Jayne Lloyd | Notes at the beginning of the year

Notes at the beginning of the year

January 07, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Happy New Year! I hope that you had a lovely Christmas break!

Interior shot of 'Happy New Year' banner and Christmas tree by a fireplace.Happy New YearInterior shot of 'Happy New Year' banner and Christmas tree by a fireplace. I thought I'd just write a little blog as it's been a little while and let's face it, it's a New Year tradition that I try to be a better blogger! If you're a long-time reader you'll know that I do make resolutions, but I'm pretty casual about it. I'm under no illusions that I'll massively change my life or keep them up for longer than a couple of weeks, but hey, a couple of weeks is better than nothing! 

Notes on this Week

I was working on New Year's eve so I was back to work a little sooner than usual. I was back in time to see in the New Year with friends and some bubbly and had a relaxed day with good food on the Monday though so it was a nice start back. Most of the week was at the computer, processing, catching up and planning for the weeks ahead.

My sort-of resolutions:

Be more focused, more organised: I'm giving the Dream, Plan, Do journal a go - setting better goals and reaching them is the plan.

Be a bit better: A vague one, but basically read more, see more, learn more. Remember I'm under no illusions here, but for me giving it a bit of a go is helpful!

Some sort of journal: Last year I started a log book inspired by Austin Kleon, and it turned into more of an art journal. It got too big for the book, I lost momentum, but it was the best attempt I've ever made and I've enjoyed flicking back through the images to see what I was up to. This year I'm going to give the log book another go, and keep a more visual journal on loose pages - instant photos, a postcard, collages, whatever really. I'll let you know how that goes.

Fairy lights reflection on a rainy window - Fuji Instant print taken with a Mamiya RB67.Fairy lights reflection on a rainy window - Fuji Instant print taken with a Mamiya RB67.Fairy lights reflection on a rainy window - Fuji Instant print taken with a Mamiya RB67.

Notes on December

I know everyone's over Christmas now and I'm a bit late on the 2017 recap post but I thought I'd do a little recap on what I've been up to lately:

Promotional photography

December was a really busy month for promotional photography and I worked with some new clients on some great projects. Most I can't share yet as they'll be launched on new websites this year, but I can share some of the photos I took for the Judith Blacklock Flower School:

Judith Blacklock Flower School decorated for Christmas.JayneLloyd_CommercialPhotography_JudithBlacklockFlowerSchool_6163Judith Blacklock Flower School decorated for Christmas. Judith Blacklock Flower School decorated for Christmas.JayneLloyd_CommercialPhotography_JudithBlacklockFlowerSchool_6151Judith Blacklock Flower School decorated for Christmas.

 

Event Photography

The Business Woman's Network had Paul Hutton from i5 Group speaking about 'Maximising Your Digital Effectiveness In An Innovative & Agile Manner' - a very informative masterclass with great businesses coming together.

Maximising Your Digital Effectiveness In An Innovative & Agile Manner Master Class & NetworkingMaximising Your Digital Effectiveness In An Innovative & Agile Manner Master Class & NetworkingBusiness Woman's Network event, with masterclass by Paul Hutton, 13 December 2017 at Wivenhoe House Hotel, Colchester.

Photos for my own enjoyment

It snowed proper snow in the UK so we had a lovely day in a nearby Country Park, me trailing behind taking photos. It was such a lovely day!

Snowy woodland in Colchester.jayne_171210_4912Snowy woodland in Colchester. A snowman and a tree.jayne_171210_4901A snowman and a tree. I've been trying to do a bit more film photography this past year - I finally got the black and white disposable camera I've been carrying about processed, took my old Canon AE-1 home for Christmas and messed about with my Mamiya RB67. The AE-1 was the camera I used for most of my uni work so it felt good to use it again. The film was expired but I don't think I took it to the best place for processing as I was in a rush so the prints aren't great. I'll take them somewhere proper next time!

Black and white snow-scene printBlack and white snow-scene printBlack and white snow-scene print Snowglobe, shot on 35mm film.Snowglobe, shot on 35mm film.Snowglobe, shot on 35mm film.

Photographing a small Christmas tree with a Mamiya RB67.jayne_171208_1451Photographing a small Christmas tree with a Mamiya RB67.

 

Exhibitions, inspirations, general ramblings etc.

There were loads of exhibitions I wanted to go to see but didn't manage too as it was just to busy (and the trains weren't running properly over Christmas). On my list for this month are 'Instant Stories. Wim Wenders' Polaroids' at the Photographers' Gallery, Basquiat: Boom for Real at the Barbican, and pretty much everything on the Shutter Hub '8 Great Exhibitions' blog - most importantly 'Borders', Shutter Hub's exhibition at the Bridewell Theatre Bar Gallery - the PV is on Friday 12th- see you there?

The last exhibition I did see, which is still on and I highly recommend visiting if you can, was Grayson Perry: The Life Of Julie Cope at Firstsite in Colchester. It's wonderful to see the tapestries, hear the story, and particularly to see the sketchbooks used to plan A House for Essex. It's on until 18th February.

Grayson Perry: The Life of Julie CopeGrayson Perry: The Life of Julie CopeGrayson Perry: The Life of Julie Cope

 

In my headphones: I've been rubbish at new music as usual, but lately I've been loving Gary Numan's 'Savage (songs from a broken world)'. I've also been getting more into podcasts (finally) and I absolutely love the fab Scenario, which not only tells the story behind photographs but has the fab Jessica McDermott going with the photographer when they take them, so it gives you a really unique insight. Highly recommend checking it out!

On my TV: 'The Good Place' on Netflix was great and I loved 'Please Like Me' on Amazon Prime. Over Christmas I enjoyed the beautifully shot 'The Miniaturist' and absolutely loved 'Hidden Figures', which Tim got me for Christmas. 'A Monster Calls' was beautiful but very moving!

 

That should do for now, but you can join me on Twitter or Instagram if you'd like to see snippets of my view of the world - it's looking quite wintry at the moment. I'm also trying to share a few Instagram Stories to show what I'm up to on a day-to-day basis. I've also got a newish newsletter you can sign up for below - I'm trying to share useful tips and things in that so let me know if there's anything you'd like me to look at.

My Instagram grid - Jan 2018.My Instagram grid - Jan 2018.My Instagram grid - Jan 2018. Have a great January!

 


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