People are intriguing , our postures, facial expressions, our ability to go into a trance even in the most hectic of places. We are full of habits and emotions . Sometimes busy in our own lives we forget to take a minute to just observe, to study the going-ons around us. I am always surprised when doing street photography by the amount of ‘ walking-by stories’ going on, everyone has their own unique story. I have seen people dancing in the streets! people arguing, throwing stuff at each other in an uncontrolled fit. I am always amused by people falling asleep on the trains in London, particularly people at lunchtime! have they missed their stop? People make me laugh with their loudly spoken ” secret” phone calls , cryptic name-drops and put downs. Whenever I go out their always seems to be an old man or a small group of old men, chilling out watching the world go by, always happy to speak to me and find out what I am up to. The pigeons weave their way around the people, their lives seems so much more simple then ours.
So its January and I am ready to start a new year ! whoop whoop. I have about 100 new year resolutions ( none of them as elaborate as Mark Zuckerberg’s ) stuff like; make time to do my hair nicely and paint my nails before they start to chip and look like a 2 year old painted them! I have also promised myself to start a yoga class, I have promised self this every January for about 6 years , but i will do it….tomorrow 😉 . Also I have put more time aside to do more social stuff, like going to the cinema and swimming ect, basically its all about doing fun stuff i like and trying to be more positive, I can be a little stressed out and busy ( hence the yoga ) .
Also the results for my Christmas card designs are in ! ….. The card that sold the most in shops is …… Hastings Fishing Huts !. I thought it might be popular, so next year I will be adding Brighton and London scenes to my list of designs. Any other ideas let me know 🙂 .
POSITIVE THOUGHT – Because January can be a little bit depressing at times !
Fresh thought for 2015 – All of those difficult experiences, will nearly always add-up to something positive, even though when they are happening it never feels like any positive will come of it.
This is an exercise I have seen in several self-help books and I have found it works for me, so give it a try. Think of something in the last year that has been tough to experience, then think what you have learnt from it and the positive that has come of the learning process.
My example – I had a small operation that had complications, it was scary at the time and now requires check-ups , which still scares me… but I have learnt that I am more compassionate because of it and the positive is that I am now challenging myself more and finding the time for others when once i was too ‘ busy’ .
Photography by me of course x
Here’s a peek at my Christmas cards that I designed for shops and to be sold on my new ( as of yesterday ) Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/RaaKelArthouse .
I created my cards by first hand drawing my little Christmassy characters, then scanning them, then finally photoshoping.
One of my images from the project Somme. This image remains one of my favourites, but did not make the final cut as its alittle different in tone and style to the others. This is a 35mm film image that I processed and printed myself in the darkroom.
Untitled 2014 Exhibition opens today until saturday . http://www.facebook.com/pages/untitled-2014
I will be exhibiting along with 13 other contemporary art photographers at The Menier Gallery, London Bridge. The exhibition runs from 20th – 24th May 2014. The gallery is open 11am -6pm tues,wed, thurs and saturday. Friday 11.00am -8.00pm . On a Thursday there is a private view from 6pm til 9pm. For more information find us on facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/untitled-2014 . Look forward to seeing people there