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Itchy feet…

As much as I love Tokyo it can also frustrate me. I find that if we don’t get out of the city on the weekends I get serious cabin fever. Being out on a weekend in Tokyo feels more like….., you know what there is no way to explain it, it’s a weird combination of crowdedness and politeness. You want to complain about the amount of people but they are so polite that it makes you feel guilty. I don’t know another city in the world that could handle the amount of people that are out on a weekend like Tokyo can. 

But at this time of the year the days are longer and the sunsets light up the early evening sky in a way that makes me want to run out with the camera and sit and soak it all in! Except I have no idea where to go – so I get frustrated lol! I think I need a holiday, preferably in the sticks somewhere lol 

Wishing you all a beautiful weekend wherever you are:) 




Where is home?

There is a question I dread, its a normal everyday question and you would be surprised how often you get asked it. One day in the not to far future my kids are going hate this question too.

“so where are you from?”

Seems simple doesn’t it, but if you want to make a third culture kid sweat, this is one of the best ways to do it lol!

I came across a great video a while back, a friend of my posted a link to it on Facebook and it is a good watch. The world is becoming smaller and the amount of third culture kids is definitely increasing.




I recently took a break from my camera, I do this every now and again and I believe its a good thing. I often explore other creatives outlets for a while until I miss my camera so much that everyday I want to go out and shoot. Many people say that they love to use their camera everyday and I believe them, but I have been behind the camera for over 10 years now and I find that the easiest way to entice my muse is to deprive it of the very thing it wants. My normal creative outlet during these times is design and illustration, both mediums that I enjoy immensely, I studied graphic design after leaving school and have always loved it. Both of these mediums I feel also feed my photography and visa versa, I love having them all to play with and the ability to flip from one to the other keeps me from getting bored or feeling stale, I get bored far too easily it drives my hubbie nuts!

If you haven’t tried taking a break from your photography, so for a month or two and then coming back to it with fresh eyes I highly recommend you try it,  just once, to see if it works for you too, you never know if you don’t try! If it does please let me know cause I am curious!

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wild flowers

When I think of wildflowers it makes me feel like a kid, I have no idea why! Here in Tokyo though I can’t say that there are a lot of wild flowers, or places with anything that grows wild. However up the road from my apartment a little cafe opened up and outside they planted wildflowers, they just let them grow, they never cut them or contain them or make them look neat and tidy, they just look beautiful. I smile every time I see them.

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I have lovely strong light in the far end of my apartment every afternoon, I often forget it because I am always the other side in the lounge, but every now and again I remember and I can spend ages just playing with light and contrast. Its therapy what can I say lol! I think I may have to buy myself a little table to place in that room to make more use of this light.

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A little venting…

Ok so I’m going to have a bit of a vent, just a small one ok.

I have been a foreigner in a foreign country for as long as I can remember, in most of the countries I have lived in being a blonde means I stand out and pretty much never would be able to blend into the crowd. Now I’m not particularly pretty, I’m not butt ugly either, I’m average high and I’m not really thin as I have a few chubby bits but I’m not really fat either. I’m fairly average, so I find it very difficult to understand why so many people take my photo! No one ever asks either.

In just the past week, I’ve been snapped with a long lens in the park, me and my daughter were videoed in a children’s park (creepy – left as fast as my feet could take me) and the worst one was when I was having dinner with my two kids in a restaurant a woman walked up to the table, took out her camera and snapped away despite the shock on my face! She never said a word to us! It’s a very odd feeling to feel like a tourist attraction! Also my kids hate it, so as much as I try to laugh it off I have to admit I don’t think I’ll ever just be ok with it.

This has however taught me a lot and I know that it effects how I myself take photographs when I’m out or when I travel, it even effects the way I take pictures of my kids and what I do with those pictures.

So that’s the end of my vent. I think every photographer should at some stage put themselves in the position where they are the ‘subject’ because it teaches you at lot and helps us to better understand how to take a meaningful photograph while keeping the ‘subject’ at ease.

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what I choose

There is something I need to get off my chest. I have struggled with my website/blog for a while now. I have often thought about closing it, but that isn’t going to happen. I love my blog, its my little space. During my journey with photography I have learn’t many things. I started out photographing landscapes and nature. I then fell in love with macro and product photography. Then I had kids and added portraits to my long list of photographic loves. I never stopped loving any of them and in many ways you could say I did myself an injustice for not specialising in some way, but I love the medium and I will continue the way I am. One thing that has changed though is that I will no longer be putting photographs of my children online. This is not out of some fears or paranoia but because I myself do not like my photograph online and I feel uncomfortable placing pictures of my kids online because let’s face it, no matter how hard you try once something is online it will forever be online no matter how hard you try to delete it. I don’t want my kids to be unhappy with me when they are older and I want to respect their privacy like I would like others to respect mine.

This is just a personal opinion, this is just who I am. I have a few images of my kids scattered around online that will probably remain there, what I wont be doing is adding more. If I do add any you will understand from the picture why. So I look forward to sharing our travels, the places we see, the beauty around us, the interesting cultures we live in and all the in-betweens. I am not sure why I felt the need to share this but I am glad to have this out on the blog to explain what it is I am about and how things are changing.

ok feel like finding my camera now, have a lovely weekend!

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