Posts tagged beauty
Kew Gardens
Liz Mosley Kew Gardens

So one of my best birthday gifts ever was a membership to Kew Gardens this year. I have been a couple of times already and I just love it. It is such a beautiful place to wander around and explore and it is kind of amazing that you're still in London, only 30 minutes away from home, but feel like you are anywhere but a big city. I am so excited to spend the weekends taking the baby for walks around these stunning gardens and discovering new bits that I haven't explored yet. I am also looking forward to experiencing it during all the different seasons. 

These are just a couple of photos from one of my recent visits. I didn't take loads but I am hoping to take my camera and use these days out as opportunities to get creative and improve my photography. 

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Have you ever been to Kew Gardens? Which were your favourite bits? I feel so blessed to have such a beautiful place to spend time at, that's so nearby.

Hope you have a lovely weekend! 

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a collection of sunsets

So not only am I trying to de-clutter and sort out all my physical possessions but I also need to tackle my digital possessions. This is something I need to get on top of pronto or it is going to get even more overwhelming and out of control! In particular I need to come up with a good way of organising and storing my images (if anyone has any amazing systems they would like to share I am all ears!) Anyway enough of that, while going through lots of old images I discovered that I had accumulated quite a little collection of sunset images over the years (I think some of these are over 10 years old!). I really do love a good sunset. I think it is one of the most beautiful things in the world and the colours just blow me away. God seriously is an artist and I love that he creates things like sunsets that are so beautiful they take our breath away. 

This last photo was me and a friend - lying on the top of a mountain (hmm maybe hill) that we had climbed and we just lay in the grass and watched the sunset over us. It was pretty amazing. 

It is often frustrating photographing sunsets because they never come out as good as in real life (and some times I think its better to not even bother trying and just enjoy them - not everything has to be photographed right?).

Anyway I hope you enjoyed this little bit of sunset inspiration for a Friday and have lovely weekends planned. 

Today I am going to be selling my wares (from 10-5) at The Green Room Cafe in Stoke Newington. If that is your hood stop by and come and say hey! I have really enjoying selling my stuff at markets and meeting customers and making new friends. 

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Inspired by Jordan Sullivan

This week I stumbled across (on Fubiz) the work of Jordan Sullivan and I fell in love with this series called 'Death Valley' - seriously! imagine having a whole series of these on your wall. I love the subtle colours, the compositions of the photographs and the simplicity of them. There is something seriously striking and dream like about these images. Especially when you see them all as a set. Sullivan has a really dreamy style to his photography and you can see more of his work here. (Be warned if you are looking at this at work - there are quite a lot of images of naked ladies!) 

Speck + Stone
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Last week I shared some beautiful stationery that I was drooling over - well today I want to share some stunning pottery.  Speck + Stone is an online shop selling  often one of a kind ceramics and is the work of Hannah Slade Wood 'Inspired by an appreciation and want for beautiful texture, minimalism and functionality'. I seriously wish my kitchen was full of these pieces. The logo was designed by the lovely Belinda Love Lee who you might remember I interviewed last year and the styling and photography on the site is by the talented sisters Melody Hansen and Gabriela Hansen. Hannah is one seriously talented lady but also an all round lovely person too. You should follow her on instagram for beautiful and carefully considered shots of her products and get inspired by her blog. Oh yeah...and why not buy some of her beautiful pottery! DO IT.

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Double Exposures
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I have been seeing some really beautiful double exposures around the web recently and it is making me itchy to experiment. Then today I stumbled across (on Fubiz) these beautiful photo realist paintings by Pakayla Biehn of double exposures. They are truly beautiful, and I find them even more mesmerising knowing that they are painted. Photo realistic paintings have always had my jaw dropping starting from my long time love of Chuck Close. Enjoy these beauties and more of Pakayla's work here.

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Bolivia - 10 years later
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About 10 years ago I spent 4 months in Bolivia and totally fell in love with the country. I have been dreaming recently about going back. I have been having a bit of  a sort out of old photos recently and stumbled upon these from my trip. 10 years on and I thought I would share them. They are making me even more desperate to get back to this beautiful place. I would love to be able to take NM to some of the places that I visited. I met some incredible people while I was there who I have sadly lost touch with. At the time when I was travelling I didn't have a digital camera (that is shocking to me now...I can't imagine life without a camera constantly in my pocket) - and so I used a good old pretty cheap film camera. (I wanted something that I wouldn't mind if I lost or broke and would be easy to replace) - and looking at these photos makes me think I miss shooting with film a bit. The excitement of getting the pictures developed, it was all a bit unknown...what would come back? I also really love the look of them. There is something so beautifully grainy and imperfect about these shots. I hope you enjoy a little glimpse into my world of ten years ago. (I might have to do another post as these are a small portion of the images)

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bioluminescent phytoplankton
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Do you ever see something in the world that makes you think, 'WOW, this is so insanely beautiful how could there not be a creative and almighty God?' This has happened to me a few times from landscapes and scenes I have seen in person...but the other day I stumbled across some photographs by Taiwanese photographer Will Ho of bioluminescent phytoplankton and I was just blown away. I mean I didn't even know this existed or was even possible. They are tiny organisms which glow a bit like fireflies and tend to emit light when stressed, for example when waves crash or when they are otherwise agitated. These photographers are stunning. And you can see more on his flickr page.

Feels good to know I have been made in the image of such a creative God.

Andrew B. Myes
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Today I discovered the work of Canadian photographer Andrew B. Myers > this guy has got serious skills and such a beautiful asthetic. I love the colours and patterns that he creates in his photographs and that they have such an illustrative feel. (The bird piece above is my favourite - I would love a huge print of it on my wall!) Some of his work is pretty funny. It is so good when creatives express their humour in their work. I have picked a few I like to show here but there is so much quality work on his website > make sure you check it out here.

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The Big Island
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In July we travelled to the Big Island, Hawaii for a friends wedding. It was such an adventure and we had such an incredible time. I don't know what it is but Hawaii really got under our skin. We can't stop thinking about it, wishing we were there, wondering how we can get back there, and just remembering the amazing experiences we had.

We trekked through volcanic craters, snorkled with the most beautiful fish I have ever seen, saw lava flowing into the sea, ate fish taco's for the first time, saw a sea turtle chilling out on the beach, saw two friends commit to spending their lives together, ate the most incredible food at the four seasons and stayed in two beautiful cottages. Seriously it was incredible. We packed all of this into less than a week too!

The Island was unlike anywhere I had ever been! most of the time I felt like I was on another planet as it was all so volcanic. Here are a few pics of our trip and if you want to see more you can check out my vsco page. Sadly my phone died early on the trip so I lost most of the lava photos. Am still hoping I might be able to find them stored up in some cloud somewhere! (crazy!)

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and a pic of NM and some details from the wedding. I don't think there are any of me! whoops. Maybe I need to raid NM's phone and see if he took any!

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Beautiful in this skin
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I actually feel quite moved by this project - and think this image is so beautiful. It is a new portrait series that Natalie McComas is working on and just can't wait to see the results. The series will be photographs of people will dramatic and visible birthmarks and will look at how this affected their lives and they way they think about themselves. The photograph above is of Patience Hodgson who is the lead singer of the Australian band the Gates. This is what Patience has to say about her birthmark:

I love my birthmark’s spectrum of colour. When I’m warm it’s a kind of red-purple, like the colour of some plums and when I’m cold it’s a vivid, almost neon blue. I also like how it’s a kind of protective barrier protecting me against non-accepting and unthoughtful people.”  - Patience

Looking at this image I don't think you can help but see the beauty that Natalie has so wonderful captured.

I don't have any visible birthmarks but I do sometimes struggle to feel beautiful in my own skin > something I definitely need to work on, and this project has really inspired me - It has inspired me to be better at looking for the beauty around me and seeing it in myself. I can't wait to see more. To find out more about the project visit Natalie's website.