Weekly Photo Challenge: Hands

Hands are so expressive, they can tell the story of a person in their lines and creases, their spots and shading, and yet we use them so much in our everyday lives, that we barely appreciate their presence. I like this photo, not only because of it’s rich colour and interesting perspective, but because of the role of the hands. When I took this photo, I wasn’t intending to capture the hands, looking more at the guitar, but indirectly, the hands are the focus of the picture. They take a backing role, yet without them the picture might be incomplete. They are necessary, but almost invisible because of their normality, and I think this photo really emphasises that.

Check out Ailsa’s unofficial Travel Photo Challenge at http://wheresmybackpack.com/2012/05/18/summer/ which I’m also taking part in.

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Travel Theme: Summer

Ailsa has done another unofficial photo challenge this week! It’s become a travel photo challenge, with different themes and this week’s theme is summer. Check out http://wheresmybackpack.com/2012/05/18/summer/ to learn more about it.

My photo may not be taken in an exotic place or represent travel to everyone, but to me it encapsulates summer. Every summer we make the three hour trek down to Pembrokeshire in Wales, and our grandparents’ home there. Practically my second home, I have grown up there and loved it there. I have watched the sun rise over the rolling Welsh hills and sat for hours on the beaches until the waves touch my outstretched toes. Wales may not be exciting or exotic, but it can be home. When I am lucky enough to grow up, get married and have children, I shall take them there and I’ll watch them grow up in the unaltered and beautiful landscape of the Welsh countryside, and one day I shall watch them run out to the same waves as I did 25 years earlier, and I shall be truly happy.

This photo represents that to me, as I took it lazing around on towels aged 16 with my friends, but the view in 25 years will be just as beautiful, but best of all, exactly the same.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Blue

I immediately thought of this photo when I read the word ‘blue’. When taking some photos for the singer/songwriter Daisy Guttridge, there were some gorgeous blue lights placed around the venue, and I was keen to take lots of photos. Here a blue light was shining down some fire escape steps, so I dashed down and got Daisy to sit on the steps. She was a little shocked, but pleased enough with the result to forgive me.

Blue doesn’t have to just be a tangible colour though, as it is forever associated with emotions such as melancholia and distress. I think this photo not only encapsulates the colour blue in its delicate lighting, but brings forward the mood of being blue too. It illustrates to us that colour and emotion will be perpetually inextricably linked, and although it is always nice to see a smiling subject, the juxtaposition of those two separate emotions would have destroyed the balance of this portrait. I love playing with emotion and light in photos, and this one is a perfect combination of the two.

http://soundcloud.com/search?q%5Bfulltext%5D=daisy+guttridge <– The singer’s soundcloud

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Hi, this is thegirlinthesunglasses.

I thought I’d use my blog to talk about my other love, music. I have music on constantly, it’s my alarm in the morning and I play some as I fall asleep at night. It inspires a lot of what I write, especially when I’m writing creatively. Music is the background to my life, as if I were in a film, but it’s not cheesy or over dramatic, it’s just like someone left an iPod on quietly.

Music can do so much for a person; it can bring them down, lift them up, comfort them, cheer them and help them fall in love. Music is one of the greatest arts, from the crafting of the lyrics to the playing of the instruments.

I may not have the same taste in music as everyone, but I hope that I can always appreciate good music, whether I like…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

As there was no official weekly photo challenge this week, Ailsa at Where’s my backpack? has posted a challenge and would love you all to join in. See here::http://wheresmybackpack.wordpress.com/2012/05/12/reflections/

This photo conjures up memories of a long happy summer, when we had little to do and the weather was nice. My best friend and I donned our shorts and headed to the park where we spent the day taking hundreds of photos. I couldn’t be more glad we did, as she then changed schools and although I speak to her on the phone weekly, if not daily, I see very little of her, but all I have to do is remember this day and the photos that captured it to remember how truly happy I was to spend a day with my best friend in the sun. This photo also fits into the unofficial theme this week of reflections, because I have done a self capture in her sunglasses. Just a fun, technically-awful shot that can be stored in my memories for ever, so when I reflect on that summer, I remember a happy version of me.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unfocused

I really liked this week’s challenge as one of the best things about photography is playing with the focus. A few weeks ago, a friend asked me to the gig photography for her first major gig. It was a great experience, I got a photography passed and had to adhere to all the rules.

She wasn’t sure about this photo, probably because she was not the focus! I decided to focus on her hands gently resting on her guitar, rather than her face. Not only does it add interesting perspective to the photo, but it makes it stand out and be different, as the main person is ‘unfocused’.

Yet it was not only the focus of my photos that this gig changed, but my life focus. I realised that photography truly was one of my loves, and gig photography, although hard, was one of the best things to do! It’s encouraged me to work harder, achieve more, because I really believe that I can be whatever I want to be, and now my future doesn’t seem to be so unfocused anymore.

Also, please see the singer Daisy Guttridge. One day she’ll be famous, and I’ll have been her first photographer. Even the photo on her soundcloud is one of mine.

https://twitter.com/#!/DaisyGuttridge

http://soundcloud.com/search?q%5Bfulltext%5D=daisy+guttridge