Will you still love me when I’m no longer young and beautiful?

Will you still love me when I'm no longer young and beautiful?

Last week was my final week at Sixth Form with all my friends. I shall never go back there now, and the final week reminded me not only how wonderful all my friends are, but how incredible the place is. Our fancy dress was taken to a new level and we had so much fun. It left me thinking about how I am beginning to get closer and closer to having to be an adult, and the song ‘Young and Beautiful’ by Lana Del Ray seemed to fit well (if a little ironically with this photo).

So sorry!

I haven’t posted on this blog in ages! Its ridiculous, but take it as a good thing. My life is busy and full and fantastic, and whilst it saddens me that I don’t have the time to post on here, I am comforted to think that I am spending that time being happy.

Just a favour to ask of those of you who follow me. A friend of mine has entered a photography competition and it would be great if she could win. If you have facebook, please just click on the link https://apps.facebook.com/offerpop/Contest.psp?c=234609&u=60863&a=254553244581393&p=129200697129775&v=Entry&id=767671&rest=1 and click vote now. It’ll take a minute of your time, and you don’t need to sign up or anything!
As for me, I’ll start blogging again when I have a second free!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary

Solitary is an interesting theme for a photo challenge. it something many people feel they are, and many are proud to be. I am in awe of people who find themselves good enough company to be alone for any period of time, since I have to be around people 24/7. I struggle with solitude, and I am aware how badly this reflects on my self-confidence.

I took this photo of a gull in Venice. he was sitting on this post, looking out onto the busy waters. Calm and content with his own company among the throng of people, reminding me that even when you are surrounded by lots of people, even then, you can still feel very much alone.

Give the challenge a go at http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2012/09/21/weekly-photo-challenge-solitary/

Weekly Photo Challenge: Near and Far

There are many ways in which you could approach this challenge. You could go with some image expressing distance, one which symbolises things which come from near and far or you could play it safe and talk about foreground and background, like I’ve done.

This image isn’t one of my proud moments of photography. It’s a bit out of focus and the composition is crowded; but then photography is not all about the clarity of the image or it’s composition. It can be about what the photo means to you. I took this photo at a Train concert with my best friend and my cousin, and it was a great night. The music was lovely, the atmosphere live and the people friendly. Having the hands in the forefront of this photo, making them the focus of it, changes the way gig photography normally is. I’ve placed the focus on the audience rather than the singer, leaving him in the far background. This conception of near and far changes the way the viewer of the picture sees the concert.

Try the challenge for yourself at:

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2012/09/07/weekly-photo-challenge-near-and-far/

Weekly Photo Challenge: Free Spirit

There are so many reasons why I love this photo. Firstly, the girl you see here is one of my closest friends and I gave her a photo shoot for a Christmas present. She in herself fits the theme of free spirit, as she is so calm, loving and, well, free spirited. Secondly, I love the photo from a more technical angle. The soft colours and light of the chiffon skirt are juxtaposed against a vivid green background. The afternoon light on her skin makes it look flawless and a relaxed smile spreads across her face. The pose feels natural, not stilted in any way and I achieved this by asking her to walk away from me and turn when I said.

We are all free spirits in some way, and I think this photo really embodies that. Not only in a personal way, but also with the colours and textures that help to create a calm, peaceful and free image.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge

Recently, I’ve really been neglecting my blog and I haven’t posted for quite a while. My life has sped up and I find that I haven’t always got time for things that I used to have time for, and sadly my blog falls into this category.

Merge is an interesting theme for a photo challenge and I found it quite hard to dig out a photo that would suit. I settled on this one because of the patterns and colours. I feel that the delicate pattern of the leaves seems to merge with and surround the striking pattern of the dress, and they are inextricably bound by the green light filtered through the leaves of the apple tree.

Come up with your own interpretation of ‘Merge’ with the challenge at http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2012/08/17/weekly-photo-challenge-merge/

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.