While I am definitely a huge fan of my digital camera and Adobe suite, I quite like to experiment with vintage cameras with light leaks and old film and all that jazz. (Super hipster, I know.) It’s kind of like an old school version of Photoshop built right into shooting… how cool is that?!

These were shot on a Coronet Cadet I adapted to use 35mm film (using a bit of handy dandy BluTac)…. clearly a couple light leaks, but I think they turned out kind of cool no less!

  

While wondering around London’s Southbank Festival of Britain festivities earlier today, I bumped into a swell little exhibit atop the roof of the Hayword Gallery that I thought I’d share!

The photos, part of a series entitled ‘Helmand’, are by photographer Robert Wilson, where he photographed closeups of troops in Afghanistan’s conflict region a few years ago. I suppose there are a lot of photo series covering the war and things around that, but it was interesting to see the story told through straight portraits. It was kind of like each photo told an entire story of its own – of each person’s experience – in a kind of in-your-face but contemplative way. ‘Twas also super cool to see it out in the open air on a roof which added to overall impact, I think!

 

To check out more of the series and see some of Robert Wilson’s other work visit his site here.

I’m excited to be attending the Magnum Professional Practice event in Liverpool this weekend, thanks to the fine folks at IdeasTap!

I submitted a series of five images from an ongoing exploration of the relationship between the subject and environment in portraiture photography (check out the submitted ones here) and was selected as one of ten applicants to receive a bursary place to attend the conference! It is led by industry professionals and sponsored by the reknowned photo agency, Magnum Photos.

Lots of excellent photographers will be speaking and doing workshops, so it promises to be quite exciting! While I am sure they will all be awesome, I’m particularly looking forward to hearing Jessica Crombie, humanitarian photographer and founder of Humanising Photography, whom I have long admired!

I think Alastair Humphreys is my new hero.

Actually, I’m pretty sure he is. Having cycled around the world (including a stint in a canoe) and written excitingly about it, Humphreys is a proper adventurer who is all about embracing life while we have it. Also, he decided he wanted to take photos to document this, so he bought a camera and started taking a photo a day; awesome!


Photo by Alastair Humphreys

You can probably see a trend here in my inspiration series, that I greatly admire people who follow their passions no matter what they are or how crazy they seem. Seriously, what would you tell me if I said I was going to drop everything and cycle around the world? How awesome would it be if I didn’t care and went and had the time of my life anyway?

I guess my equivalent of river jumping was when I quite firmly decided the following four things:
1) I wanted to make the world prettier through unique visual communication
2) I wanted to make design and photography accessible
3) I wanted to live a lifestyle where I could afford to travel and experience new places
3) I wanted to find a way to make a living off of it

Hence, in 2009, LiveLaugh was officially born. It was my river.

Passion wins, every time.

Today’s inspiration comes in the form of spoken word poet, Sarah Kay. I was originally introduced to Sarah Kay a year or so ago (when a friend sent me a link to ‘Hands’), and recently rediscovered her work and was blown away all over again.

While she’s not a visual artist, so to speak, I am hugely inspired by her passion and perspective on life.

“I use spoken word to help my students rediscover wonder. To fight their instincts to be cool and unphased and instead actively pursue being engaged with what is going on around them, so that they can reinterpret and create something from it.”

The above video is from TED2011, in which she talks about how she got started in spoken word poetry and how she evolved into who she is today because of pursuing that love. It’s well worth a watch (or two), as her passion is super inspiring and it’s a lovely story of how she embarked on an adventure to do what she loved and share it with others. We can all learn something from that!

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