Monday, 1 August 2011

Allure: A story told a different way

So, you may have noticed all my previous posts have gone. My voice was heard a little too loud and some things were completely misinterpreted resulting in upsetting people so I’m very sorry about that.

And so I’m starting again.

I think it’s fair to say I don’t like being on the Allure, I’ve been here a month now and although things have been changing and obviously I’m getting more used to it, I’m still very unhappy here. This ship is beautiful in some ways but I refer to it as the floating mall as it bears many similarities to the Trafford Centre at home in Manchester. And I didn’t do this job to work in a shopping centre!

I’ve learnt a lot about the company I work for coming here too, good and bad, but I’m going to skip all that stuff now.

Actually as a result of this blog I keep getting messages from people hoping to join Image/about to go to their interview etc. I’m sorry I’m not replying guys, ship life is just a little too hectic. However you’re all asking the same thing and I will continue to say: absolutely go for it if the idea excites you! Be prepared to work harder than you ever have, but it’s something you’ll never be able to understand or explain until you’ve done it! And I still want to be doing it.

So yes I’m really unhappy on this ship. It lacks the community of smaller ships. Just the photo team by itself is so big! I hate not seeing or feeling the sea, there’s nowhere nice to just look outside in passing, you have to go out of your way to get anywhere. There’s a lot of stuff about how we work that makes me unhappy but most importantly it’s that most of my peers agree with me when I bring these things up! This ship makes the best money of the whole fleet so people stick it out, but I feel it is just horrible to work alongside people who are unhappy like you. Empathy is only good to a point. These are the strongest reasons why I’ve asked to transfer, please cross your fingers for me!

I wanted to mention how worried I was about getting to photog 3 or the senior position on just one contract and one ship. It worried me that I didn’t have enough experience to move between ships but actually I got here and felt on a level with my fellow p3’s so that was really good. I do know how to set up and work in the gallery and take a good picture! I pushed through to the p3 position on Navigator in competition with my very good friend Antonio. Not having that kind of driven working relationship with someone is something I’m really missing here. I wish Antonio was here for me to show him that I do know what I’m doing without him! Isn’t that weird?! Anyway, yes Antonio and Sanda, I miss you guys so much because you make me want to do the job, and I’m rapidly losing that drive here. Never did I actually want to go home before.

I’ve made some good friends on the team here already, as ever on ships you meet amazing people from all over the place. Here’s a picture of me with Jr after my 2nd shopping trip to St Maarten.

Typical me, I’m making more money so I’m expanding to spend it! So far I bought a D7000 and a fixed 85mm 1.8 lens. I think I need to get out of the Caribbean where these things are so cheap! But not before I’ve bought my iPad!

I’m going to take some pictures around the ship this week and hopefully do some kind of posting about that. And Facebook will be the place that knows when I can hopefully escape this ship, so watch that space!

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