Experiments in Happiness: Gardening

I’ve had a garden for a long time, but it has been sadly neglected. It’s not that I don’t want to be there, but with hayfever, small children and an endless list of tasks that needed to be done every day it just really wasn’t a priority. Images of the garden shortly after moving Now…

Experiments in Happiness: Dogs

This is something that I know makes me happy; having a dog. I grew up with dogs and have owned two Golden Retrievers as an adult. I haven’t had a dog for three years, and I’m not sure that now is the right time to make a commitment to a dog so for the moment…

Experiments in Happiness: CBD Oil

I did wonder about including this post as part of my experiments in happiness. My experience of CBD has been more about relieving anxiety. I’ve been using CBD oil daily for four months now and I’m not claiming that using CBD oil can make you happy. However, I want to recount my own personal experience…

Photography: Image Transfers onto Plaster

Eventually, if you carry on reading this blog for any length of time, you will realise that I am an experimenter. I really like experimenting with my images, and images of myself in particular (after I’ve experimented with changing the way I look with wigs, clothes and make up, obviously). I’ve had an idea to…

Photography: TinType App

I’ve really wanted to play with various historic photographic techniques for a long time, but I’m limited by the fact that my darkroom and my office are one and the same space. I also have time constraints. Like most people there are so many things I want to do but I just don’t have the…

Photography: Vortographs

A lot of people visit my blog after searching for ‘vortography’ or ‘vortograph’, and I’ve  been asked over and over how to make one. What is a Vorticism? Vorticism started in 1914 in London and encompassed sculpture, photography, painting, woodcuts and graphic design. The movement, which was a ‘response to French Cubism and Italian Futurism’ (1) was…