Hello and welcome back. This week has been jam-packed off little adventures and doings including Tattershall castle, a trip to Skegness and birthday celebrations. It’s been the first week in a long time that I’ve been able to deal with human interaction without getting so […]
Black & White Infrared Around Lincoln Photographic Series. Infrared is MY FAVOURITE genre of photography and that is a massive statement for a photographer to make. I’ve always been a fan of all the genre’s equally but over the last few years, Infrared has seriously won my heart over all the others completely. There’s just so much you can do with it and it’s got so much contrast in the black and white edits that it is purely stunning and works no matter the subject. However, for the best-infrared results, a lovely dash of sun and blue sky is essential for those really eye-catching shots.
Street photography has become a close second favourite subject over the years also. Most photographers see it as a time capsule, freezing a past moment forever in time in one little image. Photography, when you think of it that way, can be an extremely magical form of art in the way that it can do exactly that, freeze a moment in time with the click of a button and be shared all over the internet and world for others to see and enjoy.
What do you think?? Do you have an infrared gallery or image you’d like to share? Pop it in the comments.
Black & White Infrared Around Lincoln
Tuesday Afternoon Stewart and I took a trip into Lincoln, met up with his side of the family and had a day being Lincoln tourists, kind of. It was a great day and it was certainly worth it and we even managed, Well Stewart and […]
Food, food, food and more food. I’ve had a lot of anxiety this week following my last appointment but asides from that my spirits have been high and I’ve been feeling a lot more like myself during this period. During week 13 I also had an appointment with a consultant about a planned c-section for reasons I’m not yet ready to disclose online. My mind was finally put at rest about any worries I was having and I had a rough idea of how things would be going. I was told I’d only be allowed one birthing partner, obviously my husband and that any one else would be required to wait until visiting hours, I’m not going to lie this took me by surprise at first because I was under the impression that you still got two birthing partners (I’ve only really spoke about c-sections with people who have had emergencies and they would have had two in place anyway due to their birth choices but never the less it made it all the more confusing because I’ve had multiple people this week tell me I’d be allowed
More than one but this was something I’d have to clarify on my next appointment.) Towards the end of week 13 I found my motivation starting to creep back into my life and let me tell you, it was welcomed with a great big hug. How I’ve missed you motivation my friend.
The lowest I’ve felt all pregnancy. The neighbour is getting the wall fixed and I’m stuck in a house with animals who are so used to going out via the cat flap when they want that they’ve been doing their business in the house and nobody has been here to clean it up and being pregnant, I’m not aloud to touch it but obviously I can’t just sit and look at it. I’ve also felt very lonely this week, it’s hit me that people will suddenly be all over me like a rash when baby is born but whilst baby is not here they’re not interested. I get that people want to see new born babies and whatever else, but it’s just super insulting when people all of a sudden wanna be there because there’s a baby to play with. Hopefully this is just my hormones doing their part and I will feel better in a week or two. People are still shocked by the absence of morning sickness, I however am not, I have a stomach of pure steel.
THE MOST EXCITING WEEK SINCE SEEING MY BABY FOR THE FIRST TIME. On my first scan it was tough to take it all in because of the sheer anxiety surrounding it but this week started off with a huge pick me up. We found out the gender of our baby! For years I knew what I wanted first and that didn’t change at all however, once I found out I was pregnant I told myself I didn’t mind what I had and that I’d be happy with anything, true but there was one gender I wanted way more than the other. I know that sounds bad but typically, we all hope for one over the other. So our baby now, has a name. I will be revealing whether our baby is a boy or a girl on here soon, I’ll go through our name choices and whatever else in that post but if you’re super impatient and really want to know you’ll find out somewhere on my social media’s.
It’s been really comforting to know I’m still, healthily not gaining weight. Whilst my belly is getting bigger with every waking day, it’s nice to know my thighs are getting that little bit smaller too.
I had my first mental health meeting with the antenatal team this week. That was an experience. Two of the people I spoke with were really nice and comforting but one, one was an absolute dick head and I just felt was trying to catch me out somewhere over why we were having the meeting in the first place and I left feeling a mixture of uncomfortable and happy all at the same time. Uncomfortable with one aspect of the meeting but happy with the potential outcome in general.
Week 16 and I’ve had 2 antenatal appointments scheduled. A care plan with the mental health department and my 16 week checkup.
Previously I’ve had so much information thrown at me that my mental health care plan appointment was a great opportunity for me to ask questions and clear up any queries I had in terms of birthing partners, visitors and just what exactly the procedure is and where I’ll be after. I’d read and been told briefly that you’re only allowed one birthing partner with a planned c-section, there was also a bit of confusion as to who would be allowed into the recovery room after the procedure and that would again only be the birthing partner due to having 3 other recovering mums in the same recovery room as me and visitors would only be allowed once onto a normal ward, and during visiting hours.
My experience was a bit wobbly to start with, my first mental health assessment was a bit touch and go and didn’t leave me with much faith but since the antenatal team have really pulled through in ensuring that I have the birth that’s best for me and my baby. My check up with the midwife was the standard stuff, blood pressure, weight, pee sample and all that jazz.
I’m wondering at this point exactly when my cravings may kick in, it seems everyone around me is getting them for me, asides from myself. Things this week have become even more real. My sister got me the most adorable Moses basket that I am just in love with and to see it all coming together and having the support I need from everyone around me and nobody making me feel uncomfortable with decisions regarding my birth, the hospitals rules around visitors and my antenatal team is just great.
Stay tuned for weeks 17-21!
Gregory Crewdson, mainly known for his dramatic cinematic style in photographs. I studied Gregory a lot during my college years however, never fully got to create a homage to him as my projects were always getting driven into a different direction. Admittedly the photographs from this series could have been done MUCH better had I not been sat in a car with a dirty window screen however, this is my first of many attempts at doing a Crewdson homage and I hope you subscribe to my blog if you’re interested in following my photographic journey that little bit more.
As you can see the photograph by Gregory is very atmospheric. Its tones are cold and there’s just generally something really eye catching about it.
I love looking at others photographers works at the best of times and letting my mind run wild at the stories behind them but when you’re creating a homage, you kind of have to look at those technical parts of the image to understand exactly how or why it’s been shot the way that it has and thats what I did the night before I went out and had a go at shooting my own.
Gregory Crewdson Homage; Around Lincoln
So let’s take a look at what I created in all of 5 minutes. I like to limit my time as it really gets my brain working and I’m much more switched on about what it is I am doing or trying to achieve than giving myself a whole afternoon dedicated to getting one photograph.
It’s a Sunday afternoon, the carpark at tesco is practically dead, the sun is setting and light is becoming minimal, even without an edit this looks to the naked eye something that Gregory himself would have taken, it was like being inside a Crewdson photograph already.
What do you think first and foremost? Out of the two images that I managed to produce I personally prefer the one with the trolley present in it. I think it tells much more of a story compared to the image that doesn’t involve the trolley.
I like that you can see the sky in the reflection in the glass just as you can in Credson’s image. I stuck to the bluey hues and turned the temperature down enough to keep a bit of warmth to the lights that were lit up in the image but the lights were quite ‘white’ lights to begin with anyway.
Let me know what you think and if you have a Homage to Crewdson himself, link it below in the comments.