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2013 in review

Well hello, lovely readers! This little space on the internet has grown a lot over the last year compared to 2012 and for that I’m so grateful, hopefully it will continue to grow in the New Year! I have so much planned for the New Year for this blog so watch this space! For now though, here’s a look back on my 2013 year in blogging.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 710 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 12 trips to carry that many people.

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Creative rambling

I feel as though every time I’m blogging here, I have to apologise for not blogging here sooner. Or more regularly. I shouldn’t feel like this though because this platform (as big as its gotten in my head) is only a very tiny space on the vast internet so I’m only writing to a a very minuscule set of people. That’s not to say I don’t appreciate the audience I’ve built up, though. Anyway…

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about art, creativity and new media. Is art only “art” when someone else sees it? Is it an intangible thing unless it’s seen by eyes other than your own? Is an artwork a conversation between the artist and the audience?
Is creativity as we see it a finite resource? Can you “run out” of creativity? Can you hone your creativity? What do you have to do to keep inspiration flowing?
These are the kinds of questions that I mull over because, if creativity really is finite and needs to be continuously honed and sharpened, what happens if I run out of creativity? What happens if I don’t create for a long time? Do I cease to be creative?

Is the creative process linear? As in A -> B, where B is creativity? Or can you have non-linear creativity? As in, A -> B, where B is two different outcomes. Is creativity cyclical? What does this creative process look like? Are there certain things you can do to become more creative; to increase and hone your creativity?  If you do X, Y, Z, are you creative?

My own “creative process” (even though I don’t know if this process is linear, non-linear or even cyclical), I write down ideas in a Moleskine notebook and make a mind map of all the different things I could do with this idea (if you want me to write a more in-depth post about my creative process, just say); I gather images and references from the internet and magazines and make a moodboard. After this, I make a list of the key images I want to capture and look at how I want the model to look (makeup, clothes etc). I think organise an MUA and an assistant as needed and I’m ready to shoot.

How are you creative? Do you think creativity can be sharpened?

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Common History

Two posts in one night?? Aren’t you all lucky people ;)

my major documentary photography project for my Documentary Practice module in college this semester was to make a book, so that’s what I did. It’s called Common History and it’s on myself and my best friend and I’ve wanted to do it for the longest time! It’s a personal exploration of how when we were babies, we were in the same hospital for the same amount of time (although a year apart), we were treated by the same doctor for visual impairment and yet we each turned out completely differently. The book uses archival images, self-portraits and portraits to tie us together visually.

http://www.blurb.com/books/4214521-common-history

What do you think?

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A Short Way From Here

I know you all are sick of me apologising for being a bad blogger so I’m not going to :) Instead, I’m going to let you look at my new book!
It’s a photobook called “A Short Way From Here” and it’s published on Blurb books. This is the result of a photographic project on the seascape and documenting it in an unfamiliar way.
Hope you like it :)
What did you think? Is it too abstract?
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Caroline Issa for LK Bennett

I know I haven’t blogged here in nearly month, which is terrible but I’m nearly finished this semester so I’ll be back soon with street style posts (I’m interning at The Fair magazine for the summer as a streetstyle photographer! ) and maybe some daily outfit posts too, so look out for those!

iPhone cases come in all shapes and sizes (and price ranges!) and I’m forever searching for one that protects the phone but also looks stylish and sophisticated. LK Bennett recently sent me out an iPhone case from their collaboration with Caroline Issa (editor of Tank magazine, if you didn’t know!), which I won through a giveaway Canned Fashion held. I absolutely adore this case. It’s sturdy, it’s made of plastic but it doesn’t feel cheap or like it will break easily; with most of my other covers, they feel like one drop would break them! This case hasn’t gotten a scratch on it since I got it! It doesn’t obstruct the volume button, power button, headphone socket or screen at all, which is a major plus; with other case I’ve found myself having to take the phone out of the case to fully use / see (I’m blind as a bat!) the screen properly. Unfortunately, after much searching, I’m not sure these cases are available to buy. The design is beautiful too, this is definitely an iPhone case I’d want to be seen carrying!

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Summertime Madness (Photoshoots I’ve loved #24)

This week it’s an editorial entitled “Summertime Madness”, which was styled by David Nyiri. Nyiri is stylist extraordinaire, he has styled shoots for everyone from Marie Claire to Vodafone. This shoot looks like the pages of a fashion editor‘s sketchbook, with annotations in the corners of each page. This creates a juxtaposition with the toughness of the model, her clothes and the childish writing at the top of each photo. It celebrates youth and urban culture with vibrant colours and young models with youthful energy in each photograph.

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All images from Trendhunter, click the images to go to the webpage.

What do you think of these? Are they too gaudy?

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