About Paulus (17)
... 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!
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 ...
Some time ago, my ex and I decided we wanted to do an evening class, something creative, that we could do together, that would get us out of the house and that neither of us had tried before ...
... we settled on stained glass making ...
I have to say, I think Corinne was much more talented than me when it comes to stained glass, 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 any more :( ...but, I did take a lot of photographs of the process, so if you'd like a little (amateurish) tutorial on making stained glass, read on ...
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).
I have no official training in anything interweb or computer related - I'm totally self taught, which is another way of saying I've made many many many mistakes and then found a ways to make things work, they'll more than likely not be ways you'll find in manuals or online tutorials, but if it works ... it works.
It also goes to prove that you can teach old dogs new tricks, I'm learning new things every day ...
... forgetting just as many things to make room for the new stuff, but there's always a price to pay.
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.
Why not gmail me :)
My main email ... is ...
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 think we all like music of one type or another (although, saying that, I know of one person who doesn't like music, and I think thats probably a pretty good indicator of sociopathic tendencies ...) anyway, as is normal with my diatribes, I digress ...
They say you tell a lot about somebody from the type of music they like, so frankly I would be at a loss to analysis my preferences :)
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