Hello from Sofia, Bulgaria

Welcome to this new blog, by me, Tim Carlier.

I think this may be the 3rd blog I’ve ever started. But hopefully this is the first that makes it past 2 posts. I have a terrible habit of not keeping up habits. But this time it’s different. This time I’ve got to keep going. This time, I’m in Bulgaria.

I’ve not been here for long, only around a day at the time of writing, so I can’t really express my thoughts on living in Sofia yet. That’d be like expressing my opinion on the entire country of Bulgaria having only read the first sentence of its Wikipedia article. Give me another week and I’ll read the full article. Or at least most of it.

So, instead of talking about Sofia just yet, I wanted to talk about what this blog, this project and my life are going to be about over the next 5 months.

Through the incredible generosity of the Helpmann Academy and the James & Diana Ramsay Foundation, I have been granted funds to travel to Sofia, Bulgaria to undertake a month long residency at the World of Co. Then, attend a three month experimental film course at the MET film School in Berlin, Germany. These, amongst many others, are phenomenal opportunities and experiences I’ll be documenting in this blog.

There are many things I hope to gain from this program. I want to learn more, to improve my skills as a filmmaker and also to meet people, collaborate and build international connections.

As I said at the start, I am terrible at keeping habits, so I’ve decided to force myself into creating a few. This blog, for instance, will be a weekly update on my life and where I’m at currently. A documentation of the things I’m doing, what I’m learning and who I’m meeting. There will also be daily Instagram photos, and a weekly vlog-thing. The vlog is called test_signal, and is more of an attempt to experiment with film to express how I’m feeling and what I’ve been up to. It’ll be very hit and miss, but hopefully something comes out of it.

The first test_signal is about going away. I’ve lived in the same room for about 6 years now. I’ll probably go back there after this trip, but over those years I accumulated hundreds of 35mm film photos using a little camera called the 135TIM. I had them all up on the wall, Good and bad, and they seem to put together a picture of my life over those 6 years. The holidays I’ve been on, the friends I haven’t spoken to in a while, and some genuine attempts at artistic photography. They’re all packed away now, leaving empty walls. But now here I am, with some new empty walls and I think that’s pretty exciting.

I think that’s everything I had to say for this week, but thanks for reading this. I hope you’re well, I wish you all the best and I’ll see you in a week.

-Tim

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