Weekly Photo Challenge: Motion!

The challenge for this week is all about motion This series of photos were taken during a holiday in France a few years ago.  They feature my youngest son in various stages of running and jumping into the pool.  My daughter can also be spied (already in the pool) in various stages of gleeful disbelief…the water was sooo cold and she couldn’t believe he was going to launch himself, full pelt into it’s icey depths instead of gingerly easing himself in like she (and I) would!  Eldest son on the lounger in the background…clearly too laid back to care either way!


Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument

This weeks challenge from The Daily Post is Monument… 

“The Eiffel Tower? Stonehenge? Your town’s sole traffic light? For this week’s photo challenge, blow us away with your take on the monumental.”

For other entries click here!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life

This weeks photo challenge is all about ‘street life’… the only recent street life photos I’ve taken were all in or around Brick Lane and I think I’ve posted enough of those for now!  So I decided to use some from a holiday in France back in 2011!  

Hope you enjoy them…

For other great entries click here!

Brick Lane: Revisited #2!

As promised, here’s #2 of the Brick Lane street art photos taken a couple of weeks ago.  To see #1 click here!

Hope you enjoy them…


The final gallery, #3 will be posted shortly!

Brick Lane: Revisited #1!

I love visiting Brick Lane in London, not only for the variety of vintage clothes shops, the wonderfully quirky and diverse people and the best hot salt beef bagels, washed down with my favourite dirty chai coffee… but also for the street art that changes or is added to on a regular basis… I could never be bored, there’s always so much to draw the eye and keep that camera shutter clicking!  

So much so that I took far too many shots for one post!  I couldn’t decide which to use and which to ditch so I’m going to spread them out through a few posts over the next two or three days!

Hope you enjoyed them as much as I did!  More to follow…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Selfie

I’m not a fan of the ‘selfie’ but I do like to enter into the spirit of things so have decided to post some ‘selfie’ reflections, neither intended… the first was taken at the Village Green Festival, where my eldest son performed live, singing and playing guitar, in a festival setting for the first time. The photo is a reflection of me through his sunglasses and in the second… I was aiming to take a photo of my Mutley dog in the boot of my car after a long romp over the rolling Dartmoor hills… she (and we) had a wonderful time!

I guess the camera is a part of my heart and  soul so any ‘selfie’ was always going to have the camera in front of my face! 

A reflection of me through my son's  sunglasses!

A reflection of me through my son’s sunglasses… I love the way the photo reflects again through the lens!

Mutley... who is also a reflection of me...

Mutley… who is also a reflection of me… she is a part of me.

To see other entries for this weeks challenge, click here!

Weekly Photo Challenge: One

This shot was taken in Mevagissey, Cornwall.  I was meandering along the harbour and crouched down to take a photo of the rowing boat with all the other boats and cottages providing the wonderfully colourful background and reflections in the water when the Seagull landed and posed for me!  So this is my One for this weeks challenge

Fishing boats and Seagulls... typically Mevagissey!

Fishing boats and Seagulls… typically Mevagissey!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea

This weeks photo challenge got me thinking about what the sea really means to me, how does it make me feel… there are so many emotions the sea evokes. When I have been away from it for a while, I miss it, I feel it’s pull… it makes me feel calm, peaceful, able to breathe deeply… renewed, alive, invigorated and full of life’s possibilities.  

The photo below was taken on a beach we had stumbled upon quite by accident (sometimes the best kind) whilst looking for a completely different one!  The perfect afternoon turned into a glorious evening with an amazing sunset which I couldn’t capture because my camera battery died!  Gutted and lesson learned!

I could sit for hours, listening to the waves breaking on the sand... staring out at the distant horizon...  life is beautiful!

I could sit for hours, listening to the waves breaking on the sand… staring out at the distant horizon… life and the world is beautiful!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus

The photos below were taken on a beach in Cornwall a few weeks ago.  I was focusing on the texture at the time but I think these go well with this weeks photo challenge theme


The top of a post in the fence bordering the beach


Same fence… different post!


I love the texture that the elements have etched and carved into the wood over the years

Daily Prompt: Reflections…

These were taken last Tuesday on a steam train ride from Paignton to Dartmouth in Devon… I think they go quite well with today’s Daily Prompt theme!


Steam trains bring out ‘The Railway Children’ kid in me! (Film from my childhood!)

Same train, just different depth of field!

Same train, different view & depth of field!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Curves

Swans are so elegant and beautiful… I chose this picture for this weeks photo challenge because of the graceful curves of the Swans head, neck and body… the curve of the lake and also because of the curved wingspan and tail feathers of the pigeon flying over it!

This Swan was enjoying posing for the camera!  If you look in the background you can see Mrs Swan approaching with her Sygnets!

I think this is ‘Mr’ Swan, he seemed to be enjoying posing for the camera! If you look in the background you can see ‘Mrs’ Swan approaching with the Cygnets!

Sights, sounds & smells of Brick Lane

Brick Lane on a Sunday morning… so much going on, so much to see and so many good things cooking…!

Magical Dartmoor, Devon

The sun peeping through the clouds is one of those moments that makes you breathe deeply and smile…


Quotes that speak to my soul…

"Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving.
What you have caught on film is captured forever...
it remembers little things,
long after you have forgotten everything." - Aaron Siskind

"You become things, you become an atmosphere, and if you become it, which means you incorporate it within you, you can also give it back. You can put this feeling into a picture. A painter can do it. And a musician can do it and I think a photographer can do that too and that I would call the dreaming with open eyes." - Ernst Haas

"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by Dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."
- Steve Jobs

“To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.”
- Henri Cartier-Bresson

“For me, the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity.”
― Henri Cartier-Bresson

“Above all, life for a photographer cannot be a matter of indifference”
― Robert Frank

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