Sunday, 25 June 2017

Roses, Art & Moomins in London

Last Saturday my mum and I went to London together. We managed to fit a lot into our day and naturally, I documented much of it in photos. :)

First of all we headed to Regent's Park for a wander. We explored the Queen Mary Gardens, which neither of us had seen before. There were so many roses there, it was incredible! It's a shame I only had black and white film in my camera, but never mind. They were so pretty and smelt amazing too! I'd love to go back there with some colour film...

We saw some ducklings and baby moorhens by the water too which were completely adorable.... :D

After a long saunter around the park and a Jude's ice-cream we got the tube over to Tottenham Court Road and walked to Cornelissen's art shop. My mum knew it well and wanted to show it to me as she loves it in there. It's a very old-fashioned art shop. You can buy the paint pigments out of the jars to mix them yourself at home. They look so beautiful all lined up inside the shop. We both bought a couple of things. I got a couple of new colours of Windsor & Newton drawing inks to add to my growing collection. 

We then went to the British Museum as we had booked to visit the Hokusai exhibition there. 

If I'm honest, the exhibition was a little disappointing because it was just so ridiculously crowded that it was hard to see everything properly. The space the exhibition was in didn't seem big enough for the amount of people in there. But, aside from that, it was good and we did see many of his beautiful prints close-up. I was happy to see a print of one of his waterfall prints because I remember that one well from when I painted a waterfall for my GCSE art exam and I cited it for inspiration! I bought a selection of postcards in the shop afterwards. I didn't know he did so many bird and flower prints as well as waves and mountains.

After a break in the outdoor cafe at the museum we got the tube to Covent Garden. On our way to the market, we stumbled across the Camera Museum :D It is very tiny, but I enjoyed browsing the collection there. It was a really nice surprise to find it because I had no idea it existed. They had a small cafe there which was decorated in camera/photography related things, and a small shop, where I got this awesome postcard...

Once we arrived at Covent Garden market I dragged my mum straight to somewhere I'd wanted to visit since it opened...The Moomin shop, which thankfully was not as extortionately priced as I thought it might be so obviously I had to get a few things!

And that was our day. It was seriously roasting hot by the early evening so before heading back to Euston we got a gelato from Gelatorino, which I had read excellent things about. It was extremely good gelato and was a great way to end the day! 

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Film Photo Collage

I think I mentioned a couple of months ago that I was going to make a large collage of film photos. I sorted through pretty much all my 35mm film photos and have put many of my favourites into albums, and have thrown away all the "duds". The ones that I kind of liked or liked only parts of, I cut up and made into this A1 sized collage. It had been so many years since I made any kind of collage, I'd forgotten how relaxing they can be... :)

Saturday, 20 May 2017

A Trip to Greenwich on Film

A couple of weeks ago I went down to London after work on the Friday night and stayed until the Sunday. This is becoming a biannual trip for me and I always have a wonderful time. I stay at the Premier Inn Hub on Brick Lane as it's such good value (if you don't go at peak times, that is) and is in a really convenient location for so many great shops and cafes. 

As usual I met up with my lovely friend Fliss on the Saturday :D This time we decided to get the DLR to Greenwich. First of all we got a good lunch in a cafe that I forgot to get the name of, but it did incredible avocado on toast! We then had a wander around Greenwich Market where Fliss found some Vegan goodies and a lovely bird necklace, and I bought some gorgeous paua shell earrings for my ever-growing silver earring collection, as well as some salted caramel chocolate bars from Blowing Dandelion, which my mum and I shared later in the week, and they were amazing! 

We also spent some time simply taking in the scenery, admiring the beauty of the Cutty Sark, and enjoying delicious treats we found in the market. I bought a cannoli siciliano from Casa Cannoli which I wholeheartedly recommend if you like your cannoli pastries as much as I do! 

I took a fair number of photos during the day with my Nikon F55 and Ilford HP5 film which I developed last weekend in my darkroom. Here are my favourites... 

As well as perusing the market, and wandering along the "beach" area we walked to Greenwich Park where there was a spectacular view from the top of the hill.

It was really nice to be amongst some greenery for a while and to have a good catch-up with Fliss. :) 

After hanging out in Greenwich we got a delicious dinner in Wagamama's in Spitalfields before I headed back to my hotel. On the Sunday I had planned to spend some time taking photos along Brick Lane but I got up a bit later than I'd planned and there wasn't enough time before my train. I'm sure I'll be going back there soon enough though. 

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Shazia and Amara

Back in April I spent one sunny Saturday in Leamington visiting my friend Shazia and her husband Tom and their gorgeous new baby daughter, Amara. I couldn't resist taking some photos of Amara. I'm sure you will all agree that she is an absolute sweetie. :D 

These were all shot on Ilford HP5 35mm film with a Nikon F55.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

52 Weeks Round-up: April

Once again, this post is overdue because I've been struggling to keep up with my film photography. I have decided to only continue with my digital 52 week project as the 52 weeks of film one has gone a bit out of the window. I am instead going to start some different film photo series as the 52 weeks format doesn't seem to suit me when it comes to film.

The 52 week format seems to suit me better for digital though so I'll keep going with it! 

Here are my photos for it from April :)

13/52 Springtime Pigeon

14/52 Current Mood

The necklace is from one of my favourite pin designers Thread Famous, and the painting was a surprise gift from Asja Boros :D

15/52 White Primroses

16/52 Chaffinch

More bird pics from April in this post

17/52 Three ♥︎♥︎♥︎

I've got into a habit of making a scanograph of forget-me-nots every year. They are my absolute favourite flowers and always have been ever since I was little. If you're interested, these are my other forget-me-not scans from 2016, 2015 and 2014.

So, that's it for April. I should hopefully have some film photos to share here shortly from my recent trip to London and perhaps some others too... 

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Saturday Birdwatching

I'm currently enjoying a lazy afternoon before I see a friend so thought I'd spend a bit of time photographing a few birds from the kitchen window. I sat by the window for just over half an hour and saw quite a variety.... :) 

We don't get chaffinches often but lately one has been visiting.

The bullfinch couple always turn up together!

This is the head of a little dunnock. It hid from my camera then quickly hopped down to the ground to look for bits of food.

I don't like the pigeons in the centre of Birmingham at all but the ones we get in the garden are cute. They have the prettiest coloured feathers too!

When I eventually move out of this house, birdwatching from this window will be one of the things I miss most! 

Sunday, 9 April 2017

52 Weeks Round-up: March (& Travel Plans!)

Wow, March went by in a bit of a flash! It's hard to believe it's so close to Easter now. I am really looking forward to the long weekend. :) 

The best day I had during March was definitely the last Friday of the month which I took off as holiday. I had a really fantastic day which included shopping for new work clothes (finally finding perfect fitting work trousers), coffee & pastries with my mum, seeing Beauty and the Beast at the cinema, meeting my brother for bentos and green tea ice-cream at Mount Fuji and best of all going to see The Jesus and Mary Chain again. :D It was one of the best gigs I've been to in recent years as I really enjoyed the support act as well - a Manchester band called The Slow Readers Club. I cannot stop listening to their album Calvacade. If you like Interpol and perhaps Depeche Mode you will probably like them!

Another thing I've been doing recently is planning holidays and trips for the year. This year I am going to be spoilt with not one but two holidays abroad in the autumn. :D I am off to Jersey in the Channel Islands, and...New York! I am hugely excited about both trips but particularly the latter as it's always been on my wishlist to go and I have never been anywhere outside of Europe. We're going for 10 nights so there should be plenty of time to do everything we want. :D Plus, we are going in the fall so I am hoping for some truly beautiful fall colours everywhere! I can't even begin to imagine how many photos I will take...! 

I will be travelling to Jersey by myself so I am really excited about having a week to do whatever I feel like, which will hopefully include a fair bit of swimming if the weather's good. :D As well as holidays I've planned a couple of trips to London, the first of which is in about a month's time so I'm really looking forward to that too! Lots to look forward to this year :D

Once again I haven't put a huge amount of time into taking photos lately, but I have been doing a fair few Getty submissions so at least I am catching up on that...I was wondering about switching to another stock photo company for a while, but have since changed my mind for the time being so now it's a case of uploading all the potentially sell-able photos I've been doing nothing with the past few months!

Anyway, I have babbled enough so here are my project photos from March...


10/52 Polyanthus

11/52 Colourful Inks

Experimenting with water and Windsor Newton drawing inks :D

12/52 Pins

Some of my collection -  I have over 80(!) now. I keep meaning to do a post about some of my favourites and favourite pin designers. I will hopefully get around to it soon.


9/52 Daffodils

10/52 Wispy

I really like how this one came out. It was shot on Kodak Portra 120 using my Diana F.

11/52 Contrast

12/52 Fluffy Blossom

On Instax film



I have just a couple more Instax shots to share from March...who can resist capturing spring blossoms on sunny days? Not me, that's for sure!