Back to Film

I've fallen in love with film again.

Whilst on holiday in Wales I borrowed a Mamiya 7 and took a couple of rolls of film. I really enjoyed the discipline of having to really think about every shot and not just snap away, as is my want with digital.

Here are a few to pics from the holiday and back home too.

Now I just have to save up for my own camera.

Last Visit to Olive's

It is thanks to a kind builder that I was able to get into Olive's flat, say a final farewell and take some photographs.

Her flat in now stripped back to bare walls, central heating is being installed, a bathroom is being created and a lifetime of memories has been erased. I was surprised at how little there was left of her, all her belongings gone, no more pictures on the wall, frayed rugs in the hall or piles of paperwork threatening to take over each room.

Her old home may be empty now but what Olive has left behind is far more precious than all those belongings... she has left a lasting impression on all those who met her... especially me.

 

 

 

Looking forward to 2016

"You have no control over how your story begins or ends. But by now, you should know that all things have an ending. Every spark returns to darkness. Every sound returns to silence. Every flower returns to sleep with the earth.  The journey of the sun and moon is predictable. But yours, is your ultimate art" Suzy Kassem

A lot of what we get out of life is directly linked to how much we put in....so as it is my 50th year, I am going to get busy(er) ....... both personally and professionally.

As a family we will be going on more adventures. We plan to complete a coast to coast walk along Hadrian's Wall, go to the Wilderness Festival (again) and complete the Three Peaks. Can't wait.

Of course, I'll be taking lots of photographs along the way; but will also be working on some other projects aside from the family travels.

There is more work to be done on 'Visiting Olive'. Even though she has now passed away, I have started visiting her favourite places and will complete the list she made, incorporating the images into the current project. 

I am also about to start working on a new project with the charity, 'icandance'. Icandance works with children and young people who have varying disabilities, giving them the opportunity to express themselves through movement and dance, to make friends and also allowing them to 'be themselves' amongst their peers.

I am a Trustee of this amazing charity and my daughter, Billie-Jo, attends classes every Saturday.  I know first hand how much they do, not only for the dancers; but their families too.  I look forward to your feedback as I post some of the work along the way.

There are many more ideas floating around in my head for 2016 and I aim to make a start on some of them too. I plan to be more disciplined this year and start posting on my blog every month so that I can create a visual diary of the year's achievements.

Please join me in what should be a fun 2016!

 

A misty morning.....

There aren't many things as photogenic as a deserted fairground on a misty morning. I spent a self indulgent morning taking pictures a few weeks ago and thought I'd share some of my wares.

I would love to have more time to just wonder around like this... getting lost in the creative process is such an uplifting feeling. That's something I should definitely try and make time for in the new year... another new years resolution!!


#thesestoriestold - Childhood

I can't quite believe how quickly the summer holidays have gone. It's been a fun filled month with lots of opportunity to take pictures of the kids and create some wonderful childhood memories.

Thank you to everyone who shared their wonderful pics of family, friends and childhood memories with Silkie and I in our August hashtag project #thesestoriestold - Childhood. We loved looking at them and have chosen 4 of our favourites.

Congratulations and thank you to @geoffreyandgrace (top left), @helloitsgemma (top right), @saravestberg (bottom left) and @aquietstyle (bottom right)

It's now time to start anew for September, our word is WINDOW. We'd love you all to join in. Share your pictures with us on Instagram #thesestoriestold. Looking forward to seeing them all.

Together in Tuscany

We rented a wonderful villa in Tuscany for a week, 12 Baileys and Bains's, a relatively small family gathering for us. It was perfect (apart from all the mosquitos). The average temperature was 28 degrees with plenty of shade and cool water when it got too hot and some wonderful Tuscan food and wine.... Heaven.

Although my intention was to relax and recharge my batteries after what has been a pretty busy work period, I also really wanted to make use of the location, the beautiful light and my Nikon D750 to take some photographs. Italy was also an opportunity to shoot lots of the kids for Silkie and my hashtag project, #thesestoriestold. They were all perfect models. 

Firstly there was the pool........

Secondly there was the beautiful house, which I haven't shot per se; but I have made use of the stunning light streaming into the dark cool rooms.

And thirdly we did get out and about a bit. We visited Pisa, the beautiful hill top town of San Gimignano, the superb Usiglian Del Vescovo vineyard (with the obligatory wine tasting) and finally and more locally, the hill top town of San Miniato.

There was so much more we wanted to do so next time we'll have to book for longer than a week.

Wilderness Festival 2015

Believe it or not Wilderness was my first festival .....  it won't be my last.

We had a wonderful weekend with friends and family, and that mixed with the fantastic weather made it pretty unbeatable. The highlight for me was being able to swim in the beautiful lake, which although a tad cold was so refreshing in the heat of the day. I'm not sure us adults took part in as much as we should, we seemed to just enjoy chilling outside The Folk Barn and watching the world go by, with a swim or two or three in there.... obvs!!

The kids had more freedom than they've ever had before and wondered off in their little gang taking in the sites and sounds but mostly buying pizza. Billie-Jo also wandered off on her own a few times to indulge in a bit of retail therapy.

I've posted most pictures of our weekend on Instagram; but here they are again plus a few more. 

#thesestoriestold

JUST START...... that's what I promised I'd do after Blogtacular. So here goes!!

Since meeting at Blogtaular in June, Silkie Lloyd (@rosehippaper on Instagram) and I have been hatching a plan to get us both taking more photographs. We have come up with a project which will have us taking photographs on a chosen theme which will change monthly.

#thesestoriestold is our new baby and we'll be populating our instagram feeds as well as regular blog posts with our best images.

Starting in August our theme will be CHILDHOOD. The summer holidays are now well under way and we will all be spending more time with our kids. So no hanging about any more, NOW is the best time to shoot some great images and create some wonderful memories.

We'd love it if lots of you joined us. To take part hashtag your images on Instagram #thesestoriestold.

We'll post our new theme at the beginning of September. Have a lovely summer and get shooting!

 

Summer Solstice at Stonehenge

The summer solstice on the 21st June was the highlight of the month and as always it was a complete family affair. We hired a 17 seater minibus and headed down to Stonehenge, en mass.

Here are some of the photo's from the week end which you may have seen on Instagram.



It started with a camping trip to Cornwall....

A wonderful Bank Holiday spent camping at Mother Ivey's Bay in Cornwall with family and friends.