Mornings are my favourite. I love the light and the promise the day ahead carries. Like today!
It's been a fantastic day and to top it up, I've just discovered an amazing instagram account - We never met - by Brazilian duo Alex Mendes and Hugo Catraio. The pair works at Ogilvy in London and in their spare time populate the feed with photos of strangers and made-up short stories that could be true... if only we knew.
People’s looks can be deceiving, showing you something very different from what they really are, so because we’re not showing people’s faces that allows us to create new identities for them. It’s amazing to observe how even a single line of a story can completely change the way you see a person and create a character around someone.
So, what were the good news I alluded to on my last inspiring Mondays? I am one of the new contributors to Fe-line, an online publication primarily aimed at women.
I'm really excited with this opportunity to write for an established publication and connect with local people through my writing and little snippets of life. I will write one article a month, largely on a topic of my choosing. I did put forward several ideas in my proposal, but all of the sudden nothing seems worthy of that first article. Do you know that feeling? It's quite awesome... hehe!
There were several reasons why I wanted to be a Fe-line contributor and the cool thing is that some are only becoming clear now. I love when that happens! I love that feeling you get when things just feel right and the more you sail through, the better they feel.
Let the writing begin!
If, like me, you like to photograph little snippets of life, you will love this post by a Beautiful Mess. It's all about photographing the everyday and capturing the essence of daily life. The light in their photos is enough to make me dream and want to have my camera with me at all times. Like it used to be.
Dear readers, do you remember Ilda, Hannah and Martha? We met them before Christmas.
LMJ readers meet Ilda, Hannah and Martha.
Ilda, Hannah, and Martha are entrepreneurs looking for investment in their business. I met them over at Kiva and have given them my support in the form of a loan. Perhaps you could do the same? Or just head over and find out more about it. One small loan at a time, we can really empower people.
Thank you so much Joey for asking me on your beautiful blog, it is a pleasure for me to be here.
I make photography and love capturing light with analog cameras such as an Hasselblad, a Semflex (wich is a french medium format camera from the 1950s) and a Canon AE1. I also own a digital reflex camera but rarely use it. I was thinking about selling it at one stage but now have decided to keep it. I had a little "incident" during my holidays where I was visiting a beautiful place in the South of France. For a strange reason, I was not able to put a film in my camera, it would not just work. My digital camera was in the car parked miles away and I really missed it then !!! So I have in memory some photos "not taken" that day, somehow they feel very special ...
To me photography is a meditation, "letting go" so the slow process and mystery of working with films correspond fully to my sensitivity. I love the way it brings magic into my life. Furthermore, this is where it all started for me when I was younger. A few years back, I have renewed with my first love. I would say that photography is a therapy also. I call it my "art de vivre", a french expression which can mean "art of living". I can say that I am positively addicted to photography!
As for finding inspiration it is everywhere to be found : nature, travel, places, exhibitions, cinemas, books, magazines, creatives, other photographers, living ...
I am currently working on 3 different on-going projects which I hope will become books and cards. "Silence" which is a contemplative approach where I photograph the lake I have been going on holiday since my childhood.
"St Emilion" is a little village near Bordeaux, it is famous for its wine and very touristic in high season. I wanted to explore this village through the seasons, early in the morning when all is quiet and find the poetic details of the place which may be overlooked while there are a lot of people around. The third project is about light in the South of France and for the moment, it is called "Lumière du sud". These are growing little by little and can be found on my blog and portfolio.
Apart from that, I have been wanting to take portraits, I am actually craving for that type of photography, so this is my fourth project !
I love working on projects, they give me a sense of direction, a way of crafting visual stories ...
My photography is part play! I love to play with photography. Thinking up fun ideas and generally having a good time!! Not everyone wants to pay me for that type of work but I have found a way to do a little bit of 'me' and a little bit of 'work'.
I am not the most technical of photographers... I know enough to get by but I am inspired by people... all sorts of people especially people having fun or delighting in life. I love capturing real or true moments of laughter or fun or tears too. I don't do a lot of photoshopping people I like people to look real and be real and maybe inspire others to be the same!
I started liking photography many years ago when I was about 15yrs old. But I did not really get into it properly till my kids were born and were little. They were my first and most inspiring subjects. Around this time I also started doing assisting work for photographers in Melbourne. They were mostly commercial photographers and were amazing inspiring, kind people who took me under their wing and encouraged me lots in the early days. I am very grateful for the people I have met along the way. I used to take my work to them and ask them to critique it. It was the BEST way to learn!!
My husband and I now run a little company, we work together and are delighted to be able to have our own business. We have been going full time for 2.5 years. We photograph anything with people! ;)
Photography is for me creativity, a camera enables you to make a link between images of oneself that we have inside us often without knowing it, and the outside world, and sometimes when there is a perfect connection between inside and outside, only a photo shows you afterwards what you wanted to express inwardly, without being able to articulate it. Or you did not even know you felt it until you see it. Such as when you read in a book a few perfect lines expressing exactly what you feel, how you feel, and what you have already felt before without being able to nail it down.
I read somewhere that what makes people be passionate about photography is that in each photograph they take it is a bit as if they found back their mother's stare at them when they were babies. The first photo we have inside is our mother's eyes and face when she was looking at us as infants.....?
I remember my mother's polaroids, little square format photos in vintage colors, when she photographed us with my brother. After she used a small film Canon camera that she loved. My first loved camera was also a Canon AE1 I shared with my brother in my twenties, and already at that time I was in love with color.
Then I stopped photographing for many years, expressed myself more with books and writing and studies and all.
When I came back to it, 10 years ago, I went digital, from the smallest and simplest, a point and shoot, then progressively as I progressed, I got myself more sophisticated tools, such as a Leica M8, and then M9, which I loved, but I guess that I had always in my mind the memory of the feel, the texture, the light, the colors, of film, and I was never satisfied completely with what I got.
Then one day, I had the idea of using again my Canon AE1, which is still working, and I started feeling more creative immediately, as if the camera was liberating something in me, or enabled me to unleash the creativity and access to poetic expression I was never able to express with digital. Then I got more demanding, I got a Canon F1, which is older, and loved it. Still, 135mm, even if I was starting to express myself with it, also reached a limit when I wanted to show ALL the light and details and softness and colors, and I started thinking about medium format, 120mm film.Thanks to an extraordinary professor in a documentary workshop I took a few months ago, who saw through us all what we secretly were trying to express in our photos, and who told me I had a "square" and somehow sentimentally artistic vision, I started using medium format, and THIS IS IT. I now own 4 medium format cameras, including a Holga, two Twin Lens Rolleis, and a Voigtlander Bessa ( a rangefinder). Each camera permits something in particular, the Holga complete artistic freedom, the Bessa wonderfully sharp landscape or street work with perfectly real colors, and the two Rollei, with which I view from above, the synthesis of both Bessa and Holga in one camera. The Rolleicord Vb, which I used for the photo above, is the simplest of the twin lens Rolleiflex cameras, or the least sophisticated, yet a perfect tool as it permits to have double exposure. I find myself experimenting with it even more than the other Rolleiflex I have, the T.Each camera has got its character, style, limits, and talents. When I have one with me, I feel attuned to my senses, to light, and the richness of life.
Feel free to use that one, actually it sums up my love of nature and light, as well as my love of the colours and textures of film, and the need I have to express myself creatively. I change cameras, I change films, but at the same time each camera has its own character and when I am attuned to it, they give me different ideas; each camera is actually like a palette, you know?
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I'm still lacking a focus. I'm sure I've decided to find one... But I haven't yet. Nor my voice. Which is another way of saying my style. Nor have I established a frequency for posting that is independent of Dobbin (even though I've been doing ok by myself in the blog world while he's on holiday!). So many things to do and so little time... While I find Little Miss Joey's true self amidst her little comic attempts, I will indulge in showing beautiful things.
When I grow up I want to have a little cape like this one. I very much doubt I'll look this adorable in it, but that's another story and something for me to worry about! Matilde Beldroega designs the most beautiful fabric dolls, from little girls, to cats and dogs and donkeys and even whole families. She dresses them up in the cutest miniature outfits, here and here and here. I could go on, but instead I'm wondering when this growing up business will actually happen so I can give myself one of these dolls... humm... which one to pick? This has always been my dilemma, I cannot pick one... maybe a donkey? So cute!
I write and photograph, and am a lover of natural light and colour. I also sew and make things, all sorts of things. I believe in simplicity and that smiles make the world spin faster!
Originally from Portugal, I now live in the magical city of Oxford, UK.Welcome to my online space, I'm thrilled to have you here.
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