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My name is Helen and I am a Photographer living in England. I started this Blog on the day that my Grandma died, three months after my Father died and several weeks before a third funeral. Initially it was a very personal way to stay connected to the people I'd lost and it helped, it really did. But writing and taking pictures everyday has opened back up a creative side that I had lost during the everyday. A big thank you to my followers, to those who take the time to comment and to new visitors, I hope we will become Blog friends too...

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

do I have to choose?

'A Blaze of Glory'

A glorious red image for the Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge at Bumbles & Light


The tree is in the gardens of Leith Hall in Aberdeenshire, Northen Scotland
I have now visited two National Trust properties in a month, see yesterdays post on Calke Abbey

having not set foot inside one for more years than I can remember.
I used to love period dramas, visiting old sites and houses, Antique shops and of course Antiques Roadshow was never missed. But in the last 10 years my life had gone in a thoroughly modern direction and I have discovered a love for all things minimal and 'happening'

So why this sudden shift back to the past. Its a little odd. The trip to Leith Hall was work (Architectural) and my photography club trip to Clake Abbey was on the recommendation of someone else, so I hadn't really chosen either to waft me back on the winds to my previous loves.

Now I'm in conflict, am I a thoroughly modern Millie or am I an 18th Century candle light chaser?

I can hear my collected bits and bobs unravelling themselves from the newspaper in the garage as we speak but they arn't going to 'go' in my house of all things Habitat and my partner would have a fit if my ink well was positioned next to his modern sculpture - eek, what to do!

And this brings up a contradiction of photography too. We all have our 'Thing That Thrills' the subject I am constructing a lesson about at the moment. The image that we each choose to photograph the most, the thing that gets your pulse racing, gets you out of bed at 5am to go trudging through muddy fields in the dawn mist. And my question is

'can we have the same passion in our photography for two completely different genres'?

How does my love of photographing steel shop shutters glistening in the sun fit with my rekindled love of snapping Ionic columns?

Here is a 'Me Reflected' shot, I was trying to capture the round gates at an interesting angle whilst lost in the magic of Leith Hall gardens and lost in thought over 'what sort of photographer am I?'

Do we have to choose, I hope not!

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful shots! That red tree is amazing! Thanks for joining us in the Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge. I hope you'll be back again on Friday when we move on to our new theme, purple! Have a great day.