I am in awe of the gorgeous subtlety, the use of light and minimal colours in this video. Add some inspirational calm to your Monday and give it a look.
Photography. Hold that camera, set it to auto, take the shot, and you're golden right? Not so much. Having sat on my interest in photography for far too long, I bought a great little SLR camera (a Nikon D3200) and decided to get serious. However, saving for my move across the world to Edinburgh later this year, coupled with the camera purchase, left me rather short of any excess cash. So you can imagine my excitement when I won a basic course in photography with Fast Forward in Cape Town.
I am a giddy student, notebook in tow, enjoying every moment. Photography is a serious art. I knew nothing about aperture, shutter speed and ISO before this, and whilst I always appreciated talented photographers, and their choice of composition, I didn't realise how tricky it is. I have loved learning something new and joining a wonderful group of students on their journey to photography greatness. What I have particularly enjoyed learning is how it is ALL ABOUT LIGHT. If you shoot in good lighting, it's hard to go too wrong. If you think about life in terms of light... focusing on the light (the goodness) the darkness seems to fall away, as naturally and simply as switching on a light in a dark room. That's some food for thought for today. :) If there is something that you have been thinking about doing or studying for a long time... do it. I can't tell you how truly fulfilling it is.
Last night we had our light painting practical lesson or what was really two hours of fun, playing with flashes and fairy lights and generally feeling like creative kids again. This was the highlight of my week, my choice moment to share with you all with creativity:
As the days grow warmer here in South Africa, I have been thinking of a well known quote by a french philosopher:
In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. Albert Camus
I love the idea of having all that you need at hand, and simply realising it makes it accessible. No one is born shy or afraid, we develop negative traits through influence and knocks. Ironically, it's often a really difficult experience/hard knock that helps you tap into that internal strength out of pure necessity. The trick is to hold onto that strength and carry it forward, knowing that you are capable and great instead of accepting thoughts of inadequacy and being surprised when you achieve something.
I know this seems awfully deep for a Friday, but my own experiences, as well as seeing friends doubt themselves lately, led to recurring thoughts about how wonderful they are and how unfounded those doubts are. Claim your greatness guys! Go forth and conquer :)
On that note, here are some rather pretty typographic designs and illustrations to delight and inspire as Spring moves into Summer.
A quick side note, if you haven't see Anna Rifle's look book yet, do yourself a favour and check it out here.
I cannot contain my excitement after watching the trailer for Wes Anderson's new movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel (thanks to my dear friend Romy for the share). Grand indeed! Never one to disappoint, the King of awkward quirkiness seems to have done it again with yet another wonderful dose of escapism. The tale of a hotel concierge taking a lobby boy under his wing looks to be full of comedy and mystery as they find themselves caught up in the theft of a famous painting. It's an all-star cast, of course, and the trailer promises numerous random statements, running long distances, glorious set design and script, all coated with Wes's brilliance and weird, whimsical charm. Set for release March 7, 2014. Watch it here and thank me later.
I really, really like this work. BMD is a graphic design studio that has taken a different approach to design and lettering and do it oh so well. They excel in illustration and lettering, particularly in watercolour, and have produced incredible pieces like the ones below by hand. The raw edges and detail are amazing. To the talented persons over at BMD, I salute you, and you inspire me.