"Although it may not seem like it, this is not a story about darkness. It's about light. Your joy can only fill you as deeply as your sorrow has carved you - and one day, I'm going to hold a lot of joy." - Karen Moning ✨ This last weekend has been lovely - I've been in Ireland, wild swimming in the sea during the hot afternoons and playing strip ping-pong in the evening! Life is light, life is good! I feel weirdly displaced without my 365, but the extra time is wonderful - the book is complete and I'm going to be offering prints in the next week! β˜ΊοΈπŸ™ŒπŸ» More details to come, but first, SPARKLERS! ✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨
363/365 πŸŒ™ Lights will guide you home. (Or to a field of wheat on the side of the M1) Into the last three portraits of this series, and my oh my, shooting today's was exactly what it's all about :-) I had a beaaautiful day, watching and shooting two love-birds tie the knot, and getting a bit emotional and feeling damn lucky this is my job. We finished the wedding just as it was going dark, and I then proceeded to throw myself in the nearest field before the light completely went on the motorway - the whole thing was a giggle, the whole thing was a total wing-it situation, and exactly why I took up this project - to end up in places I wouldn't be otherwise, to see the sky from a different angle in some unknown field, because why not? Anyway, I am shattered and need to get to bed! Night, all :-) x
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362/365 Grow Till Tall Today I am listening to JΓ³nsi and feeling pretty damn on top of the world! Back to the poppies while the sun is still shining, squeezing one last fairytale shot into this series while I still can ;) Now I gotta go do some editing, charge some batteries for tomorrow's wedding and do some admin! Admin, pfft, whose terrible idea was that?! πŸ™„πŸ˜‰
358/365 Red ❀️ Chuffed to bits with the efforts put in by my party, and chuffed to learn that so many people turned out to vote! To gain 29 seats under such an aggressive character assassination attempt from the media was a huge feat. I'm not so chuffed with the mess that's left behind, but I suppose that's the risk you take when you call a vanity election while there's so much division between left and right. Anyway, I spent today searching for a poppy field with @nhportraits! And I'm just gonna leave this here 😊
Thinking For Yourself. 357/365 Today is a Big Day for the UK. I have a wonderful, diverse group of friends and acquaintances (and hopefully followers on here, too) and I've always tried to be open-minded and curious when it comes to developing my own views - be it political, religious (or non religious), or otherwise. Whoever you vote for today (and you have until 10pm to do so) I hope that everyone has really seriously thought about their attitudes and reasons behind the manifesto and policies their party is putting forward. I hope everyone has questioned the media, I hope everyone has listened -curiously - to a broad range of opinions rather than just what they have always been raised to listen to, and questioned those opinions and their own responses to them. I know I have, and that's why I'm proud to be supporting Labour this year, their manifesto speaks volumes about a society I'd be proud to live in, even if that means I pay more tax and have to work harder. Thriving economically means thriving mentally and physically first, to me. Resolving conflict starts with listening and understanding to me. Regardless of the outcome, I'm going to continue being a friendly person who tries to engage and understand other people as much as I can. Thanks to everyone on my social media who has shared their own political opinions and articles for me to soak up this year, it's been great. Over and out! πŸ’ƒ
355/365 πŸƒπŸ’¦πŸ™ŒπŸ» I'm homeeee! Already missing the beautiful french airbnb we stayed at - @nhportraits and I spent the morning swimming and diving and absorbing every last bit France had for us! Since developing alopecia over 10yrs ago, swimming and getting my hair wet had been quite out of my comfort zone - I was supppper self-conscious about the bald spots showing through the wet hair. So swimming today was just a lovely moment for me - especially to be able to have a long full head of hair again, after spending the last few years really looking after it/myself. I should probably do a blog on this in more depth at some point! ANYWAY, there's a happy Rosie in the arms of a happy cat right now. Night, all! 😊 (Wearing my pretty @theofficialpandora charm bracelet! #DOPandora #DoDiveIn!!! πŸ˜‹πŸ’¦)
352/365 Tale As Old As Time πŸ—πŸ’ƒ Just casually hanging in my ballroom! I'm up early to shoot the wedding today, still dragging my jaw around this place - it's incredible! Must fly, pictures need a-takin'! ☺️ (silly Instagram won't fit the amazing chandelier into the frame, so I'll post this on my story!)
351/365 I'm in the South of France! :D Staying in the most ridiculously beautiful chateau overlooking Grasse with Natalie, feeling massively lucky! We got here and skipped around the place in awe, it honestly feels like I'm in the Beauty & The Beast castle! I swear the candlesticks will start singing any minute! Anyway - batteries are charging and I need charging too! Night, magical world 😊
348/365 Alone one evening, in a field full of flowers, mulling over my capacity to love. 🌼 β€œThe capacity to be alone is the capacity to love. It may look paradoxical to you, but it's not. It is an existential truth: only those people who are capable of being alone are capable of love, of sharing, of going into the deepest core of another person - without possessing the other, without becoming dependent on the other, without reducing the other to a thing, and without becoming addicted to the other. They allow the other absolute freedom, because they know that if the other leaves, they will be as happy as they are now. Their happiness cannot be taken by the other, because it is not given by the other.” - Osho
347/365 πŸ›©οΈ Up, up and away! Back into the skies for me, today I'm flying to Ireland for a few days, and then off to France on Friday! Knuckling down and cracking on with some work in a different place is pretty darn refreshing and is weirdly helping me focus. Also, can't believe I haven't done a paper aeroplane shot yet! Missed a trick there πŸ˜‰
Why is the sky blue? A fair enough question, and one I have learned the answer to several times. Yet, every time I try to explain it to someone or remember it to myself, it eludes me. Now I like to remember the question alone, as it reminds me that my mind is essentially a sieve, that I am mortal. The part I do remember: that the blue of the sky depends on the darkness of empty space behind it. In which case blue is something of an ecstatic accident produced by void and fire. - Maggie Nelson (Bluets) One of my favourite quotes for a beautiful blue-sky day. β˜€οΈ 344/365
A World Needing Repair 342/365 "Some nights, I will stay awake, and let the sorrows of the world tear me apart. But then, I must allow the joys of the world to put me back together - different from before, but whole once again." - Oriah Mountain Dreamer Not been able to stop thinking about the poor families involved in the Manchester tragedy all day. I've been remembering my own initial grief and the shock this time last year - every minute that passed felt like a lifetime in the wrong direction, towards a life that held no interest to me whatsoever. Hoping those people can find light in absolutely anything that brings them comfort πŸ˜”πŸ
"What can I say that I have not said before? So I’ll say it again. The leaf has a song in it. A stone is the face of patience. Inside the river there is an unfinishable story, and you are somewhere in it, and it will never end until all ends." - Mary Oliver πŸƒ I sent this poem to him the day he left the world. Both of us none-the-wiser that it would be the day one of us carried on floating down the river alone. I had a little cry in the car tonight, it felt better afterwards. I had a beautiful day today in nature with @ninapangphotography, we marvelled at how big the trees were, how the stones got there, we felt them and might have even been a bit naked in the waterfall at one point... It was lovely to feel part of it all today. Today my heart felt so full it might just have spilled over a bit ❀️ 340/365
Rest Your Head. 339/365 So it turns out I've bodged up the numbering of my 365 and I'm actually further along than I've been logging! Whoops! A quick one for me today because I'm off to watch Brian Cox Live, which I've been looking forward to for MONTHS! I felt a bit wobbly last night after doing some soul-diving, and then proceeded to have a weird dream in which I gave birth (painlessly) to a toddler named Teresa. Any translation suggestions for that one?! πŸ˜‚
The Last Dandelion 335/365 β€œWhat I need is the dandelion in the spring. The bright yellow that means rebirth instead of destruction. The promise that life can go on, no matter how bad our losses. That it can be good again.” - Suzanne Collins Today I was going to do a shot in a beautiful field of dandelions, but alas, when I went outside they'd all been mowed away :-( So instead, the last dandelion remains <3
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