The Year in Books :: September

Another month has been and gone, and I still feel as though I might be in a little bit of a reading rut.  I dipped into and read most of Expressive Photography by the Shutter Sisters which is a lovely book to look at and dip into for some photographic inspiration.

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And while I really enjoyed it and found it inspiring, it didn’t really satisfy my craving for a really good gripping book – one with a solid narrative.  So I also turned to an old favourite, Jane Eyre, to try a little bit of rereading.

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I love this book, so I am not feeling guilty for rereading it yet again.  Plus I really love my new copy of the book – my old copy with notes galore – is very nearly read to pieces I have read it so often.  I am taking this one slowly as I know the story so well, I don’t feel the need to race through – it is quite a lovely feeling to mooch through a book with no time restraints or feeling that I should be reading something else.

I also picked up something a little bit different to try in September – The Paper Garden by Molly Peacock.  This biography tells the story of Mrs Delany, who at the age of 72 picked up her scissors and invented the precursor to mixed media collage while making truly astounding likenesses of plants and flowers.  These art works are still used as reference to this day.  This just sounds like such an interesting story, I can’t wait to get stuck in!

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I hope that you have something inspiring on your bookshelves this month – I’d love to know what you’re reading.  Don’t forget you can still join in the Year of Books (of what is left of it) over on Laura’s beautiful blog here.

Organdie. x

Film for August 2014

Oh my!  How much fun was my August camera?!

Even though I only had 8 shots to use, I enjoyed taking this camera out and about with me looking for things to shoot.

The Polaroid Sun 600 was introduced in 1983 and it was amazing fun!  I love how the top lifts up, it feels reassuringly clunky, and don’t even get me started on the amazing swooshy clicky sounds that emanate from this beast of a camera when you press the shutter button. (It is not one for stealthy shooting….)

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So this month I can proudly share all 8 (!) of my photographs – even those which didn’t work as well as the others.  I found that some were too dark and some far too light, and actually trying to adjust this using the exposure slider on the front of the camera didn’t seem to work so well.  I am not sure if this is just on my camera and it is faulty, or if this is a trait of the camera in general.  And in one I got a little excited and got too close to my subject ( the camera has a fixed minimal focal length of around 4 feet).  In any case, I kind of liked waiting the half hour for the film to develop and seeing what the results were.  And the results, whether dark or light, were so dreamy and yummy that it was so worth the wait (I couldn’t help peeking at them all during the half and hour – shhhh)!

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Oh those little squares!  Now where is my wallet – must buy more film!!

Organdie. x