Show & Tell: August in photos

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I know, I know – it’s mid-September. I got a little distracted. Here’s what with: 1. New social media profile pic, for the first time in years. Always find I prefer it when you can’t see my face too much. Do you think that’s a disadvantage when making connections online?  2. This series of sponsored posts for Citroen has challenged me as a photographer – making something as everyday as a car work within my own…

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how the clickbait algorithm is choking instagram

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Have you noticed a shift in Instagram lately? Since the latest round of updates, most people have: their posts attract fewer likes, the content they see on their home feed is less varied. Occasionally, and seemingly inexplicably, a post will garner unusual attention. It attracts likes at a remarkable rate, and you see your followings take a leap. What is going on? let’s explore A while ago, Instagram phased out their Suggested User feature and…

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an ode to the small things

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Can we talk about small things for a moment? About the impossibly sweet and nostalgic accoutrements of childhood. A little blue cardigan hanging from a big hallway hook. Miniature shoes lined in tidy little rows. Small, pudgy hands clutching smaller, balding Sylvanian rabbits, who in turn hold impossibly tiny jugs and teapots and cakes. Most days I am immune to it, but some days… some days it is all I can see. The novelty of it, the faint ridiculousness. Knickers…

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Insta-Inspiration: August

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Do you ever just get a bit… well, obsessed? I’m sure it will surprise precisely nobody when I confess that I absolutely do. This month my heart & mind are being consumed by Mark’s Hamill’s fluffy fluffy hair  Japanese film photography. I mean, all film photography, obviously, but particularly a style of portraiture and dreamy lifestyle shots I’m seeing from Japanese users. Here are some of my August insta-loves. I will learn this. I WILL. Where…

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a handful of confetti (and other wedding spoilers)

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Because it’s taking over my life right now, and my secrets are safe with you, right? The thing about a DIY wedding is it’s all details. There’s nothing but details to think about! Less than a fortnight to go until my pretty dress day! Um, I mean, until I marry my one true love… y’know. 🙊 1/ Our beautiful, beautiful invites by Tara Spencer. I’m going to have to frame one, they’re so damn pretty.…

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Notes for my daughter: my favourite words

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I love language. I’ve always been a word-nerd – collecting them up from Famous Five books (determined; kitbag) & my mum’s weekly women’s magazines (devastate; masturbate – a regular on the problem pages, although it was some time before I could really pronounce or understand it). I’d absorb them by osmosis – so sure that the imaginary land my soft toys hailed from – California – was my own wonderful invention. Playing with a puffalump in the garden one day, I was…

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keep the wild in you – Swallows & Amazons

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I was raised on a diet of homemade cake & gingerbeer. Not literally, you understand, but of the literary sort – hours spent gorging on books by Enid Blyton and Arthur Ransome. The Famous Five, Swallows & Amazons. A head full of island adventures in rolling British countryside, even as my body lay in quiet, grey suburbia. An anxious & bookish child, these books gave me fresh courage & a 50s-esque stiff upper lip. Adventures…

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surviving a salon with hairdresser anxiety

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Hairdresser anxiety is a real thing – I know I can’t be alone in this. A salon visit is, at heart, a wholly unnatural experience: an array of strangers pulling and scrubbing at your head while you you try to avoid eye contact with your own reflection, and pretend to feel at ease. Your hairdresser will get closer to you than even your partner does, most days; or rather, they get just as close but actually…

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15 ways to improve your instagram engagement

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There’s a funny mood in the insta-air. For the first time in my memory, people are stepping away. Twitter is awash with people saying it just doesn’t work for them any more – for inspiration and for engagement – and the frustration is growing daily. I have a lot of thoughts on this – on why it’s happening, and how it might change. There’s too much to include in this post, so I’ll save most of that for…

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my favourite minimalist fashion stores

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This is the post that google did not deliver. I searched for it over and over again : stores like COS, minimalist fashion online – but only ever seemed to hit the same three or four results. First up: when I say minimalist here I’m referring to the style and aesthetic, rather than the lifestyle movement. There’s sometimes some overlap but for this list, use ‘minimalist’ as shorthand for simple garments, clean lines, interesting silhouettes,…

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