The Mustang show

This past Sunday myself and my 2 roommates Cameron and Corey went to a showcase of mustangs in Wollongong. These are some of the photos I took during the day. Enjoy ūüôā

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Alice Springs Trip

The Final Post tonight is from my recent trip to Alice Springs. I was up there for work and used my time off to take as many photos as I could. This is a place I had never been and I tried to take the most of the time I had.

Obligatory Hotel Shot

On top of Anzac Hill

The graceful Liam

The Majestic Pablo

Obligatory Cricket Shots, seeing how I was there to work on a Cricket Game

The Final Shot is the crew and our Analyst out at the Pine Gap sign

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A walk on Mount Kembla

After returning from Perth and having some rest I took a walk atop Mount Kembla with my close mate Mark. We both are into this photography stuff so we looked at it as a chance to take a photography hike and get lost in the wilderness with our cameras. These are some of the shots I got during the day.

A look from the lookout with my Canon Macro 18mm lens

Port Kembla from the same spot with my Canon 330mm lens

Fucken Mark

My personal Favorite photo of Mark

Honorary Selfie

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The Perth Trip

So it begins with my Trip to Perth last weekend. The perks of having my job is I’ve seen a lot of the country in the past 4 months filming all sorts of sporting events from Women’s Cricket to Rugby Union. On Friday the 3rd I flew out from Sydney Airport and spent all of Saturday in Perth and flew home on the red eye at 11.05 that night. Below are some of the Photos I got walking around the city and while I had downtime at work

The Hotel Room for the night

 

This is my favorite photo I took.

Bossman became the target of my photo hunt this day

Shameless plug for work

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So I stumbled into photography

So recently I picked up a new hobby, Photography. I guess it was only natural after spending a year and a bit as a producer that I would move into the photography game. I wanted a place to show all my photos so I decided I had this blog already so now it has a new use.

Hopefully those of you from University at least like the fact that even a year after I graduated I came up with an Idea for this blog even though it probably isn’t what you envisioned from me when I first walked through your classroom doors.

So enjoy the Photos I put up here tonight and in the future, mostly they will be wildlife and abandoned places but also I take photos on work trips too. Here is a couple sneak peaks

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General ramble about a topic close to my heart.

Today at uni during my BCM311 class we had a special guest come in that Kate interviewed right in front of us. Now normally I’m the guy that sits there and doesn’t really pay attention to the stuff that goes on around me in class however, generally Kate seems to know how to get me to pay attention, even if it is only for a few minutes at a time. Anyway that’s not what I wanted to write about here, generally this blog has been an academic blog with a lot of posts that bore the shit out of me. This is the first post I am making that really doesn’t follow the guidelines of “This is for an assignment.’

Anyway, during said interview with the head of students of my university, he said something so casually in the conversation and it has been on my mind all day. He said he suffers from depression. For those who know me personally they would know this is a topic that I am highly attached too, its something that really hits close to home because I too suffer from it. What struck out at me is how casually he dropped it in the conversation. For me I consider my depression to be one of my 2 biggest flaws in my character yet he didn’t seemed phased by the idea of it, and to top it off it wasn’t until the end when he mentioned how he noticed he was acting at the beginning of the interview that things started to click to me. I have similar tells to what he was doing at the beginning of the interview when I am in situations that I feel uncomfortable in. I tap my feet under the desk, I try to keep formal and I watch the way I talk to people. I basically go into what I used to call ‘parent mode’ essentially. In fact the me I thought I was basically changes and I become this other me, a me that is more polite and more respectful of those around him, compared to the normal me that really couldn’t give 2 shits about anything anymore. It just interested me that the idea of me being in parent mode is really me being so nervous and anxious about the situation that I don’t feel comfortable being myself. People always ask what is wrong with me when I am like this, and I sorta seem to understand it more now.

Another thing that has perplexed me is how open he was about the situation. I tend to keep my feelings about how I am with it to a close circle of about 2-3 people. It used to be 1 person, but lets say that person is the reason I am like I am now. I’ve never really gone out there and claimed all the fucked up things that have happened to me, even though these experiences no matter how fucked up they are have truly shaped me as an individual. I feel the interviewee in the class has something I tend to hide from. That’s courage to own up to the struggles depression can lead someone down. I am able to admit I really admire people who can do that because for me I feel it is the hardest thing to do. Now while he didn’t go into detail about what he went through, just the fact he dropped he had depression in conversation is something I find hard to say unless it is around my close friends who know of my problems of the past.

So that’s something that happened to me today and has really stuck with me basically all day. Its not often shit like this happens, but I felt this was important for me to write, even if it just helps me gain a little bit of courage to be able to own up to my faults of the past. I guess I’ll end it with this, My name is Andrew Clarke and I have suffered from depression since I was 13 and I hope one day I can say I no longer suffer from it.

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Values in the Workforce

So here we are back at uni one final time, the final session, and it time to reflect on my own values in the workforce and the values held in my desired profession. If there is one thing I have learned in the 23 years on this planet, its that the values you hold define you as a person. While they can change and be manipulated in different ways the core values will always be the same. For me, the most important value and the value I will never compromise on is honesty. My whole life I find that I will be brutally honest with those I know and trust. Whether I am in my professional life or personal life I will tell you exactly what I think and who I am, take it or leave it, tell me I’m an idiot and see if I truly care. That is who I will always be, I might act like a sarcastic joker who looks like the last thing he took seriously was kindergarten, but deep down I hold honesty above everything.

So how does this relate to my chosen profession? Well in my profession of being a producer/video editor, honesty about someones work will make or break a career. ¬†Telling someone their work is “okay” or “good job buddy” when their work isn’t the best is not going to be doing anyone any favors. Its like telling someone they know how to manage a budget well when the debt has doubled since they took over. In the video editing world where people have a certain regard for quality in the products they pay for, it helps to be honest when you aren’t happy with the quality of work produced. For a personal example I look to my own contract job. Currently I am contracted to take between 6-9 games of football filmed around the Illawarra and create a highlight package for each of them around 3-5 minutes long. The highlights I am instructed to place in these packages range from tries to line breaks to good plays to the classic slap-a-thon known as a fight. The sheer pressure to create this many videos in such a short turn around (get the videos Saturday, have the packages done by Monday) makes it hard to quality control all the videos. I happily welcome criticism from my supervisors when they have similar values to me with honesty. I am able to take their criticism and learn from my mistakes for the next weekend when the deadline looms again.

Anyway enough about myself, this is an assignment after all and now its time to integrate the best thing in the world into this post ACADEMIC ARTICLES!!!!

How does the value of honesty relate to the workplace? Well you can look at it like this, you are employed to give your time to help further a business’s goals in exchange for money that is determined to be of equal value for the time you give up. In the workplace if someone is dishonest, it can cost the business more money that could be in your pockets in the long run.¬†Reinout E. de Vries ¬†and Jean-Louis van Gelder look at the idea of honesty in the workplace in their article¬†Explaining workplace delinquency: The role of Honesty‚ÄďHumility, ethical culture, and employee surveillance.¬†¬†In the article they look at the HEXACO model of personality posits, This model¬†describes a persons personality within 6 dimensions that together form the HEXACO acronym. One of the said traits or dimensions in Honesty-Humility. ¬†It is described that an Honest worker is one who can be trusted to perform his duties without constant surveillance. The example they use is one of a retail store. In their research they found that companies that have higher end security and surveillance systems tend to have less theft by both employees and workers. In an ideal world however, employers should be able to trust their employees not to steal and not to slack off while they are on their time.

Another study conducted by Jocelyn Wiltshire, Joshua S. Bourdage and Kibeom Lee looked at how the Honesty- Humility trait effected how employees see internal politics within an organisation. The results found that employees at jobs that are highly political suffer from job stress, they also were not happy with their employment and conducted counterproductive behavior.  In an organization that is highly political it becomes harder to trust not only your superiors but your co-workers as well. They could stab you in the back at any point and are all obviously not that honest. This is a situation I feel I would struggle in, internally I would want to call out everyone for being dishonest and treating their co-workers like crap, but also I would find it hard to work in this environment.

So lets sum all this up into a nice tiny package so we can all make sense of it. Honesty is an important value for an individual to have. In today’s corporate world there are companies out there that don’t value honesty within their company. People who work in companies that are highly dishonest internally tend to be unhappy. I don’t want to be unhappy and being happy means being honest with everyone. In the world of Video editing and producing, it would make sense that companies in this field try to use honesty to produce better products for their clients. In this post we looked at a personal example as well as research looking at honesty in the workforce. So that sums it up in a nice little package.

REFERENCE LIST

Wiltshire J, Bourdage J.S, Lee K, 2013, ‘Honesty-Humility and Perceptions of Organizational Politics in Predicting Workplace Outcomes’,¬†Journal of Business & Psychology,¬†Vol 29, no.1 pp 235-251 <http://eds.a.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.uow.edu.au/eds/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?sid=e4570307-38e3-438d-886c-56a95ced2852%40sessionmgr4001&vid=2&hid=4113&gt;

De Vries R.E, Van Gelder J.L, 2015 ‘Explaining workplace delinquency: The role of Honesty‚ÄďHumility, ethical culture, and employee surveillance’¬†Personality and Individual Differences,¬†vol. 86, no.1 pp 112-116 <http://ac.els-cdn.com.ezproxy.uow.edu.au/S019188691500389X/1-s2.0-S019188691500389X-main.pdf?_tid=27fc02e4-4bbd-11e5-8881-00000aab0f6c&acdnat=1440571329_c37d6869f786331e2f58fe103fb3d2b0&gt;

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