Change your world, not your body.

It’s a misconception that confident people have always been that way, or that they hide some terrible ‘flaw’ behind the mask of confidence. Although both can be true; sometimes you just need to find your feet and blossom into a truly confident person, usually through your perception of the world and your interactions within it. And more often than not, this requires change. A change of perspective and an open mind.

In my previous post I wrote about how I became interested in feminism and equality, and it was during this time my interest bought me to many sources of inspiration.

Throughout my school years I was bullied because of my weight and appearance, something I know unfortunately too many of us can relate to. I was the ‘fat’ one, even though I’ve never been above a size 16. It never made sense to me. I come from a home where I have always been told I am smart and beautiful, so although the taunts were hard to bear and sometimes it was exhausting, I trusted my families judgement better. I know others who weren’t so lucky.

I feel I grew up not seeing a diverse enough range of bodies in mainstream media. I had people I looked up to, sure, but I wish I had seen more fabulous curvy ladies like me. I loved Dawn French because she was so unapologetically herself but that just wasn’t enough.

My weight has always fluctuated; I really really LOVE food, I put on weight easy but I exercise regularly and enjoy it. I spent years never fully being myself, holding parts of myself back or not doing things until I could ‘lose some weight’ or change in some way. It seems madness to me now, when I not only like but appreciate what I see in the mirror. But a lot of people never emerge from that negative cycle.

So I offer up to you now some great resources of inspiration for me personally and hope it encourages you to find your own. This post tends to veer on the curvier side as that is a body type I feel is not represented well but hopefully there is something for everyone. I know I have some male readers so apologise for the distinct lack of men but I’m only just scratching the surface with this, so in time I will develop a broader knowledge base . In the meantime perhaps, as a starting point check out Jackson Katz an anti-sexism activist who was featured in the Miss Representation film.

But this is for all of you, male or female. To remember that all different shapes and sizes are amazing and those inside deserve respect.

Laura Wells

An environmental scientist with an extreme passion for our oceans and protection of biodiversity, international plus size model and a promoter of positive body image. She is one of the first plus size models I came across during my research. ‘Plus’ size causes a lot of debate when models like Laura state they are only a UK 14-16 but the industry starts at an 8-10 and at the moment that is just the way it is. She doesn’t gripe about this: an industry that has given her so much. Instead she talks a lot about healthy body image and also being more than just your appearance, highlighting the importance of education and global causes.

check out her Facebook page for links to all her projects and other sites.

 

HILDA

The creation of artist Duane Bryers, ‘Hilda was one of the only atypical plus-sized pin-up queens to grace the pages of American calendars from the 1950s up until the early 1980s, and achieved moderate notoriety in the 1960s.’ Full of fun and not shy about her body, she’s out living life through fabulous illustration.

See more at ToilGirls.com

 

GABI FRESH

OH this woman is stylish! She runs a personal style blog aiming to showcase high fashion is for all sizes and has collaborated with swimsuits for all on a range of diverse sized swimwear. It was this picture that first caught my eye…she is so right.

Go to her website for great posts and beautiful clothes.

 

NADIA ABOULHOSN

Another wonderful fashion blogger, Nadia is also a brand ambassador for boohoo.com. She is one of the people featured that encouraged me to just GET OVER myself and my fear of wearing shorts.

Go to her website for diverse style and ways to wear the newest trends.

 

CHERRY DOLLFACE

I’ve previously interviewed Cherry on her involvement with the modelling industry and her struggle with body shaming due to being smaller. It’s important to highlight that although smaller body types are better represented, this kind of image based bullying goes both ways. Cherry has many fashion and beauty collaborations and supports the Bombshells Against Bullying campaign, all of which are all mentioned in the interview ‘A bite of the cherry’

Her Youtube channel also has great hair and beauty tutorials.

SAFFI KARINA

A former ‘straight size’ model who instead of suppressing her natural figure to fit the industry decided to embrace her body and switched to the plus size industry. One of her former agencies dropped her for being ‘too big’ at a size 10 (yes, really!) but she didn’t let this stand in her way. She has launched The Curve Project in London, the UK’s first plus size model workshop, offering advice, inspiration and body confidence masterclasses.

 

TESS MUNSTER

I found out about Tess through Cherry as they have done various events and videos together. She always wanted to be a model but struggled with bullying and rejection from the mainstream agencies. Following a passion for beauty she became an amazing makeup artist and began blogging, through which she built up a strong fan base. Recently named one of the world’s top plus size models by Refinery 29, Huff Post, & Vogue Italia, her career has really taken off in the last couple of years. She has fulfilled her dream of modelling and uses her platform to be a fierce ambassador for women’s empowerment.

Founder of the #effyourbeautystandards movement, more images and links can be found on her website. I spend way too much time following her updates!

 

DENISE BIDOT

In the last month Denise walked the runway at both New York and London fashion week with elle.com naming her this seasons break-out plus size model. She has been the face of Levi’s, Forever21 Plus, Target Plus, Kohls, Macy’s, and stars in Nuvotv’s series Curvy Girls. I’m sure we’ll be seeing much more of her in the future.

More of her editorial work can be seen on her website.

 

ASHLEY GRAHAM

American plus size model Ashley is also making waves in the industry by spreading the message of positive body image. She recently walked the catwalk for the SS15 Evans Design Collective which was full of beautiful pieces and a breath of fresh air to see a variety of different body shapes wearing the clothes. She also has a lingerie collection with plus size retailer Navabi. And like many of the women featured in this article she encourages those who can to exercise with the #curvyfitclub.

vogue.co.uk recently named her as one of ‘the new role models’.

Ashley Graham website

 

THE BEAUTY MYTH. NAOMI WOLF 

This book was essential for my dissertation, I have read and researched both praise and criticism for it and highly recommend you read it.

 

HEALTHY IS THE NEW SKINNY

At first I found the HNS title a little problematic, however it is not stating there is anything wrong with being skinny, as for some of us this is a natural body shape. It is simply a comment on societies ability to make certain body types ‘fashionable’ and desirable over others. They have turned this on its head and suggested ‘how about we make health the priority, the most desirable thing’. Now I’m a believer that ‘healthy’ is different for everyone, not a one size fits all deal, so I always just take what I need from healthy living resources and apply it my own way. HNS is great for this as there are plenty of good recipes, workout tips and messages of positive thought!

You can find out more about founder Katie (above) and her husband Bradford on the website and facebook

“Healthy is the New Skinny is about revolutionizing how we think about, talk about, live in and love our bodies.”

 

JESS BAKER

When the news broke that Abercrombie and Fitch CEO had stated that he didn’t want ‘fat’ or ‘not so cool’ kids wearing his companies clothes I felt like face-planting my desk. However Jess Baker had a much better response which I found through Huffington Post. This lead me to her unique brand of awesome-ness on her website The Militant Baker where she describes herself as:

“A mental health professional, pastry chef, ex-art major, crazy cat lady, fat model, fiery advocate, and total pain in the ass.”

She has very recently given up her 9-5 in pursuit of becoming a full time international body advocate and I wish her every bit of luck, she’s already doing a fabulous job. Her website has a great selection of intelligent and funny articles to check out, as well as her Ted Talk!

 

 

she also had on one of her posts this awesome quote (via tumblr)

And that is right, being a Body Image Warrior isn’t always easy because it can feel like a battle. But every time I think it’s too hard to fight such a huge industry and ingrained societal ideals, I remember what it was like to be 14. To be a teenage and to be taunted for simply looking like you, and I remember is it so worth standing up for what you believe in.

Yes there are more terrible things happening in the world but as Jess Baker says in her Ted Talk; it is not superficial, because how you perceive yourself on the outside effects the inside and your whole participation in life (watch it, she explains it in more depth). Happiness and health start from within, they are things that are different for everyone and look different on everyone. But more acceptance and respect means more happy people, which makes a better world to live in. And to me, that sounds far from superficial.

So go, get searching, take these few inspirations and use them as a springboard to find your own positive body image warriors. But remember it all starts with YOU.

 

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When the leaves begin to fall.

I’ve always loved writing poetry, but have never had a platform to share it from. I’ve been discouraged in the past because of copyright issues but it feels sad to have untold stories hidden away, living between the pages of a notebook. All I can do is ask that you respect the words and ask permission or credit me if you wish to use them.

I initially wrote this one as part of my study for my photography work ‘Ubiquitous’ (which can be seen in a previous post). Its focus is on loss, change and the journey back through healing…

When the leaves begin to fall

 

It was stolen from me many years ago,

Though I had not missed it until now.

Through an empty chasm did a cold wind blow,

The echo followed like a lovers broken vow.

Through the window life beckoned me with a long, outstretched finger,

“You must come back my child” she whispered on springs gentle breeze.

The sharp urgency of her breath, I knew I could not linger,

Promptly rising from the shadows, legs carried me with ease.

And soon the world was upon me, living once again,

I could recall the touch of light, brushing past my cheek.

But just as life had told me, a shadow would remain,

Sorrowed past had spent so long with me, without it I felt weak.

 

We travelled over sand and road, searching as we went,

I had to find my missing piece, someone would know its place.

Sorrow walked some steps behind perhaps knowing its time was spent,

I sensed my first port of call and followed down to memories trace.

My first love sat alone on the sand, skimming stones across the water,

Next to him I rested my head, smiled and asked for its return.

“I do not have it, not even mine, for now it belongs to my lovely daughter”

And there he left me in beautiful summer, feeling nothing but its burn.

When days grew short I heard the music and leaves were falling in the wood,

I was sure the bewitching notes I loved had swept it from me by chance.

I sang along but the tune was different, it played ‘we wouldn’t take it if we could’,

So the music played on and the trees grew bare and I missed the urge to dance.

Snow crunched underfoot as we came across a house, filled with warmth and light,

My loved ones inside felt my pain but said it would return when it was ready.

I frowned at this wisdom and in my persistence backed out into winters bite,

As I started into the darkness that’s when I heard it, beating soft and steady.

 

And there I was so suddenly amongst the snow and air, soft and still,

In a place where cold stone rose from the earth, standing prominent and proud.

My breath escaped me, I felt exhausted and then I felt the chill,

There lay my heart, my lost piece next to a stone but cushioned like a cloud.

How had I forgotten that I’d given it, just given it away?

I knelt before heart and stone on mossy ground and knew it would come to me.

“I need this back now my darling” I said aloud. “I need it back today”

I should have known it was here all along but the haze had made it hard to see.

My love, my heart, sorrow and I sat for a while in the woods of stone,

When sorrow left I looked for him, but there was no trace I would have known.

The snow was melting, spring was returning, birds soaring above in the sky,

I would come to realise I was all the pieces, all the music, all the changed seasons and I would endeavor not to question why.

All rights reserved © 2014 Jennifer-Anne. Do not use words or imagery without the artist’s permission.

Ubiquitous

I started Art College back in 2010, it seems such a long a time ago yet when I look back over my work it can feel like yesterday. Going back to education was one of the best decisions I ever made. I rushed into things years ago when I returned back from travelling; picked the wrong course and when personal turmoil meant I had to move home, I was left feeling like I’d wasted so much time.

But it all helped shape where I am, who I am today. That’s the thing with loss; there really is only two options once you’ve hit rock bottom. You can become embittered and angry at the world, deciding it owes you something to make up for all that it has taken. That pain will eat away at you from the inside until all good that enters your life is brushed with the slick poison of fear and fury. Or you grit your teeth, somewhat reluctantly and feel the pain in your heart as a reminder that you are still alive. The best way I’ve found to remember those you’ve lost, is to nurture immense gratitude for your own life and to make it as happy you can on your terms. Find contentment in the small things and work through each day until your smile isn’t just a mask on your face but genuine in your heart again.

That is what ‘Ubiquitous’ was all about. My final Degree project. The culmination of 4 years of soul searching and confidence rebuilding through photography and writing.

An extract from the foreword:

“This series explores the journey through loss; rediscovering the world and your place in it after that time.The sense of uncertainty and confusion is all-consuming after a loss as you search through the haze for traces of normality and what was once present. Using photography this story is told through varying shades of light and shadow, hope and despair, life and death. Bereavement can create a time of readjustment, a quiet period of contemplation which canbecome a catalyst to start seeing everything anew. Like ripples on the water, change spills out further than you first realised.

A curiosity and comfort can be found in the mundane; everyday moments revealing beauty and sadness, the simplicity and greatness in everything. And as you make your way through the dark towards lighter moments the horizon no longer feels so far away. Although everything will always feel more delicate, more fragile, like it could be blown away in a breeze. So you cherish the sun on your face, the sound of the crashing waves and when spring returns you finally realize that what you seek cannot be found in any fixed place. It is found everywhere.

This work has grown to represent all those tiny moments, shattered fragments, the missing pieces. They are the quotidian, the banal and the profound. They are the visual footprints through the loneliest yet most universally human experience we have. Hopefully it can serve as a reminder that as well as grief and sadness, comfort, love and hope are not a rarity.

They are ubiquitous.”

All rights reserved © 2014 Jennifer-Anne. Do not use without the 
artist's permission.

When I finally held the book in my hands it was like a relief, there was something so cathartic about releasing all that I had been carrying around for 4 years. As cliche as it may sound, it was the work I was meant to make there. But instead of feeling like the end, I think it’s really only just the beginning.

To see a preview and/or order a copy, please visit my Blurb Bookstore

Joe Cornish Interview 2012

When I first started at Plymouth College of Art it was fascinating to be introduced to all these new sources of inspiration and photographers, out there making a living doing what they and I love.

Although I myself do not shoot many landscapes one of my first real inspirations both through his imagery and his passion for work was Joe Cornish who I discovered in a lecture and in his book ‘First Light’. When I found out he was going to be in the local area running workshops I contacted his gallery, crossing my fingers someone would get my message. Joe himself replied and was kind enough to meet me one morning, giving up his spare time before starting his workshop to chat to me about his journey in photography.

Thank you for setting aside the time to meet with me, it’s much appreciated. 

I’d like to start with how it is that you got into photography? In terms of the route you took professionally and also what sparked your passion.

Well I first started using a camera, 35mm at University when I was studying Fine Art. Nearly almost straight away, the moment when I picked up the camera I knew I love it. I started off using it in my first year and then started to get more creative throughout the second, third and fourth years, so by the time i graduated I was quite experienced and was taking pictures all the time.

When I graduated I really only had one thing on my mind: how could I get into professional photography? I had no idea and was very much on my own. I knew one photographer who was in America, Mike Mitchell in Washington DC who I had met before on a trip to the states. I knew his sister in law who was an old University friend of mine and after I graduated I got in contact with him. Luckily he wrote back and said that I could come over and if I was in Washington we might be able to find you a job. And that is how I started in photography; as an assistant to an American photographer. I twas a lucky break but of course it wasn’t easy but nothing is and it was worth it.

That leads me nicely on to my next question. When you were starting out, how did you go about generating work for yourself?

It’s very different to having a structured job, employment where a lot of the decisions are made for you; most photographic work is freelance which is still true and probably even more so today. I think the most important thing is you must exploit any contacts you have but you also have to be very imaginative within your work and where you look for opportunities.

In my case I was chronically shy and I still am quite shy strangely enough, but you’ve got to do it, got to push yourself. You put on your best smile and go out and talk to people.

In my head I had this vision of being a landscape photographer but I didn’t know how to do it, I mean there’s relatively little work in nature photography, well that’s paid anyway.

So in my case I started out taking pictures of people, portraits for actors for the actors book. My brother was a young musician so that lead me into the area of photographing musicians. Any opportunities that arise you really have to take and for a long time it wasn’t really making me any money and you have to be prepared for that.

I’m interested in your focus on landscapes in particular; what is it about these open spaces that keep you motivated to continue to photograph them?

That’s a really good question, quite a human question when you thin about it, I mean why do some people prefer to be outdoors with nature and others happy milling around in the city? It’s simply because I love being outdoors, I love the fresh air and I’m an active individual. Also that I’m very inspired by light, colour and texture. I have an art background and I think the things I just mentioned are the greatest source of inspiration for artists.

To be outside is a natural thing to do for me and especially being shy when I was younger it was the natural thing for me to do to avoid much contact with people [laughing].

Recently after working for many years with film you’ve made the switch to digital. What made this decision for you?

I should state I haven’t given up shooting film. I’d like to regard myself as a photographer, not a digital photographer or a film photographer. I’m shooting digital at the moment having made the investment into a digital medium format back. The beauty of making such an investment is after the initial cost of the equipment the costs are relatively low and all you are paying with is your time. Whereas with large format film it can be £5 per exposure with 5×4 and even more with 10×8.

The digital is a nice change after all those years of expense, although I don’t resent or regret them. I have a wide range of shooting methods all of which I fell are still relevant and therefore use particular ones for what I feel is appropriate for the style of shoot.

I feel that I am working towards using digital and film so you can’t see the difference, you shouldn’t be able to see the difference. To me  capturing light and composition, yes the process of arriving there is different but the intention is exactly the same. It is how you capture it and how you print it and whether it’s film or digital it really is very important to get the best results you can in camera.

Then you have the element of interpretation, if you choose to make very subtle changes within post production and how you choose to print. All these elements and stages should combine to ensure you get your artistic interpretation across as best you can and to the highest standard.

What are your views on contemporary landscape photography and how the critics tend to favour the dead pan aesthetic over the picturesque?

Having come from a Fine Art background I’m always slightly uncomfortable being characterised as a picturesque photographer but I completely understand why people would say that.

The art world sneers at the picturesque which has a lot to do with intellectual snobbery. Why there is this distain for the beauty and inspiration of nature I’m not sure, I really don’t understand. Of course we must challenge creativity but like I said the distain seems incredibly short sighted.

I don’t see dead pan as being a directly negative towards nature, I just see it as another style which is how some people approach nature with. Like Gursky and Burtynsky, but I love that work, absolutely fantastic.

It’s a more cool and clinic way of exploring something whereas with light I feel it’s more of an emotive language.

I enjoy many different styles of photography, dead pan is just another preference. Essentially what I think is, that it is important to be true to yourself and indeed your own styl

What advice would you give to students such as myself starting to find their way in the photography industry?

It’s about working hard and I expect you’ve heard a lot of that. It’s difficult to make a living as a photographer but then it’;s never been easy to make a living as a photographer but people still do it.

There is work out there but like I said you have to be prepared to work hard and always develop your photography, don’t get good at something and become complacent. This also means developing the business side of it as I’d say 90% of it is based on human relationships, your client, customers, models and so on.

You have to been incredibly adaptable, very diplomatic, sometimes tough but fair and sensitive to the people you work with. This is part of your role as an artist; to exercise emotional intelligence.

Be prepared to go out, be pro-active, smile a lot and do the things you need to to do get work.

Thank you very much for your time, it’s been a pleasure speaking with you.

All images ©Joe Cornish 2013. Visit the online gallery.

When in doubt, choose change.

So I’m back from my break away in Spain and to my amazement I have returned to sunshine which is such a welcome sight and helps negate the symptoms of post-holiday blues. Initially my first post was going to be about my trip but sometimes you are just swept away, somewhere else…..

“Are you happy with how things are going then?” someone said to me a couple of months ago in response to my answer about particular plans I have for the next year or so. I shrugged and replied fairly contented with “Yeah, I suppose so.” This generic and pretty bland statement summed up how I felt about most things really. Now don’t get me wrong, I was not unhappy by any means. I feel very blessed in my life and have been very lucky to have a wonderful family and friends. But if I’m honest, I’d lost my fire and my heading, coasting along with the sails pushing me forward in no particular direction. It’s scary to say out loud those three words when someone asks “So what are you going to do when you graduate?” or “Where do you think this will take you?”

Truth: I don’t know.

At 26 most people expect me to know the answer to these questions. To rattle off some well thought out plan, but I don’t really have one. After experiencing a bereavement that turned my world upside down I kind of stopped making plans. I was adamant there was no point because things can change so quickly and just turn everything that was once solid into dust. I think however through that haze when my heart was incredibly sad for a long time I muddled plans, goals and ambitions together. And therefore although I pulled myself back up and started doing something that I love, I have still been maintaining the barrier between myself and…….wait for it, it’s a scary one to the non-planner……the future. However things are changing and I’m just starting to be aware of that.

I’ve experienced a personal shift recently, in my behaviour, my thoughts, my general outlook on everything. Why? I’m honestly not 100% sure really. I didn’t wake up one day and just….change. And yet I genuinely feel different now I think about it, sat in front of this screen considering where life may take me and the choices I have to make. Perhaps it was all that sun and time to contemplate away from everyday distractions.

For someone reading this seeing black and white statements that I’m happy and doing something I love, all this soul-searching might seem a bit self-indulgent and superfluous, to which I would not necessarily argue against. However life is all about highs and lows, appreciating the former because of the latter and perhaps hitting a long period of plateauing can be the catalyst for all of this.

Where I once coasted along, I feel I am now starting to be an active participant in my own happiness and future. I want to be a writer, but I wasn’t writing. I couldn’t concentrate on reading books and poetry that I love and inspire me because my mind was always looking around somewhere else. I love music but my old piano sits gathering dust. It’s ridiculous now I see it written out but I couldn’t hold a direction because although I was content it was all just jumbled fuzz in my mind. “Just get on and do it” I can hear the cries. But for those who have suffered a bereavement of any kind, I’m sure it rings true with many, that you just lose your confidence, with everything. And I think that realisation is only just hitting me….five years on. That old cliché that time is a healer may just be right.

I hope that if you are asked that same question “Are you happy with how things are going then?” that it is a resounding yes with a smile. Of course we all have bad times, we can’t all be beaming Cheshire cats 24/7, I think that would annoy even someone as chipper as me! But if you are plateauing, make a change. Any change. It can be the smallest thing like spending more time with someone you love or taking up that hobby you’ve been going to start for years; but do it, it could make a change that you never realised possible.

As for me, I shall be spending less time being a day-dreamer and more time actively pursuing those daydreams because you never know…..they could come true. Fear and complacency have no place in achieving what you want. When you stop living within the parameters of others expectations and opinions of you, you can finally wake up.

“Fascinating”

So summer is in full swing (albeit perhaps more of a temporary status in the UK) and for me that means some time to contemplate the past academic year and look forward to the next.

I will be entering my fourth and final year of my course in October, both exciting and very daunting. The grand finale BA year, an accumulation of all the teachings and experience absorbed over the past three years.

With it arrives the prospect of deciding on a project proposal. And for me the equally difficult decision of whether to, not necessarily ‘play it safe’ but to stick to the style I’ve been honing or to mix it up and challenge myself further. To get back ‘the fear’; the feeling I had when I first started, the connotations of which are not negative as they sound, more of an excitement that sits precariously on the borderline of trepidation.

My current work is eclectic in nature, predominantly focused on the notions of abstract, narrative and the everyday. However my gut feeling is that it’s time for a change. Time to get stuck into something else I feel passionately about as well as my present path of fine art, and that’s the issue of positive body image. Already a well documented area but new to me personally.

I have yet much work to do in terms of deciding the specific nature of my study, in terms of how I will approach it and what I envisage the outcome to be but the seed has been planted. For a while I have been toying with the idea, still slightly unsure of my change of direction, unable to commit to branching out, weighing up the risk factor of doing something completely new for my final assignment. But we need to take risks sometimes to progress and through my indecision I stumbled across something to sway my judgement.

As I’ve stated, I am a bit of a sci-fi nerd. The new Star Trek films really got me into the original series and I absolutely love Mr Spock, so imagine my suprise when by chance I discover that Leonard Nimoy is a successful photographer who has been involved in body image related projects and the size-acceptance movement. His ‘Full Body Project’ is a response to the pressures women face in certain societies to conform to a particular size and image. I found a great article about it from the New York Times: Girth and Nudity, a Pictorial Mission

I’m always drawn to projects that I can learn further from the subject matter and/or have personal connection with as I believe it’s that real love and affinity with a subject that creates a great body of work that can really connect with a viewer. I’m a great believer that we all need to be far more accepting of the diverse range of body types we all have instead of creating and reinforcing illusions of specific ‘ideals’ to aspire to. As long as an individual is healthy and happy whether they are big or small, to me they are all beautiful in their own way. Yeah, maybe that’s too rainbows and fairy dust for the cynics out there but beware you are in the thought bubble of an eternal optimist (watch out….hopefully it’s contagious 😉 )

And so skipping merrily back to the original point of my new assignment; I have much to think about and a well timed week in Spain to do so from today. I have pondered whether it is the right path for me to follow but if the wonderful first officer of the starship Enterprise deems it a worthy subject, surely it can be my only logical choice.

Third time lucky…..

So, as you can see I’ve had a slight re-design.

After leaving blogger and joining wordpress I still wasn’t connecting with the blogging ways within the restrictions of how my college would be assessing the site and it’s content (I was required to create and manage a blog related to my photographic practise as part of a work based learning module on my degree.)

I had once again considered that perhaps blogging just ‘wasn’t for me’; my commitment had lapsed and I found myself constructing forced pieces with no heart and soul ready to churn out to fill the ever widening void since my last post.

In response to my heavy sighs as my tutor mentioned to keep up with our blogs over summer he said “But I thought you love writing?”

True.

“Blogs are a great way to showcase your writing skills and personality and you get to write about what you want.”

Again, true.

So instead of wading through ideas of what I thought I should post in terms of ticking off boxes on an assignment brief and only posting sporadically, I’m going to stick at writing about what I like; what captivates and inspires me whether that be an wonderful piece of art or something as mundane as a cup of coffee (lucky you).

So after a couple of stalled attempts, I’m ready to go again.

They do say third time lucky…..

And for today a little bit of inspiration from the Lomography site: A fab mix of photography and poetry. You could make some great wall art for your home or a present for someone of their favourite poem or song lyrics 🙂