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Apparently today is blue Monday, so here’s some warm, cheerful yellow! ūüėä

Oh, and this is my 200th post on this blog!

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© image by Emily Hughes, 2017

winter star

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© images by Emily Hughes, 2017

eddy and whirl

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I have photographed skeleton leaves before here and here. An endlessly fascinating subject, they look like intricate filigree in shades of gold and silver. I like to play with the focus: moving in; moving out, like breathing. Making the leaves pirouette on my lens; the eddies and whirls and swirls of nature. I always hold my breath when I press the shutter… then I wait for the magic.

© words and images by Emily Hughes, 2017

salt water pastels

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I spent hours photographing these pretty coastal blooms with my macro lens (and no tripod!) on top of a windy Bodega head, captivated by their abundantly gorgeous array of pastel candy shades, like the tangy-sweet salt water taffy we gorged ourselves on. Up close they look like perfect wedding bouquets. Though I have searched I haven’t been able to locate their name, so I would love if someone could tell me what they¬†are called.

 

© images by Emily Hughes, 2016

the little things

I love macro photography. It forces you to slow down, and take notice of what is around you. There is something really so wonderfully involved about focussing in on the minutiae of life. It’s a bit like discovering a secret world – the more you delve into it, the more you want to explore.

And suddenly something as small and insignificant as a blade of grass can take centre stage, and become, well, a thing of pure wonder.

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© words and images Emily Hughes, 2015

breathe

When I push the shutter release, I close my eyes.

(Annelies Strba, from Shades of Time)

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breathe, 2014

I have¬†done a lot of¬†reflecting during this holiday period. I’ve read a lot of blog posts and facebook updates about fresh starts and being thankful and realising what’s important, and all that. I’m not knocking any of it. It’s all good and true, of course.¬†It’s been refreshing, and¬†liberating, to have some time to just be without the pressures of work and the day-to-day¬†(of course I know this is only a temporary state, so I’m bracing myself for the full onslaught which comes with¬†immersing myself back into the¬†deep end of life). One thing which has struck me head on, though, throughout all the¬†great stuff¬†(and there is lots of great stuff!) is just how¬†busy 2014 has been. And not entirely in a good way. I always like being busy. I need busy. But I have¬†learned it is definitely¬†not¬†good to¬†busy yourself to the point that you find yourself¬†collapsing in a crumpled heap over¬†the finish line on your hands and knees with a¬†white¬†flag between your teeth. It ends, usually, in tears, frustration and wounds, the kind of which you can’t¬†slap a plaster on;¬†the kind which take¬†much time and effort¬†to heal. It benefits no-one in the end, least of all you.

So at the start of this year. This shiny, brand spanking new clean sheet of a year, I am going to gift myself some much needed advice.

Just give yourself a moment.

Just breathe.
Breathe in
and out.

Look.
Close your eyes
and
see.

 

Happy New Year to all, and I wish you a peaceful, fulfilling and inspiring year ahead.

 

© images and words Emily Hughes, 2015

opalescence

 

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It’s been an up-and-down few weeks, and I haven’t been as active on here as I would like to be. Getting the time to post is proving more and more difficult, unfortunately. I went back to my little skeleton leaves, and decided I hadn’t quite finished¬†with them. I had a feeling they would work well as layers. I use this technique a lot in my images, and it’s a surprisingly creative and enjoyable process in which unexpected things often emerge. Here, it served to enhance the shimmery opalescent shades – which were just the merest suggestions before – to create something light and lustrous, and a little bit summery.

 

 

 

 

© images and content Emily Hughes, 2014

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