When a little white dust changes everything…

The first time I saw snow I was in my early twenties. Still to this day I get giddy excitement when they suggest any hope of even a light dusting! One day I will have to visit somewhere where the snow is deep and constant.

I have to say that Vienna does look very pretty in a white dusting, until it turns to muddy slush. Some days I wish I knew how to ski so I had an excuse to go out in the snow but I think I would be rubbish at skiing because no doubt I would want to take the camera with me!

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A Rose…

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Altaussee

When I first arrived in Austria and we travelled and stayed at our first Austrian lake I naively said to my husband that wouldn’t it be fun to travel around Austria with the goal of seeing all of the lakes. I then had absolutely no idea how many lakes there are in this country. So although this is a unrealistic goal we have been having a good look around any lakes we come across.

So we recently got to see the lake Altaussee, which was in the 2015 James Bond movie Spectre. It’s a small lake in a spectacular setting. You can walk around the whole lake which is a lovely walk and the small town connected to it is also sweet.

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Different windows different views

Every time we move to a new country I have to obviously find a new apartment to live in. I like living in apartments, I’m not a big house kinda girl.
For me one of the most important things is that I have one window with a view of space. It doesn’t have to be a beautiful view, I just like a bit of space.
Four countries ago I started taking photos from my favourite window, at different times of the day and in different light. I keep these and it’s wonderful to look back at them, they always bring me right back to what it was like to be standing there looking out. I have loved every country I have lived in and still get “home sick” for them at different times and for different reasons.

For this country I have only just started.

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All that sparkles is ……. Swarovski

One of the only benefits of this weird pandemic year is being able to travel and see places that would normally be packed full of bus loads of people. I would prefer to have to deal with the bus loads of people over a pandemic but I am trying my best to see the positive in a pretty crap situation.

So while doing a staycation this year we got to see the Swarovski Crystal World. I really was looking for to it and it was a gem (pun intended 🙂 ) It was much quieter than it probably would have normally been but that was good as it doesn’t really have space to social distance inside the structure, but the gardens are also lovely to walk around in and sit and relax.

Ever since I came across the artworks of Yayoi Kusama from Japan I am been mesmerised and fascinated by this amazing woman. She is a story.

My favourite part of the Crystal world was the Chandelier of Grief created by Yayoi Kusama. I know the name appears to be sad but the room is beautiful. She wrote a poem to go with it:

“I don’t know why but pains always emerge from abyss.

And, the intense light revolving dazzlingly,

sinks to the bottom of my heart.

This body has been metamorphosed into a chandelier.

Snuggling up to the brilliant scars.

I will keep living, till the ends of the sky.

Yes, gently enfolding my wounded heart.

Forever, forever.

As long as my life lasts, I want to live.

As long as my life lasts, I want to live. ”

YK

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I always think of this as IG town

Before coming to Austria I added a few “Austria” hashtags to my Instagram account to follow. There was one place that kept popping up over and over again. That place is Hallstatt and I knew that I would want to see it as the setting really is quite beautiful.
I had a feeling that it would be crawling with tourists and I feared that it would be a village made purely for tourists.

It was of course crawling with tourists but the village at the same time does feel very lived in. The setting is incredible and it deserves its picturesque reputation. I think now during these times of COVID it may be an even better time to visit it as I would imagine it would be a lot quieter.

I think its safe to say that I will go back. Even when it is so busy, it’s worth it.

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New Country New Views

When I first started photography I had a strong love for panoramic photographs. I always was and always will be a big fan of Peter Lik and Charlie Waite’s photographs, both of whom would often produce amazing panoramic prints.

I always wanted to try and create some myself but had no idea how to even start. Then about two years ago I learnt how to create photo merges in Lightroom. Now I take photographs to stitch together every time we travel. I am not brilliant at it but I do love creating them and having them as keepsakes.

We recently travelled within Austria on a staycation, it was a great way to get to know the country and see what it has to offer. Some places I would love to return to and others for me were very pretty but a little crowded. I do think that escaping into the mountains though may become a little bit addictive.

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The Rut

If you are a fellow photographer you know what it’s like – the rut! That would be all I would need to say. We all have so many ways to deal with these ruts, and yes it is possible to get them over and over. But don’t panic they never last. I find for me I need to walk away, they are often caused by the stress of everyday life taking over. Sometimes things get so busy and the chores of everyday living take over and something has to give. Other times it is just time to walk away for a bit and nothing else, follow your creative needs wherever they need you to go. For me that generally means design and illustration.

Recently I have been in a very very very VERY long rut. Probably my longest to date. It had a lot to do with the move and I have been very overwhelmed and stressed. I have just spend the whole of the Christmas holidays run down and ill. I am on the mend now and I am looking forward to breaking out of my photography rut in 2020. My design and illustration side has keep me very happy and I am very grateful for it.

We travelled the other day, only up the road. Instead of forcing myself to try and take photographs I decided I would just play. I have a small old little Fuji camera, I call it my street camera cause it’s light and simple. This camera has a miniature setting on it, this setting creates a blur effect with a high colour saturation and shoots only in jpeg. In other words it’s just fun and it’s never going to create any master pieces. It was just what I needed.

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