When I went on maternity, I decided to take on a new project other than my son. I decided to redecorate the entire flat. I live in a converted Victorian House, on the ground floor with a big garden. I am lucky enough to live in a nice part of London Town. In fact, a Bloomberg report stated that the borough I live in has the highest rise in house prices from 2013. It is a family oriented area - a lot of young families in the middle class Crouch End area; there is plenty of entertainment in the Tottenham area; Finsbury Park is great for walking/jogging or just feeding ducks; Wood Green offers high street shopping from H&M, Nike and TK Maxx; Alexandra Palace hosts concerts and summer fetes in their extensive gardens; Muswell Hill has a lot of trendy cafes and restaurants and 2 miles away is the rather expensive Highgate area with its renowned Bishops Avenue (aka Billionares Road). Basically, I can see why this area is the most sought after location and I feel very fortunate.
I have started a new photography series - Shadow Play - where I'm hoping to capture light and darkness. Unfortunately England's summer has started out very badly so I have not had many opportunities to go outside in the sun and capture light and dark in the streets of London. So instead, I am starting the series with glass because I know it captures light so well and because I can play with light in my back garden. I have taken a few photographs and I will be updating the blog post as I go along. For now, here are a few photos.
My mother loves glassware. She collects colourful glassware but she especially loves Swarovski. For years, I never understood why she would shriek with joy when given a Swarovski rabbit for Christmas. However as the years have gone by, I have started to understand the beauty in glass. I visited a glassmaking factory in London last week and I was really impressed with how a glass vase is made, never mind the complex glass with different colours and patterns. It is an art and a skill. I have been collecting some vintage glassware, or at least vintage-looking glassware.
I have been trying so many things during my maternity leave Right now I am infatuated with flowers and I am learning to make potpourri. I bought some beautiful pink flowers and I let them die.
I came across Pawel Kadysz's artistic photography work when I was going through a creative block. I have been on Instagram since 2013 and I like to think of myself as a connoisseur to photography series and projects as I have seen so many of them. However, I have never done a project myself so I took to the internet for some inspiration. I found Pawel Kadysz's Darth Vader series on www.tookapic.com. This app and website are for photographer who like to challenge themselves daily. It is different from Instagram in that this app is like old Instagram which used to be about photography and creativity.