So I've been in Manchester for about a month now, and to be honest I haven't really seen too much of it. I've visited The Northern Quarter, The Gay Village, and the general town! So far, so good! Except I feel the weather is a bit bipolar! You get dressed in your winter woolies at the crack of dawn, because it's miserable and raining, and by lunch time you're running around the shops looking for a pair of flip-flops, nightmare!

So, I've recently just handed in my notice to my regular job, mainly because I have a new one, and because I want to concentrate more on my business. It's fairly new, so I don't want to jack everything in and not be able to feed myself. Anyway, tomorrow is really the first time I'm going to have a proper day off in a long time, so I'm going to grab my camera, head into Piccadilly, and see what I can capture. I already know the shots I'm going to take. I've seen some fantastic things that'll look incredible in a picture. Plus, there is always something extravagant going on somewhere. On Sunday I was walking down the street and everyone was dressed as an American Paratrooper! I wish I'd had my camera for that. It felt like I'd step back in time! 

My new project Oz is coming along nicely too! I keep having dreams of new characters and new beginning to the stories. I am always really inspired by documentaries too. The ones about human life in harsh conditions. Their reality is so different to ours, that sometimes it makes me feel a bit sick about how ungrateful we are about the country we live in. It's really good creative inspiration for me, especially with the work I want to do with Oz. I guess my stories are a bit darker than the ones we are subjected to today. But if you read the original fairy tales by Hans Christian Anderson and The Brothers Grimm, they're pretty dark.

Thanks for reading,

James Phoenix Hill