YOU never really know what you’re going to get with ICM photography. Yes, the basics must be there such as composition and understanding light but there’s a randomness to the process which really appeals to me. It’s the ultimate in creative expression and the freedom of the technique means that it’s impossible to shoot the same thing twice. Each shot is unique. Mind-blowing, right?
This not-knowing, experimental style of work can also produce the most elegant work. Trying to tame the beast of ICM is pretty hopeless so don’t even try, simply accept and embrace the joy of discovering a gem that makes your heart beat a little quicker when you get home and you’re sat in front of your computer with a coffee in hand. The feeling reminds me of my childhood when the arrival of a newly developed batch of prints would land with a thud on the hallway floor and I would almost burst with excitement at what lay inside the heavy envelope.
It felt like Christmas, but better.
Work goes on apace on my new calligraphy venture, LetteraEtc. It takes a week to turn around a theme with around 10 or so quotes and that’s going at it full-time but I think it’s worth it and I’m slowly adding finished pieces onto the website too.
The next theme will be specifically for photographers and that should be up in a few days. I’m posting new stuff all the time on Instagram if you’re active there and want to follow along @angelafanton. See ya!
Very happy to announce my latest project, LetteraEtc.
In a nutshell, it’s about enhancing your photography (or indeed any creative project!) by overlaying gorgeous calligraphed quotes and words with a few doodles thrown in for good measure. After my calligraphy course with Melissa Esplin which I loved to bits, it seemed like the most natural thing to do to combine typography with photography, my two favourite things in the world.
It’s early days but so far, I’ve prepared a great selection of quotes that inspire adventure, some for those who find themselves drawn to the sea and an essential set of greetings in different languages and words that are often used with ‘hello’, for example ‘hello summer’. Plus I’ve done a series of mountain and tree trunk doodles that would work well with the adventure quotes or on their own.
Each theme is provided in hi-res PNG and ABR formats so you can easily stamp whatever you like wherever you like, change the colours and increase the size. I’ve been using them on my own photographs so far and uploading to my Instagram page but I’m excited to get some ‘hello’ cards or postcards printed and send them off to family and pals as a little surprise ‘ciao’ from Scotland! I’d love to know what you think and you can see more and buy from LetteraEtc’s Etsy shop!
Double exposures. I cannot get enough of them. So much so that I have my new Fuji XPro1 permanently on double exposure mode. The process of overlaying two images, one on top of the other, can be used to great artistic effect. It’s a great means of photographic storytelling and you don’t need to stop at two images, you can keep going to create one image from multiple exposures if your DSLR allows it.
In the case of a double exposure, I have found that I get a better outcome if the first image is quite dark. You can stop down the exposure or choose a subject in shadow. I then like to have a fairly bright second image and always work in live view mode so that I can see how best to align my two images.
I’m not too fussed about having a clutter-free background as I prefer my double and multiple exposures to be organic but that’s probably a plus for me in that I shoot mainly nature, trees and such like. If you are shooting portraits then you want that first image of the person to have as clean a background as possible so you have more focus on the silhouette of the subject.
Keep in mind that you don’t have to shoot a double exposure at the same time and you can simple keep one ‘on hold’ on the memory card and move to another location to shoot something else whenever you choose.
So much has been happening to me recently, it’s hard to keep up and I mean that in a head-spinning, happy way.
One of the most exciting things is I got approached by a company called VIDA asking me if I would be interested in creating a signature collection of scarves and silk t-shirts printed with my photography.
The company is much more than a partnership for artists and manufacturers, it uses part of the proceeds from sales to support literacy programs for the makers in Pakistan, providing them with opportunities they otherwise would not have.
Beautiful products produced in a sustainable way… you can see why I signed up on the spot!
There are now four of my photographs up for grabs on my VIDA page, three available as scarves and one as a silk t-shirt which I’ve shown here for you to see how fab they are (even if I do say so myself)!
So exciting for me! And now I want to pass part of that on to you, 25% of it to be exact. If you pre-order any item in the next 10 days, you will get 25% off the marked price, that’s around US$30 for a modal scarf and US$49 for a pure silk t-shirt. It’s an unbelievable offer. Plus, international shipping will cost you just US$5.
“Fall colors are funny. They’re so bright and intense and beautiful. It’s like nature is trying to fill you up with color, to saturate you so you can stockpile it before winter turns everything muted and dreary.” – Siobhan Vivian
Aside from the obvious wonder of its colours, I love the smell of Autumn. Rich and damp and earthy, like potatoes baking in the ashes of a homemade bonfire. Inhale.
It’s a time when we change the smell of our home and switch up the candles. We buy the same ones at this time every year and replace those that have sweetly carried us through summer with some that make us feel like we are walking into a gentleman’s club the morning after a night of cigar smoking and drinking brandy. Delicious tobacco and spicy tea scents are my favourites and somehow make you feel warm even if it’s freezing cold and chucking it down with rain outside.
Do you favour any scents at this time of the year?