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So blog point 2. I am hoping that if I can commit making the time for this then I can also find the time to complete a project 52.. time will tell I suppose...
This week I have been continuing with the tulips theme that I started last week, however after taking the live tulips last week I have been letting them slowly die. I have found it really difficult to write this as "Die" seems such a harsh word. But this is what I am doing and I feel that there is a beauty in a dying tulip that is not matched in many other flowers. First of all the petals become paper thin and then they start to contort as if they are screaming out. Now I know that this sounds really melodramatic but in my opinion this is one flower that is beautiful while alive and then becomes intriguing as it dies.
This also got me to thinking about the way we use the words "Die" and "death". I don't know why I found it hard to write about watching the flower die. It felt uncomfortable however the word its self is not the issue. I use it every day to describe the fact that my phone, laptop, camera has run out of power and needs recharging. Maybe it's to do with the fact that there is beauty in the flower that doesn't exist in the cold metallic electronic devices.
This leads me onto another thing dying..... I recently took a little plunge and bought myself an A3 printer... the iX6550 and it produced amazing prints. I know I need to properly profile and buy decent paper however even with compatible paper and inks the results were great and the tulips were looking radiant blown up to A3. I put it though its paces a little. we are having an open weekend at the Music school and so I have been printing out posters and flyers at A4 and A3. I have also designed a welcome brochure that we hand out and I have priced it up and I can produce it for about 70 percent less than our local copy shop... all was going well and I had printed out about 5 full copies when the printer decided not to grab paper. I spent about 5 hours trying to get it to work, tried all of the rouble shooting that I could find. tried 5 different weights and finishes of paper, tried adding more sheets and less sheets... tried forums and searched everywhere to no avail. To make matters worse the printer would occasionally tease me by taking a sheet through then say it was out of paper after clicking a few times. in looking at the paper feed roller it was as if the printer couldn't grab the top sheet between the rollers.
Now I have had the printer for about 2 1/2 weeks and I had decided to buy from a local shop even though it was about £10 cheaper on Amazon and they had to specially order it in for me.. So I boxed it back up and took it to the shop where he confirmed that there was indeed a problem. he called up Canon who basically advised that the only thing that they would offer a repair and not a refund or a replacement............. 2 WEEKS OLD............
Well the shop are being great and they are going to replace it with a new one which they will need to order in, however I must say I am not impress by the Canon response. And to cap it all I now need to find a way to print a pile of 16 page welcome brochures....
here is one of my favourite from the tulip series
and this is one of the new photographer miniatures I bought recently