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Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate. ~John F Kennedy

These last few days have been traumatic. No not physically no, traumatic nationally. My conception of my country and the people that are supposed to govern have betrayed me. Because of a divisive and politically cynical campaign my country, my concept of European cooperation has been swept away. Already we have politicians blaming each other, a group of politicians are taking back everything they campaigned on. The financial repercussions are immense and already racism is rearing it’s angry head.

 My art is comforting me so much, the taking of the image, the composition and the processing.

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You can’t stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes. ~ A.A. Milne

 

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Just being able to take images of the everyday will help.

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One bad chapter doesn’t mean your story’s over.~ Unknown

 

Playing with some composition helps.

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I’m not burying my head in the sand. Just trying to find some sense and shutting that part of my brain off today.

 

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Supplies by Lorie Davidson @ Scrapbookgraphics.com and G and T Designs @ e-scape and scrap.net

Fight Complexity

‘Sometimes I wonder about my life. I lead a small life – well, valuable, but small – and sometimes I wonder, do I do it because I like it, or because I haven’t been brave? So much of what I see reminds me of something I read in a book, when shouldn’t it be the other way around? I don’t really want an answer. I just want to send this cosmic question out into the void. So good night, dear void.` You’ve Got Mail

 

 

Simple things are usually the most interesting. This year i’m curating the small, the everyday as well as the large and exciting. For this is my life.

 

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Who are You ?

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

~ Lao Tzu

This morning I opened at random a little book called ‘High Hopes 170 Ways to Lift the Spirits in the hope of finding a good quote for my Instagram feed and I came across

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So I asked myself the question, daughter, mother, wife, friend, homemaker?  But there is more, we often neglect the other side of ourselves.

How about artist, creative, photographer, writer ? And what might I become ?

It’s never to late to know ourselves, we are always changing

 

 

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In 2016 I want to see what I can become, artist, creative, writer and photographer. I know it will be a gradual process.

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How about you ? will you join me ?

December Day by Day

 

“This month of mixed emotions”

 

 

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Enjoy a warming drink to keep away the chill

 

 

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Listen to street music

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Start decorating

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“One can never have enough socks,” said Dumbledore. “Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn’t get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.”
― J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

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As far as I’m concerned you can never have enough socks or books ……

 

 

What I’m listening to

 

 

Check out my Slate story

 

December

Autumn Story

This week I almost decided to ditch my blog, I’ve been very lacklustre for the past six months about keeping it up. A number of things have made me feel this way

 

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The doldrums isn’t that a great word ? The dictionary gives this definition

” a state of inactivity or stagnation, as in business or art:”

 

 

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Well that has been me. I suppose I’m looking for a reason to blog, a goal or maybe a theme.

 

 

 

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Maybe just to showcase photographs ?

 

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To add quotes or wise words ?

“Align yourself with people that you can learn from, people who want more out of life, people who are stretching and searching and seeking some higher ground in life.”

— Les Brown

 

 

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Maybe a link up ? I really miss Kim Klassen’s Texture Tuesdays and Friday Finds….

 

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Then there is the fear that if I did a link up would anyone bother to link ….

 

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So what do you think ? Would you join me in a link up ? Would you like a theme ?

 

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Maybe this might be the answer, Adobe Slate. Although it doesn’t have a social element you can embed in your blog or send a link to it via Facebook and Twitter but you can’t comment and if you do ‘Appreciate’ the author can’t see you liked it ….

Please click on image below to see my story on Slate

 

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So let me know via comments or email…..

Tuesday Thoughts – A Week of Autumn

This week I have been using my iPhone even more than usual to document my days. It’s always with me, it makes me think about limitations and how to get around those problems.

 

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Close shot using Snapseed and adding lens blur, taken at Trill Farm

 

 

Of course the days of low megapixel camera phones have gone and retro photography is all the rage, adding leaks, deliberately fading and adding lomo effects all add to the fun.

 

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Using VSCO and adding fade highlights and shadow colours. Taken in Vivary Park

 

It’s making people take photos again, documenting lives and making memories. I’m all for that, as a historian it warms my heart. But on the other side what worries me is that so many people don’t bother to take their precious images off their phone, they sit there never being printed or saved and one day pouf…. they will be gone when the phone crashes or the phone gets damaged.  Although i’m a disorganised and untidy human being ( my husband will testify to that ) but as far as photo organisation goes I am a fiend. I don’t keep my  photos on my phone for long they are saved to my Lightroom catalogue under year and month, they have their own key words and monthly they are backed up onto an external hard drive. I know I know you are thinking that is overkill but I don’t expect everyone else to be quite so picky as me !

 

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So if you know someone who has a phone and their life is documented on it please help them to take those photos off and save them and think of all those wonderful memories you have saved….

 

Layouts this week.

 

 

 

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I’ve just finished the wonderful Anna Aspnes’ AnnaBlendzLive class it was fabulous I learnt so much….

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Have a great week ……

 

Vision

I think we’ve been so successfully seduced by the technology and technique – the HOW – that we’ve forgotten our vision or intent – the WHY. We didn’t mean to, of course we didn’t. But if the art of photography lies where craft and vision converge, then it’s probably because we’ve all been so caught up in the maddening learning curve of the craft that we’ve neglected the vision. David DuChemin

Oh my goodness this is me, technology and a head full of ‘stuff’. Bits from classes, a bit here a bit there. I’m going back to basics a sort of  downsize. I have my wonderful new camera. all the hardware and software I could possibly need. So back to basics using IG, my blog and of course Facebook. Lets see how I do.

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Early morning, it had been raining. In my garden just before the boundary. Panasonic FZ1000, 1/80 at f 4.0, focal length 146mm, ISO 250.

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In the morning in the sunroom. Panasonic FZ1000, 1/1000 at f 3.2, focal length 15.26 mm, ISO 200.

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Supplies by Anna Aspnes, Mini Palette Cherish, ArtPlay Palette Explore and Downtown.

Texture Tuesday

Good morning is Spring or Autumn with you yet ?  I feel the seasons are slow to change this year, one step forward and one step back or am I just more impatient ? A bit of both I think….

 

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These lilacs sum up my feelings on Spring, glorious, uncertain, full of fragrance and over all too quickly..

 

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I’m currently following prompts from Liz Lamoreux on her Hand to Heart Facebook page. This month the prompts are Prompts of Everyday Beauty and today’s prompt is ‘Your own Backyard’ so all the images today are from my garden or the sunroom in my garden… If you want to check out Liz’s website it’s HERE

I’ve created this post on my iPad mini using photographs taken on my iPhone as an experiment today.

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The quote is from Julia Child.  Apps used Typic, Project Life app, Over and Rhonna Designs.

 
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Here comes the Rain

Hello Texture Tuesday. i’m so glad I took some blossom photos yesterday because today the weather forecast is not good. As photographers how often do you check the weather forecast before you grab your camera ? I’d love to know….

Over in The Studio Online Kim’s prompt is potting sheds, the greenhouse needs a good clean so many cobwebs ! So I took my potting shed into the garden.

 

Some of the flowers were taken from the grass, the lilac from the fence…

I have created a new soft preset called berrily blue, It’s one of Kim’s that I have tweaked…

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The little jar is a tealight holder but it works well as a vase…

 

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I love hearts and the paper was part of a little packet that contained a wedding invitation, more about that in June….

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Finally a layout. lilaclove

 

Supplies by Anna Aspnes, Breakaway and Spring Showers.

I hope the sun shines where you are today…..

 

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