Edinburgh is a dream

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I will declare it now just to get it out the way:

I love Edinburgh.

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James had to put up with me saying that over and over for four days straight, but in my defence I don’t understand why no one has told me how bloody lovely it is. It was a shock to the system. Imagine aliens visiting us and Area 51 are like ‘yeah, well, it’s no surprise’ but the rest of the world (other than those preparing for that day to come) are like ‘what?!?! Why didn’t we know?!’ and we would constantly look at each other, maybe nervous giggle – very English – and say ‘can you believe aliens are taking over the world? lol’. 

That’s how I feel. How was this secret kept from me? lol.

Needless to say, I instantly felt at home there.

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I have only edited my favourite photos of the trip so far, but I was never really going to write a post about my holiday anyway – yet here we are.

So just a quickie

We had the most gorgeous little apartment over looking Grassmarket and at the bottom of my newly favourite street in the world, Victoria Street. We bought some Scottish decorations for every Christmas here on out. Harry Potter is absolutely everywhere. Oh and the Christmas market is amazing, please let me go back at the start of pay day.

Then then then

As we were driving back home it was snowing and the mountains were blanketed, it was all so beautiful and I LOVE EDINBURGH! Bugger, I said it again. I’m sorry, it’s like an illness.

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So that’s all for now. I just needed an outlet for this feeling.

Thank you!

And Merry Christmas!

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Summer Project Back To Life

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Oh hi strangers, I’ve not been around for a bit have I? I haven’t forgotten about you I was just living life, you know. So my July and August project of taking photos of my everyday life on film hasn’t been discarded, I’ve taken the photos, I just haven’t shared them. But I am here to do that right now for week two!

I’m not a perfectionist and I don’t care about details but I’ve used four films so far so I’m assuming I’m using a film a week. Possibly. For this film I used my Olympus Trip MD3, which is super easy to use, you don’t have to think about anything. Well you can, like what to have for dinner tonight, or if you can go one more day not washing your hair – what no I wouldn’t do that… This week had ups and downs if I remember correctly, hence the face plant photo but it’s all cool, that’s part of it. Enjoy!

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July And August / 62 Days / Summer Challenge

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I had planned to write this post yesterday on the 1st, but instead I spent the hottest day ever recorded in England for July in Greenwich. Apparently it was hotter than Hawaii, the Bahamas, the Canaries, and even the Sahara Desert. Apparently; I haven’t actually done any research other than read a few news headlines. I didn’t know at the time it was officially a record breaking day, I just knew while we were walking around London, having a picnic, on a boat, and then walking back up that MASSIVE hill in the the park that I was dripping with sweat, where as I don’t usually walk around London dripping with sweat. Maybe the give away was the instant relief when we would stop in at a shop with air-conditioning, and then leaving it feeling like we’ve just walked into an oven. I don’t think my thinking went past ‘Wow, it is boiling today. I really fancy an ice cream. Swimming would be fun. Speaking of swimming, what’s that dripping down my arms? Oh.. Sweat.. I really fancy an ice cream.’ But heat fries your thinking. In fact I was in the exact same place on Sunday (when these photos were taken) and I wasn’t dripping with sweat. Too much detail? I’m all showered, squeaky clean with a fan blaring at my face as I write this, if that’s better imagery. I’m into it though, the heat. But I would also be into air-conditioning in English homes.

So back to the post, today I am sharing with you my summer challenge. Think 365 photo project, but 303 less days and it’ll be more random, especially when it comes to posting the outcome on my blog BECAUSE (drum roll please) I will be using only film * and the crowd goes wild*. I aim to take photos every day, but as film is unpredictable maybe nothing will come out. NOTHING AT ALL. Will that be my excuse when I don’t post anything for a while because I forgot to take photos? You will never know.

Film is my thing. If it wasn’t for film I would be significantly less interested in photography. I have a collection of cameras that is far beyond what you see in my photo – an unofficial collection that happened without me even realising – and I just want to experiment with them. I have lots of out of date film that I want to try out, not even sure why I was hoarding them, and there are even cameras I don’t recognise (so I assume they are my parents cameras) with film half way used in them. Assuming stupid teenage Emily has already opened the back once to see what was going on, I am going to finish them to really see what’s going on. Whatever that means.

I have APS film that when out of date in 2004 – I was 13 so I’m sure they aren’t mine. I have poloroid film that I been putting off using for years because they discontinued them. I have a throw away camera from 2012 – why? 120mm film, black and white film, a fish eye lens, are you even still reading?, a box brownie (that’s not food), a Diana with a 120mm and a 35mm back, and a camera shaped like McDonald’s fries that was bought in a charity shop in Malta. I’ll insert the photo from 2012 for lols.
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I won’t be using my McDonald’s camera, sorry. I also saw this post and I am so excited to experiment and try it out. I have never even HEARD of film soaking let alone done it. It sounds too good to be true, is it a troll post??

I will also use in-date film. Maybe.

Summary; My summer challenge is to document what I am naturally doing everyday, with film.

I started yesterday at Greenwich with my Diana with 35mm film, and I’m positively sure nothing came out because I completely forgot how to work it. It’s cool, there’s always today and there’s always tomorrow.

(Sidenote: I will be using digital cameras/my phone too. I am human, and digital cameras are a natural way of life. They just won’t be part of this challenge, so no drunk selfies on the blog unfortunately.)

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

What’s Been Happening?

A photo update, here we go.

Hanging with friends that I don’t often see, which is stupid. Not the hanging out part, the not seeing each other often part.IMG_2017.jpg 1

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I had a great time on this car ride. Not sure if the other people did. There was wine, I had Pims. No more details.

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Lot of fruit. Lots and lots of amazing fruit. Oh my. Yes.

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Walks in the summer heat.

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Fed geese and ducks. They just wouldn’t stand still, it’s like they didn’t care that I had my camera out.

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Watching the sun set from my bedroom window is pretty great, there’s a few on my instagram. No filters. This habit of taking photos every evening is probably better than my habit of drinking wine and thinking I’m being funny (when I’m probably not) (but let’s be real, I was being hilarious) and then things happen like having an amazing time on a car journey while singing the Spice Girls. I told you NO MORE DETAILS. Jeez, stop asking.

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What’s been happening with you this week?