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

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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Mill Road Winter Fair 2016

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

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IDENTITY

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Hi everyone! I am presently working on a project on identity and I am looking for all kinds of people willing to take a part. The only conditions are:
– You have to be over 18
– You have to be/live/work in a reasonable distance from Cambridge
– You have to be ready to sign a model release (the model release is available to download from my website)

Here is a link to the project: http://www.reginarayphotography.com/photography-projects.html

Or email me for more info: hello@reginarayphotography.com

More on Halloween

Halloween party at the church and I got introduced to several Batmen,  2 Spidermen, Elsa from Frozen, 3 skeletons (one obviously liked sweets a lot) and a flock (?) of cats, most of them branded, if you know what I mean…

My son was the only vampire, I was a witch and vampire mummy – I will try not to go into lengthy explanations how can I be both; enough to say that since it is Halloween I am allowed to be both.

I must also say that the pumpkin carries a hidden message – some of you might guess. Me and my friend did not agree. And, trust me, she has the right not to

 

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Little fairy tales

A storm hit only 10 minutes after this photo during this improvised session on the playground.

 

I am glad we just managed before the storm…

 

 

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The look

Wedding parties smoking areas are such a wonderful place to take photographs of the wedding guests.

The people are less their “wedding!-behave-in-from-of-other-people” selves and become more their everyday selves – relaxed, natural, normal. Even the camera does not bother them so much.

 

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The Look

Wedding in the Tythe Barn, Bicester, Oxford – I

It is now official and every member of the wedding party has seen the photos, so there they go officially on my blog. To all people who do not know the beginning of the story:

I was a second photographer to this perfect, sweet and absolutely lovely wedding. Daniel (and by the way although all photos here are taken by me, it is Daniel’s editing on them – my version will come later) was the main photographer and the newly weds – Aimie and Nick – lovely couple with lovely families and lovely friends. So for me this was the wedding of all weddings (to misquote R. Kipling), the wedding that will define all future wedding, a standard and an anchor (in the sense of Tversky and Kahneman anchor) – in other words very very important wedding for me as a photographer. And I am happy that it was Aimie and Nick.

So here is my point of view of the wedding – I hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I enjoyed taking them.

PS More photos to come soon

PPS  Photo of Aimie and Nick is already available on this blog – home page – link to weddings

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