“There are two types of people in this world, those that have a story about what they should have done with their life, and those that act on their dreams to make them come true. Which category do you want to fall into?” ~ Heath Bouffard
Yes I am photographing photographs but more importantly I am photographing MY photographs as this is shot from the opening night of my very first photography exhibition that is being held at Sh! Woman’s Store in Hoxton, London. The exhibition is a selection of 22 intimate, erotic, adult self portraits of mine and can be seen in the store throughout the month of February.
“Photography is an itch that wont go away. No matter how much you scratch it.” ~ Dara McGrath
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I did it! I can’t believe that I actually managed to post a different photograph for every single day of the year but I did. When I started this project 366 days ago I was seriously questioning whether I had either the time or the skill to complete it but Sir encouraged me to do it anyway and I am so glad he did.
This project has changed the way I look at the world around me, it has made me realise that no matter where I am what I am doing if I have my camera with me there are actually numerous possibilities for interesting images and it is not just that, it has also improved my technical skills no end and taught me probably one the most valuable lessons of all which is ‘take tons of images’. You can never take too many pictures but not taking enough is always a mistake.
So finally it is here, the last day, No. 366. It all started a year ago with a Christmas bauble and so it seems fitting to end that way too.
“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.” ~ Frank Herbert
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I have been sitting on this image for a while now, waiting for the right moment to post it and so when I saw the prompt for this week’s Gallery I knew exactly which image I was going to use. I love everything about this photograph. I love his hands, they are so very powerful and at the same time can be so very delicate and gentle. I love the thoughtful pose. I love the warm glow of the restaurant lights in the background and I love the wedding ring. I love being married to him.
“love has thrown a light
across the shadows of this land
living in the hollow of your hand” ~ Jeff Black
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After much time spent waiting patiently for this little Blue Tit to be still long enough for me to a shot that is not blurred I have concluded that birds, especially smalls ones, are tricky little buggers to photograph well. They seem to have absolutely no concept of the importance of holding still for just a few fleeting moments. Got him in the end though…..
“Blue canary in the outlet by the light switch
Who watches over you
Make a little birdhouse in your soul
Not to put too fine a point on it
Say I’m the only bee in your bonnet
Make a little birdhouse in your soul”
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I have noticed since I started this 365 project at the beginning of the year that both my children have become increasingly interested in using their own cameras. At the moment my daughter is a natural, she has none of the ‘rules’ of photography in her head when she snaps away and so approaches the whole thing with a very free and creative attitude. I took this image of her on the bus in London…
…taking this image of me.
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I have said it before, when posting the goldfish shot, and I will say it again; taking good clear pictures of fish is a bloody tricky business. I cannot tell you how many shots I took of this tank of fish, I suspect around the 40 mark and of that selection can you guess how many of them I have kept?
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When I spotted this helicopter hovering in the skies over Liverpool at first I was astounded as the wind was blowing really hard and the pilot was managing to hold it perfectly steady in their air as they watched the Everton football fans gather for their match. Of course I couldn’t resist trying to get a picture of it but it seriously was just a dot on the horizon and with the sun glinting off the body of the helicopter now and then, it took me ages to even find it in the sky with my long lens. I got there in the end though and I don’t often say this about my photographs, I have a very strong self critical streak, but I think this one bloody awesome shot, you can even see the rotor blades and the clear blue sky provides a truly beautiful canvas for this strangest of machines that man has invented.
“Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.” ~ Lord Kelvin
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This is taken in the end of the towel rail in the bathroom. It took rather a lot of attempts to get just one that I was happy with but in the end I think I nailed it.
“To photograph is to hold one’s breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It’s at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.” ~ Henri Cartier-Bresson
The theme for this weeks Gallery is: Me Right Now. “Literally take a photo of whatever you’re doing when you read this prompt.”
I admit that I had to cheat slightly with this one as she was sitting on my lap when I first read the prompt but to take the picture I had to boot her off so that I could set up the camera. Luckily she didn’t flounce off in a huff but pretty much as soon as I sat back down she reclaimed her space…..
“A catless writer is almost inconceivable. It’s a perverse taste, really, since it would be easier to write with a herd of buffalo in the room than even one cat; they make nests in the notes and bite the end of the pen and walk on the typewriter keys.” ~ Barbara Holland
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