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Here’s a bit of background behind the story of ‘A Lovely Tale‘ and where the idea and inspiration sort of came from.

When I was little we lived in a beautiful Victorian house, it was basically like a giant dollhouse. I suppose it is every little girl’s dream to grow up in an overgrown pink abode with blue shutters and an endless forest, and we briefly lived that fantasy out.

Though, I remember a few days before we were slated to move clear across the country, it suddenly occurred to me that I didn’t have any photos of the house. When you’re eight, the urgency of this seems massively impressive, like once we moved the house would cease to exist entirely – be sucked into some abyss of nothingness.

I was not okay with this.

My reaction at the time, not having access to a camera of my own, was to break out some pencils and paper and camp out on the driveway while feverishly attempting to draw the house in all its glory. You see, it wasn’t even about the house; it was about the memories and the essence of being there. And I felt the need to create some form of imagery in order to remember and preserve it ‘properly’.

Fade to black and fast-forward a bit over a decade, and there I am again, trying to explain this house that we lived in. I felt like my words couldn’t do it justice, so I once again found the nearest pen and scrap of paper and recreated it the only way I knew how. It’s funny how in that moment of recreation, the details weren’t important, but the story and feeling was.

We may remember with certain detail but we retell with imagination. Slowly, that imagination becomes our reality. What if we had photographs to reflect this imaginative reality?

A Lovely Tale is built on this premise and the story inspired from growing up with the backdrop of the aforementioned house.

Stay tuned for a post about the technical side of the process and how these memories are becoming photographic reality!

I thought a bit of classic alliteration would be an appropriate way to announce the fact that I’ve just launched my Kickstarter project for ‘A Lovely Tale’! Woo!

I’m pretty excited about this project and I really want to share it with you. So I’m inviting you to join in: watch as the story comes together, grab some original art, and help me print the project in a beautifully tangible book form. (Plus, as it’s the final project for my Masters Degree, you’ll be helping me graduate with something super awesome to take to future collaborators and employers!)

I’ve also completed the first render for the computer generated component of the story; I’ll be writing about the story and process behind it (along with other images) in the next few weeks! Check out the initial render:

And for those of you who aren’t familiar with the wonderful Kickstarter and how it works, it’s essentially a platform (and community) to help fund creative endeavors by connecting people with awesome ideas to people who want to help make those ideas happen. In return for helping a project reach its predetermined monetary goal, backers (that’s you!) get varying levels of sweet original art in return as a reward. As a twist, your pledge is only taken if the overall fund raising goal is met (teamwork, ya’ll!). Check out more about how Kickstarter works here.

So there you have it – care to help me reach my goal in the next 29 days? Let’s do this!

http://www.alovelytale.com

Technology has become a bit of a game changer in the field of photography.

From basic post-processing in Photoshop to the elaborately artful planning and addition of computer generated elements in shots, the key is to use these tools well. For photographers willing to dive in and tackle the oft complex modeling techniques and overwhelming abundance of icons, this kind of CG/photography (CGography?) collaboration can create extraordinary outcomes. So, what if the process were simpler and more accessible?

Interestingly, these smart folks have recently developed a method that allows you to simply and seamlessly add 3D elements into photographs, where it intuitively accounts for the lighting, shading, etc. All of this without having any scene model or lighting information from the original shot. Genius, right?

See for yourself/Prepare to be blown away:

Will CG be the new Photoshop?

Earlier this summer I heard about the idea of Microadventures – mini adventures that inspire you to take a break from the busy-ness of life and get out and cycle/walk/run/hike/swim/explore somewhere new. Because really, why not?

As I am always a fan of new adventures, I found a fellow adventurous spirit (yes, that’s you Emma) and we set off on our own cycling-inspired microadventure. Despite threatening clouds (and frequent stops to repair Murray, my trusty cycle) we ventured from Belfast to the coast south of Comber, and set up ‘camp’ somewhere under the stars between the incoming tide and field of fresh looking leaks. It was beautiful, indeed.

So without further adieu, I present to you, our visual documentation* of the journey!

*In the spirit of adventure, I opted to experiment with motion instead of still photography. For the record, it’s harder than one might think to hold a camera steady while cycling and trying desperately not to crash…

As a designer and photographer, I love how inspiration can be found in so many place, how a bit of fresh air and 24 hours without a computer does wonders for the brain! Needless to say, I’m definitely addicted to the idea of microadventures; now I just need to find a bag that’s bigger on the inside to fit enough layers for warmth in the coming winter…

As I’ve just returned back to Belfast from being in Arizona over the summer, I thought I’d share a bit of photographic evidence of Arizona’s beautiful diversity! Do enjoy.

    

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