February was another pretty quiet month shoot-wise, but there was plenty of positivity towards the end and I'm enjoying making plans for what's to come in March! I did more catching up on travel photography I hadn't had chance to process before and stayed very, very busy in my role as projects director at Shutter Hub. I had a couple of people get in touch to say they liked my monthly recommendations, too, so I'll keep them going for now.
In the zine are highlights from the month or things that just made interesting images. To mix things up a bit I pretended I was in France for a day and made French-themed food all day and watched a French film. We're still trying to do plenty of walks so there are plenty of observations captured on those, particularly as we had a lot of snow and everything went very Narnia for a while. A friend set a crafty challenge so I had a go at making a shadow sculpture, which was challenging but satisfying! Pancake day, one of my favourite days, happened, and I was restrained but happy with my choice of ham and cheese lunch pancakes, followed by lemon and sugar pancakes in the evening. We bought a slice of matcha mille crêpe cake from one of our favourite shops, Let's Go/Starry Mart in Colchester and ate it while watching Blade with the curtains shut in the afternoon, which felt incredibly indulgent. I wrote a blog about photography I have done for Contemporary Applied Arts (CAA) and set up a scene to illustrate it, with pieces from CAA - gorgeous earrings by Misun Won, a shouty Monster by Dylan Bowen and a tea caddy filled with gold by Hugh Miller.
Things I've enjoyed:
Food: For my French-themed day I bought some nice things from H Gunton in Colchester and made Eggs en Cocotte from Cerys Matthews' lovely book for breakfast and played the Spotify playlist that goes along with that section, too. I also made chocolate mousse which was delicious. New recipe of the week continues and we made green pesto minestrone, which was an excellent lunch, Penne Vodka from The American Diner Secret recipe book, which was an excellent weekend dinner and Hokey Pokey (honeycomb) which was frighteningly easy to make. I made more Madeleines as they are my current favourite easy/delicious/pretty thing to make.
Reading: I was given A Little Book of Japanese Contentments by Erin Niimi Longhurst for Christmas and it is lovely. Particularly lovely to read before going to sleep.
TV & films: Highlights in February were being able to watch the rest of Ink Master (competitive tattooing), Superstore for a nice light half-hour comedy. Les Misérables was the French film we watched and was very good, The Dig was a lovely Sunday film.
Learning: Thanks to Who's Your Momma I attended a Creativity Matters Art Journalling workshop series on Zoom each week with Emily Fleuriot. It was excellent, and having a set time to focus purely on being creative and trying new things was invaluable. I'm sure it is having a positive effect on my mind as well as my work.
What have you been enjoying?
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