Monkey World

These guys are from Monkey World in Dorset. I love love love monkeys - all kinds - they are my favourite animal. I love coming to monkey world and being able to see them up close, how they behave and how a like they are to humans! The first guy was hilarious, he was sat there picking his nose (i think its a dude) and when he'd had enough at people looking at him he punched the window and went to sit on another led continuing to pick his nose in peace! The diva at the end decided it didn't want to me watched eating anymore either aha. They are such lovely creatures! so here are a few from my DSLR that i captured on the day.

Lulworth Cove

On monday i went to lulworth cove, i've always looked at images and admired its beauty and i really wanted to get more landscapes within my portfolio, with the hot weather it seemed like the perfect time to go, that and my sister had the day off so i'd have some company for the 2 hour drive! I would live there in a heart beat, the landscape is sensational.

Below are some of my images i captured on the day. The first one has been edited on Photoshop using grayscale and then curves, it is my favourite of the whole day and after is the colour version in case anyone was interested in that. The first is my favourite - especially in black and white - because it reminds me SO MUCH of my granddads photography work and that just makes me swell up with happiness to think yeah i reckon he'd like this one as he was a hard man to please! My granddad used to shoot medium format, the type of camera where you had to guess the focusing and his images are jaw dropping - this has reminded me that i definitely need to blog about the work of his i have scanned as as i said before i think it is incredible and is a HUGE inspiration.



I showed a back camera shot of this the other day but here are the actual images...

I wanted to just do something FUN! so i went into my conservatory which is amazing for natural light shots, used a huge blank canvas as a background and just started shooting. For the props i used a cardboard & i got from hobby craft that was meant for my room, beautiful flowers from the garden and a vase i found in the kitchen - so simple! I just wanted to do something for the sake of it being pretty and not having some profound meaning behind it and this definitely was just what i needed! I used my 550d canon and 50 1.8 fixed lens and over exposed to get that light airy summer feel. I would love to get the first one printed onto canvas for a huge print in my room - not for any emotions attached to it but because its pretty! i think sometimes you just have to let go and just do something for the sake of it and this really helped re focus my mind and give me a lift :) Hopefully you guys think they are pretty for pretties sake too :)



This was my last practical project of second year and probably the one i am most proud of through out the last two years! and i really did put blood, sweat and tears into it!

As i previously said i broke my ankle and that made doing this project a real difficulty and its incredibly hard to be on crutches and take pictures with a medium format camera! but i did it and as i got better and off the crutches i was able to hobble about and do more. It just made sense to do it on medium format as id recently purchased one and wanted to fall back in-love with film photography it is was like the learning process of that after over a year of not using film and the learning of how to walk properly again - it just seemed to fit perfectly! I have to credit my mum she was AMAZING with helping me with this project, getting me into uni so i missed as little as possible and fighting my corner as much as she could when certain people wanted me to just go back in january instead of carrying on - absurb right the amount i pay! anyways my ankle kinda gave me the idea for this project! unless the use of one of your legs is taken away you really cant appreciate how much you rely on them!! i have so so so much empathy for anyone in a wheelchair or whom has any disability as they are truly inspirational. So the idea of this project was to capture every day mundane insignificant things people wouldnt ordinarily give a second though about but for them to then view it from someone in a wheelchair or crutches and kinda think how it would effect them and have empathy for people whom that is their life. I used my own experience for locations such as the step up to my house, (near impossible with crutches in a cast as i kinda had to swing myself up and nearly fell over on numerous occassions!) curbs - super hard to navigate a wheelchair as well as uneven pavement - the list goes on - again things people would ordinarily just walk over without a second thought.

I decided to make this project into a book - with a simple to the point sentence at the start to set the mood, a loose narrative on obstacles that would come up in everyday life for me then and with a book it gives the viewer time to think, look, digest and understand.

to see a preview of the book click here!! so you can view the whole feel of it rather than showing images.

you cant really see the sentence terribly well but it reads 'After i broke my right ankle, getting from A to B changed completely and became a real challenge.'

I didn't want to give so much away with the sentence that the viewer didn't have any thinking left to do but i wanted to be specific with what ankle it was they really could really imagine themselves in the situation.

In the end i got 67% for this project, a 2.1, and considering all the stress just to finish it I'm pretty proud of myself!

just to finish here is my favourite image from the project:

This particular image doesn't have a particularly strong emotional hold other than the fact it was the first place i walked without crutches (just over the road but an achievement then!), i just love the texture I've managed to capture of the uneven pavement and how clear and in focus that bit is in comparison to the rest of the image and i just really like the composition, the two lines drawing your eyes along to exactly i want the image to show - the obstacle. 



so instead of spamming my photography blog with my obsession with makeup I've created another one especially for reviews of products ect so its notanotheroneamy.blogspot.com

the name is because everyone i come home with more nailvarnish thats exactly what my mum says!!

Im still trying to find motivation to do my diss reading but i have a plan and plans are good so im hoping by the end of this week i would of pulled my finger out!!!

so this post has more to do with photography... for a while now ive been wanting to do some portraits of my sister but her schedule is HECTIC! so i decided id try and take a self-portrait with my canon to get a new bio shot for my website as my other one was wayy outdated! and here are the results...

im never ever going to be happy with any self portraits i do because im not happy with myself! but this go under the meh not bad category aha and it was nice to experiment in Photoshop making them black and white, changing the curves ect. You know when you pose and you think yeah that will be amazing, then you remember its you... but thats another thing that will be on my other blog! my journey of self improvement, so if you have any interested in make up product reviews or my general mumbling head on over! I'm really not hot on punctuation by the way im sorry! but i kinda just type whats in my head at that moment :)

enjoy the beautiful weather people, may it inspire you no end!