Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Happy Halloween

By the skin of my teeth I'm linking up with Brenda's Third Thursday.  Brenda's challenge is all about trying something new and although I love textures and use them a lot, I usually stick to the soft light, lighten and brighten end of the blending modes.  Today, I spookied it up and tried out the darker ones - multiply, colour burn and I even got an exclusion in there - and I've have to say, I kind of like the effect.   Textures used are Bonnie's age it and Kim Klassen's grunged up 2.

Brenda's blog is full of inspiration so do go and check it out.  It's always good to mix things up and try something new. I'm looking forward to checking out the other entries and getting inspired for next month.

Have a spooky one.

Monday, 29 October 2012

In the Picture

This month's (optional) theme was favourite places.  Here are mine:

At home, on the sofa with the Moo. :)

Lost in a good book (processed using Kim Klassen's texture paperlove):

Waiting in my car...actually not my favourite place, unless it's really chucking it down.  Then I make an exception (and play with my phone)..

Standing on the bridge on my favourite walk:

And that's it for October.  How about you?

In The Picture

Friday, 26 October 2012

Photo Art Friday

Trying something new today....I have long been admiring Bonnie's site Pixel Photo Dust Art and her textures and today I am finally joining in with her photo art Friday.  

The (optional) theme for this week is derelict.  These are a few derelict buildings shot on my photowalk with Kat a couple of weeks ago and processed with Bonnie's textures quartz and age it.

Click on the link for more texture art inspiration.

Happy Friday. :)

Photo Art Friday

Thursday, 25 October 2012

52 Intentional Photos - Week 2

Why is summer mist romantic, and autumn mist just sad?
Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle

What a difference a week makes.  I am sticking with last week's theme of autumn because from the blue sky, golden leaved tree shots, we have in the space of the week gone to bare trees and leafy carpets.  The blue skies are gone and it's grey, misty and damp.  There is a melancholy in the air, the nights are drawing in our thoughts are definitely being drawn to comfort and warmth in preparation for winter. 

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Back there

So here I am again.  Looking at my blog feed, looking at my instagram feed, they have incredibly perfect lives, take incredibly perfect photos, are incredibly perfect......

I know this isn't really true but  I feel a bit of shift.  I feel a little out of control.  A little as though I'm not sure what comes next.  What does come next?  I am trying to talk myself down by reminding myself that no-one knows what is coming next.  Even those with perfect feeds.



And pray the fog lifts.

Monday, 22 October 2012

Hello Monday

Hello to a drizzly, damp and foggy autumn morning.

Today I'm saying:

Hello to one more week before half term (yay!)
Hello to planning the Moo's spooky Halloween party next week
Hello to a trip to buy pumpkins and some pumpkin carving
Hello to thinking about making these baked pumpkin donuts (though I'm not sure they're really compatible with the South Beach diet!)
Hello to hibernation (or as much as I can get away with anyway!).

What about you, what are you saying hello to?

Linking up with Lisa Leonard.

Friday, 19 October 2012

Five Fact Friday

I seem to have a lots of thoughts and ideas swirling round my head at the minute.  Unformed and slightly chaotic thoughts and ideas, I might add.  But here's a list of five things that are inspiring me at the minute:

Photographically Speaking by David duChemin
This book, along with Kat's workshop, has really set me on the path of intent.

Spirits of Joy by Hannah Marcotti
Thanks to Hannah's ecourse I have found an alternative to struggling with art journaling - the vision journal.  So much more manageable and it makes so much more sense to my brain! Hannah's ecourse sends you a daily prompt as a jumping off point and I've found it really helpful in creating a picture of where I am today through pictures, quotes, a bit of writing, colours etc.  Slightly unformed and slightly chaotic still - see above - but as I create my vision journal it in turn generates so much more inspiration.....and slowly, slowly a bit of clarity.  Loving it.

The Witches by Roald Dahl
The Moo and I are reading this together (in preparation for Halloween).  I love Roald Dahl, his imagination and his fabulous use of language.  We are both hooked.

Love this blog with daily photos from three different women.  All telling a story so beautifully.  This was a major inspiration for my 52 intentional photos project.

The South Beach Diet
Sad but true.  It's really helping with the healthy eating I keep procrastinating about and which I am keen does not remain part of the slightly chaotic.

What about you, what's inspiring you at the minute?

Thursday, 18 October 2012

52 Intentional Photos - Week 1

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower
Albert Camus

The thing that has really struck me this week is that autumn is truly here.  The fall is underway and my garden is covered in a thick layer of leaves.  Yesterday the Moo and I kicked through piles of crunchy brown horse chestnut leaves (oh that I had had my camera with me then!) and enjoyed the unmistakable smell of autumn.  Today we are experiencing some periods of rain but there are moments when the sun breaks through, lower in the sky and with less warmth, bathing the leaf fall in glorious light. 

Autumn, you are so changeable and really rather beautiful.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

From above

Over at Beyond Layers, we've been talking about taking photos from above.  If you've seen my instagram stream, you'll know this is something I do a fair bit.  Here are a few collections:

Love this point of view, so fun!  

Inspired by Kim Klassen's Beyond Layers

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Texture Tuesday

Today's theme is look up.

Image processed using Kim Klassen textures pumpkin grunge, look up and happy heart.


Monday, 15 October 2012

Hello Monday

Hello Monday and hello distinct chill in the air.  Definitely autumn.

Today I'm saying:

Hello haircut (looooong overdue!)
Hello after school hot chocolate drinking
Hello catching up with editing and creating some photo books
Hello to a bit of batch cooking 
Hello to tidying up and getting some order going (do I write that every week?!) 
Hello to fab new book (Still Life by Louise Penny) - love finding a new series of books to get my teeth into!
Hello crisp, crunchy autumn walks

As a side note, I'm so thrilled that one of my pictures appeared on Bella Cirovic's blog 52 Projects in her new artist spotlight feature.  Click on the link to check it (and the other artists) out and for the details of how to participate too. :)

Happy Monday. 

Linking up with Lisa Leonard.

Friday, 12 October 2012

A New Challenge

Rather unbelievably (to me at any rate), I have completed my 365!  Also rather unbelievably (to me at any rate....) is that I really enjoyed it and I'm really enjoying looking back at my weekly collages with their little peaks into my life that would otherwise have gone unrecorded.  A year on and I can't imagine a day passing without me taking a photo of something.  Not a masterpiece you understand, but a little something that will trigger a thought or memory.  It has truly made the ordinary details of my life into something a little extraordinary. 

The first three months of my 365 were taken exclusively on my dslr and I have to admit that my 365 got a whole lost easier when I got my phone last Christmas.  I don't carry my dslr nearly as much as I used to, I snap all the time on my phone (just ask my husband!) and instant sharing via instagram has become the order of the day.  I don't really see any of that changing and I might even continue sorting them into weekly collages, or finding some way of bringing a little order to them at any rate.  But I also feel ready for a new challenge.

Now, this started as a whole different post and a completely different challenge, but something made me hold back hitting the publish button and that's quite unusual for me.  Originally I thought about doing 52 photowalks - pretty much as it sounds! - but there was something niggling at me and making me feel a bit uneasy about it.  I couldn't put my finger on it until I went on the Sense of Place workshop with Kat.  One of the things we talked about was how we took travel photos and whether we planned travel around the photo or travelled and then photographed as the mood takes us when we're there.  I've done both but it dawned on me that the instances where I have travelled to a place with the specific aim of creating images have often been much less successful (ie I've been disappointed with the images) than the places where I've travelled because it's a place I wanted to go to and then pulled out my camera because I was relaxed and having fun.  52 photowalks seemed to be forcing the images a little too much once I realised how the process works for me.  That's not to say I'll never go on another planned photowalk but setting myself up with 52 to do seemed as though I could be setting myself up for a whole lot of disappointment.

So, back to the drawing board I went.  The fundamental aim of any project for me at the minutes is to go back to using my dslr more regularly, to be more intentional with my images and to keep to my real love of capturing the everyday.  So I decided instead to commit to posting (at least) one image a week which reflects and expresses my everyday for that week.

So here is the start of my 52 intentional photos project.

What about you, fancy joining me?

Thursday, 11 October 2012

A Workshop and a Photowalk

As I've mentioned here before, I went on Kat's Sense of Place workshop in Hampstead at the weekend which was just brilliant.  I am a total chicken when it comes to street photography so it was lovely to feel a bit more 'legit' as part of a group and to explore a part of London that I've haven't been to for years. 

Here are a few of my favourites from our photowalk in the Brick Lane area.

If you'd like to see more images from the Hampstead workshop and the Hebden Bridge workshop, check out the Sense of Place flickr group.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Texture Tuesday

Linking up with texture Tuesday.
Image processed using Kim Klassen texture pumpkin grunge, reverie and history.
Polaroid frame from


Monday, 8 October 2012

Hello Monday

Hello to a very wet Monday.

The weekend, however, was lovely and sunny which was great because I went on Kat's on location  workshop  and it was fabulous!  I still have a bunch of photos to edit but here are a few from our walk round Brick Lane in London.

Blue sky and curry houses

street art - boo!

funky signs

and love tokens

So fabulous to meet Kat in person - along with some other lovely bloggers and photographers.  I'm actually amazed I came home with as many photos as I did as there was so much to chat about!

Today I'm saying:

Hello to processing everything I learnt over the weekend
Hello to photo editing
Hello to catching up on emails and reading
Hello to laundry (boring but necessary.....)
Hello to a theatre trip.

What about you, did you have a good weekend and what are you saying hello to this Monday?

Linking up with Lisa Leonard.

Friday, 5 October 2012

Photo Heart Connection

I always find the changing of seasons a bit tricky.  None more so that than the change from summer to autumn.  This has only been exacerbated now that we are at the beck and call of the school year.  Times marches on in regimented fashion and seems to have taken on a new relentlessness when all I really want it to do is slow down.

My current feelings seem rather encapsulated by this butterfly.  So beautiful.  So ephemeral.  Set free from the captivity of our butterfly garden but with a fragility that makes you almost fear what might be to come.

And yet, amidst all this I came upon this quote:

“..It occurs to me that the peculiarity of most things we think of as fragile is how tough they truly are. There were tricks we did with eggs, as children, to show how they were, in reality, tiny load-bearing marble halls; while the beat of the wings of a butterfly in the right place, we are told, can create a hurricane across an ocean. Hearts may break, but hearts are the toughest of muscles, able to pump for a lifetime, seventy times a minute, and scarcely falter along the way. Even dreams, the most delicate and intangible of things, can prove remarkably difficult to kill.”

In my desire to slow time down, I had forgotten the strength, the resilience, the beauty of this march of life.


Wednesday, 3 October 2012

In the Picture

Here I am again.....In the Picture.  This month's theme was new perspectives.  So I tried to mix it up a bit.....dslr, iphone, new angles, a bit of black and white, a bit of texture and blending, bits of me I usually hide away, me in a skirt (I'm usually in jeans)! 

The low down

Bits of me I usually avoid in my selfies......

a skirt....and some funky tights

Hands, black and white....Cheers!
I must confess, I wasn't quite as intentional with the theme as I might have been but I have tried a few new things and I can see a serious addiction to the blending app coming on!   Christy is fantastic at this so make sure you check her blog out and follow the link for more inspiring entries.
That's it for another month.   How did you do?

In The Picture


Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Texture Tuesday

Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature
Gerard de Nerval
Linking up with Texture Tuesday. 
Image processed using Kim Klassen textures framed, cool grunge and more magic.


Monday, 1 October 2012

Hello Monday

Hello  new week....hello Monday.....and hello birthday! 

Here's what my weekend looked like:

There was a selection of teas:

requiring a selection of teapots (it was a bring-a-teapot party!):

and of course, sandwiches and cake.

Nothing like a bit of afternoon tea, pretty flowers, prosecco (in coupes!) and friends and family to make you feel very special. :)

Today I'm saying:

Hello to a celebratory family dinner this evening with hubbie and the Moo :)
Hello to playing with my new instax camera (it takes little mini photos the size of a credit card.  LOVE!)
Hello to healthy eating (again....and after today, obviously!)
Hello to more photo editing
Hello to countdown to Saturday when I get to meet Kat Sloma at her Sense of Place workshop (if you're in or near London you should check and see if she has any spaces left.  Then we can both meet her...and each other....seriously, go and check, right now.....:)
Hello to tidying my work space (long overdue...)
Hello to a crafty project or two.

So, how was your weekend?  What are you saying hello to this week?

Linking up with Lisa Leonard.
Template in first picture from The Coffeeshop Blog.

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