October is my favorite month in the year and I planned to go to take lots of pictures but surprisingly I haven't done much this month. Well, to be exact, everything I did was written down here so I have almost nothing to talk about.
This year again we opened Kyushu Article Contest and Kyushu Onsen Contest !
About the first one, there aren't much entry on the English website so please submit your Kyushu related articles ! You can even win great prizes. As for me I plan to submit an article about Kurokawa onsen. I hope to win something this year. As for Kyushu Onsen Contest, simply vote for the onsen you prefer / want to go. You can win prizes too.
Speaking of work, recently it isn't as exciting as it used to be. I was aware since I went back to the working world after my language school break that I didn't want to be a full time designer. It's too sedentary and too monotonous for me, I need something more active and more "me".
To compensate I try to get fully involved in two big projects that my company have won (mostly) because of my work : Kumamoto City Tourism new website and a video for Fukuoka cityhall but it's not as easy as I imagined.
As I said, I'm the one who was in charge of all the graphic side Kumamoto comeptition and I had been invited to the first meeting with the promise that I would be involved throughout the process. Unfortunately these good intentions were quickly forgotten and now project managers go to the meetings without me even when they only talk about design. Each time it's the same thing, they ask my opinion and then explain my ideas to the person in charge in Kumamoto. I always want to shout them "Wouldn't it be easier for me to come ??". I thought about asking to go but I didn't for 2 reasons:
- Other designers think that going to client meetings is like a day off. When I came back from the one I was allowed to go, my team leader asked me if I had "fun time." Uh...
- I already pushed a rant on another project and I don't want to be the one always ranting.
The other project is a video for Fukuoka City Hall. I found the competition and had presented it to my company because I was sure we could win it. The media team was already busy so I had to insist and promise to get fully involved to make them agree to participate. No problem on that because this is a project in which I believed really much. For this competition, I spent hours thinking about a concept, collecting videos and draw things. Everything was superbly ignored and quickly I hadn't had any communication concerning the project's progress. I was really feeling depressed but it was before we won the competition and the project manager sent a congratulations message to our boss omitting all my work.It made me full of anger.
I hesitated to complain as it's still super selfish ... But when I remembered that I always regretted to have say nothing when I should have to in Franceso I finally send an angry email. Needless to say that the project manager wasn't delighted that someone "like me" (woman, arrived after him) told him how things work. They asked me to apologize that I have accepted so it wouldn't escalate but he was surprisingly very understanding and apologized more than me.
Now I can work on this video and it's really exciting!
But there are not only this two thing. There is also my boss who doesn't understand my desire for versatility as he has given to the new American employee... Also, my designers team mates are superbly ignoring me. The design team consists of two men and 6 women including me. The two men always go to lunch and talk together and women made their clan. For example, they never invite me for lunch and never speak to me. I try to not talk to them for 2 weeks and they didn't talk to me even once.. At first it hurt me a lot but I realized that in fact they don't interest me. I prefer to eat alone or with colleagues with coworkers I get along well.
Now I'm doing my best to be able to work in a new field next year.
Let's speak of something else.
The article I mentioned last month has been published on HereNow! website ! You can read the English version here.
Pictures shows that I wan't very healthy at that time but I feel better now. I hope to work with this site again in the future because I had a great time.
At the end of the month I attended my first afternoon with the Fukuoka Camera Walk group. This is a club that brings together a lot of Fukuoka's young amateur photographers. Photoshooting afternoons are organized once a month somewhere in Fukuoka.I joined the group one year ago, at its beginning but I hadn't been able to meet everyone yet. In October I was able to go and the appointment was near a cosmos field near the Susenji station in western Fukuoka.
Like every time I meet new people I was really anxious andand didn't want to go but as always I came back delighted. The field of flowers was tiny and it was quite cold so shooting was a bit long but I made lots of new friends and can't wait to go to the next meeting. I wonder where we are going to go...