Until next time,
Wednesday, 13 October 2010
Until next time,
Tuesday, 5 October 2010
Congratulations on your win! I'll be in touch.
A massive thank you to everyone who entered - you will all recieve 10% off any print from my Etsy or Folksy shops. Just mention it in the checkout and I'll refund the difference.
Saturday, 18 September 2010
All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is simply leave a comment below. For extra chances, just Tweet, Facebook, blog or link the competition elsewhere. For every link you'll receive an extra free entry! (This is NOT compulsory and is completely up to you.)
Competition ends on Sunday 3rd October and the winner will be announced on Monday 4th.
Friday, 3 September 2010
Sorry to have neglected you all for so long. As many of you know I suffer from recurrent depression and boy, did it recur! I'm living like a hermit at the moment (albeit a married one with a small child!) but in terms of my photography it's forced me to think small - inside the box (well, house!)
Ever since I can remember, my Mum has had this huge Victorian sideboard, inherited (I think) from my maternal Grandmother. On it my Mum displays all her blue-and-white china and other assorted antique and antique-looking knicknacks, interspersed with the usual handmade bits and bobs and bizarre strangeness made with more love than talent in my and my sister's school art classes! (I'm sure that last sentence is screaming out with grammatical errors but you know what I mean!) Anyway - the point is that it inspired me to do a whole new series of sepia-toned, vignetted images, evoking the past with a touch of romance. I thought about those Victorian brides-to-be, safely storing away items for their new lives as married women and all the romantic ideals, excitement and anxieties ahead. 'Her Bottom Drawer' is the story of one such young lady - and it all starts with a wedding cake...
Love, Emma ♥
Saturday, 15 May 2010
It'll be shown on BBC2 on Tuesday, 18th May at 8pm, GMT. Get the details here!
Dreamaid is wonderful organization with a great charity.
Friday, 14 May 2010
Wednesday, 12 May 2010
Anyhoo; I took part in this year's WPD, having been itching to use the true pinhole function on my Diana F+! It was quite exciting! I was busy until 3:30pm (I co-run a film and animation group for people with mental health problems) so on the way home I stopped at a lovely wood near our town centre. Despite being surrounded on two sides by a busy main road and a railway line, it's a nice, peaceful area. The sun was shining and warm too, which always helps, doesn't it?! I went right back to basics - no memory cards, no batteries, not even a lens! I was able to sit and eat my sandwiches while the little box did it's thing - I just had to make sure I kept an eye on the time ticking away! It's a tricky thing to get right (which I didn't, mostly, but that's the fun of learning) and it all depends on how much ambient light there is and how many seconds/minutes you leave the shutter open for.
I enjoyed it all sooo much - I can't believe I waited so long do have a go! I assumed it would be a tricky process, best done by a more technically-minded person. Quite the opposite! It goes right back to the earliest days of photography and was a reminder of how far we've come in a relatively short time - and how amazing it is that an entire scene can be captured on film at all!
Sooo.. this was my very first (and only) successful shot. I'm really pleased with how it turned out and have been spurred on to do more, this time indoors and at night. Watch this space!
I've now reached over 100 followers of this blog, so to celebrate and say a big 'thank you' I'll be having a free giveaway. Yay!!! I'm getting together some goodies for a lucky someone, so see a future blog post for details!
Until next time,
Saturday, 1 May 2010
The other 30% of the time I use film and was using 120mm medium format B&W almost exclusively, until I forced myself to go back to colour - and that meant relearning all over again! I've really enjoyed seeing the world 'in colour' again!
The shots in this blog post are examples of my very latest work - at different ends of the spectrum. One was shot on colour film, the other in B&W digital. See what you think...
Until next time!
(BTW; When I was a child I saw old black and white films on TV and actually thought the world was like that in 'the olden days.' I'm sure that's relevant, but I'm not entirely sure how..!)
Friday, 23 April 2010
We were invited to a wedding at a country hotel last weekend and at the very tail-end of it, the next morning after everyone had left, hubby, William and myself went for a wander around the grounds. We stumbled upon a beautiful collection of lawns and walled gardens and right at the back was an 'urban decay' paradise! A wonderful array of old statues, hotel furnishings and various building materials, all piled high amongst the crumbling walls of an abandoned outhouse.
Last Sunday evening hubby and I took our son over to our local airport/business park, where there is a fabulous flat area just right for a young chap to break his first bike in!
The Arches #1
The Arches #2
Because all flights were cancelled and the offices and cafe were shut it was so peaceful and quiet. Just an occasional passer-by. It was also perfect weather - for biking and for photography!
After both sessions I felt elated - genuinely happy inside. It has proved to me once again that photography really is good therapy for me. Long may it continue!
Until next time,
PS: The above are a selection from all the shots taken. I don't know if any of them will be put up for sale yet. I'll gauge everyone's reactions and decide then, but if you do specifically want a print of any of the above - or any of the rest from my Flickr gallery - please ask!
Friday, 2 April 2010
A couple of weeks ago I found myself with an hour or so to spare, so I went for a walk along the canal. I had my Diana Lomo camera with me, loaded with B&W film, so of course the walk turned into a scouting party for good shots! I took a few photos, but nothing really exciting, then just as I was about to climb the steps back up to the road, I saw this wonderful view!
One little problem with older 'toy' cameras is that unlike modern compacts and SLRs, the viewfinder on top doesn't look through the lens itself, so you have to remember to adjust your eyes accordingly and lift the camera a little higher to get the right frame. It's something which I've found quite easy to do but it has meant that I've really had to start concentrating on composition again. I would much rather get it right 'in camera' than have to spend too much time fixing any little mistakes in post-processing. Don't get me wrong, I love using my Photoshop Elements software and when it comes to digital I think the sky's the limit, but with my film work I like to keep it as true to the original shot as possible.
So, I hope you like this latest offering? If you have any thoughts or feelings about the image, this blog or just photography in general, please feel free to leave a comment below!
Tuesday, 30 March 2010
Thursday, 25 March 2010
One of my prints has been chosen as part of Inspiks.com's iPhone wallpaper showcase!
If you're a Christian, as I am, or simply in need of some divine inspiration, download an Inspiks wallpaper for free today!
Friday, 12 March 2010
The three prints on sale so far are Canopy, Trash TV and Pondlife. Two are on an urban decay theme and the third is simply a lovely image of tangled trees! All three are full of dreamy, blurry, vintage-feel lomographic fabulousness!
All three were shot on 120mm medium format film, then the negatives were digitally scanned.
Tuesday, 2 March 2010
First prize went to Sarah aka Sugarmice. She has two Folksy shops, one selling her own tiny jewellery creations, made from polymer clay and the other selling craft supplies. Both shops are gorgeous, full of lots of lovely little items which will make your mouth water! I seriously recommend you go take a look!
Sunday, 21 February 2010
And so, without further ado, here are the winners (as picked by my glamorous assistant, also known as my husband!) #Feigns opening gold envelope to drum roll#
First prize and huge congratulations goes to Sugarmice (Sarah) who wins a 10x8" print of Recurring Nightmare. Second prize and a respectful round of applause goes to Mary who wins a 7x5" of The Gathering Storm. Both winners also receive an 'Emma in Wonderland' fridge magnet and a free plug for their own blogs and online shops (if they have them!) I'll be in touch with both winners very shortly to sort all the details.
I would also like to give all the entrants a very special offer: FREE worldwide shipping on ANY print currently available in my Folksy and/or Etsy shops! Just mention 'Valentine's offer' in the 'message to seller' box during checkout and I will refund the shipping costs within 24 hours. Alternatively, tell me which print(s) you'd like and I'll set up a reserved listing especially for you on Etsy or Folksy. (Offer is open to all giveaway entrants, one per person.)
Thursday, 18 February 2010
Here are some of my favourites, now available in both my Etsy and Folksy shops.
A Little Piece of Narnia
The Big Thaw!
Dead & Buried
Monday, 15 February 2010
Firstly, a HUGE 'thank you' to everyone who's entered the giveaway so far! I'm really feelin' the lurve! Your comments are very valuable -and quite flattering; I fair blushed when I read some of them! - and useful in helping my gauge what prints are most popular and why.
Secondly; I've noticed that some people have chosen a print which is not available as a 10x8" - in which case I'll offer the winner 2 smaller prints instead. Unless you want to change your mind of course! I'll contact the winner and they can make their final decision then. (Huge apologies. My own silly fault for not stating that before and I'm sorry for any inconvenience caused.)
Thirdly; (and this is the really good bit) because I've been so moved by some of your lovely comments, I've decided just one winner simply isn't fair. Soooo...
...I've decided to award a SECOND PRIZE of a 7x5" or 5x5" print (plus the magnet and blog/shop plug)!!!
Same rules apply: just leave a comment saying which print you'd choose if you won and why you like it - and possibly where you'd hang it and why!
Saturday, 13 February 2010
Thursday, 28 January 2010
So; I've stayed indoors and done a lot of soul searching, as well as some still life photography. Two things that are definite are: A) I love still life and will always return to it and B) I don't eat enough fruit. Actually, I eat almost no fruit at all (unless the raisins in a Cadbury's Fruit & Nut bar counts? It doesn't? Oh...)
And now, ladies and gentlemen #clears throat# for the obligatory joke:
Here is the fruit of my most recent labour... and it looks like I've cracked up more than myself!
(Please don't feel you have to laugh. Oh, you didn't...)
Until next time!