FRIDAY – A SPLIT PERSONALITY (creatively speaking)

“It’s a bizarre but wonderful feeling, to arrive dead center of a target you didn’t even know you were aiming for.”

                                                                                               ― Lois McMaster Bujold

I have a foot in both camps. I love soft and dreamy still life, but equally love the gritty, high drama of the everyday. So here are a few of this weeks offerings.

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Mark and I took another trip to London this time to The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, out of all the photos I took this one really spoke to me. A ray of light hitting some carving in the Painted Hall in The Royal Naval College.

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Resting weary feet in the shade.

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On my morning walk Autumn is coming….

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Morning at the farmer’s market.

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Playing with light…

Using my own Lightroom preset ‘chalk’

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Hope your weekend is sunny….

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FRIDAY FINDS – DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF (or how I learnt that not perfect is ok)

Sounds of sirens, of many languages. Bustling, running, pushing. This is London, vibrant and loud, flawed and thrilling. Could I live here ? No, but a place to visit and marvel at the beauty. The immense landscape, of modern and ancient, somehow it works. Joggers pant past tourists with maps and cameras, buskers play steel drums all a glorious mess. I love you London…..

We visited London for the day. What a shock, I hadn’t visited for a few years. It was an assault on the senses and I was so tired when I got home. When I loaded my images to say I was disappointed is an understatement. But, when I start looking again I realised that this is street photography, you don’t have time to stand around composing, you get pushed and shoved so it has to be snap snap. So if it’s not completely in focus does that really matter ?

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I have decided that I still love the whole Photoshop Artistry thing, and although I don’t process like this so much anymore,  when I do I love it.

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It is all about conveying a feeling and for memory keeping so important to maybe slip in some candid shots I have to learn that is OK.

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River Thames with Tower Bridge in the distance

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St Paul’s Cathedral from the South Bank.

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Under the arches.

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The wonderful Borough Market in Southwark see the website HERE

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So I am going to continue looking for the intimate, the personal.

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Have a great weekend keep looking for those special moments…

A WALK THROUGH HISTORY

“The painter constructs, the photographer discloses.” 
― Susan SontagOn Photography

 

As many of you know Mark and I try to visit National Trust properties as often as we can. We are members which saves us a considerable amount of money. This week we revisited Lacock Abbey and the Fox Talbot museum in Wiltshire. It has a very interesting history, not only is it 800 years old in places but also was the home of Henry Fox Talbot. It was founded as a medieval nunnery in 1232. For movie and TV buffs it was used as the setting for the first 2 Harry Potter films, and the village was used as a setting for Pride and Prejudice (the Colin Firth one) and Cranford. To me it is the almost perfect place to visit (all is missing is water), it has wonderful medieval architecture a botanic garden and a very interesting history.

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But this visit was really to learn more about Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877). He was a mathematician, botanist and chemist. he is known for inventing photography, his process of creating a negative in the camera and from that making multiple positive prints was the dominant process throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  His work was based on earlier experiments by others.

 

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Talbot inherited Lacock when he was 5 months old but didn’t live there until he was 27. His disappointing attempts at drawing whilst on his honeymoon led him to think how science might help people with no artistic talent to make images.

If you would like to read more about this amazing man you will some more information HERE

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I wonder what he would think of today’s instant photography and the ease of processing !

Photo taken using Hipstamatic.

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As summer begins to fade there was a last show of beautiful flowers in the kitchen garden.

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I created a scrapbook page. Supplies by Anna Aspnes and Agnes Biro.

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Textures used in the scrapbook page are kk waterfront1 and quiet.

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TEXTURE TUESDAY – ON GETTING LOST

This week I discovered a wonderful new website called ‘ Brainpickings’ and this particular post HERE.  The owner of the site Maria Popova writes wonderfully,  and this particular post deals with the work of Rebecca Solnit and her book A Field Guide to Getting Lost. How reaching out into the unknown , the uncertainty is so important to living creatively. The fumbling, struggling with our creativity is what makes us grow.

Leave the door open for the unknown, the door into the dark. That’s where the most important things come from, where you yourself came from, and where you will go.

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 I think we all struggle with uncertainty , when we try to jump sometimes it doesn’t work and we might fall, but how wonderful it is when we step off into the unknown and find something new, something so exciting it makes us catch our breath. Whether it is a new technique a new idea for a piece of writing, poem or composition.

 

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Popova says ‘ for Solnit, as for Rilke, that uncertainty is not an obstacle to living but a wellspring of life — of creative life, most of all. Bridging the essence of art with the notion that not-knowing is what drives science, she sees in the act of embracing the unknown a gateway to self-transcendence’.

This is what I am seeking, to maybe get outside my comfort zone.  I don’t know what it will be but I’m not going to give up trying.

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Music today :

Michael McGoldrick – The Dub Reel (Morning Rory)    Imagined Village – Hard Times of Old England (The Imagined Village)     Bob Dylan – Thunder on the Mountain (Modern Times)   Rod Stewart – Mandolin Wind (Every Picture Tells a Story )  Ry Cooder – Jesse James ( The UFO has Landed)

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WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – ‘SUMMER LOVIN’

 

The warm sunny days need to be stored in my memory capsule to take out and look at on cold, rainy days.

 

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Taken on a Saturday afternoon in a pretty garden of a tearoom in Wedmore Somerset. We had driven there to meet a blogging friend and family …. Happy Day

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Linking with The WordPress weekly photo challenge 

 

MINDFULNESS – TEXTURE TUESDAY

As part of my continuing search for the heart in photography I am trying to be more thoughtful in my process, though it is a balancing act between getting it just right and over thinking. I still want to keep the spontaneity but rein it in a bit. Playing with my new purpose built backdrop (which I have now painted the other side a very subtle white with a hint of green). I used it as a base with an old coffee sack as the backdrop. I had to do a lot of tweaking as the colour of the sack really overwhelmed the image. In LR I used 2 of Kim’s presets ‘dark mood’ and ‘within’ then in PS I added kk_chase and kk_pinit11.

 

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Onto the next edit, I decided that the texture of the sack was almost too textured, so using a painted wine box as a backdrop I did this…. In LR I added my own dramatic workflow then tweaked to soften it in PS using kk_chase again.

Much better.

 

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Finally a dramatic version which I love using Kim’s new preset ‘within’ and kk_chase and kk_pinit 11.

 

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FRIDAY FIND – A MORNING AT THE RECLAMATION YARD

It’s not very often you see the Statue of Liberty in Somerset ( in fact never). But Wells Reclamation Yard has everything including many kitchen sinks , and a tank and a rocket launcher !

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Mark and I visited this dream of a place last week to buy old wood to make a backdrop for me to use in my Be Still class.  We were spoilt for choice, so many treasures to explore.

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The quirky up against the valuable this family run business is an Aladdin’s cave.

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We will definitely return there are some wooden block letters I have my eye on and some wooden crates as well.

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Some help ….

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As you can see Mark entered into the challenge, the wood was very old taken out of a Romanian brewery we believe.

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The backdrop is so heavy we have decided to go back for more to make a smaller one , well who could resist…..

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Scrapbook supplies , Anna Aspnes and my own…

Linking with Friday Finds…

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TEXTURE TUESDAY – FROM THE ARCHIVES

This is from the archives  from August 2002. I was using my Fuji point and shoot. Thanks to the wonder of Photoshop and Lightroom I am able to play I really brought up the clarity and split toning and added kk_canvasbackmagic.

 

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And a photo from Jo who is now in Queenstown New Zealand. It’s ski season there and so so beautiful….. I used kk_canvasmagic this time….

 

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