The Concept of Expression: Mikey Andrews

Following on from photographing my close friend, Samuel Cato, who I’ve known since secondary school, the next model I have photographed for this photography series is my close friend, Mikey Andrews.

The weather was wonderful in Oxford Street on Wednesday, and given that I visited Oxford Street on Tuesday, it gave me all the time I needed to prepare for Wednesday so I could learn the route to get from Croydon straight to Oxford Circus Station, but luckily, because the weather was wonderful and it was nice and sunny, I was able to produce these photographs with much less noise with more focus.

Mikey Andrews is a fitness coach and is an inspiration, so if you want to see his fitness pages and his website, I’ll provide them at the end of this photo-set.

Below are the photographs I produced featuring my close friend, Mikey Andrews.

I’m so happy with how these photos turned out as they turned out to be much better than I originally expected, and is probably my best photo-set to date since I started the photography series, but I’m so glad to have had the honour to photograph Mikey as he is an inspiration to me, and if you get a chance to see the hard work he’s gone to with his fitness programme, please have a look at his dedication to fitness as he’s inspired me and I’m pretty sure you’ll be inspired too.

If you feel there are any improvements I can make for next time, please feel free to comment below and if you liked this photo-set, please feel free to share this photo-set on with everyone you know.

Alex Smithson

DSLR Used: Nikon D3300

Lens Used: 18 – 55 mm NIKKOR Lens

Mikey Andrews’ Fitness Info

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MikeyAndrews_fitness-653483391502753/

WordPress: https://cyborgfitness.wordpress.com/

Block Donald Trump’s State Visit to the United Kingdom

Calling all UK Citizens. If you want to prevent Donald Trump from setting foot in the United Kingdom for his State Visit to Her Majesty the Queen, please click on the link below to sign the petition.

This petition has over 750,000 (…and counting) signatures, including my signature, so if you want to help revoke Donald Trump’s State Visit to the UK, please click the link below.

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/171928/

I will not deny and shall not deny as I am entitled to a freedom of speech, I don’t have an ounce let alone an inkling of respect for the man considering his misogynistic, disrespectful and racist ways, but I will not and shall not hide how I feel about him. He shouldn’t enter the United Kingdom because he is already continuing to divide communities and quite possibly nations in the process following the ban he has introduced that prevents Muslims and other religious backgrounds from entering the United States as he sees Muslims and other cultural backgrounds and religions as ‘terrorists’ and his State Visit to the United Kingdom has the potential to bring shame on us as a country.

I wholeheartedly support anyone regardless of religion, sexuality, background, skin colour, place of origin, gender and anything else that can make this world equal and diverse, but I in no away support Donald Trump. There, I’ve said it. Also, all women are entitled to the same type of freedom as men and shouldn’t be controlled, shouldn’t be forced, and shouldn’t be objectified just for being themselves. If all of us men can have freedom, then all women can have the same freedom as all of us men.

Equality & Diversity always matter in this world. Inequality and a lack of diversity doesn’t deserve to be in this world.

Of course, I acknowledge anything said here could be taken out of context and I can only apologise if anything I have said here does cause offence. Offence is not my intention, honesty is the best policy but a freedom of speech and saying how you feel really does go a long way. Also, I do not intend for anything I’ve written here to be classed as defamatory because that is not the intention at all, I have only written this to express my real feelings about the man, as well as how everyone else sees him. Defamatory isn’t in my blood at all, though I am entitled to a freedom of speech as me and everyone else are entitled to our own human rights and also a freedom of expression.

Alex Smithson

Articles of Interest

http://www.metronews.ca/views/opinion/2016/11/10/i-think-trump-voters-know-full-well-what-they-have-done.html

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jan/29/trump-travel-ban-peoples-stories-from-us-and-around-the-world

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jul/16/donald-trump-narcissist-profile

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/444370/donald-trump-refugee-executive-order-no-muslim-ban-separating-fact-hysteria

http://www.smh.com.au/world/global-backlash-grows-against-donald-trumps-immigration-order-20170129-gu12f9.html

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jan/29/sir-mo-farah-donald-trump-made-me-an-alien

How Has Political Correctness Affected Modern Society?

Political correctness has affected the way almost all societies are nowadays. For instance, there is a lot of discrimination in this world and a lack of equality, and certain words that you could say before that weren’t racist, sexist and misogynistic are now considered to be racist, sexist and misogynistic.

For example, you could say to a woman: “I like that dress you’re wearing, it really suits you” in an entirely honest, polite, appropriate and respectful manner, and it would be considered misogynistic or sexist depending on how that person reacts to it.

I hate the fact that political correctness has affected us all as people, because it’s like the words we could say before that were entirely appropriate, polite and respectful are not being allowed to be said anymore.

I also hate the fact that political correctness has affected the world and the way we communicate and interact with others, because it’s like the freedom of speech you are granted is somehow taken away from you from that certain aspect of the freedom of being able to speak, even if what you say is entirely appropriate.

Whenever I talk about a certain subject, I like to approach it carefully and be as honest as possible without offending anyone, because I worry that anything I may say that is entirely honest and polite could be seen from anyone else’s perspective as being offensive.

I always like to make sure that whatever I talk about I approach very carefully and I also like to make sure that what I say is entirely appropriate, respectful and polite, so that I can get any points across about a certain topic or subject without that particular subject or topic being rude.

Political correctness has indeed affected modern society, because it’s like the type of words you could say before that were appropriate you can no longer say due to political correctness.

Political correctness has gone mad and it’s like some of the appropriate words we could say before are no longer allowed to be said, so to some extent, even if we have our full rights to a freedom of speech, we’re in effect losing certain rights to a freedom of speech because we can no longer say certain words that were allowed to be said before but not allowed to be said now.

Overall, it’s pretty sad to see the way things have gone over the years, and it’s also pretty sad to see that political correctness has taken over all of our lives and prevented us from saying certain things that we could say before that we can no longer say now.

Do you think Political Correctness has affected Modern Society? Please let me know by submitting feedback below.

All feedback is much appreciated.

Alex Smithson

I Will Make You See Things from My Perspective.

Over the years, I’ve known some people who can be thoughtless and heartless, no matter how hard you try to put yourselves out there for them, especially where your respect to them concerns. I’ve had my fair share of that experience and I’m not ashamed to say this, but I will not put myself out there for those who feel it’s okay to take others for granted, have a go at those who are trying to respect and help them and I will most certainly not put my neck on the line for some people who think it’s okay to treat me like I’m something they’ve trodden in.

Why do I have every right to feel like this? Because I am sick to death of those who think and believe it’s okay to act like they’re clever, like they are on top of their game, thinking they’re it as well as thinking that they’re better than everyone else. Well for those who believe they can be like that towards me, no matter how much respect I give, no matter how much I care, well I can say this. You’re not clever, you’re a fool and the only way you can gain respect is if you respect me and everyone the same.

I’ve had to put up with those who think it’s alright to act like they’re worth more than others. I’ve had to put up with some people judging me and everyone else by the way we choose to look. I’ve had to put up with the fact there are some people who feel it’s okay to not care a damn about those who want to do well in life. Well I can tell you one thing, life is worse off for those who have to make the problems when they are making more problems for themselves than for those around them.

I’ve had some negative comments being directed at me by some which I’ve usually risen above from, but sometimes I’ve had the occasional negative comment that can make me feel down that I can sometimes take to heart, but at the end of the day, I’m better than those who think it’s okay to treat me like I’m something that they’ve trodden in.

At the end of the day, if you take those around you for granted and you don’t give them respect and treat them with the respect that they want, then that proves you haven’t really lived.

The art of communication from my perspective has gone out of the window due to the advancing amount of technology nowadays and my generation are not going out and socialising as often as before, no thanks to video-games overruling and brainwashing those who get shot of the first violent video game that catches their eye and not only that, but even I feel embarrassed of those who try to criticise me at the first opportunity because I don’t like playing the type of video-games that are violent.

For example, with Grand Theft Auto, I have never owned the game in my household and I always used to be asked the same question: “Why do you not have that game?“, to which I reply: “Because it brainwashes and teaches those who play how to commit a crime.” Even at this stage, I was told by some that it doesn’t, but it’s their word against reality and it’s also my word against them. I would rather play a video-game that isn’t violent at all, but is joyful, but one that won’t annoy me and make me kick up a fuss to the point where I end up leaving a lasting negative impact on those around me.

I believe in making peace, not violence. Violence is like drawing blood, once it all kicks off, that’s when you have to run, whether you like it or not. Making peace is what brings us all together and I believe that making peace is what will help mend any damage that has been done. As it’s always been said. Less said. Soon is mended.

I believe that the more that we all communicate face-to-face with one another, the better. But back to the real focus of this article, I feel that the more we take each other for granted, the more under-appreciated we will see ourselves, as well as in each other and to all those around us.

I mean, come on, we’ve all had our fair share of bad moments in life from where we have seen some people who have gone off the rails and messed up their own lives and futures, even I have seen it for myself, but it doesn’t hurt to try and work that extra hard to be communicative and more respectful towards one another.

I believe in respect, equality and diversity all the way and I know for a fact if you cannot be diverse towards one another and be equal towards one another, whether it’s to do with how a person feels, what sexuality they are, mind over matter of the person who they choose to be, including whether they want to change or do something good with their lives, then life isn’t worth living.

Equality, Diversity and Respect are the three things I look for in a person and if I notice something that’s not right about that person, for instance, how they treat the people around them, as well as how respectful they are, including how diverse and equal they make themselves out to be, then I keep my distance and I don’t approach them in the event they say something or do something that may be life-changing, or even something that may potentially put the lives of others, including mine in danger. I’m not trying to be judgmental about it, so you can be forgiven for thinking that, but I would rather someone treat me and everyone else with the full respect, equality and diversity where possible, rather than someone treat me and everyone else the complete opposite.

To be honest, I couldn’t care less if anyone thinks I am waffling on, but at the end of the day, I am entitled to a freedom of speech where this is concerned because I have a right to tell everyone how I really feel. I am also entitled to my own rights in life the same as everyone else and at the end of the day, if that cannot be accepted, then I don’t see why anyone should think life isn’t worth living.

From my perspective, life really is worth living and we can all make sure that life for all of us is really worth living by communicating with one another face-to-face with respect. Another way we can all make sure our lives are really worth living is to step away from all technology where possible and get our backsides out and start socialising more. All those people who call themselves gangs are not really gangs, it’s just a group of troublemakers who are willing to hurt those around them and it’s those kind of people who shouldn’t be allowed on our streets.

Last night, I felt the need to make myself clear to everyone by writing this:

“I have my own way of life, including the path I’ve chosen by myself. If you don’t like that, get used to it because I’m not going to change.” – Alex Smithson

I decided enough was enough and I wanted everyone to know where I stand, including that I won’t change at all even if anyone expects me to. After all, I am standing up for what I believe in and I will be myself and I won’t change. I chose to write this as I wanted to prove that I’m grown up enough to accept other people who won’t change, but to let everyone else know that I won’t change either. In other words, I wanted to be the grown-up man and say this in a mature context so that it wouldn’t be taken the wrong way at all.

All I want and all I ask for is that full respect is given to me and everyone else, that’s including everyone else being equal and diverse, because respect, equality and diversity are the three key signs I look for in everyone and if I don’t see all three, that’s including not seeing all three but just one key, then it’s those kind of people I will not talk to and will instead distance myself from, because at least I will be able to know who to talk to and who to not talk to.

I’ve said this as I want everyone to have respect, equality and diversity for one another, that’s all I want. I will always show respect, equality and diversity towards everyone because that’s how I am towards everyone, and I shall continue to be respectful, equal and diverse towards everyone no matter what.

If you feel and agree that respect, equality and diversity should be the three key signs that everyone should have in life, then please feel free to submit feedback. All feedback is much appreciated.

Alex Smithson