Posts tagged photography
{To share} A space to call my own

For a while now, I have been feeling dissatisfied with my website and blog. Neither had done anything seriously wrong. In fact... they had both been good to me for a few years now. But I couldn't shake the feeling that things just weren't right.

I looked at ways to change them, to fit with the ascetic and tone that I had grown into. I subconsciously began to ignore them, hoping the feelings would pass. Moving from Cape Town to Edinburgh, then to London with all the joys, trials and travels in between only added to those feelings. Finally, I realised that despite the good times, they just didn't fit anymore. It wasn't all bad. I had found a love for photography, I was drawn to a more minimal style and in embracing these changes I found my voice again. *Ahem. Not in a cheesy Little Mermaid kind of way.*

This brings me to the present where, after a few months of tinkering and editing, I have combined everything into a sparkling new site to call my own. It is a work in progress, but aren't we all. Thank you to endless support from the ever patient, amazing boyfriend, family and a handful of wonderful friends. Huge amounts of gratitude and love to you all.

Have a look at designerisms.net and drop me a line if you have any feedback on the contact page. Thanks for stopping by and see you again soon!

{To wander} My first visit to Edinburgh

The second I walked off the train, onto the platform at Waverley Station, I was in awe of this city. On my left stood the gloriously historical, hodge-podge skyline of Old Town, while the Georgian elegance of  New Town's Princes Street sat neatly in contrast to my right.

The architecture in Edinburgh is so varied and so wonderful. Even Waverley Station inspires! Here are some shots I took during my wanders around Old Town. The famous Victoria Street's double layer,  curve and colours house a mixture of shops from books and nick-nacks to coffee and I spent a thoughtful couple of hours walking through Greyfriar's Churchyard.

The closes are tiny and one can get blissfully lost wandering off the Royal Mile and find gems like The Devil's Advocate Pub, or the Writer's Museum...

I spent my first visit to Edinburgh without a smartphone, which in hindsight was a blessing in disguise. I allowed myself to get lost, but if I needed to, I turned to paper maps and actually used my noggin for a change. I really love the city's abundance of coffee shops, galleries,  print shops, and bookshops. Creativity is everywhere and the temperamental weather, going from cloudy to warm and sunny in minutes, coupled with the lush greenery, cobbled streets and confused alleyways and striking architecture all together make me want to write, paint and photograph until the day is done. No wonder so many literary greats were based in this city. Look up. This is so important whilst travelling. With heads down focused on phones or arbitrary conversation, we miss so much. Above you can see what I mean about the glorious hodge-podge. of buildings.

Flowers hang from most pubs and many windows and as you can see, summer really does show off in the UK. Here you can see a good view of Scott's Monument, and little Greyfriars Bobby. The inscription on this memorial says:

“A tribute to the affectionate fidelity of Greyfriars Bobby. In 1858 this faithful dog followed the remains of his master to Greyfriars Churchyard and lingered near the spot until his death in 1872, with permission erected by Baroness Burdett-Coutts.”

Filament Coffee on Victoria St makes a damn good flat white. The reading material is equally great. Hip, so very hip.  Delightfully reminiscent of Cape Town in many ways. It is said that the over 350 year old George Heriot's School inspired J.K.Rowling's Hogwarts. I saw this quote whilst walking, during my first night in Edinburgh. Rather fitting I must say. Too true Tolkien. Who cares if I was lost at the time?

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There's something so delicious of being in a completely new place. Check in soon for more from my first visit to Scotland's capital. Over and out.

{To wander} Woodstock, Cape Town
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Following the end of our photography course, a group of us decided to get together and explore Woodstock in Cape Town, an area once thought to be a run down, possibly dangerous area, it has become popular over the past few years amongst the creative and entrepreneurial. Apart from the ever popular Old Biscuit Mill's buzzing Neighbourhood Goods Market and Woodstock Exchange, there is also a wonderful community, most of whom were friendly all along the way, some even offering advice on how to get the best shots. Yes, there is poverty and there are areas you walk through a little quicker, but this wander gave me a great perspective and I hope the following photos illustrate that:

{To wander} Hikes on Lion's Head
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Ah Cape Town, how you bless us so with your glorious scenery and hikes a mere few minutes from the city centre. Such a wonderful way to clear the head and make one feel teeny tiny in the big scheme of things. I won't ramble today, instead I leave you with a few photos from our most recent walk up Lion's Head. Thank you to Sister and Roomie for the mini adventure.

Learning and light painting
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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:

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