The word Zhu in Chinese means little hut, or place, so CamZhu roughly translates as Cam's Place. The focus of the artwork involves Chinese characters or esoteric symbols and my writing covers a range of topics.
I am a digital artist, blogger and very occasional poet. I make digital art usually involving abstract patterns, symbols and/or Chinese written characters. Based in London, UK, I currently work full time for a social landlord and devote my free time to writing and artwork. You can see what I've been working on lately here.
Last year I finished writing a journal style memoir of six months solo travel in South-East Asia. Available to buy as an ebook called 'Transiting':
My son was 100 days old on Friday. My Chinese in-laws dressed him up in gold bracelets and a red and gold chain necklace, for the first time in his short life he looked bling. It made me think of how we make not only all of the big decisions for him, but also the[…]
Last Sunday was the first day I got out of the house and went on a run since the birth of my son three months ago; a period of time, which, despite everyone telling me has gone really fast has felt like at least a year. I managed fifteen minutes running, probably not even enough[…]
The importance of symbols cannot be underestimated. A good logo is part and parcel of any visual branding strategy. Well, I’m going to make something like a logo for a new project of mine, which involves sending my thoughts out into the world at a much slower pace than the rapid information highways of cyberspace[…]
We all have an internal ranking system where we put the happenings in our lives into hierarchies of importance to us, which includes rating the profundity of certain events. Specific and circumstantial happenings come to determine how we structure the narratives we use to present ourselves to the world. They also influence decisions of how[…]
An Extra Day This week just gone by, I felt like I needed an extra day to get everything done. I was toying with the idea and wondered what such a day would be called. I settled on the rather boring name ‘Newday’, and decided it would come after Friday, and could mostly be part of the[…]
Today marked one calendar month since the birth of my firstborn son. It’s been a ride so far, up and down, peaks and troughs, a blur of broken sleep and an overload of chores. The first two weeks were certainly the most challenging – in and out of two different hospitals as the poor baby had[…]
One way of fueling your own creativity is to actively seek out and absorb creative content. Nowadays, I have found it is very easy to scroll through social media occasionally interacting with something pretty or eye-catching. This is kind of not enough for me, and so, without venturing past my keyboard, I have attempted to[…]
Reductionist Quotes A couple of things have piqued my interest in the self-help industry recently and started me thinking of taking more care with my online content. One is that I have begun using my Twitter account a bit more frequently to promote my various digitally-based activities. Twitter is awash with quotations from famous historical[…]
My last post was a reflective one and I’ve been thinking about other formative experiences I have had that set me on the course leading to where I am now. On a personal level, I am also probably seeking to reassure myself that I’ll make at least an ok parent. The Children’s Project I have been[…]
On rare occasions whilst driving around the UK, one sees lone people at the roadside, typically near service stations. They are identifiable as hitchhikers by their ragtag appearance, huge backpacks and cardboard placards, on which is usually scrawled a destination so far away as to think unreachable in any reasonable time. They raise a multitude[…]
The 25 to 5 Process A few weeks ago I encountered a new method for cutting out the clutter of one’s life. By narrowing down your focus, it is possible to see what you really want. The method is Warren Buffet’s 25 to 5 process, helpfully explained by this video; I recently went[…]
Changes Afoot There are significant changes afoot in my life and I thought I would write a blog post to try and get a handle on where I am at mentally. I am not overly concerned that I cannot or will not be able to cope in the near future, I just realise I have hardly[…]