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January 2015

52 postcards – week 52, Stars

52 postcards - week 52, Stars

52 weeks, 52 postcards, 52 opportunities to be creative, 52 occasions to share. It’s been quite a journey and with any journey there are lows as well as highs. Moments of doubt and lack of inspiration, moments of great satisfaction and humbleness when postcards were received and appreciated. As the project developed, I became acutely aware how important being creative is important to me.

Star was created over the Christmas and New Year holidays. As I mentioned in week 51’s blog, I was down with a cold/flu bug and only travelling between my bedroom and the sitting room to slump on the sofa and watch the TV. On some days the sun would stream into the room and cast shadows on the walls. As the sun moved round the room it hit a small metal and bejewelled Christmas tree that we put out each year. Paul, my husband, had spotted the shadow the day before and taken a photo himself. In need of an image myself, and not wanting to venture out, I waited for the next sunny day and made a few images. So with hand on heart, I can’t claim that the idea for the image is entirely my own!

Week 52’s recipient is, Paul. Throughout this project and for all my photography he’s been a great support. 2015 will see lots of exciting changes for both of us, a complete change of lifestyle. Later in the year, we’re moving from the UK to Languedoc in the South of France. The move is both exciting and terrifying in equal measure. Much of my creative energy will have to be put into the move over the next few months, so this blog may not see much of my photography, but I will try to update when I can.

Thank you for your interest and support for 52 postcards during 2014. Go out and be creative in 2015, be it with a camera, pen, sewing machine or paint brush, it doesn’t matter what you do, it’s that you do it that’s important and so so rewarding and enriching.

52 postcards – week 51, Bird box

52 postcards - week 51, Bird box

For most of this project I haven’t made images in or around my house. However, in the run up to Christmas, I was struck down with ‘the cold’ that was doing the rounds. Going out wasn’t appealing, but neither was letting the whole project fail with only two weeks to go.

For days the light was dreadful, leaden grey skies and rain, pretty much reflecting how I felt. Then at last on Saturday the sun finally shone. Strong shadows were cast on the house and garden. On the gable end of my neighbour’s house I noticed how the light was playing on the house sparrow nest box. As soon as I saw it, I knew this was the image. I knew I wanted the final image to be high key and in black and white to emphasise the lines and shadows.

Week 51’s recipient is Moni Smith. It’s thanks to Moni that I started this project. Printing and sharing work has been such a wonderful creative journey. Although I won’t be doing a weekly project in 2015, I am going to continue sharing my work, through Moni’s project Postcards from Afar.

52 postcards – week 50, Through the front door

52 postcards - week 50, Through the front door

One thing I’ve discovered while doing this project, is that you never know where the next image will come from. I thought I knew where I might find week 50’s image, the Farmers’ Market in Shoreham-by-Sea. I’ve tried at the market before, but with no success. And I had the same result this time too. It’s a vibrant market, with lots of great stalls and interest, but I’m really not comfortable doing street photography, so my camera stayed in its bag.

As I got home and shut the front door, there was the image. Sun was streaming through our leaded glass door and the red glass ‘berries’ of our Christmas wreath. Perfect.

Week 50’s recipient is Jean Gerrard. Jean is a member of my camera club, Brighton and Hove Camera Club. Following a short presentation I did a few weeks ago about my 52 postcards project, Jean was inspired to do her own postcard project next year. I’m looking forward to watch her take on it develop over 2015.

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