Anansi and tiny machines

My husband was cutting the hedge the other day so I took my camera into the front garden and looked for tiny things to take pictures of.

I’m not sure if this little beastie is really a shape-shifting trickster in disguise, but I’ve been watching American Gods, so…

The more closely I look at insects, the more I think they look like tiny machines.

I took both of these pictures with a Polaroid macro lens attachment on an 18-55mm Sony lens that came with my Sony Alpha a550. The camera is about seven years old and was Sony’s mid-range dSLR at the time, the lens is a kit lens (you know, the ones everyone always says are crap) and the macro attachment was £12 from eBay or Amazon a few years ago.

I know that if I spent lots of money on an actual macro lens, I’d be able to achieve greater magnification, but since I don’t have that much money to spend on something that I only do occasionally (I get a kick out of macro photography, but it’s definitely not my main thing) I really enjoy discovering what I can do with older and cheaper kit.

The reason I’m talking about my tools here is that it drives me crazy to see people insisting that you absolutely must have the newest and most expensive equipment. If you’re doing something creative for enjoyment, the best gear is the gear you can afford, the gear you can actually own and use. Don’t wait until you can buy the best of the best, or the latest and greatest. Get what you can get, learn how it works and go create art!


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Gentle lasers

These little beauties live in our front garden. When we moved in last year, they had been trampled almost to death by whoever had lived here before. We weren’t sure if they were going to grow back, but they did and they’re gorgeous.

With the shallow depth of field and the shape of the leaves behind, it looks like lasers. Or it does to me, because my brain and eyes do weird things.

Nothing to do with flowers or brains, but as I’m typing this there’s a tiny bird at the feeder and Doug Nuts the squirrel (we’ve named it that. I don’t know if that’s what it calls itself) is sitting on the lawn beneath it. The bird is taking nuts out of the feeder, eating one itself, then dropping one down to Doug. I thought it was coincidence at first, but I’ve now watched it happen three times in a row.

Nature is a source of great fascination today!


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Summer Abstractions

Inspired by the beautiful colours in the garden, I combined two of my favourite creative tools – acrylic paint and my camera – to create these abstract pieces. The full-size painting is only A5, so still pretty small, and it was created specifically so that I could take close-up photographs of tiny segments of it. I forgot how much fun it is to do this! I took the photos under bright sunlight to capture the shine of the metallic acrylic paint and the vibrancy of the colours.

Mist and magic

A different kind of beautiful day ❤

In the years since this morning

In the years since this morning
Bruises have blossomed
I’ve become fiction
You’ve become d u s t

(I don’t know what any of it means. It just arrived in my head like this. Make up something interesting if you want)

My picture/words/make-up/face.

Summer on the road

Flowers blatantly ignoring the orders of the double yellow lines.
Shot and processed with a Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

Clementine

Self-portrait, inspired by the lyrics of Clementine by Sarah Jaffe.

We were young
We didn’t care
Is it gone?
It’s gone
It’s floating in the air
I changed my mind
Now I feel indifferent
All that time, wasted
I wish I was a little more delicate