Outside of photography I am slowly trying to re-learn the piano. When I was young my mum was a piano teacher, which was both a blessing and a curse. I stopped when I left home and since then dabbled a bit on the guitar and drums, unsuccessfully. 24-years later I’m trying again. Without the pressure of a pushy mum standing over my shoulder it is actually a lot more enjoyable this time around (sorry mum). My other main interest is movies and all things movie related. I love going to the cinema and will watch pretty-much any kind of film. I’m not a movie snob by any means. People who only watch high-brow films tend to bore the crap out of me. If you want to heighten your intellectual status then read a book, but don’t try to devalue a popcorn flick just to make yourself look clever [/end rant].
I am not a big sports fan, though I do like F1 and other motor sports. I go karting whenever I get the chance and have taken part in a few endurance races. I have never been an outdoor type but that has changed recently as I have started walking to get fit. I must be slowing down in my old age as I now find walks in the countryside to be relaxing, rather than boring.
I have a lot of other interests but rarely get time to explore them. The following list does not imply much knowledge of these topics, but rather that they appeal to my sense of curiosity. Things such as: Japanese art both modern and ancient (Japan in general actually, though I never managed to visit there in all my time in Asia), Psychology and Philosophy, Watches (old wind up ones), Architecture and Fashion (mainly from a photography point of view, I am not in any way fashionable), Vintage Cars, Contemporary Dance (watching not doing), Tropical Fish, Sacred Harp Singing.
As a person I’d say that I’m easy going and supportive. I like to see people enjoying their lives through their passions and interests. I’m not a big fan of television, though I will watch drama series if they’re very good. If you’re the kind of person who sits down in front of the TV after work and stays there until bedtime, then we probably won’t get on. This is an important point as I find that the behaviour of my partners in the past does rub off on me. I would rather date someone who inspires me to get on with life, rather than someone who tempts me to veg-out. My internet life consists mainly of flickr and IMDB. If these two sites closed then I’d probably have no need for the worldwide web, except for okcupid of course.
I am quite a kind person and I try not to judge people. I know that I don’t always achieve this but as a goal I think it has helped me to live a happier life. One contradiction to this is that I chose my close friends carefully. In social situations I can get along with just about anyone and will make an effort to help people feel included. In my personal life though I need people who are open minded, supportive and who know who they are (or at least recognise the journey).