Little gems of Portugal

So beautiful that it hurts…

To be continued…

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Saudade III

I am reopening an old project which I had no time to finish last year. Saudade still interests me for many reasons – linguistic, sociological, historical and not the least – personal. Saudade is so far the best word to explain the way I felt after I left my favourite place and my home for 7 years – I often think of my life there and sometimes secretly wish that I can go back and be this previous version of me again.

For those who don’t know what saudade is, here is possibly the nearest description by Aubry Bell (1912):

a vague and constant desire for something that does not and probably cannot exist, for something other than the present, a turning towards the past or towards the future; not an active discontent or poignant sadness but an indolent dreaming wistfulness

Even after 10 years living at a different place in a different part of the world, I am still giving into this ‘dreaming wistfulness’ and my new word falls apart for a moment and I stop being who I am.

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Saudade (re:)

I am reopening an old project which I had no time to finish last year. Saudade still interests me for many reasons – linguistic, sociological, historical and not the least – personal. Saudade is so far the best word to explain the way I felt after I left my favourite place and my home for 7 years – I often think of my life there and sometimes secretly wish that I can go back and be this previous version of me again.

For those who don’t know what saudade is, here is possibly the nearest description by Aubry Bell (1912):

a vague and constant desire for something that does not and probably cannot exist, for something other than the present, a turning towards the past or towards the future; not an active discontent or poignant sadness but an indolent dreaming wistfulness

Even after 10 years living at a different place in a different part of the world, I am still giving into this ‘dreaming wistfulness’ and my new word falls apart for a moment and I stop being who I am.

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Saudade I

A short survey on selfies 

Hi all. I have a short survey on selfies which is part of my dissertation research. I would appreciate it if you take 2 minutes to do the survey. It is anonymous, it is easy and you all take selfies 🙂 Thanks a lot!
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Q699JSD

Thank you!

Tulips II

Part two of the experiment with the tulips. I did not want to loose the flowers – tulips are my favourite and this bunch was my Valentine’s Day flowers…

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Off-camera flash 

In this impromptu photo session, I used an off-camera flash with a standard soft box. We took all pictures at home, just before dinner in a very small area, using a black pop up background.


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Behind the scenes – Elizabeth Dickens Veils photo shoot 

While shooting, I am usually so into the set up and the details that I often forget to do the behind the scenes shots and video. Yesterday was no different – it was only towards the end of the photo shoot that I remembered.

We were shooting again at the lovely Hockwold Hall on the border between Suffolk and Norwich. And the weather behaved beautifully for this time of the year! For the majority of photos I used the natural light coming from the big marquee windows.

This is Elizabeth Dickens Veils new collection of bridal veils and, oh my, are they beautiful! Nina from Elizabeth Dickens designs all Veils and they are all manufactured in Soham – just outside Cambridge and Newmarket.

We worked with two gorgeous models – Grace and Kathryn, had beautiful flower arrangements and bridal bouquet from Sally and hair and makeup by Julie. I will soon properly credit everyone as the team was absolutely brilliant.

Elizabeth Dickens Veils – behind the scenes
Elizabeth Dickens Veils – behind the scenes
Elizabeth Dickens Veils – behind the scenes

 

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Elizabeth Dickens Veils – Behind the scenes
Elizabeth Dickens Veils – behind the scenes

Mill Road Winter Fair 2016

The Mill Road Winter Fair 2016 / Cambridge  – The event in Photos

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Photomasters exhibition

Submitting work for the Photomasters in London this October has proven a difficult task. However, after some deliberation, calling a friend and a strong coffee, I think I am going with Crossings 1.

Below are all options, starting with Crossing 1 on top, followed by Crossings 2 and at the end Scenes of Portugal.

Am I making the right decision? Would appreciate your feedback….

Crossings 1

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Crossings 2

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Portugal 

IPhoneography in Portugal

Just a quick preview from the Portuguese adventures – still on the road and the full photo essay on Portugal is in the making. 

For now I can say that I have never enjoyed travelling so much. The food itself will be a chapter on its own. 

Writing this while waiting for petiscos in a small Portuguese restaurant in Porto. 

The food is here – so, bye for now! 

Elizabeth Dickens Veils

Continued: Elizabeth Dickens Veils Photoshoot

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In Bristol

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Delivering Northabout to Bristol

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Hi, I’ve finally got Dad off the phone for long enough to get the laptop off him, so here’s instalment two. You know how I said yesterday was a long tiring day? Yeah, well, its got nothing on today. After I finished writing to you, best beloved. I managed to get to bed at midnight, just in time for a full nights sleep before I got up again, at four thirty. We immediately got underway to just round the corner to a nice little town called Portishead at six. We commenced the daily sorting out of the boat and then stopped at nine, for breakfast. After that we continued work until four pm. We then lleft the harbour and motored down to Bristol by six. Details will follow. The early morning was fairly smooth. We had no real hiccups on the way to Portishead. When we…

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Photography research project 

I am presenting my photography research project on identities this Friday, 6th May at the photography research seminar, Anglia Ruskin University WEB002. It is a free entry with light buffet. For more information visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/culture-and-community-photography-research-seminar-tickets-24866678906