for my favourite black & white combination. Even though it had only been with me for a week, I already feel like it is one of my best handbag choices. It's super sturdy, the quality is amazing, and it is so easy to match. 

觀望 J.W. Anderson Pierce Bag 好久了,相信大家也常常在 Instagram 看到它的蹤影,大大小小各種尺寸、各種配色拼接,每個都好美;不過因為價格超出預算,所以遲遲無法下決定。就這樣看著它缺貨上架巡迴兩次到最近的 Black Friday Sale,又剛好發現我個人最愛的黑白配,就立刻放入購物車結帳了!好喜歡這樣的簡單線條,配上率性的掀蓋設計,實用和外表都兼顧了。過陣子再多拍幾張照片與你們分享。

life-lately-by-tiffany-yang-books
life-lately-by-tiffany-yang-books

Reading has always been my favourite activities, however, I feel like with technology, reading an actual book has somewhat become a luxury. I always try to read one or two books every month, and it really helps me relax. It doesn't even have to be a novel, it could be a coffee book. So lastly, I want quickly share with you the few books I've been reading: The Flowers by Dr. Lisa Cooper & The Past by Tessa Hadley. The first one is for inspirations, you all know I love using flowers in my photos. And I carry the second one around because I like to read on the tube. 

Okay, so here's my little recap, I'm sorry if it's too long. Till next time! x

最後來跟大家分享一下最近愛看的兩本書。長越大,發現盯著螢幕的時間比看紙本的時間還多,以前一個禮拜可以看一本書,現在一個月有一本就要偷笑了(汗)不過,我還是覺得圖書、雜誌或小說都好,每天短短半小時,是讓心靜下來最好的方式。The Flowers 是一本與花有關的圖片書,大家應該有發現我很喜歡在照片中用到花,所以常常翻閱跟這方面有關的照片和圖片;再來就是在地鐵上會看的小說 -- The Past。

好咧,小日記就先到這裡(好像不小心寫太長了),跟平常的文章不太一樣,希望你們喜歡。

shot on iphone6 & Nikon DF with 24-85mm.