A tip, a quote and a book for March

 
I believe photography is a tool to express our positive assessment of the world. A tool to acquire ultimate happiness and belief.
Ansel Adams
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Hello creative people,

Here in the UK it is grey, cold and wet after an unusually glorious spell of the complete opposite. Hello Spring :)

I am thinking that a tip, a quote and a book is a good collection for a series of blog posts to kick start the new growing year here. Hope you enjoy them….

The image above is of a Crocus Giant Ruby and I have applied one of my own photoshop actions to give it that pared back, muted colour palette that resonates with me so readily. The image speaks of quiet beginnings in early Spring rather than a literal, documentary style that is not me. Hope you like.

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On slowing down.

Something I always share with my creative students and fledgeling photographers is simply to slow down! This actually helps you see better, by placing you in a better creative zone. Every little extra moment of slowing before you press the shutter will help.

Slowing down is like a tiny meditation of gratitude.

Slowing down, not only opens your eyes, but will also open your mind and your heart to discover the magic in the everyday.

I really do believe that by finding little pockets of you in the everyday, slowing down, is a path to creativity.

A simple pleasure in any event.

And finally a book - I feel that I want to recommend something that aligns nicely which my thoughts on slowing down. Something that will add to your photography through increased awareness of creativity. Enter The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard.

‘A prism through which all worlds from literary creation to housework to aesthetics take on enhanced and enchanted significances.’

…from the new forward in my copy, that has been read several times and is now full of underlines, annotations and asterisks! Thats a recommendation in itself. Do go and find yourself a copy to read, well worth the effort. Enjoy. Read slowly :)

sending lightness through this grey week.

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ps Thank you for all the lovely kind words on the Spring edition of my New Shoots magazine - much appreciated…



I know a place...

let me take you there…

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The London coffeehouses of the 17th & 18th centuries were the engines of creation that helped drive the Enlightenment - the European intellectual movement of the time that emphasised reason and individualism rather than tradition.

I love to play with language and with that comes my love of writing. Lately, in designing my new online world, I have been pushing words around in my head so that I can visualise the whole thing. How lovely to stand back and look at your own world once in a while.

In doing this I have realised that I have my virtual workplace firmly embedded in my head, so I thought I would introduce it to you and walk you round… I have obviously been influenced by In Praise of Shadows without realising it until now. Read the book club post here.

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Do come in

It’s like a little house - just as a child would draw. The whole place is very light and airy, painted in white to draw the light in for my photography. Let me start with the upstairs - first up is my studio - this has a dark end and a light end. Next to that is my darkroom, a place where I do all my online editing from digital files. It is in these two rooms that house my new eCourses - on photography, styling and editing and more…

Downstairs, there just HAS to be a library… lined with eBooks and zines and visuals. There is a comfy chair and a table to encourage you to stay a while. There is a section for my Inspiration Library - this is available only to the band of lovely people who subscribe to my New Shoots Magazine along with the Supplements that come along. When you sign up to my New Shoots Magazine you get a key to this space. The area is new and has empty shelves all ready for a collection of eBooks that I will publish and release especially for my subscribers. This is where the free inspirational desktop wallpapers live and you will find a monthly calendar to download too - all of these are for your desktop so that you computer will become a place of serenity and zen.

Next door to the library is the zen den and tea/coffee house. Two areas for calm and contemplation.

And there, my little tour has come to an end.

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Sending peace and light this January day,

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Dahlia for Noah

As you know, Fine Art Photography is very much part of my work as a photographer.  You will probably have seen a body of work called Dahlia Days a collection of C type images in limited editions.  I generally give an artist's statement to give viewers an insight into the background of a body of work.  This is different and something very close to my heart, so I thought I would let Vicki write a few words instead.  A first for me.

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My husband, created my dahlia bed as a tribute to our beautiful son, Noah, who we lost when he was two days old. The dahlias are grown with love and a quiet dedication. 

And from May to October, we fill the house and Noah’s special place with beautiful dahlias. We also give them to friends, neighbours and strangers. 

Each year, the dahlia bed is extended because the love does not fade. It grows. 

A good friend told us that in the Victorian language of flowers, the dahlia is seen as a symbol of dignity, elegance and an everlasting bond. 

And we grow them as a way to celebrate our bond with Noah and for people to say his name. 

I feel privileged that Vicki and her husband have allowed me to  celebrate Noah’s short life through my art photography.  You will now know why I want to fill the world with this specially chosen C type print called Dahlia for Noah.  Do please repost on social media to spread the word.  All profits from this print will go to SANDS, a most worthy charity.

If you would like to see more of their world, then both Vicki and Keith are on instagram.  Do follow them...

Julie x

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more from the series of Limited Edition C type Fine Art prints from the Dahlia beds for Noah.

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On finding your true north...

Over time I’ve had lots of message and mentions about my style being calming, meditative, still, and so on. 

I didn’t set out to create this style.  It seems to have found me!  All I have ever done is shoot intuitively, following my instinct, my heart. I simply shoot what resonates with me.  Originally, there was no forethought – no grand (style) plan – no fancy hashtags or anything... I merely followed my heart, my instinct.  Just me, my camera and the subject before me.  Observing, noticing, watching...

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What I have always done is not to snap, but the opposite. To make time to be able to do justice to the subject or situation I’m in, whether shooting on commission or my Fine Art work. I feel this has come from my roots, my upbringing in film and darkroom practice, both of which I still do.

I have discovered through this that things have come to me. Sometimes without me noticing at first. At times, I just accept what I have captured and don’t overthink my results. Then the comments start to come in…

What I have always done is not to snap, but the opposite. To make time to be able to do justice to the subject or situation I’m in, whether shooting on commission or my Fine Art work.  I feel this has come from my roots, my upbringing in film and darkroom practice, both of which I still do.

I have discovered through this that things have come to me. Sometimes without me noticing at first. At times, I just accept what I have captured and don’t overthink my results. Then the comments start to come in…

Through working this way, I have come to realise that yes, my work is indeed meditative, quiet, calm… that I have opened my heart and yes, I truly feel that I have found my true north.

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PS In line with my love of sharing – if you look at my workshops list, you will see that there is a workshop called ‘Nurtured by Nature’which looks at exactly this. Any funnily enough, its creation came about as described here. I simply stood back and looked at what was before me, instead of trying to create some major fancy plan. (do contact me directly if there's a group of you that would like this workshop or sign up for me occasional newsletter for dates coming up.

Maybe I can point you in your true direction.

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