Saturday, 8 September 2012

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This blog really needs to come to life again.

I'm sitting here in my room this grey morning in my gym-clothes contemplating on whether I should go to the gym, take a 30-minute power walk or not do anything at all! I'm feeling a bit stressed at the moment as we have to have time to get in to town before 5pm as we're leaving for a wedding party at 5.20pm. But I know that I'll feel a lot less stressed if I exercise. I just need to overcome my inner lazy-ass-self. I really wish I had a PT to scream in my face everytime I come up with a lame excuse not to exercise.

On the photography side of things: this summer has been rather successful I must say. I started the summer with signing a contract with Millennium Images UK, which hasn't led to any sales yet but you never know! The main thing with that was that I got to feel happy about being considered a 'up and coming contemporary photographer'.
After that I received an email from Artists Wanted who wanted to publish one of my photos in their upcoming publication 'Art Takes Times Square', as a follow-up from a competition they held earlier this year; my work was also shown in their exhibition on Times Square which was pretty cool!
In conjunction with that I got another offer to be published in I.C.A Publishing's 5th volume of 'International Contemporary Artists' - I sent them a few photos that I would like to feature in the book, and they got accepted! Here's what my spread will look when the book comes out this November:


And the latest achievement was to be chosen as one of 14 contestants from a few hundred submissions to compete for a place in the finals of 'The Next Artspace Artist'. I ranked 8th in the end with 129 votes - pretty cool!! 


I am now also competing for a $10,000 grant and a Solo Exhibition at SCOPE Miami in Artists Wanted's latest competition 'Art Takes Miami'. Who wouldn't want that?! I'm also collecting votes for the People's Choice Awards, so make sure that you go in and have a look at my work and click vote :) http://sabinahannila2.see.me/atm2012

That's pretty much it. Now all I'm doing is trying to live as healthy and active as possible, and waiting for my final year of uni to start. I'm living in Devon this semester and will be commuting up to Surrey when I have to be in for lectures and workshops, and I'm a little bit worried about how that will work out... I'm sure it'll be fine, I just don't want to stress as much as I did last year.

So I should probably go to the gym now shouldn't I? To push myself a little bit. OR, take a power walk in to town and back?! There's a LOT of uphills on the way there, so I'm bound to get my heart rate up. That sounds like a much more time-efficent plan. And next time wake up earlier so that I have time to go to the gym without feeling stressed.
I know I'm going to be disappointed with myself, BUT, my PT ordered me to have at least 1-2 rest-days a week. So maybe I shouldn't feel so guilty.... AH, see ya later!

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