LAND - before
LAND - After
LAND - before
LAND - After
From a portrait session with Shaanti from a few weeks ago .
I started photography shooting in any light I had and being from Australia, most of it was that - blue sky, bright, - reflecting off anything it could light. Then for many, many years I avoided photographing in the harsh Australian light, and although it’s never my top lighting choice - I think it has a feel about it that is beautiful in it’s own right. I started an ever forming passion with photography at around 15 (when my sister got her first SLR and I would trade it for my iPod when I could). I’d just photograph anything and everything I could, with absolutely no strategy at all. I’d always wonder HOW do these Flickr photographers get such amazing focus and coloring and light!? Haha I am naturally a VERY slow learner and rarely do research so of course it took me years of doing, to finally understand how things work.
So years later it feels really incredible to return to old ways of photographing in this harsh light and have the understanding I do of how to actually work with it, in ways that inspire me. :) This preset is for harsh light (and honestly I never thought I would release something like this, but I’m glad I am and the reasoning - That we may all be as inspired as we can with what we are given. To create with boundaries,(& maybe we don’t like boundaries), but often what we don’t like pushes us into a place of betterment and that’s life right?
You can get the presets here :) https://www.1924.us/digitalkits/presetharshlight
For the last few weeks we have felt as though (and this is quite a normal feeling by now) we are in transition, again. It hasn’t been easy for Christian or I to be in a physically stable place. We’ve always hoped for the best in everything and truly been looked after :) So now, all over again - we do it again! In the next couple of weeks we have to move homes, have decided we may as well start building a home (I’m sure we will share more on it soon), we are also heading to Canada where we will meet with the Hollow Tree team and I’m sure I will fall in love with the place.
Last week I was denied entry to the USA on the only visa I think is suitable (this was sad as it’s Christian’s home country and it just didn’t make sense in reasoning to me). I guess we just have to keep pushing to see a bigger perspective. The hardest part of it all was a week or so ago, we realized, in the middle of the night we were having a miscarriage. It was our first pregnancy and I didn’t realize how rapid the bond would grow or how painful, physically and in my heart the loss of a forming baby would come to be. Now - every day I wake up with an explosion of emotions within me, I carefully try to take down time to sought through each thought feeling and action - for everything - It doesn’t always work out the way I try but I will continue to try. And we always say when it feels as though so much is coming at you negatively - you know the devil is fighting hard because just around the bend God has something incredible. I do believe this, I know we have so much to grow into and be and do and feel and it all takes time, but in the small decisions true character is formed.
I am so excited now for the antiques to arrive here, to re-launch the store, to have a permanent home, to try again! Soon we will have a physical space we can share with others, 2019 will be a good year, i know it.
Last month we found ourselves staying in the most beautiful place in Hastings. I have only put on here about 1/1000th of what we took and saw here. Every crevice of every room was styled impeccably and was just like we were living in the 15th century. The reason we chose to stay here was actually because we had taken the incredible opportunity to become partners with Hollow Tree! (which was our absolute favorite / dream candle company out of Canada. In the past few months Christian has re-branded the candle and it was the most beautiful environment to photograph the new jar. As this next year comes around we are so excited to share more, we all know all good things take time - so we are enjoying every step in the creation of our projects, trying to bring forth and make people feel what we also feel in relation to them. I hope you get inspired by this place as we did! (We got so inspired for our physical shop to com from this place!) Also in these pictures, my dress is from amazing Son De Flor :)
Below are some of my saved photos over the years - I wanted to share some of the inspiration I’ve had :) I also have a whole tumblr or it! haha - here - http://elle-may.tumblr.com/
I thought to show some examples (on a bigger screen for those of you who would like to see the texture kits activated :)
I will mention these kits have been personally, my most used textures (especially the dust and scratch ones). I’ve always found myself emotionally connecting to imagery and art via texture. When I was younger and in college for design - I found myself mostly drawn to photographing texture to use for other purposes like layering on my designs. SO naturally when it came to photography I liked to experiment in this same way.
it’s an amazing thing to share with you guys, and to see so many of you taking it and turning into something I wouldn’t have thought of! So these are purely made to push your creativity some more, they are layers to pre-existing images or designs that hopefully bring something more to your idea, story, art, moment :)
To check the textures out individually or read more about specs / how they can be applied -you can view the texture via the 1924 store here. (they are made for Adobe photoshop, Indesign, illustrator & photoshop mix - which is a free app on your phone).
Thank you to everyone for your endless incredible support. Christian and I will reveal a Christmas gift soon, which we have been excited - creating! So keep a lookout :)
This was the first project I’ve had to direct a music video, with a lot of help from Lists (in cutting) & Christian (in the filming department) - we put together a sequence of imagery that resonated with the lyrics of the song. Just last year around Christmas time we were in New Zealand and in a moment of spontaneity, we bought a gimbal. Which we’ve used over and over, not really knowing why - we just wanted to have film as a creative outlet and the opportunity to capture moments better.
Film as well as music have always been in the highest department of inspiration, & meaning to me - something I’ve always looked up to greatly. In fact, when I first heard his music via sound cloud it instantly became something that made me want to better my craft (I think that’s what inspiration does). So I am incredibly grateful that I could work alongside Lists for this video! Everything was shot in New Zealand, Scotland (where the song was formed) and England.
I have put the first version of ‘Haven Lea’ next to this because it is a whole other unique sound, you almost hear them as entirely different songs - both being incredible! And of course, I highly suggest getting all of Lists Ep’s & if you want to support him and the song - links to spotify, soundcloud, youtube etc are here :) If you would like to hear more from him / updates and a little more about the meaning behind the songs, you can subscribe to his newsletters here. Hope you all have an amazing week!!
It’s always an exciting thing to see more of your own country - even more so, to experience it with Christian (who hadn’t seen very much of Australia). So we kind of counted this trip as a 1/4 honeymoon - 1/4 visiting friends - 1/4 antiquing trip - and the final 1/4 work meet ups. There was definitely more we wished to have done but with 10 short days we crammed a good lot in and tooughroully enjoyed it :) Below are some images of places we stopped or stayed with friends, glimpses of some new antiques to come to the store & just little frames of the journey - (we basically drove from the Sunshine coast to Melbourne on the coast route and back again via the inland route). I would highly recommend this part of the world to anyone interested in traveling to Australia, it’s definitely a little world of it’s own, extremely relaxed and full of friendly people.
Below is kind of a sweet / funny song we always listen to when we are in the car, I thought I should include it :)
A kit of seven high res textures to use across imagery, type, cinemagraphs (any kind of editing really:). I have always used textures to blend edits, however have recently loved using them to experiment further with my images. It's always super fun to see a feeling evoked through editing! All of these textures I have hunted down and photographed myself. They are made for photoshop - with simple layering and blending. They come with an instruction page, just incase you would like to see how to best use them. All seven are $12 & you can get them here - Thank you for your support :D :D :D
Book - Something simple that pretty much works on every image. Book was inspired by torn out pages to give your images a tangible feel.
Oil Canvas - I am always inspired by old oil paintings, this is something that makes you see an image a little different if used well, it's more of a specific texture, but when put over a beautiful colour palate in an image it is seriously so beautiful.
Noise & Scratch - This one is a little more detailed. Kind of like the faint hair-like tangled strands you see on super old images. This gives images a really old feel & looks amazing with black and white.
Pressed - A light paper texture. This one I made initially for blending, both horizontal and vertical, in landscapes it looks amazing, as well as detail shots. The pressed texture is a little more subtle than the others. A favorite of mine :)
Fold - A paper texture. Easy to rotate and line up with an area in your image to bring more dimension. This was inspired by old notes.
Dust - Probably my most used texture. This one is super easy to drop into any image and have it look like it's from whatever time period you wish. The feel is gritty / worn. Also easy to rotate / expand or shrink depending on how many markings you want to show up.
Crinkle - A little more dimension to a flat image is always nice. This one works really nicely over flat-lays and of course images with lots of negative space.