365 ~21st ~ 27th February

This week is Symmetry week which I thought wouldn’t be too bad, and it was mostly OK.

Day 52 ~ Square. Symmetry in our images can be achieved when two halves of an image hold the same weight. However, symmetry doesn’t have to be literal in the sense that each half mirrors the other.  But rather, it’s a balancing of objects and space. Symmetry in composition can also be achieved when different elements are used to help achieve the appearance of being symmetrical. This one caused me problems, not sure why, I did a whole month of squares back in the 366 days of 2016, maybe that was it, hard to think of something I hadn’t done before! Kitchen tiles to the rescue!

Square

Day 53 ~ 2 O’clock. How will you find symmetry today at 2 o’clock?  Maybe it’s just the story behind your symmetry.  I am very excited to see how you will find it today!  This one was also hard, I had a full day of clients so had to cheat and alter the clock when I had 10 minutes spare. At the real 2 O’clock I had a sucker in someone’s ear! Still this is what I do after each client, write up my notes on the laptop. There’s symmetry in there somewhere!

2 O’Clock

Day 54 ~ Incredible. When it snows, I like to go out and photograph snowflakes.  It makes winter more bearable. To me, snowflakes are incredible!  Each one is unique and the symmetry presented in each individual flake is perfection.  If it’s snowing in your neck of the woods today, why not try and capture the symmetry in a snowflake.  No two are the same!  If not, I’m sure you can find all kinds of other symmetrical things in your world.  What stands out as incredible to you? Nope, no snow here anymore. What we do have is Winnie, who is incredibly crazy, wild, nosy, fast-as-lightening, funny and definitely symmetrical.

Incredible Winnie

Day 55 ~ Window. Windows are great photography subjects…. whether looking at them or looking out of them. They provide interest and can even pick up cool reflections. We are practicing symmetry in our photography this week and windows are perfect for this. Look for houses or buildings and notice where the windows are placed.  How can you photograph them with symmetry?  I decided the Love Window in my shed would be good for this one. Thinking about it could have used the Wallace & Grommet Window for square. Duh.

Window

Day 56 ~ Meaningful. As we’ve seen this week, symmetry is a multi-faceted word.  In its broadest sense, symmetry means balanced.  In photography, this means that your photo is well-composed and that it has interest and movement throughout.  How lines and light move through an image create balance.  How a subject is placed in the frame with regard to negative space or background creates balance.Find something that is both familiar and meaningful to you.  Study it for a few minutes.  Notice its shape.  How does its look, change in different light or from another perspective?  Photograph the object such that you create symmetry by way of balance.  You may choose to include the entire object or only a part.  Whatever you do, create a meaningful image of something that is meaningful to you. This was easy.

Meaningful

Day 57 ~ Segment. Some images are symmetrical around a central point, like a spiders web. This type of symmetry is harder to find, but when you see it, it will immediately make sense. Radial symmetry pops up in architecture from time to time. Getting into the forest early in the morning to get the best light and with the dew still hanging around makes for great photos.  I am lucky to have such a great place to go so close to home.  Segments can be found in most circles.Where are you going to find your segments today? My first day off and nope to getting up early and finding a forest. I walked up to our local shop and bought a lemon!

Segment

Day 58~ Cones.

Are you ready for some photo fun!  It is scavenger hunt day!  Here is a list of items to go out and find and photograph! Once your hunt is complete, you will compile those images into a collage.  Symmetry is everywhere.  Today you are going on a scavenger hunt to look for cones and you will be photographing them in symmetry.  The cone shape naturally lends itself to leading lines. Let’s find some cones and leading lines!Today you are on the hunt for cones!  You can either position them in your photograph to draw your viewer’s eye, or maybe you might just want to find cones!  Pine cone, ice cream cone, traffic pylon, pencil tip, nacho chip, tree, funnel, party hat, strawberry. I had to send off for party hats and funnels from Amazon as our local shop doesn’t have either, but I managed to cobble everything else together, and Phil got a cornetto for helping me out. I forgot about symmetry and leading lines and just made up little stories for most of them.

Cones

Well that’s another week over, and next week is the first week of the month so more ‘selfies’. 🥴😟

Stay tooned dear reader!

365~ Jan 18th ~ 24th

Day 18 ~ Leading Lines + Red ~ This is red week. Can you find lines that lead you to red? Lines that are red? Or lines that let you peek through and see red? Can you find an unusual way to incorporate the color red into your photo today? Not sure this is unusual, but it’s the best I could do for red leading lines. Also it tasted so yummy. I didn’t eat the chilli though 😊

Fried Rice and leading lines.

Day 19 ~ Excitement + Red. ~ As you go about your day, keep an eye out for collections of red that create a little excitement in your world.  It could be apples or flowers or crayons… You may choose to get in close and fill your frame; or, back up and show your red collection in context.  The choice is yours.  Remember that this project is about documenting your life so your red collection need only excite you! I just don’t have a ‘red’ collection, I’m more a bluey/purpley kinda gal. But I was excited to receive a photography book I ordered from a lovely chap called Sean Tucker, who’s youtube channel is a delight and inspiring for life, not just photography. So I shot that instead but added a red rose Phil had bought for me, and a glass of róse wine.

Excitement

Day 20 ~ Humour + red ~Using your mini figures helps with making a fun image. Sure, I can do that, as you know if you’ve followed my blogs a while 😊

Humour

Day 21 ~ Inside + red ~ Red is such an interesting colour because it’s at both ends of the emotional colour spectrum. On one end it symbolizes happiness, love, infatuation and passion. On the other end it symbolizes danger, fear, anger and frustration.Document which end of the emotional spectrum you fall into today with an indoor picture of something red.  Or, maybe you just like the colour! Well I’m not on the end of the emotional spectrum today, but I do like this vintage teacup that belonged to my Mum.

Inside

Day 22 ~ Uplift + red ~ I find the color red to be very uplifting! It evokes a certain vibrancy and energy. Today let’s get in close, highlighting the details of something Red. Yep, I can do that too 😊 one of roses from the flowers Phil got me this week.

uplifting

Day 23 ~ A wall + red ~So, today, when you are looking for your red wall, how can you make it interesting?  Play with angles or think about how much of a background or foreground you want to share that will help the red really pop. I didn’t have to go too far for a red wall, and the angle I chose was straight on, and the foreground I shared is all the other red walls 🤣 I think I’m winning at red!

red wall

That was the end of Red week, and now we are on to Picture More week, not sure what that means but we are also doing ‘break the rules’ week, which is fine as I don’t do rules. Mostly.

Day 24~Cheerful ~ Our first Picture More Week you get to “Break the Rules!” Forget everything you know about technique and composition and just let go this week. Today you get to be CHEERFUL while you are breaking the rules. Argh I have no idea what that really means so I fixated on ‘cheerful’ and left the rest out of the equation. Here’s my watch, it always makes me smile when I look at it, and it’s the same smiley used in the Watchmen movie, not the usual emoticon smiley. So that’s me, cheerful. 😊

cheerful

That’s it for this week! Oh yes forgot, my 52 frames project picture is in the portfolio too.

Midnight Snow

For three days it rained non stop, right up to 11pm last night. Then we went to the kitchen about 11.30pm to make a cup of tea to take to bed and through the window we saw

Snow

It’s been a long time since we saw ‘proper’ snow and we ran to the conservatory and opened the door and stood watching, as big clumps of snowflakes floated to the ground, and stayed. It made us smile and wonder. The world was quiet all of a sudden, the traffic noises deadened in the whitening. I grabbed my phone to take some pictures, but it gives an other worldy orange filter to everything

So I took some from all our windows and converted them to black and white

We spent a long time watching it, and were glad that we could enjoy it and not have to go anywhere in the morning. But we got up this morning and it had gone. It left us as swiftly as it arrived, with only a vestige of it’s former self on the lawns and shed roofs. We sighed, our winter wonderland was a fleeting visitor, and I’m glad we didn’t miss it.

365 ~ January 11th ~ 17th

This week seems to be all about travel, and being outside. Of course, the ladies providing the prompts have fek all idea of what North East England is like in January, rain and mud basically.

Monday Day 11 ~”Do you know someone open-hearted?  Do you have memories of open-hearted folks you have encountered in your travels?  How can you bring that memory to life in your photo.  To challenge yourself even further, see if you can incorporate macro photography into your photo today.” I do have memories from when we travelled to America back in 2014 and my friend Kathy who lived in Fairport N.Y met us at the airport . She gave us a welcome pack with all sorts of goodies in it, but my favourite thing in it was this cool stars and stripes wine stopper. Kathy and her husband Dave were so kind to us, and took us on outings all over the place. Great memories.

Openhearted

Tuesday Day 12 was a prompt free day, but based on the weekly theme of travel. Well Winnie travelled from Sunderland to Gateshead for her 2 month holiday with us, so I think she counts. 🙂

Prompt free ~ Winnie

Wednesday Day 13 ~ “take a walk outside and see if you can find something that reminds you of a feather~You may end up with something that feels a bit abstract.  That’s OK.”. Well I was working this day, and not home until after dark, but there is a bunch of Pampas grass in our carpark at work, and I thought they looked feathery, so I walked over to them and used my slow shutter app on the iphone to take a few long exposures. Blended in photoshop to get an abstract-ish picture. Don’t really like it but best I can do today.

Outside~feathery~abstract

Thursday Day 14 ~Travel photography is intended to document an area to which you travel.  Well, travel has been a bit limited recently, so we are just travelling to areas close to home.  Do you have a place close to home that is effortless to get to? Well the answer to that is a resounding No, not at the minute, it’s bloody chucking it down outside yet again. Still I needed a shot, so got myself ackled up with the intention of walking to the secret lake. However, when I got to the beginning of the walk, this is the sight that greeted me. I went home.

Effortless 🤣

Friday Day 15 ~ Today ‘travel’ somewhere in your neighbourhood and show us why we want to visit. Make it CRISP!  Crisp as in camera sharpness, crisp as in cold temperatures, crisp as in leaves. Well I cheated a bit here and travelled to my front garden 😃 although it’s frosty outside there’s still mud, and I’m not doing mud. I think my frozen plant/bush thingy looks crisp don’t you?

Crisp

Saturday Day 16 ~ Sometimes you don’t have to travel far to encounter kindness! It comes in a wide variety of styles! Show us the Kindness you find along the way today! It may be a coffee delivery from a spouse, a bit of encouragement along the sidewalk, chalk drawing in the street to cheer up the neighbors, or yard art to celebrate a special event. The spouse is on a 13hr shift at the hospital, and when I went to the local shop no-one was kind enough to pay for my shopping, and the streets and gardens are undecorated with drawings or art, so I thought I’d best be kind to myself today!

Kindness

Sunday Day 17~Aparently the week starts on Sundays, and we are now into colour week, the first of which is red. Today’s word is abundance. I challenge you as you take your photos this week to look for red and include in your photos.  You can make it the subject of your photo or you can hint at red. Off to the fridge for this one. Glad to be out of travel week! 🤪

Abundance ~ red

365~ January 4th ~ 10th

The prompt for Day 4 was ‘Breakfast’. Well you can’t beat a boiled chucky~egg with toasty soldiers can you?

Breakfast

Day 5’s prompt was ‘Relinquish’. I’ll let you make your own interpretation of what I was relinquishing!

Relinquish

Day 6 was ‘Letters’. I chose an old calligraphy artwork I did back in the 90’s, a poem written in 1941 called High Flight by John Gillespie McGee Jr, an American serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force. It’s my favourite piece of work that I did.

Letters

Day 7 ~ Open. (This one’s for Kim 😘) A good book can open the heart and the mind.

Open

Day 8 ~ Home ~where I stand. This one had to include your feet, good excuse to get out the posh boots 😊

Home

Day 9 ~ Fascinating. This will be a quarterly challenge, taking a picture from the same place in different seasons, and adding each one to the previous shot, so a diptych, then triptych finishing the series as a quadtych. This is the wildlife sanctuary down the road from me, usually full of water birds, but frozen over today.

Season 1

Day 10 ~ Feathers. “Take us on a trip and show us what feathered friends are native in your neck of the woods. ” Ya got to be joking- no unecessary journies also the weather is pants here today so I trained my camera on the happy eater tree and waited a couple of hours until some birdies showed up. Luckily the bunch of long tailed tits arrived. Thay are doughty little birds and probably my favourites.

Long Tailed Tits

First full week over, onwards ever onwards…!

New Year, new project.

In previous years I’ve done a photography review of the year but I didn’t really do much this year to review what with all the covid stuff going on, and no outings to history venues with my pal Sophie. It kinda killed my photo mojo as that’s my favourite thing to do. Apart from some polaroid and iphone shots of our visiting felines, it’s been slim pickings.

But that can’t go on. I’ve given myself a stern talking to and am ready to get back to it. Inspired by Connie over at Adventures in Every Day Life who did a cracking job of a lockdown 365, I’ve joined the site she uses for daily prompts, 365 Picture Today and will be using that for inspiration. I’m also continuing to do a weekly shot over at 52 Frames so between them I’m hoping to reset the ‘creativity button’ in my brain.

Sunday’s have always been my day to post on this blog, and so, as the year is already 3 days in and I’ve made a start, here we go.

January 1st ~The prompt for this day was ‘Start’. My cherry blossom tree, which gets photographed in Springtime most years had a little wobbly this year, and one of it’s branches decided it was time to bloom at the end of December instead of April.

Early start

January 2nd~ I took my picture for 52 Frames, which had to be a self portrait. It’s already posted in my portfolio section, where dear Ol’10 commented it looked like I had a plant growing out of me, so I’ve re~processed it to. make the orchid softer in the mix. Might work, might not.

Selfie (1)

January 3rd~ Sigh, another self portrait this time from the 365 site, though with the addition of ‘Opportunity’. My pal Kim at By Hook or by Book recently posted her literary lines, and this week they were as follows :~

“We will open the book. It’s pages are blank. The book is called Opportunity and it’s first chapter is New Years Day” by Edith Lovejoy Pierce. I copied those out onto a post it and stuck it to my computer.

Selfie (2) Opportunity

Hopefully I’ll have a good year with my cameras this year, and will be back to posting on Sundays to show off the fruits of my labours!

Dance

“To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful… This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking”
Agnes De Mille

Fuerteventura 1997

“Those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

Side, Turkey, 1999

“In a society that worships love, freedom, and beauty, dance is sacred. It is a prayer for the future, a remembrance of the past and a joyful exclamation of thanks for the present.” Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

Paphos, Cyprus, 2006

“One step, two steps, three steps; like winds of time experience joy of centuries, when movements become revelations of the dance of destinies.”
Shah Asad Rizvi

Tunisia 2008

“Dancing is creating a sculpture that is visible only for a moment.” Erol Ozan

Loz & Ben, South Shields UK 2012

“Take his hands, take her hands and dance! There’s a wide and free world calling on you to make it your dance floor.” Ayokunle Falomo, 

Danielle & Cal, Sunderland UK 2013

“This is why the idea of finding love across the dance floor endures – symbolizing that, when we know the true rhythm of our heart, we know the other.”Alexandra Katehakis

Nashville, USA, 2014

“The truest expression of a people is in its dances and its music. Bodies never lie.” Agnes de Mille

Sunderland Diwali Festival, UK 2017

“Dance till the stars come down from the rafters
Dance, Dance, Dance ’till you drop.” W.H.Auden

Stotfold Mill Fair, UK 2018

“Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance. Great dancers are great because of their passion.” Martha Graham

St.Albans, UK 2018

“It doesn’t matter if I’m off the beat. It doesn’t matter if I’m snapping to the rhythm. It doesn’t matter if I look like a complete goon when I dance. It is my dance. It is my moment. It is mine. And dance I will. Try and stop me. You’ll probably get kicked in the face.”
― Dan Pearce, 

Pelaw Inn, Gateshead, UK 2019

“Dance like nobody’s watching; love like you’ve never been hurt. Sing like nobody’s listening; live like it’s heaven on earth.” -Mark Twain

Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland, UK 2019

Stay tooned for whatever comes next. 🙂

Kids

“The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence”. —Denis Waitley

Teesdale, UK 2012

A person’s a person, no matter how small”.Dr. Seuss

Ryhope Water Pump, 2012

Never have more children than you have car windows. — Erma Bombeck

Staithes, UK 2013

You know your children are growing up when they stop asking you where they came from and refuse to tell you where they’re going. P. J. O’Rourke

Folkestone, UK, 2014

Play is the royal road to childhood happiness and adult brilliance. Joseph Chilton Pearce

Cal & new friend, Washington Wildfowl trust,UK 2015

You know what the great thing about babies is? They are like little bundles of hope. Like the future in a basket”. Lish McBride

Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK 2016

A child educated only at school is an uneducated child. —George Santanaya

Arbeia Roman Fort, South Shields, UK 2016

Kids, They Dance Before They Learn There Is Anything That Isn’t Music“. —William Stafford 

Sunderland Diwali Festival UK, 2017

A child who loves animals is an adult who has compassion for people Toni Payne 

Beamish, UK 2018

I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it. Harry S. Truman, 33rd President of the United States

Malina, Poland, 2017

Childhood means simplicity. Look at the world with the child’s eye – it is very beautiful. –Kailash Satyarthi 

Liddy, South Shields, UK 2018

There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One is roots; the other, wings.Hodding Carter

Livvy, Northumberland Zoo, 2019

Stay tooned for whatever comes next 🙂

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Family

I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.     — Sigmund Freud

Tanfield Railway, Tyne & Wear, UK 2012

“Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family.”–Anthony Brandt

Bolam Lake, Northumberland UK 2012

“Being a family means you are a part of something very wonderful. It means you will love and be loved for the rest of your life.”– Lisa Weed

Staithes, North Yorkshire, UK 2013

“The memories we make with our family are everything.”– Candace Cameron Bure

Saltwell Park, Tyne & Wear, UK 2014

My children give me the gift of stepping out of the daily ordinariness into the father zone—a place where my innate curiosity, sense of adventure, and love of a weekend gets rediscovered.”      –Jeff Stone

Warkworth, Northumberland, UK 2015

“Becoming a grandmother is wonderful. One moment you’re just a mother. The next you are all-wise and prehistoric.” Pam Brown

Newcastle-Upon-Tyne UK 2016

To be a mother of a son is one of the most important things you can do to change the world. Raise them to respect women, raise them to stand up for others, raise them to be kind.”     –Shannon L. Alder

Pow Hill Nature Reserve, Northumberland, UK 2017

“There’s something like a line of gold thread running through a man’s words when he talks to his daughter, and gradually over the years it gets to be long enough for you to pick up in your hands and weave into a cloth that feels like love itself ”. —-John Gregory

Eddy & Malina Poland, 2017

“In truth a family is what you make it. It is made strong, not by number of heads counted at the dinner table, but by the rituals you help family members create, by the memories you share, by the commitment of time, caring, and love you show to one another, and by the hopes for the future you have as individuals and as a unit.”– Marge Kennedy

Alnwick, Northumberland 2018

“Peace is the beauty of life. It is sunshine. It is the smile of a child, the love of a mother, the joy of a father, the togetherness of a family. It is the advancement of man, the victory of just cause, the triumph of truth.”– Menacheim Begin

Botanical Gardens, County Durham, UK 2018

Dads are most ordinary men turned by love into heroes, adventures, story-tellers, and singers of songs.     –Pam Brown

Tynemouth Market, UK 2019

“We are sisters. We will always be sisters. Our differences may never go away, but neither, for me, will our song”. —Elizabeth Fishel

Durham Castle, UK 2019

Stay tooned for whatever comes next time 🙂

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