Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Bradford Photography Museum

So me and my mum went to the photography Museum in Bradford and it was so much fun, off course we started off with the sensible stuff and stared at beautiful 1900's Kodak Brownie camera's which i secretly own one and tried to figure out the year mine was made, then we headed upstairs where we found the KID"S ROOM! It was like a spaceship with experiments. Take a look below.

We found giant mirrors and everything was so colourful full on inspiration for my quotes book quote. Fun giant typography reminded me of the circus :)

We found the mirrors really fun, we went from being large and fat to tall and skinny, to a whole range of mini versions of ourselves. I wonder what it would be like if we did have mini duplicates... i would get so much done... hmmm!
This was a really cool day, upstairs they had animation rooms and media, where kids could film themselves as an newsreader, or in the sky or even teletubbies land. To be honest i kind of wanted to try that out, but they're was loads of kids hehe. Fun day all in all, and very inspirational :)

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Monday, 28 March 2011

Rewind the tape, and let's watch it back.

So I'm back home and I found a book of poems i used to write.... they are quite personal and some people may think I'm quite emo from this but i wanted to post them, because in a way i like the creativity and flow of words, and description that i used.

Once upon a time:

Once upon a time, a heart fixed was whole,
now this heart is still split in two,
disguised by a slit, sellotaped together with the cheapest masking tape that the girl could find.

A smile which once held all the love in the world,
is now faked,
the frown hidden underneath a clown's mask, with a painted happy smile.

The girl who used to stand so tall,
is slouched,
hidden behind her knees and books, hiding herself from the world.

The light which once shone from this girl,
is hidden by darkness,
at night she is once again unseen.

Mascara rain:

I'm fed up of living,
a stupid lie,
I'm fed up of being,
locked up inside,
these poems are,
my only way out,
as my heart and soul,
screams and shouts,
Leave me!
Let me live!
Stop my heart,
from bleeding through,
stop these showers,
of mascara rain,
leaving zebra lines,
upon my face,
Let my soul,
and heart run free.


The world is seperated,
by a transparent wall,
segmenting all the people,
so they won't converse at all.
Standing in a building,
In a two story city,
looking out and watching,
the war that has begun,
Between races and culture,
music and fashion,
Individuals scared,
to stride upon a land,
which they believe to be anothers.
The wrong impression being drawn,
the truth being brighter,
we need entrepreneurs and explores,
to venture forward.
Open mindness has been lost,
or was it ever there?
Discrimination in this land,
needs to be destroyed!
Stereotypical groups,
not needed to be applied
and everyone has a right to prove themselves!

It can wierd to look back at you old work, either with it being artwork, photography or literature or random outbursts of words like the ones above. Sometimes it makes you wonder where the creativity comes from.

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Thursday, 24 March 2011

derelict abandoned pub

I went for a random walk on sunday and took my camera. There's an abandoned pub in falmouth. Inside is covered with grafitti, beams where the floors used to be and a section of it is missing a floor. It's dingy and moldy and there's areas where the wallpaper is peeling off, but this is what makes it fun and interesting to photograph. The detail and texture carries out well, especially with black and white photography, discarding the colours and allowing the shapes to provide the true forms and shadows in the photographs. If anyone is to check out this place i do recommend decent shoes, and watch out for the pigeons lol. Really fun for photo shoots as an interesting location. Been busy this week with photo shoots- but being at the other side of the camera. It was interesting to see the side of the model more and play out more eccentric roles as Alice in wonderland. Four shoots in 3 days is really tiring and I am quite shattered, but they were exciting to do and i found myself getting into the character. I hope the photographer thought the same :) Anyways I'll stop boring you now.... toodles! x x

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Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Website is up and running!

So my website's finally up, and yes I'm a little excited :) This really makes you feel like you've taken a more proffessional approach. So it's all ready for easter, I will be updating it as much as i can and this blog will probably become a little more personal aswell

Let us know what you think :)

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Thursday, 17 March 2011

JDStone- Unreal Experimental

I've been meaning to put these images up for a while now, last year i did a cd cover and cd illustration for a close friend. The cd was for a talented keyboardist, into his prog rock, his music is experimental, new and fresh. The influences of his interest in rock can be heard and experienced through his work. It was a honour to design this cover illustration. The typography was also worked on by JDStone. Through doing the cover we kept in contact, exchanging ideas and roughs, so we could both pull together something we were both proud of. His cd is on sale, contact him on the below links for details or to listen to the songs.

Check out JDstone's blog and his youtube

I've been thinking recently that there's been alot of changes and tricky situations which i know i can pull myself through, I've been feeling more positive and enjoying my uni work and my renewed creativity. I missed it. I now know that what I've wanted all along, this course and creativity is what i want my life to be about. I can't let things hold me back and I need to grasp any opportunity life throws at me. I need it, it's what I've always wanted and for a long time i forgot that. Sorry this has been more personal than usual, sometimes you need to write things down just to make them clear to yourself.

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Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Duck races and swan's dribble

I'm currently doing a poster for swan lake, so i thought it would be fun to go capture some swan's in action. Its been really sunny today so the lighting was perfect, plus i got the chance to finally use my macro camera lens for the first time since buying it. I was lucky that a lady was feeding them all (good timing) so i got to see the swan's and ducks up close and watch the way they eat. The swan's would take the bread from her then dip it in the water, kind of like we do with soup. The detail i got from that lens made me snap happy so I've now got a bank of images just on swan's and ducks. Hope you like them... now to pick some to draw and conceptually create layouts :) toodles!

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Sunday, 13 March 2011

Walking clocks and circus shadows

This is a neat rough for the illustrated quotes book. I've enjoyed this so much that i had to show you. Can't wait to get the colour, collage and photos on there and bring out the circus theme more. The quote is;

'Time is a circus, always packing up and moving away'- Ben Hecht

Drawing shadows and making clock people was so fun, and i may think about making a short story about them some day :) Watch this space for the finished version soon :)

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Thursday, 10 March 2011

Shutter Six

Just a drawing of a six (6) for the third year illustrated quotes book. The quotes book has a double page spread of each third years work and chosen quote. This has in the past been distributed to agents and clients and is becoming a collectable. Now i just need to think of a cool way to illustrate my chosen quote. Little excited to see something published. Watch this space... I'm feeling creative at the momment :)

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Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Website Planning

Finally signed up for website designing :) and I'm so excited to see it up an running. Had our first session last week and started putting together a home page. These are just a few sneaky previews on how the website is going to look. Been having so much fun doing these :) hehe!
Not long to wait! :)

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Saturday, 5 March 2011


The photographs above are from a rockstar shoot i did with some friends. There are more to come or check out my facebook page. The shoot is for an old editorial i found in Elle magazine about female rockstars. The images I'm going to produce for these will be more edgy and focussing on a dazed and confused style.
Today i met up with a local wedding photographer who was lovely enough to lend me some tips and advice on how to shoot a wedding, which i have been asked to do this September :) The gentleman was really helpful and we had a good laugh, it was nice to hear these pointers from some-one whose work is fantastic and really recommended. So all in all it's been a good day :)

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