Thursday, 11 February 2016

Hellessey and Rebecca Taylor Autumn 2016

Hellessey 1-4
This season I am enamoured with loose attire created with bell shaped sleeves and tailor fitted trousers. These garments
develop a unique shape, not necessarily by the cut of the fabric, but by carefully composed folds to embrace the 
detail. Hellessey's autumn collection is given life of it's own when worn and shaped to the body.

Rebecca Taylor 5-7
Completely head over heels for Taylor's floral velvet double breasted blazer, I admire the mix of romantic goth and nineties 
customised jeans. These both bring a clash of daintiness and masculinity by layering oversized garments with fitted 
key pieces. I could not comment on the shoes though...

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Sitting on the tree roots at sunrise.

Ta Prohm between 5 - 6 am.
Location of film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider 2001
Hasselblad 500cm Kodak Ektar ISO 100 120mm

There were several reasons why I went to Cambodia, not just for myself but for my mama and most importantly for my auntie, Zoë: the greek definition of life. As she completely filled her life with success and travel. She was my 'tomb raider' when I was a young child, she was the beautiful lady who climbed mountains and canoed down dangerous rivers. A part of her heart was set in Asia, and I had never felt more obliged to visit and explore the land these past few months. I look up to both of my Aunties, small elements of my personality have been inspired by them both. Zoë's career path has lead me to dream big, she worked for Puma and met some of the best athlete stars. Zoë designed ski wear that just had to be tested by her team in the French Alps. She did not visit Cambodia, but I know she would have loved every moment of it. I know that her spirit will admire the steps I take in the future, for both my travel and career.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Yet another step forward.

Hasselblad 500: Ektar 100 120mm

I think I am ready for my next chapter. I enjoyed those walks home at 5am, snooping around Barber shops and borrowing mens clothes as an alteration in my style. But now I am looking forward, having already moved into a lovely new home this month I am determined to find something new and beautiful to work towards. At the moment I have absolutely no clue what I would like to do for my last university project, I actually wished I didn't write my dissertation last year as I am picking the varnish on my nails in the hope of something to do. Well, I have plenty on my to do list, but that is all to be achieved within the next few months. I much prefer pressure and deadlines, I like to keep busy. And by keeping busy, that does not include movies days at friends and evenings out at parties. Time to get that alarm clock set to an earlier time and sun salutations to be a regular routine.
I believe this photograph of my current bed is very appropriate for this topic considering I did not sleep much last term, this year I have spent the majority of it in bed and I am loving every moment of it.

Annnnd for some reason I feel like sharing a small list of my favourites things at the moment:

pink grapefruit, volvo amazon, patterned tights, vines (yes it still exists), finery london, tomppabeats, the shining, black cats, bed hair, red watercolour and pear tea.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

អង្គរវត្ត : Prasat Angkor Wat

Hasselblad 500: Kodak Ektar 120 ISO 100

We took a quick 40 minute plane journey across Tonle Sap lake from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, our favourite tour guide, Borret, picked us up from the airport and took us to catch the sunset at Angkor Wat. When we first approached the temple I thought to myself, wow, this is really it. I was completely dumbfounded. As we walked in the galleries and climbed through the libraries I believed that it could get no better than this. I was completely wrong, this was only the beginning of exploring the beauty inside ancient ruins. One part of this visit I particularly loved was leaving the temple, well, not exactly. We exited through the east side of the land, as we walked back it was a beautiful sight to see the temple and the forest empty. The monkeys jumped out of the trees and onto the roofs of the galleries, in a way it reminded me very much of how nature is indestructible. At the end of each day the bats, roots and creatures of the forest possess their territory. Only those who step onto the grounds can admire the architecture in the day light. 

Sunday, 3 January 2016

ភ្នំ ពេញ : Phnom Penh

Photographs taken at: Royal Palace, Chong Kneas, Wat Phnom and Central Market.

For those of you who follow me on other variations of social media were aware that I took out two weeks of my winter break to visit Cambodia. I lugged around a backpack of cameras, film and light meters up mountains of rubble from the temples. I thought I'd start the opening of these entries with a few photographs from Instagram, mainly in Phnom Penh. A city with a history that could not be captured, I took one photograph on my Hasselblad during our stay. Walking over dried up blood and stepping on buried crushed bones did not encourage me to start clicking away with a camera. It almost felt disrespectful to photograph such a delicate space, whether that would be at a shrine or in the killing fields.

Phnom Penh was an interesting experience, I was certainly amazed at our beautiful hotel and stunning art deco architecture at central market. But for me the story started after the city, we took a short plane ride up to Siem Reap. From there we travelled all over to see history of the country, the rich and the poor, the water and the land. I want to write about the reasoning for the trip with the photographs attached, as for my next post shall show a few scans from my developed film.