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  • Listening to: Dead Kids
  • Reading: a book by Melanie Manchot
  • Watching: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdACUfI6nA0
  • Playing: with Camera Raw
  • Eating: Gerble biscuits
  • Drinking: black coffee
Hi guys,

I realised yesterday I hadn't updated this page in ages. So much has changed.
I am now about to finish my MA at Central Saint Martins (only one month left) and in the process of selecting and editing the final pictures that will go on the wall.
All of it was shot on my Bronica SQ-A and our Nikon scanner just keeps fucking up the tones of the film so that means hours spent in Camera Raw to get the original tones back and to get rid of the dust... This whole process is exhausting.

To those of you who are in London in June, come see our show at the Rochelle School from the beginning of June to the 12th. With 65 of us exhibiting and 4 different pathways (illustration, graphic design digital media and of course photography), this show should be of great variety!


I am also in the process of updating my portfolio with more fashion photos as this is what I'd like to get into for now. I just want to get away from this 'fine art' approach of Central Saint Martins for a while and just shoot my own little projects, without having to back them up with countless pages of research to prove that in fact, I do have a point to make.
Maybe I will post some of the pictures on here, I am not sure whether my deviantART gallery is suitable for that or not?

As I am not very active on here for now (too much going on), follow my updates on twitter. Yes I have given into the great world of twitter too. I am so weak.



Also, before I forget, do you guys know of any artists (especially photographers) that work with their mother (or at least photograph them)? If so, please write their name into a comment, that would be very helpful for my research!



And yeah. This is the end of this unconstructed journal. Time to go to uni to edit some more.
  • Listening to: an old record of Prokofiev's 'Peter and the wolf'
  • Reading: 'The Hidden Sense' - Cretien van Campen
  • Watching: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIEiOrxhtNQ
  • Eating: pumpkin pie
  • Drinking: black vanilla tea
Dear Supporter of The Impossible Project,

the pleasure is all ours to herewith inform you about the latest and likewise groundbreaking news regarding our quest to keep Instant Photography alive by re-inventing a new analog integral film for vintage Polaroid cameras.

Already holding the first working hand-coated samples in our trembling hands, we are pleased to herewith announce an epoch making cooperation between Polaroid (who can no longer resist the stir we are making) and The Impossible Project:

The new licensee of the Polaroid Brand – The Summit Global Group – will re-launch the legendary Polaroid One Step Camera and is therefore commissioning The Impossible Project to develop and produce a limited edition of Polaroid branded Instant Films in the middle of 2010.

We are proud and excited that our ambitions and all the relentless work we have already invested are now becoming the foundation for Polaroid's comeback as a producer of Instant Cameras.

Large-scale production and worldwide sale of The Impossible Project's new integral film materials under its own brand will already start in the beginning of 2010 - with a brand new and astonishing black and white Instant Film and the first colour films to follow in the course of the year.

At this point we would like to thank every single one of your for all your overwhelming support so far- THANK YOU! It's fair to say that we wouldn't be where we are now if it was not for all your help.

For further developments, upcoming news and detailed updates please stay tuned to www.the-impossible-project.com

Sincerely,

Dr. Florian Kaps, Founder of Polapremium & The Impossible Project

.

Mr Kaps, you made my day. <3
  • Listening to: Metronomy
  • Reading: Freud's essay on the Uncanny
  • Watching: Nip/Tuck
  • Playing: Sing Star
  • Eating: kiwi
  • Drinking: black coffee
Hi people,
I haven't updated this space in a while and I feel it is because my work has evolved quite a lot in the past few months. I am working on many different projects and I am not sure they belong here. It really feels like I have come a long way. I have learnt to conceptualize my ideas and thoughts and give my photos a context which was something I have always found very hard to do. At the same time, it feels like being taught photography made me lose some of my naive and spontaneous kind of approach to the medium which is a bit of a shame and which is something I am definitely going to work on as well. Being at university is a sort of challenge: finding yourself not to get lost amongst everyone.
In other words, I have not updated my gallery in very long, and it seems like I won't update it properly anytime soon, although I will definitely post here from time to time. Maybe more with my commercial/spontaneous shoots.

I have also bought (finally) my own domain. You can find me at evaksalvi.com. For now, it links to my Tumblr account, but I will put up my website quite soon, I just need to update the gallery first. You can also follow me on my twitter. I am becoming a real web 2.0 bitch.

In other news, I just came back from a week in Berlin. Spent a lot of time with the lovely angelcurls, it was actually hard to go home. The food was great, we saw many exhibitions, the weather was beautiful and Berlin is such a great city to chill out that I will definitely go back to discover more. :)

That's all folks.
Take care of yourselves.
  • Listening to: Sly and the family stone
  • Reading: my emails yay
  • Watching: the OC, yes I'm ashamed
  • Playing: N/A
  • Eating: sushi and flapjacks, healthy combination
  • Drinking: earl grey
Hahaha sorry if I keep on posting bullshit in my dA journals. I found it hilarious so I just felt like sharing...
"Hi Eva
U R Fantastic lady.Thank you for adding. I hope you are doing great.You are a fantastic woman. m...d@hotmail.com indeed wish to establish firm relations with you. you are a wonderful woman one can always adore and live with.You look gorgeous with lovely smile...and sparkling eyes...and silky hairs...and sexy cuts...with nice selection of attire. I certainly wish to
know more about you...please send more spectacular pictures of yours...of party/family/leisure for me...on my above mail...waiting for your goodwill gesture... Lots of Love, Mubashir"


I :heart: Myspace, and THIS is just... priceless.

On another note, I am finally back in London, just started at CSM, and about to change jobs if everything goes well. Just got my Internet connection sorted out so I can get my cyber-life back.
Jk ofc...

Anyways, it looks like a lot of exciting projects are coming up, I'm currently working on my first brief: "Stories. Meet someone random, a total stranger, and tell the story of their life through a series of images." Sounds challenging but quite exciting so we'll see if I can come up with anything interesting. This also means I should post a lot more work in my gallery as I have been neglecting it for a while.
How's everyone doing?

That's all folks. Peace and love. :peace:
  • Listening to: Bob Dylan
  • Reading: The Great Gatsby
  • Watching: Four rooms
  • Playing: with the remote
  • Eating: green beans
  • Drinking: rose tea
So I found this great ad on Gumtree... Great flat, great location, actually cheap. Sent an email stating I was interested in the property and received an answer from this lovely man called Pastor Curtis Gunter. Here's the mail exchange.

"Hello ,
     Sorry for the late response and Thanks for your interest in my property. i am Pastor Curtis Gunter the owner of the Flat.The Flat is located at : Carrington House Hertford Street, Mayfair London W1J 7RG .Home with 2 bedrooms 2 full baths room, dining room, Large master bedroom, walkin closets.Easy access to shopping malls and plaza, close to all major roads,

  My wife and family have been relocated to West Africa with me here in lagos West africa for a missionary work.We will not be comming back until five yrs from now. Before we moved from London , i wanted to sell the house before Rita Gunter My wife advised that we should rent it out than to sell it.. On getting here, I discovered that my missionary work will last for 5 years so I decided to look for a responsible and caring person to maintain and take proper care of my House as I do.we search for a God fearing and reputable agent who can take good care of the house, but we couldn't get anyone then. We left with the key,
codes and papers. I'm willing to rent out the house to a tenant who is able to come up with 1 months and security deposit rent as a deposit and I will like him/her to assure me that the house will be properly managed. Concerning the lease, duration is minimum of 6months or as the tenent pleases.

   I'm giving out the property with such a reasonable amount £80 per week  and  £320 per month ,utilities included because I am only paying God back for his kindness and mercy
over me and my family with what I have, that`s why I asked for such a reasonable amount. It`s also a pride for me to work for him on a missionary work. Also I need someone/a family that will take good care of the house as their own property. Firstly,  you will not be able to go inside to see the house hence I have all the keys and security code here with me.

   If you can assure me that you can take proper care of the property and also you can afford 1 months rent and a security deposit,  There is a rent application form which I
will like you to fill and Send back to me. If you can do all this for me, then I will be willing to rent my house to you.

Looking forward to hear from you. Your full information will be used to process all documents that will be coming together with the keys leading to the house
and this will come to you through Fed Ex courier service. Thank you and remain Blessed.You can reach me on                   +2347037228305      
God Bless You

Pastor Curtis and family"



"Dear Pastor,
I actually considered your offer and have decided not to take it. I smoke pot, do drugs, am sexualy VERY active and venerate Satan.
I do apologise about wasting your time.

Kindest regards,
Eva Salvi"



"hello
no problem, you can smoke pot, do anything you want"



"Hello,
can I also venerate Satan in your bedroom?

Kindest regards,
Eva Salvi"



"hello
no problem, you can also venerate Satan in the  bedroom
so get back to me
Regards"



"Dear Pastor,
thank you for answering so quickly. I have one last request, could you please send me a picture of you? I am only willing to rent a place that belongs to handsome people. Also would you care to pay us a visit every month to check on us?
If you do then we would be willing to rent your house.

Thank you for you kindness.
Kindest regards,

Eva Salvi"




He did not answer after that. I'm starting to think it's a scam... What do you think? :slow:
  • Listening to: Morcheeba... after seeing them live
  • Reading: Flaubert
  • Watching: MTV
  • Playing: sudoku
  • Eating: Gerble bicuits
  • Drinking: coconut tea
of an era. I finished my BA at the University of Wolverhampton, received my grades by post and I am officially graduating in September with a BA in Graphic Communication (2.1 degree). I have now been back in France for a week, and I can finally enjoy sitting outside in parks instead of hiding in coffee shops.
Today I phoned Central Saint Martins and I was offered a place on their course : MA Communication Design - Photography. I actually had to ask about three times until it dawned on me. That's it. I got accepted. After waiting so long, it actually is hard to realize. So yep, I will in London in September. Two more years and I will be finished with my studies. Although I want to do a PhD, eventually. Not right after my MA because, let's face it, it's not like I need it. I just want to be able to introduce myself as "Dr Salvi" someday. That's on my 100 things to do before I die.

Off to Paris on Monday, yay for French wine.
Off to Los Angeles in 10 days. For more than 3 weeks. My family and I are doing a road trip. Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Death Valley, Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Antelope Canyon, Salt Lake City, Yellowstone and San Francisco. We have an itinerary and everything but if you guys would like to recommend something to do in one of those cities, or somewhere to eat, or something to see that you think is worth checking out, please drop me a note or something. :)

This is going to be one exciting summer, I can't wait.

PS: Am I the only person to have a list of 100 things I want to do before I die?
  • Listening to: The Shins
  • Reading: Japanese recipes book
  • Watching: the kids arguing under my window
  • Playing: sonic on my friend's pc
  • Eating: biscotti
  • Drinking: tap wa'er
Found this project online: YOUNGME NOWME and thought it was quite cool. You basically submit two photos of yourself, one as a kid and one recent photo resembling the first one.  
Here's one example:
Youngme Nowme
Youngme Nowme

There are quite a few other good ones. Might participate, this looks like fun. :giggle:
  • Listening to: Gotan Project / Goran Bregovic
  • Reading: Found Magazine
  • Watching: The Godfather Part I
  • Playing: music
  • Eating: penguins
  • Drinking: loads
I used to be a Microsoft Windows XP user and it took me fucking ages before I finally decided to switch from Internet Explorer to Firefox. But it opened my eyes... When I moved on to Mac, the first thing I did was installing my beloved Firefox, browsing the Internet for hours. Firefox was the one and only future, and most of all: it was free. Easy to use, never crashing, I fell in love with it and we started a passionate love affair. I was faithful and promised myself not to ever use any other web browser.

That was until today. Today I realised that my beloved Firefox is actually a stoopid piece of software that does not understand embedded color profiles, in three words it simply: fucks them up.

After spending about four hours calibrating my screen and reading about color profiles, I have come to realise that as much as I used to adore and cherish Firefox, maybe it is time for me to move on... and give Safari a try. :blush:

For all of you mac users that will not get convinced by this revelation, go have a look at this: WEB BROWSER COLOR MANAGEMENT Tutorial. Found it really useful and it made me realise why so many pictures look desaturated/washed out when viewed with web browsers such as Firefox, Camino etc. As for the others, well go check it out too. Because I said so. :aww:


I'm sorry Firefox, you served me well but all good things come to an end. :heart:
  • Listening to: Lemongrass | Lemon Jelly
  • Reading: Bret Easton Ellis
  • Watching: Sex and the city
  • Playing: with a lighter
  • Eating: birthday chocolate
  • Drinking: wa'er
i·ron·ic | [aɪˈrɒnɪk] Spelled Pronunciation [ahy-ron-ik]
–adjective


1. containing or exemplifying irony: an ironic novel; an ironic remark.
2. ironical.
3. coincidental; unexpected: Eva found the first grey hair on her head the exact day she turned 22.



Vie de merde! :unimpressed:
www.viedemerde.fr for French speakers.



:ohnoes:
  • Listening to: Roudoudou
  • Reading: Bret Easton Ellis
  • Watching: Elizabethtown
  • Playing: with a straw
  • Eating: strawberry crisp
  • Drinking: milk
Well this is a very good question. I, however, have no answer.

About to finish university. Got all my grades back and actually surprised with the results: B12 - B12 - B12 - A14, which means I will probably get a 2.1 degree which apparently isn't too bad (I'm still a bit confused as it does not work the same in my country, poor French that I am). There's my degree show left and then I'm officially finished with my BA, I have to say that feels quite relieving.

Going back to Grenoble around the 23rd of June.
Going to Paris early July.
Flying to the US from 11/07 to 07/08.
Then back home again before I move back to London (most probably).

This is going to be one busy summer, I might meet some of you guys on the way.
  • Listening to: Beirut / The Smiths
  • Reading: Bret Easton Ellis
  • Watching: Sympathy for Lady Vengeance
  • Playing: with my hair
  • Eating: maple and pecan muesli
  • Drinking: tap water wooooo
and it was good.

On another note, I recently applied to do my masters in Design for Communication in several universities in London. My first choice answered (TEH one I wanna get into), they're interested in my work but they want me to re-write my study proposal and then get back to them.
Now this is where it gets complicated, I'm not sure how to write a study proposal (obviously not as my first one was apparently not good enough).

I was just wondering, is any of you guys doing their masters right now? If so, what did you write for your study proposal, what is expected? Any tips?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thankies. :thanks:



Oh and YAY for :lemon: muffins.
  • Listening to: Nouvelle Vague
  • Reading: Bret Easton Ellis
  • Watching: Juno
  • Playing: with Adobe Premiere
  • Eating: some polish food, dunno what it is
  • Drinking: coffee
Today on Skype, after rejecting a call from a person I don't know:

"15:13
toi aussi tu parle pas avc les inconnu
15:13
la meme chanson qu'on enttend chaque jours sur skype
15:13
comme si y'avait des gens qui sont venu au monde avc des connaissance et des amis
15:14
fo etre logique
15:14
on a crier ce genre de site justement pr que les gens font connaissance
15:14
et pardon si tu parle pas avc les algériens par ce que moi je suis algériens"



Translation for non-french speakers (minus the 15 spelling mistakes):

"15:13
so you don'y speak with strangers either
15:13
what we hear everyday on skype...
15:13
as if some people were born with acquaintances and friends
15:14
you gotta be logical
15:14
those kind of websites were created for people to get to know each other
15:14
and sorry if you don't speak with Algerians, because I am Algerian"





Now I'm used to getting called an arrogant bitch and receiving hatemail from people on Myspace but someone getting mad at me because I rejected a Skype call? Hahaha this is precious, I'm so adding it to my list of favourite "hatemail". :aww:
I'm not saying that I was born with friends but making friends over Skype by calling random people until one of them answers simply sounds fucking ridiculous to me. Is it just me or... ?




:giggle:
  • Listening to: Thievery Corporation
  • Reading: Bret Easton Ellis
  • Watching: Nip/Tuck
  • Playing: with Adobe Premiere
  • Eating: a piece of bread
  • Drinking: jasmine tea
I recently randomly stumbled upon a series of photographs on lens culture.
The series is called Before and After Death.


Before and After Death
"A stunning series of portraits of people — shortly before and just after they die — is touring Europe now, and tackling one of the biggest remaining taboos in Western societies. Photos by Walter Schels, text by Beate Lakotta."

I was quite moved by the concept even though this can perceived as quite shocking and "politically incorrect".
Anyways, check it out here and let me know what you think. :)

That's it for now.
  • Listening to: James Brown
  • Reading: Bret Easton Ellis - &quot;Less than zero&quot;, st
  • Watching: Desperate Houswives season 4
  • Playing: with Adobe Premiere
  • Eating: Jordan's raspberry muesli
  • Drinking: in a fancy mug. YAY
Apparently, human beings do not have to age anymore. We can now all stay young forever!
Need proof? Well click right here!



...
Please also take time to appreciate the modern and fancy design of the website, dunno who made it, but I'm in awe... They've got some serious skills. :o


Gorgeouspil is the only savior of Earth
Please spread the word. :heart:
  • Listening to: IAMX / Digitalism
  • Reading: Bret Easton Ellis - &quot;Less than zero&quot;, st
  • Watching: non newtonian fluids ^^
  • Playing: with cornstarch
  • Eating: my housemate's finest gourmet cuisine
  • Drinking: shitloads of tea
Ok so this is going to sound a bit weird but I am doing this uni project and I am trying to generate a sound at a really low frequence. We're talking 50Hz to 100Hz maximum. Any idea on HOW I could generate it? Any software (free huh) that you could recommend, any tips? Can I maybe use garageband for this purpose?
I'm a bit stuck here as I do not know shit about this kinda stuff.
The only speaker I've got is this one : http:// us.creative .com/products/product.asp?category=4&subcategory=789& product=15773, see picture below. (of course, as dA is totally stoopid when it comes to post links, you need to remove the spaces from the url to access the page...)
Speakers


Any kind of help, advice, tip, cookie would be greatly appreciated. So if you know anything about the matter, please feel free to share your knowledge! :aww:




YAY :dance: for oobleck!
  • Listening to: Yann Tiersen / Air
  • Reading: Bret Easton Ellis - &quot;Less than zero&quot;, st
  • Watching: The Simpsons s13
  • Playing: with illustrator
  • Eating: homemade tomato tart, i know you want some
  • Drinking: hibiscus tea - merci Brandy!
Aloha people,
I am now working in my bedroom, stealing my neighbour's connection which is something I should not do but... MEH. :unimpressed: It's not like he knows.
I currently have shitloads of uni work to catch up with but I try to find any excuse to do something else. I am a bad person. Just came back from Austria where I had a great time but didn't really do any work. ohu me







On another note, I really want that:
Mug Thabto
It's a mug by Thabto Design and it's so amazing that I have pre-ordered one. :bucktooth:

But yeah...
YAY :dance:




Oh I'll let you all on something I found the other day... Just for me! Cute! :flirty: Names have been hidden to respect people's privacy of course. :aww:
Photobucket
Will definitely upload that on www.passiveagressivenotes.com
:giggle:

Anyways it's kinda... yeah slightly.
  • Listening to: Bonobo / Jeff Buckley / The Flaming Lips
  • Reading: Bret Easton Ellis - &quot;Less than zero&quot;
  • Watching: North by northwest
  • Playing: sudoku on my phone... how lame?
  • Eating: nothing... starving right now
  • Drinking: latte - teh sex
myspacetv.com/index.cfm?fuseac…

Huh way cool. :aww:


:hump: you all. With much love.

Eva
xxx</b>
  • Listening to: Sneaker Pimps
  • Reading: Bret Easton Ellis - &quot;Less than zero&quot;
  • Watching: Happiness
  • Playing: with my gas mask
  • Eating: soup ^^
  • Drinking: Japan Lime tea
What are the two biggest lies?
I'll pay you back and I won't come in your mouth.








:rofl:

Still reading "Less that zero". :nod:







And yes, that's about it. :bucktooth: Sorry.
  • Listening to: Amon Tobin
  • Reading: Bret Easton Ellis - &quot;Less than zero&quot;
  • Watching: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIFCV2spKtg
  • Playing: with my Ikon
  • Eating: fajitas yum
  • Drinking: white wine, I'm from la France!
a very very happy Valentine's day! :heart:












































:puke:
  • Listening to: Sly Stone
  • Reading: Harry Potter 7
  • Watching: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIFCV2spKtg
  • Playing: with my cat
  • Eating: chocolate (you gotta love christmas)
  • Drinking: an espresso
... to you all. :) Hope you have a lovely one.

I am currently working on lots of different projects for UNI and don't have much time for photography unfortunately, hence the lack of update.
I will have quite a lot of free time during January though, so we'll see.
I keep getting inspired by everything: music, photographers, designers, movies... but it seems I cannot "regurgitate" and produce anything that's not formatted for UNI. Anyways, January might be the right time to travel, see friends and actually take some time for myself, so let's see if I can come up with anything then. ^^

I wish you all a great christmas.










:dance: