News - What's on my mind? wk3

what about capturing the day to day?

Posted by Linda Gransby on

I've been focussing (ha! get it?) on taking images every day.  This way I learn more about my camera as I use it regularly, but I'm looking at my day to day life rather than just special occasions and holidays (how i wish I'd got photos of me at work to show my children) What about documenting the everyday - your everyday?..... If you had an album of how your great grandmother and grandfather lived their daily lives, wouldn't that be the most compelling and interesting book to leaf through? So why not create that for your future family.  A...

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Family Secrets

Posted by Linda Gransby on

  I have a beautiful Victorian photo album, passed on from my grandparents.  Its leather bound, a weighty volume with a rusty metal clasp, and when I open the pages I smell that musty, stale aroma that often accompanies old books.  I often retrieve it from the shelf, settle down on my sofa with a cuppa, and slowly turn the pages, looking at the faces of my distant family peering back at me from the sepia coloured images.  I muse over their lives, what the occasion of the photograph was….  Was it a once in a lifetime chance to visit...

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....don't shoot me, I'm going to be controversial...

Posted by Linda Gransby on

This is something I've been thinking about for a while, I'd like to know what you think.... Are we spending too long on the artistic creation of our pages?  If you're anything like me, you'll look at Pinterest and be excited by these wonderful art pages.  You know the ones I mean, with one photo and lots of paint and textures, or hours of fussy cutting?I feel as though we have lost sight of the original reason we make scrapbooks.  There seems to be so much hype around these beautiful one photo pages, with multi medium backgrounds.Have we forgotten the...

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....are you creating memory albums with amnesia?

Posted by Linda Gransby on

My inherited family album sits in pride of place in my bookshelf. I love it. A weighty tome, with gold edged pages, thick card inserts and beautiful watercolour decorated frames around each photo. Photos of stiff Victorian men, and women in amazing dresses and headgear look out at me from the pages. Getting your photo taken back in the day was not a 5 minute task, it was an occasion. It involved making time on your precious day off, putting on your Sunday best clothes and taking a trip to a photographers studio... probably by train or 'charabang' to the nearest...

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