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street life street life2What could be better than sunshine in Henley-on-Thames, a quintessentially English town?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Each week WordPress provides a new photographic theme for creative inspiration. We take photographs based on our interpretation of the theme, and post them on our blogs anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme is announced.

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story3story2story1This photo challenge is a three-picture story. It is a way to help think about storytelling with images. To create a three-picture story, gather:

  1. An establishing shot: a broad photo of your subject.
  2. A relationship: two elements interacting with one another.
  3. A detail: a close-up of one part of your subject.

I took up this challenge but have tweaked the order of the photos. By starting with a close-up photo, it makes you think, “A pretty photo, but so what? By drawing back in the second and third photo one realises how the iris flowers have flourished in difficult surroundings and are captured behind bars: they become more dramatic and were the only beautiful thing in a backstreet car park on a dreary day.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Each week WordPress provides a new photographic theme for creative inspiration. We take photographs based on our interpretation of the theme, and post them on our blogs anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme is announced.

window1 window2Looking in surreptitiously, looking out expectantly – windows act as the boundaries between worlds. I walked into a darkened apartment in Bruges where the light glowed greenly from the windows and when they were flung open I delighted in the beauty and sounds of bells from a medieval city.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Each week WordPress provides a new photographic theme for creative inspiration. We take photographs based on our interpretation of the theme, and post them on our blogs anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme is announced.

photo challenge unexpected1The low November sun created a eerie and most unexpected shadow with a child’s wire zebra.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Each week WordPress provides a new photographic theme for creative inspiration. We take photographs based on our interpretation of the theme, and post them on our blogs anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme is announced.

photo challenge unexpected 2

signageOf all the ridiculous signs in a risk-averse country…!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Each week WordPress provides a new photographic theme for creative inspiration. We take photographs based on our interpretation of the theme, and post them on our blogs anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme is announced.

photo challenge change2I had a big change this week. I entered a new decade and turned 40 and these photos hanging on a line represent my life. I can’t help but reflect and recognise that I can no longer do anything I want. I won’t be a business woman running an empire (do I want that – not really). I won’t live in a house with acres and vistas (do I care – not really). What is precious and important to me? My faith, my husband and children, creative challenges, my family and my friends. Friends to laugh with, to cry with, to pray with, to shop with. Friends to run village events with, friends to cycle with and knit with, friends to giggle and gossip with and friends to advise and counsel me. I shall remember one friend’s wise words “Enjoy being 40 – it is a fruitful season.”

Weekly Photo Challenge: Each week WordPress provides a new photographic theme for creative inspiration. We take photographs based on our interpretation of the theme, and post them on our blogs anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme is announced.

photo challenge colourCornish Colour. I am squeaking in just in time with this challenge as we are just back from holiday.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Each week WordPress provides a new photographic theme for creative inspiration. We take photographs based on our interpretation of the theme, and post them on our blogs anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme is announced.

Easter Saturday
This was a deeply satisfying challenge because although my day was ordinary, it was in its ordinariness that it became special as I focussed on all it offered. A solitary morning cycle over the hills and seeing five hares frisking and even boxing in the fields; a child’s enjoyment of an Easter egg hunt while reminding her what Easter really meant; the pleasure of knitting again after 20 years and an evening walk with my son and the surprise of a beautiful sunset.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Each week WordPress provides a new photographic theme for creative inspiration. We take photographs based on our interpretation of the theme, and post them on our blogs anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme is announced.

photo challenge luncheon photo challenge luncheon2A delicate luncheon of nectar!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Each week WordPress provides a new photographic theme for creative inspiration. We take photographs based on our interpretation of the theme, and post them on our blogs anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme is announced.

photo challenge home photo challenge home2This is a longing in all of us no matter how young we are to create a safe place – a home. It may be cardboard boxes, or a rug thrown over a table or a den made of sticks.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Each week WordPress provides a new photographic theme for creative inspiration. We take photographs based on our interpretation of the theme, and post them on our blogs anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme is announced.

winterwinter2Jack Frost has come and even the sheep in the fields are frozen.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Each week WordPress provides a new photographic theme for creative inspiration. We take photographs based on our interpretation of the theme, and post them on our blogs anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme is announced.

postaweek reflections1postaweek reflections2postaweek reflections3For some years now the village minutes have read that GR has inspected the horse-chestnut tree on the bank by the play park and has suggested that because it is somewhat diseased it may need replacing. The local gossip is that this magnificent tree was planted by a school child when the village hall was the local school. It seems so sad that its days are numbered and perhaps if a new oak tree is planted, it should be done by a pupil of the current school to provide continuity. I often admire the reflections created on clear winter days and this week’s topic motivated me to capture them. In the third photo I was annoyed that the building was in the background but when I reviewed the images I realised how significant it was to have the hall there as that was the old school and the chestnut’s history is linked to that of the school. Not only was it planted by a child but it has provided chestnuts to play with, leaves to collect and branches to hide in by generations of children.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Each week WordPress provides a new photographic theme for creative inspiration. We take photographs based on our interpretation of the theme, and post them on our blogs anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme is announced.

The more I photographed the pylon, the more elegant and sculptural it became until it was the Eiffel Tower in my mind’s eye. I decided to approach this project by photographing something gritty, industrial and hard-core. After a brief unsuccessful flirtation with the cooling towers, I turned to the electric pylons. Did you know there used to be a website called ‘Pylon of the Month’? Maybe there still is!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Each week WordPress provides a new photographic theme for creative inspiration. We take photographs based on our interpretation of the theme, and post them on our blogs anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme is announced.

Walking through foreign cities with unfamiliar architecture, street furniture and signage gives me a thrill. This photo was taken in Stockholm last year and we were very impressed by the narrowness of the street and I loved the colours of ochre, terracotta, greys and black.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Each week WordPress provides a new photographic theme for creative inspiration. We take photographs based on our interpretation of the theme, and post them on our blogs anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme is announced.

This was a challenging topic because many things make me happy but I didn’t want to create an incoherent collage and part of this task was to display a gallery of nine images. My solution was to photograph items on my treasure shelf. Each item tells a story, reminds me of a memory or is a cool colour and all make me happy!

1 – I love nostalgic items like this pond yacht that I bought in Dartmouth and it also reminds me of our glorious family holiday in August. The kitsch postcard makes me smile.
2 – Books on countryside lore are close to my heart.
3 – Ladybird books remind me of childhood and these items showing wear and tear create beautiful textures and tell a story of being loved.
4 – My granny loved this vase all her life and I couldn’t bear for it to be consigned to a junk shop when she died so I rescued it. In fact it inspired an artwork called ‘Memories’. (Have a look at this link.)
5 – Metal farmyard chickens from an era when toys weren’t plastic and in the background a collage by my son.
6 – D├ęcoupage South African style – the classic pilchard fish packaging, the colours, the recycling of found objects all remind me of growing up in South Africa.
7 – A beaded ladybird from South Africa which is so jaunty and reminds me of our special holiday there in 2010.
8 – All girls need red shoes and these belonged to my youngest.
9 – My babies in a shabby chic frame.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Each week WordPress provides a new photographic theme for creative inspiration. We take photographs based on our interpretation of the theme, and post them on our blogs anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme is announced.