Why It’s Good To Be Pointless, Sometimes!

  “Learning through play”. It’s a phrase that we hear all the time when talking about children and as adults we know how well play works as a learning mechanism. So why do we stop? When do we go through some form of transition that stops us playing, that makes everything we do need a […]

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52 Weeks Of Quiet, Catching Up!

Well we are halfway through the year already! Not quite sure how that happened to be honest but I’m rather impressed with myself at keeping going with my 52 Weeks Of Quiet project. I’m pretty sure I’ve missed the odd week, and probably shared more than one some weeks, but I’m still going strong. Still […]

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Those Vintage Books In Use

If you’ve been reading the blog recently you’ll know I’ve been on a what seemed like an impossible mission to find some lovely old books. Well as you may know I finally found them and here they are in action! I’ve been very quiet this last couple of weeks both on the blog and on […]

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When Dreams Come True

Have you ever taken steps to make a dream come true? Part way through this morning I remembered a dream I’d had last night – isn’t it strange how the mind works and dreams suddenly just pop into your head for no obvious reason? If you follow the blog you will know that I’ve been […]

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Finding Mozart

I’m currently on a mission to find some beautiful old books to use in my still life and product photography. You really wouldn’t imagine it would be difficult but so far it’s proving impossible! I’m looking for books that have a lovely aged look about them and fairly plain covers. So far I’ve found some that […]

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On Milestones & Dreams

Over the weekend I reached a rather exciting milestone, 300 people signed up to Beyond Snapshots my free online photography course! 300! Back in October when I started it I really wondered if anyone would actually be interested. If you follow any of these online “business gurus” or see the constant adverts on Facebook you’re […]

Photographing Feelings

I’m very fortunate to be a frequent visitor to the south of Scotland and when I’m there I love to go walking around a local pine forest. It’s so very different from the forests near home with trees and undergrowth so dense that its pitch black within a couple of feet of the footpaths. Not that you […]

52 Weeks Of Quiet ~ Still Going Strong!

It’s almost the middle of April and I’m quietly pleased with myself. I set myself a project a the beginning of the year to take one photo a week with a sense of calm- hence the title “52 Weeks of Quiet”. I’m generally not that great at keeping up with projects like this but I […]

Seen Differently……

Last week a regular coffee and bacon sandwich get together with a couple of photographer friends surprisingly turned into a photography walk. I say surprisingly because arrangements had been made several weeks in advance and remarkably the weather turned out dry! The three of us set off for what was intended to be a leisurely […]

What Does Making Mean To Me

What Does “Making” Mean To Me?

In my last post I mentioned that I’d stumbled across a couple of bloggers who were sharing inspiring creative challenges on their blogs. Finding blogs that are creatively inspiring seems to have been a bit of theme this last week or so, it feel as if I’m somehow being guided in an as yet unknown […]

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The Year In Books

If you’ve been following the blog for a while you’ve probably realised that I’m a big fan of creative challenges or projects. In the last few days I’ve stumbled across two bloggers with really inspiring projects that I’ve felt compelled to join in with. The first is The Year In Books, a project started by Laura […]

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52 Weeks, Spring Flowers

This morning I woke up to a covering of snow with big flakes falling fast. It came as a bit of a surprise, I’m sure the forecast was for a few light showers that would quickly turn to sleet but it seemed appropriate to cut some snowdrops from the garden to photograph for this week’s 52 […]

Perfectly Imperfect Weather

I’m sure I’ve mentioned in the past that I’m often drawn to imperfection, rusty spoons, tired looking flowers, chipped old plates, roses with damaged petals, out of date fruit. There’s a certain sort of beauty that’s hard to explain in these things that are no longer perfect. My love of imperfection also extends to the […]