Event Review: Sci-Fi Weekender 2013

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Introduction: Why We Went

I am relatively new to conventions. I dislike crowds and noise, so they aught to be the very embodiment of a place where I would not want to be under any circumstances. However, I actually find them to be quite fun. Once or twice a year, I “let down my hair” and attend gatherings of geeks and Guests, partake in Workshops, listen to Talks, play games, watch films, and generally have a good time.

I had heard a lot of amazing things about The Sci-Fi Weekender, and I decided that, in all my capacities as fan, journalist, and photographer, I absolutely had to attend this year.

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“Gig” overload!

So, after almost an entire year of writing and photographing, half the period of which suffered delays due to ill health, I am, as regular readers will know, “back in the game”, out-and-about again, and busy as ever.

I have attended two conventions in two weekends (one of which – GEEK – I received my first ever Press Pass for) and I have been networking my heart out at both, doing detailed write-ups, photographing hundreds, if not thousands of shots every day… and, apparently, it is paying off.

Self Portrait.

Self Portrait.

I am absolutely ruddy exhausted after all this work (including two thirteen hour coach journeys!) but, as aforementioned, “Nothing worth anything is ever easy”.

So, here I am, two months into my New Year’s Resolution, and I have been offered not one, not two, but seven, yes, seven, unpaid “gigs” for both my writing and my photography.

I know that unpaid is not the goal, but ultimately, it will drive me there. Last year I showed a lot of progress in a short period of time, and I was indeed offered paid work, which I turned down on principle due to my lack of experience. But, with seven unpaid jobs currently in negotiation for the coming weeks and months, I may yet gain the experience, Portfolio and references that I feel I need in order to accept paid work.

Back from Wales…

One of my favourite photographs from The Sci-Fi Weekender convention, and a teaser of the many, many photographs to follow...

The Area 51 entertainers. One of my favourite photographs from The Sci-Fi Weekender convention, and a teaser of the many, many photographs to follow… Copyright Illisia Adams 2013. Please do not use or distribute without prior permission.

After five long, hard days, I have finally returned from my trip to The Sci-Fi Weekender in Wales.

I spoke to many attendees, got lots of interesting facts and figures, did a lot of networking, and of course, took thousands and thousands of photographs (one of which can be seen above, but only small, as a “teaser” for the rest) that literally almost maxed-out both my memory cards!

Photographs, a full Event Review and more to come in the days and weeks to follow (but for now, I need sleep!)… Watch this space!

Snow Photographs: Coming Soon…

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I have not posted an update regarding my photography for some time, so here is a quick one to assure you that I am indeed still working with my art. For my existing Portfolio , see the Photos section on my FaceBook Page, as I am currently re-designing my website.

Snowy Photographs Preview

I will be uploading full size images from my snowy photography outing(s) shortly, but here is a preview in the meanwhile.

Theme: Snow/Winter/Christmas
Location: Clitonville, Margate
Date: 20/01/2013
Description: I was ill and bed-bound for the majority of the snowing this year, but I was able to venture outside for a short while nonetheless, and these are a few of the shots that I was able to get during this time.
Notes: I have done two snowy shoots this year, these are from my first.
Copyright Notice: Copyright Illisia Adams 2013. Please ask permission before sharing and give appropriate credit.

Voir La Lumière Rouge

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'Voir La Lumière Rouge' - copyright Illisia Adams 2012

Model: Mark Sutton
Place: Canterbury
Date: 09/06/2012
Description: I visited Canterbury to photograph many of the historical sites, but this backdrop seemed to perfect to resist, so I stole away Mark from his own photography for a spontaneous photoshoot, and this was one of the resulting photographs. Very happy with it.
Notes: The image is unaltered. Constructive critique and compliments are always welcome.
Copyright Notice: Copyright Illisia Adams 2012. Please ask permission before sharing and give appropriate credit.

Coming Soon…

I have been busy the last few days helping a friend, and during this period, I was not able to type, but gosh, did I click! My camera has been a busy girl, flashing some beautiful shots of nature. Nothing journalistic, of course, more just contributions to my more personal Portfolio, but it has been many weeks since I last took a snap, so I am quite please that I am “back in the game” of photography to say the least.

That excitement and happiness that I felt when I was behind that lens, I missed it very much. I have been sitting affront my computer screen for so long, typing away for hours on end about all manner of subjects, but there is just something more passionate and meaningful to capturing moments on film – allbeit digital.

I have decided that I am going to be looking for local events to attend and photograph, perhaps even report on, pairing my two passions together at last. Doing that would be a big step for me.

So, I am finishing (and Posting) the articles that I have so far on the film and television industry which are very much picture-less, but hopefully still an enjoyable read, and then I am going to try something more journalistic and factual, as apposed to opinion-based.

Wish me luck!