The Emotional Journey

A thought becomes an idea, the pieces come together over time.  This “idea” or personal project was born with a thought – a vision.  Little by little over the passed month more pieces came together and finally with direction from the universe the over all project was born.

I discussed my thoughts and ideas with my make up artist, Morgan of Morgan Leigh Makeup Artistry, firstly to see if it could be done and second to ask if she would come on board and be part of the process to make my project come to life.  Morgan shared my excitement and understood my vision and was happy to be on board.

So, you maybe asking what is this project – I call it “The Emotional Journey”.    What is The Emotional Journey you ask.  Through photos I want to share the emotions through a cancer patients journey.  (Note – I will not be necessarily be using cancer patients) Some people may not understand my project but be assured I don’t mean disrespect, this is something that comes from my heart.

As many of my long time followers know my sister in law fought breast cancer and has and will always be an inspiration to me on many levels.  Her journey was one of determination right to the very end, she was to be the miracle and beat the odds, the universe however had other ideas.  This whole experience has left a permanent mark on my life.  It was and still is an emotional ride for all involved.

My sister in law taught me to follow my dreams, never give up, laugh everyday, live today and love.  I try to remember and practice this, some days are harder than others.  She loved my creative side and my photography therefore this idea and vision is very fitting.  I want to take you on that emotional journey, one that has a strong message that you only understand at the end once all the pieces are together.

All the photos in The Emotional Journey will showcase women as bald women, each woman stripped back without hair, raw, still so beautiful,  showing us the emotion through make up and eyes.  It is something I am very proud to be working on and very excited to share with you all.

My first photo of the series is “Sadness” – Meet my first model Jaz, a model I have worked with previously.  Make up done by the amazing and talented Morgan

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Should you wish to become a part of this project and would like to be a “model” and be photographed please contact me by email at info@soloimages.com.au to receive further information.

Until next week.

Kassy

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Photo A Day Project – Final

My July photo a day project, 31 days and 31 photos all using my Olympus OMD-EM5 camera with the 12-50mm lens.  In this my last installment I share with you the final 3 days, days 29 to 31 and tell you what I learned during this process.

Day 29

Today was a beautiful day, the sky blue, sun is shinning, a perfect winter’s day.  I was fortunate enough to finish a little early and make the drive home in time for sunset.  Just down the road from home we have this massive property which is to be developed at some time in the future, many of the trees have been cut down to make way for “progress” but there remains a nice little cluster of tree’s right near the road on the top of the first hill.  As the sun sets behind the trees you see the beauty of a true landscape and today I timed it perfectly.  When processing the photo I chose to look at it in Black and White, a true testament to the old B&W film days and the most stunning B&W landscape I have taken to date.  Today’s photo transforms into “Ye Olde Landscape”

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Day 30

Sitting in the office today sorting through ideas for my photo a day, the dictionary on the corner of my desk caught my eye, that instantly gave me the idea for my photo.  Since starting photography I have a list of cool and creative shots that I want to learn and master and the heart shadow ring photo is on that list.  First task, find the torch – second task, find “love” in the dictionary, now start to experiment with the technique – place the ring near the word love in the middle of the book binding and use the torch to create the shadow heart.  Sounds easy well I would give you one tip, use a tripod and cable release or better yet have an assistant, it’s very hard juggling everything with only two hands and still holding the camera still enough to take the photo.  Today’s photo is “The Duality of Love”

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Day 31

Woo hoo I have made it! Well actually not quite yet – still have to find my final photo a day to finish the project.  Walking around the boardroom in the late afternoon I caught sight of the sun creating shadows on the wall of the objects from the desk, only down side the blinds are interrupting the light.  Opening the blinds right up I got into a few weird positions and angles to keep myself out of the shadow area.  In processing I wanted to keep the look very contrasty, a black and white look using a filter in exposure 6.  It’s “Adam’s family” table worthy – perfect – Today’s photo is “Light your way into Darkness”

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And then it was over – I had done it another challenge, 31 photos in 31 days. A great selection of photos and honestly only one I consider boring, so for me this challenge is a success.  It opened my eyes and forced me to look at things within my daily life differently.  I believe this experience has taught me alot, I have grown during the month, found inspiration from things I see everyday and pushed myself outside my comfort zone.  Each day finding something new, something different and create something unique.  A true challenge but such an enjoyable one.

I love all the photos but if I had to chose a favourite it would be Day 27 – “Wall Shapes” not only did I look at a mirror I see everyday in a different way but I added another element by showing off the textures and lines that lie within this beautiful piece.  I now appreciate it even more.

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As I close out my blog today I would like to sincerely thank my readers for indulging me for the last 5 weeks I enjoyed not only taking the photos but sharing a little insight into each day and how the photo came to be.

Until next week.

Kassy

A Photo A Day Project – Part 4

Continuing on with my daily insights from my July Photo A Day Project, here is week 4, days 22 to 28.

Day 22

It’s a cool morning and around lunchtime down came the rain, even though I don’t have a garden I can appreciate that the rain is needed.  Come late afternoon the rain has eased and the wind has picked up, it is grey, cloudy and cold outside.  I have the perfect image in mind for today, just need to find the perfect location and subject.  A bare tree trunk in front of the grey and interesting cloud formations – Today’s photo transforms into “Dark and Gloomy”

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Day 23

At the end of a day chained to the office desk I take a late afternoon stroll near the farm on the way home.  Whilst playing with the macro settings on my camera I photograph a tree stump, the wood has split open in several places and it very dry.  By using the macro setting the textures within the wood are highlighted.  To add another element in processing I use sepia toning to really enhance the lines and textures of the wood.  Today’s photo “In Pieces”.

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Day 24

An impromptu trip to my hairdresser to say hi and to meet their new makeup artist provided opportunity for today’s photo.  Whilst sitting chatting I noticed this really cool looking money box with pictures of France stuck all over it, that sounds normal – but wait the money box had a timer clock stuck on the side, so unusual, so me.  Another bonus in a hairdressing salon you are surrounded by mirrors, so perfect to create reflections and come up with a great photo of the day.  A little colour filter added in processing makes this even more unique – Today’s photo is appropriately named “Time for Money”.

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Day 25

Thank goodness it’s Friday – come 5pm I am on my way home driving on the parkway (that’s a road, not a park for those wondering) and noticed the sun streaming across the fields – Im quick to turn on the indicator and pull off to the side of the road.  I am greeted by the last light catching on the strands of foxtail grass up against the fence line.  What beautiful light and framing for the sunset, the perfect view to end the week.  Today’s photo “Silhouettes of Dusk”

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Day 26

A social day today catching up with a girlfriend for an afternoon of wine, good food and company and I was too busy socialising to stop and think to take my photo of the day.  I finally realised on the way home and decided to take a quick detour into Emerald Lakes, there is always something here interesting to photograph.  By the time I got out of the car I was almost dark.  The first thing that caught my eye was the direct soft light coming from the lamp post next to the sandstone stairs and was shining up to the overhanging plants on part of the wall.  I took many photos from all sides and angles.  When I got home and looked I found one that had just enough elements to give the impression of a laneway, maybe like where “Jack the Ripper” would have been.  Today’s photo is appropriately named “The Laneway”

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Day 27

Sunday, Sunday another lazy Sunday :).  I am wandering the house looking for ideas, shapes, something out of the ordinary, something a little different.  In my reading room I have this stunning large mirror which when you look from the side you appreciate the scalloped edging and the textured details within the finish.  I squish my nose and face almost on the wall so I can get in nice and close and take a photo of a small section of the mirror to show off the details without showing too much of what it is.  In processing I added more light effect on the left side to further enhance the shape and detail.  Today’s photo is “Wall Shapes”

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Day 28

For a long time I have been researching and bookmarking different types of photos and techniques to try.  On the list was to photograph eating utensils in a unusual way.  Today I headed to the kitchen draw and grabbed a couple of forks.  At first I thought the stainless steel on the sink would give me a great reflective surface however due to the ripples this was not what I had pictured in my head.  Working with what I had I found an effect that was pleasing and at least interesting.  In processing I decided to use a sepia colour and increased the high key effect to highlight the forks.  Although happy with the final image this is a technique  I need to work on to nail.  Today’s photo becomes “Intertwined”.

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Week 4 of my project complete only 3 more days of July to blog.  Next week I will share with you the final few days of images and some out takes and favourites to wrap up the month and my July personal project.

Until next week.

Kassy

Photo A Day Project – Part 3

As of today my Photo A Day Project for July is complete, 31 days and 31 photos all using my Olympus OMD-EM5 camera with the 12-50mm lens.  In this weeks blog I share with you my daily insights of Week 3, days 15 to 21.

Day 15

Nothing inspiring caught my eye today whilst at the office or driving around.  Once at home I looked around the house to see what struck or inspired me.  My “red light” lamp in the corner of my reading room caught my eye, a normal every day item now the challenge was to make it more interesting – I decided to isolate a section of the lamp to capture the glow of light, the lines, shapes and texture of the holder – Today’s photo transforms into “Seeing the Light”.

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Day 16

Playing around with my shells tonight, taking photos using a mirror to create different effects.  To be honest I have taken so many photos of them in the past I really wasn’t finding the photos inspirational.  It was then that my hubby picked up a shell and held it at a side angle, which allowed me to see it differently and capture the spiral and shapes from the side of the shell using my macro setting.  The shell is natural looking with tones of cream and brown so in processing I decided to apply a filter to change some of the colour and loved the effect.  Today’s photo is “Going around in Circles” because at the end I felt like I had gone around in circles to find a new way to photo this object.

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Day 17.

I took some time out in the late afternoon to catch the last of the sun and have a break from my desk.  Next to the office we have a row of plants separating us from our neighbour.  Amongst the leaves of this plant they have the tiniest buds that bloom for a short time into pink flowers.  Again using the macro setting on my lens and angle the camera to catch the light only on the flower today’s photo was created and appropriately named “Out of the Darkness”.

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Day 18

A great friend and photography buddy of mine, who is also taking part in a photo a day for July, has been sharing his macro photos via facebook.  Some have a country element comprising of images featuring rust, timber and wire.  I really enjoy his photography and especially liked these images so that inspired me to detour past the farm on the way home to capture something with a country feel.  The light rays were beaming through the trees and light was catching on the twist of metal on the barb wire fence nearby, something so simply and practical looked so beautiful like this – Today’s photo “A Twist of Light”.

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Day 19

It’s cold and has been raining but it’s Saturday – a perfect day to spend indoors in my pj’s reading a book and watching movies.  Come the afternoon I realise I need to pick up my camera and take a photo for the day, oh dear what do I do?  Looking around the bedroom my bedside table has these thick black heavy handles and when you look close at the handle, it looks like it’s smiling at you (maybe I have had too much coffee 😉 )  To add further interest to my photo I again added a colour filter during processing.  Today’s photo is “Get a Grip”.

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Day 20

I playing today with reflections using a mirror and household objects.  I come across my tealight white lantern, a gift from my sister in law, and using the mirror for reflection and movement by slowing the shutter speed and moving the camera during the exposure combined with a custom white balance setting I create a object that looks like it is submerging into the deep ocean at a fast pace, it’s really cool and in my opinion impressive 🙂 Today’s photo is appropriated named “Submerged”.

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Day 21

Another late afternoon break in the office (Is there a re-occurring pattern here 😉 ) I look out the window and see that the sun has fallen just at the right angle between the buildings to create shadow pockets on the textured outside wall from the plants.  I quickly grab my camera and head outside to capture what my eyes see before the sun fades behind the trees.  Today’s photo “Dancing in the Shadows”.

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So another week of my project complete and I am thrilled with my daily results.  It is really one day at a time and you have to think outside the box to come up with something each day from my daily life travels.  I hope you are enjoying this series and much as I am.

 

Until next week.

Kassy.

Dealing with Life’s Challenges

For those who don’t follow Solo Images on Facebook, last week’s blog got interrupted by my wonderful 2 left feet that left me with a hair line fracture in my hand/finger. Damn! Perfect record of no broken bones gone 🙂

Once I got the news I was very cross and angry, so much disruption to my pretty normal life, after 20 plus years of touch typing now relearning one handed (Did you know it is harder for the brain to remember how to spell words, when your fingers know the spelling by heart, well it’s true) let’s not mention all the other areas that I now need help with, so much for independence. After a couple of days of honestly feeling sorry for myself, I had to take check, it’s only one hand and just temporary (as long as I am good), there are so many people in this world dealing with stuff much worse in their life than me. So I picked myself up and continue on with life much more positive – onward and upward with life and my blog.

At the beginning of July I undertook another Photo A Day challenge, this year to add challenge and interest I put a stipulation that was a Photo A Day using a particular lens focal length. I chose my prime 50mm lens. I was doing really well and totally on track up until Day 3

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Temporary cast on and I just found it too difficult to hold the camera with only one good hand, so I changed my stipulation to allow myself to use another lens, my 12 to 50mm on my trusted “OLY”, the only camera I can manage and my saving grace over the past week. Rules are made to be broken or adapted right 🙂

As of today I am happy to say that I have made it work, Today is Day 11 and I am going strong, proving to myself that whatever life challenges are thrown you way if you really want it you can find a way to make like work. Be grateful for what you have and work with what you don’t. There is always someone worse off, embrace each situation to find a solution.

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I am also happy to report that by being good (and maybe bribing the Doc 😉 ) they have removed the cast providing I “buddy strap” the fractured finger area up for the next 3 weeks. A positive mind and being grateful has many benefits in life, why are we so quick to forget that?

Until next week.
Kassy

Yellow Yellow Everywhere

This week for something fun I challenged myself with a photography theme of yellow.  I thought ‘easy, fun, walk in the park kind of challenge, no hassle at all – knock it over in no time . . . ‘ Now,  I know you’re thinking the same!  Actually it has been quite an amusing challenge and a lot more difficult than I thought.

Do you realise how many people look at you very strange when you are standing in the middle of the road trying to take a photograph of a yellow sign from just the right angle.  I am sure one lady went to call the police or the hospital, she was probably not sure which one to start with!

Then I was walking by someone’s property when I spotted their lovely rose garden and more specifically a beautiful yellow rose (my mum’s favourite).  I thought I’d duck in and grab a shot . . . only to be chased away by a mad (well perhaps just concerned) lady with a broom – just picture me running down the street trying not to drop my camera whilst yelling “I only wanted a photo of your rose.”

Wow talk about a ‘fun’ challenge!

After these two experiences I was hesitant to stand by the road until a yellow car came along so I did what most normal people would do and headed into the shops to buy yellow things so I could photograph in the comfort of my home.  All the occupants of my home already know I am mad and challenged 🙂

Here are a few of my favourite images from this project.

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All things Yellow

Yellow, Yellow, Everywhere

Yellow, Yellow, Everywhere

Hopefully I will remain out of jail and hospital to write again, until next week (otherwise, please send bail money)!

Kassy.

Creative Visions come to Life

I have been recently asked what I do in my “down time” when not photographing glamour or families.  This got me thinking that maybe you don’t know the other side to me, one I am proud of and allows me to express my creative visions and bring them to life.

I got my first taste of the weird and wonderful out of the box photography when I was invited to a creative shoot that became known as “Zipper Face” between the model and photographer they had the theme.  After a full day of shooting I was hooked and wow did my mind go wild.  It was just so easy and fun to work with model Angelic Sinz and her offsider (who is another photographer come model) Jason.

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“Zipper Face”

It was that much fun that I had to do another shoot with them.   We threw around some ideas and in the end I wanted to do a bride of something.  In my head it was similar to the romance and wedding of Morticia and Gomez.  I had the perfect location, an abandoned tunnel.  Again using Angelic Sinz and Jason as the models the vision came to life and took on a life of it’s own.

"Bride Of ??"

“Bride Of ??”

Another vision came from a collective group on facebook who would use a photo as inspiration and the group would make it their own.  I call this one the “Doll and Lamp” shoot.  This shoot was done in a studio and a collaboration between model, clothes designer, makeup artist and myself as photographer.  All these people and elements go into making these creative visions successful.

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“Doll and Lamp”

I have already started planning a couple this year as these thoughts tend to give me sleepless nights and lots of daydreams.  I am always happy to collaborate with like minded people and create something special, weird or unique.  It takes more than a photographers creative vision to make this type of shoot successful and I never forget that.  I have worked now with many talented makeup artists and models and without you these are not possible.   If you are interested in my creative side please email me at info@soloimages.com.au for further details and pricing.

Until next week.

Kassy.