About Paulus (18)
... so I'm probably best placed to tell you a little more about myself ...
These pages are an attempt to give you some idea of the sort of person I am, obviously the truth of anybody is a little difficult to convey in words and pictures, but this website is likely to give you a little better insight than a piece of paper with a list of qualifications and previous employment ... and at worst (for me) you can save yourself the expense of an interview :D
Also - please don't judge me from this photograph ... I am 'quite' normal - honestly!
As long as I can remember, I've always had pets ... one of my first memories, is of our cat Mitzi being rundown (yes that was her name - you can imagine my porn star name!) ... happy ending, she survived and lived for many many more years (until she was 15 I think) ... she was a fighter, even having a rats tooth removed from her paw ... I recall my dad telling me the vet commenting "it must have been the size of a terrier to have had teeth that large!"
Over the years, I have numerous pets, and rescued numerous wild animals (admittedly most have been as a result of overzealous pet cats, but at least I tried).
I did woodwork at school - it wasn't very interesting.
Woodwork I've done since has been much more rewarding.
I can do the usual shelf building, door hanging stuff, but what I really enjoy is the more unusual ...
When it comes to any computer problems, I've learnt that you should always try the obvious first ... seriously, if your mouse is not working (even if it is only a week old) try another mouse don't waste hours bitching at your operating system ... then, if it still doesn't work, try another USB port ... then check those ports are working using another device ...
Some time ago, I decided to do an evening class, something creative but something that could be done indoors on rainy days ... unlike my love of photography!
... I settled on stained glass making ...
I have to say, I'm not the best at it but I really enjoy having a go, and once you've become accustomed to blood over everything that you are trying to work on, its rather satisfying :D
Obviously, having planned to leave the country, I no longer have any of the tools to make any stained glass :(
... hey, my photo's seem to have vanished from here ... will find them and update as soon as possible!
I'm pretty handy with most types of software ... both desktop and web based.
If I don't know how to use something, I can get up to speed fairly quickly (as long as there is a good help system, or a community with a decent tutorials section!) ... I tend to believe the best way to learn about anything is to get stuck in and use it - I draw the line at heavy machinery - especially if it has sharp fast moving bits, for those I read the manual first (twice), then have a go!
I enjoy making things - I also enjoy breaking things ... many people call on me if they need stuff demolishing or ripping up ... I remember once being asked to move a tree stump, hefty thing, we dug for hours and just couldn't seem to get the main tap root out, then the guy I was working for had to go and do another job, by the time he returned ... I had the stump out! I'd stuck a 1 ton car jack underneath it ... that did the trick :D
I guess, what I'm trying to say is I'm pretty handy when it come to most things!
I've never had a lesson on anything metalwork related - I've cut myself, burnt myself and broken loads of tools trying to work out how to do it!
I like metal, I can't explain it, I'm guessing its that hardwired idea that its somehow elemental, the way blacksmiths must have been looked upon with awe ... in fact I've often wondered how exactly somebody worked out that heating some rock up (a lot) made some of it melt, and that (liquid) bit could be used to make really hard and strong things ?
I'm guessing people had more time then, no Facebook updates to keep them from doing anything remotely useful :D
I love my Flickr account :)
Not only do I get to upload my photographs for all my friends and relatives to look at, but I've also learnt lots from looking at the sort of things other people do ... and just making mistakes ...
I've been taking photographs 'on and off' for over 25 years, when I say 'on and off' I pretty much mean, I took photographs between the ages of about 17 and 24 and then between 42 and now!
Years and years ago, I had a friend who went to Plymouth Art College and it was him who taught me how to develop and print my own black and white photographs ... even before this I'd enjoyed taking photographs, but this was the impetous to convince me to do a night school course (I am the proud owner of a grade 'A' O Level in Photography).
Please feel free to contact me :)
I'm happy to chat about anything, can't guarantee you'll find it that interesting, but if you have any suggestions or comments let me know.
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