to the shore (for my mum)

For those who seek strength at this time of year, Emily x

shore, 2013

She ran down to the seashore because he had told her to run, and she didn’t know where else to go. Her faithful chocolate lab, Chess, galloping at her side, long pink tongue flapping in the wind. It was cold – bitingly cold – so she pulled the hood of her fur-lined anorak tightly around her face, still smarting with indignation. At least she had had the foresight to grab her coat; silly she hadn’t thought to change her shoes, she scolded herself regretfully and rather pointlessly as she felt the wet sand squelch uncomfortably into her flimsy ballet slippers and between her toes. When she got there she didn’t know what to do so she stood and threw stones into the shallow water, watching the ripples expand and disappear. Through her tear-filled eyes the horizon looked pleasantly blurry. In fact, it was as if the whole world was out of focus, at that very moment. She watched the tide wrinkle in and out, gently, rhythmically, for some time. It was something she could rely on. As sure as her breath: in-out, in-out. She turned to look at Chess, whose eager brown eyes were fixed on her as he panted noisily, awaiting instruction it seemed. But she had none to give. Her frenzied gaze steadied, resting on the horizon ahead. As she looked on, she realised at that moment that she didn’t know what was coming next, but whatever it was, it didn’t scare her. Suddenly, decisively, she turned her sodden, sand-caked heels away from the shore and didn’t look back.

This image is available to buy in my artfinder shop.

© image and words by Emily Hughes, 2013 and 2016

 

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Beach days

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© images and content Emily Hughes and searchingtosee, 2013

Rolleiflex

At last I have some recent images from my beloved rolleiflex to share.

These were all taken this summer in Sidmouth, Devon and various locations in France.

I didn’t make any adjustments to the images apart from the odd minor crop or straightening of a wonky horizon as I wanted to show them as they are (although some of them would work really well in black and white) This constitutes two rolls of film (you get 12 to a roll), so I was pleased I got so many images I liked considering focusing was pretty hard (the focusing screen is very dark on my camera), and framing can also be quite tricky. I was also guessing a lot with exposure as my light meter is broken.

For those who are interested I used Fuji Reala which is a print colour film (C-41) 100 ASA. It was out of date which probably accounts for the graininess and the slightly antique colour cast they have. For some I used a tripod but most were handheld.

© images and content Emily Hughes and searchingtosee, 2012

Flower Friday

Summer is drawing to a close and I can already feel the chilled breath of Autumn in the air, so it had to be the sunflower today to remind me of holidays, balmy evenings, and the warmth of the sun’s rays on my skin.

We came across fields and fields of sunflowers whilst driving through France, in various stages of their life-cycles from young, proud and vibrant to dwindling and decaying.

I love to look at these giants of the flower world up close, with their gentle nodding heads turned shyly to the ground.

© Emily Hughes and searchingtosee, 2012

Contemplation

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Contemplation, a photo by Rednaxela13 on Flickr.

Back from holidays! Here’s a picture of me enjoying a peaceful moment thinking and writing (I know I look miserable – I wasn’t, just deep in thought!). Hope everyone is ok, looking forward to catching up.

Emilyx

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