Rocky! Rocky!

I think it was about 1982 when a friend recommended a movie to me. That movie was ‘First Blood’. This was my first introduction to the character John Rambo and the actor Sylvester Stallone.

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I was soon hooked on the ‘Rocky’ movies. I watched 3 first then 1 and 2.
At that time I was just getting into weight training and had a home gym, this was the poster I had on my wall.

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In 1988 I moved to Bolton and started training in a commercial gym. It’s now called J.R.’s Fitness Centre but was originally called Physiques.
It’s ‘Old School’, no saunas or jacuzzis here please!

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I use to go in and before I commenced training I’d put a cassette on which had the Rocky tunes on, it always started off with ‘Eye Of The Tiger’.
It wasn’t long before I was given the nickname ‘Rocky’.

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I still train there, 26 years later, albeit with a little less enthusiasm. (And I’m still called Rocky).

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And…tonight…I’m going to see the guy that has motivated me for over thirty years, they say never meet your heroes, hope I’m not disappointed!

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Update:
Well, I finally got to see my hero. He was a bit late but worth it! He’s a great raconteur!

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Personal Goals 2014

These are my goals for 2014:

Lose 50lbs.
Be in the best physical shape I can be.
Here I am circa 1991, not sure if I can get quite into this shape but I’m going to try my very best!

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Photograph a minimum of 12 personally satisfying landscape images.
I’ve decided I’m not going to have any ‘clients’ – I’ll take photographs just to satisfy me, then pop them onto a web site, if they sell, they sell. If they don’t, then no loss. No more weddings and portraits. Too much pressure!

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Turnover £1200 on Landscape image sales.
I’ll set up a Clikpic site or similar and see if any of my images sell! Simple!

Ascend 24 Birketts.
A Birkett is a fell over 300 metres in height in the English Lake District. Named after Bill Birkett who catalogued them. Here’s the chap himself who I photographed at Friars Crag, Derwentwater.

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Read 12 books.
I love to read, both fact and fiction. I’m currently reading this…it’s heavy going 🙂

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What are yours?

Photoshoot

Received an email request recently from a young guy who wants to break into the modelling industry.

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He asked if I could assist him put together some images for his portfolio.

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I took him to the studio I use and we did a few shots.

He explained to me he’d been training at a gym for 3 months, and seeing his physique it was evident he was committed!

I decided to take him to a gym I occasionally train in – Old School!

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We did a few images there…

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I wish him all the luck for the future, he’s a great young man with ambition.
Follow your dream!

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