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Photography, Art and Me…

I have always loved taking photographs since I was a child and was rarely without a film camera growing up, documenting various phases in my life and those people around me. I always remember playing around with an old Box Brownie that my parents had long finished using, and was fascinated by how the image would appear upside down in the view finder…I never understood until more recently how this worked!

It was only in 2001 that I acquired my first digital ‘zoom’ camera which at the time took the most amazing images, but at 3 megapixels and the zoom not actually getting me that close to my subjects, which at the time was predominantly wildlife, I opted to invest in a digital SLR camera ‘like the professionals’ used with lenses that ranged between 18-300mm. So in 2009 my journey into photography really began to take off.

I largely taught myself how to use my camera although I learned a lot of skills by taking part in wildlife photography workshops using manual controls and took with me advice I still use now. I have picked up a lot valuable tips and advice by talking to other photographers (both amateur and professional) and began gaining confidence in taking my camera around with me.

Enrolling on an evening A Level course in Photography in 2011 made me fall in love with the film camera all over again and use a variety of 35mm SLR and medium format cameras.

Using a manual film SLR camera forcibly teaches you how the controls and settings work together to create the perfect image in the right environment…you haven’t got a viewing screen or a delete button and with just those 10-36 exposures you have to become aware of what you are doing so that you don’t waste a shot!! By learning to work manually from an analogue camera I now understand to a greater level how to work my digital SLR camera and so you will regularly see me holding two cameras out on a shoot!

In 2014 I completed a full time Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and started to experiment with mixed media creative art and photography which has opened my eyes to  a whole new world of ideas.

Viewing life through a lens, I have not only learnt more about the world around me but I have learnt a great deal about myself too and as each day passes I am learning more and more about who I am. Photography and art has taught me a lot about life and the wasteful society that we have become and I appreciate the little things a whole lot more!

Lisa

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A Reflection of your Heart

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Day 30 – 30 Days Wild…

Wild Membership…

 

It’s the final day of #30DaysWild and to celebrate I have become a member of the Sussex Wildlife Trust and my membership pack arrived this morning!!

When I began this journey I had so many ideas for Random Acts of Wildness but I just don’t feel as though I have been as Random and Wild as I could have been and many of my posts have been around the wildlife in my garden. So this membership is the start of me getting out there and exploring this wonderful county I live in.

30 Days Wild has reignited my passion for nature and wildlife photography and although I won’t be posting everyday, I intend on continuing my daily acts of wildness…it’s become second nature now and its amazing how much more observant of the natural world I have become!!

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Day 29 – 30 days Wild…

Cloudscapes…

 

After the rain cleared and I returned home from work I decided to take a few moments in the garden.

I try to see life from different points of view and am pretty much a glass half full kinda person.

Today instead of sitting in my usual chair I opted to lay down on the patio and take in the view above me…

…the clouds were the purest of white scattered across the deep blue canvas of the sky. It was so peaceful laying there listening to the sparrows chattering away in the neighbouring trees. We spend so much time in society these days looking down, staring at screens and the office walls that we forget to simply look up and see what is around us!!

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Day 27 – 30 Days Wild…

Walking a different path…

Today I took a slightly different path home which gave me a different view of the familiar park I have walked every weekday for the past 6 months. It made me realise how stuck I have become with the same routine for so long.

In life, change is often mentally so difficult to adapt to but today just crossing the grass and walking through the small wooded pathway was so invigorating. It forced me to see things in a different light and made me realise how important small changes are for the mind, body and soul.

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Day 26 – 30 Days Wild…

Creative Shadows…

A reflection of your heart was born in 2011 while studying for A Level photography. It was during this time that I began looking at shadows and finding creative ways to use them in my photos.

While out in the garden today I became transfixed with the shadows dancing on the wall of the house, the bees flying by, the flowers and foliage waving in the wind and the stillness of my own shadow as I stood there taking it all in.

Using a method I tried back in 2011 I created this 30 Days Wild mural using natural light, framed by the wildness of the borage plant…

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Day 25 – 30 Days Wild…

Love in the mist…

I personally find there is nothing to hate and everything to love about this plant which is why I have chosen to photograph and write about it for my random act of wildness today.

When this plant was introduced to my garden from a pack of wild flower seeds I was amazed at how diverse a plant could truly be. I was convinced that the flowers were on plant stems rooted individually. However on closer inspection they were all flowering from the same plant, all these beautiful colours, tones and shapes all on one plant. Even the flowers that appear to be identical, on closer inspection have different center pieces!!

I’m so pleased this plant self-seeded, it is a very welcome addition to our garden providing months of colour and a mass of fine, feathery green foliage filling the gaps between plants. After the flowers have dropped an intriguing seed pod is left behind which are just as lovely dried.

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Day 24 – 30 Days Wild…

A snapshot of my semi-wild garden…

 

I woke up today to torrential rain – a huge contrast to the scorching hot days we have been experiencing over the past week. I had already planned for a day at home, but had intended to spend it in the garden.

Fortunately I have been out photographing the garden all week so I decided to base today’s act of wildness sharing a snapshot of my little sanctuary!

In one corner of the garden I have dedicated an area to wild flowers, all of which self seeded from last year. I planted out some bulbs among them this year so have gladioli and liatris growing through the love in the mist, borage and candy tuft along with a potted Yucca.

One thing I have loved is being creative with my small garden, utilising as many different containers and pots as I can…my favourite has definitely been the caged violas – I love to see their tiny faces peeking through the bars!

This year my focus has been on learning how to grow fruit and veg in containers and so far I have successfully grown strawberries in a hanging basket and raspberries, french beans and courgettes in containers…

In addition to the usual bumblebees and birds this week I have also noted a honey bee taking shelter on the lily leaves and a hover fly drinking nectar from a wildflower growing in between the patio slabs…

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