24 April 2017

Falkland photo walk: Mill demolition

When I went on my photo walk around Falkland recently, I realised that the Smith Anderson mill was being demolished. I love taking photos of buildings being knocked down, and this was particularly interesting to me because when I was a student I worked at Smith Anderson (but not at this mill). Luckily I bumped into an old man who was also taking photos, and he was able to point me in the direction of the best vantage points! It was a great place to explore textures and peeling paintwork.

23 April 2017

Sunday self-portraits: Cherry blossom

It's such a lovely time of year when the cherry blossoms are out! I have two cherry trees of different types, so when the blossom on one is fading the other is just coming out - giving me a whole month of lovely blossom. The blossom on the tree in the back garden contrasts really well with the teal door on the shed.
I recently got these dungarees in the New Look sale for only £6, and they are one of my favourite pieces of clothing ever! The denim is really soft. I've hardly worn anything else outside work since I got them! And the shirt was reduced to £7.99 in H&M, so it's a very cheap outfit overall (no pun intended!).
Dungarees are a great way of showing off my rapidly-expanding collection of enamel pins and other badges! I chose some in shades of pink to match the shirt and the blossoms.

It's interesting to look back to last year's cherry blossom self-portraits, when I'd just dyed my hair black and still had braces on my teeth! I'm now letting the black fade and grow out a bit, and doing the roots in more of a reddish brown.

21 April 2017

Falkland photo walk: Plants and flowers

Falkland is well-known for its displays of flowers - in the summertime there are always lots of lovely flowers in pots and hanging baskets. On this early Spring walk, however, there were not as many flowers in bloom, and also I was looking at the interesting patterns and textures formed by the plants.

I really loved seeing the pansies floating in the water trough, because this reminded me of Honen-in Temple in Kyoto where I took photos of a camellia blossom positioned on a water basin.

19 April 2017

Falkland photo walk: Doors

As I mentioned a few days ago, I love photographing interesting doors, particularly when the paint on them is starting to peel a bit. The best place for this was the Cinque Terre in Italy, but I realised that I could start a photo project taking photos of doors closer to home.
I'm planning to have a look round a few Fife towns for photogenic doors, but I started off in Falkland which is quite close to where I live.
One of the doors I took a lot of photos of was a turquoise one, on a little cottage that my friend Sayoko loved when I took her to Falkland - she said it had a real wabi sabi look to it!

17 April 2017

Falkland photo walk: Patterns and textures

When I go away on holiday, or explore somewhere new, there are certain themes I return to time and time again in my photography. I love to spot interesting patterns and textures and take photographs of them, and I also have a particular love for peeling paintwork on doors and windows. But I only recently thought of taking this approach on a photo walk closer to home. I ended up with so many photos from that one walk that I'll have to split them up into a number of blog posts!
I started right in the car park, with some peeling paint on a garage door, and continued walking around taking photos of any textures and patterns I found interesting - walls, tiles, paving stones, and much more. Concentrating on textures like this was a great way of seeing things around me that I hadn't noticed before.

15 April 2017

Library card

My much-loved public library at the end of my street, which was one of the reasons for me buying a house where I did, closed down last month. There’s a possibility of it being run as a community concern, but that all looks a bit uncertain at the moment.
Because all the staff are moving on, either to other libraries or retirement, I wanted to make them a goodbye card.
On the side of the library is a mural showing books, tv characters, and local landmarks. I decided to base the card on this to make it really personal.
I used a photo that I’d taken of the mural, and used Photoshop to convert this to a line drawing, which I then used as a template for cutting out coloured card to match the colours of the mural.

This was one of the most fiddly cards I’ve made, with lots of little pieces, even though I did simplify the design where I could! It also had a watercolour background, which I embossed with a brick pattern.

I gave the staff the card a few weeks before the library closed, along with some chocolates (so that they would have time to eat them!).
It’s always a great feeling when a card is well-received, and the staff in the library loved it! I could hear them talking about it as I selected my library books. When I visited the library on its final day the card was up on the wall along with some other cards that had been received.

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