Be Water

"Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. 

Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; 

You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; 

You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. 

Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend." 

- Bruce Lee

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Three Graces

In the spring last year, myself and a few creative souls gathered at Castle Ashby to create some magic together and now I’m so excited to be able to share this shoot as it’s finally been published in beauNU Magazine.

Ella Sadika Jackson (an incredible watercolour artist and photographer), Bella Kotak (a wonderful photographer and floral queen!) and Yinsey Wang (a beautiful fantasy model and lawyer) wore dresses by designers The Modern Love Bridal and Audrey Ashley Couture in a ‘Three Graces’ inspired shoot. Makeup and hair wizardry was done by Minaz Mawjee and Victoria Leanne. We also had help from the insanely talented Pratik Naik.

I’m so lucky I got to shoot with people who inspire me daily!

Key

A few weeks ago I had a bad experience with calling 999 (it could have been serious but it wasn’t, and in the end it all got sorted). Since then I’ve been having vivid anxiety dreams about my lack of control in certain situations.

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One of these dreams began with Jack and I moving to a new house. We were settling down for bed after moving the boxes up to our balcony on our new bedroom. As we drifted off in the smokey, drafty, old room (we had left the fires on, burning throughout the house) Ryan Gosling & David Attenborough charged through the door with swords in their hands. David scurried off to find our valuables and Ryan held the sword up to my throat. I noticed a heavy, rusty key in the door and as I pulled it out of the door it grew 5x it’s size. I lifted it above my head and brought it down on top of Ryan, it smashed into his skull and he fell back into a slump on the bed. (Baring in mind Jack was still asleep hahaha). David rushed into the room, threw Ryan over his shoulder, shuffled down the stairs and disappeared. I turned to my house phone (who even has a house phone nowadays!?) and it was a giant machine that looked like an industrial printer. I noticed it had a fax machine on the top of it so I tried to dial 999. As I pressed the number 9, it changed to a 3, I pressed it again and it changed to a 1. I tried to dial it again and it repeated the numbers again. I was getting more and more frustrated by this point. Finally I managed to get through to the police, and as I said hello, Jack woke up! I asked him our address and he said number 13 Chaudbauk (!?!). I explained to them what had happened and within moments they arrived. The police car was a tiny little car with Christmas lights on and it chugged along down our drive way at what felt like 2mph. Out popped a woman who was the size of a lamppost, and a woman the size of a shetland pony. They trotted into the house and the first thing they asked me was ‘Why did you leave your fires on?’. (Don’t ask me, why am I even having this dream?!?!) The police entered our bedroom, a choir of ghosts appeared and lined the edge of the room, they pitched in as the women questioned me about the burglary but only I could hear them. This went on for a good few moments until the police left and I was sat on my bed in disbelief as to what just happened. I stood up and walked onto my balcony, I breathed in the night air and I began to have a nostalgic memory about a place we used to live that was similar to this new house, but instead of it having stairs in the house, they were on the outside. I glanced to my left and I saw a gym with the lights glaring through the windows down onto the grass beneath the house.

I woke up. I told Jack. I thought about this dream all day and ever since. My mind is wild.

31 Days with Holly

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DAY 1

The Octopus  It’s December 1st which means it’s day 1 of my 31 day project #31dayswithholly. If you saw my last post you’ll know that I’m seeing out 2018 with a self portrait a day until the new year. I wanted to start this project by diving into all my unused props that I’ve accumulated over the years (you know the ones that you buy and think oh I’ll use that soon... 2 years later 👀 ha!).  This image is inspired by one of my best friends masterpieces (see my insta stories!) @steph_rid1 created an octopus plate and it’s epic!

The Octopus

It’s December 1st which means it’s day 1 of my 31 day project #31dayswithholly. If you saw my last post you’ll know that I’m seeing out 2018 with a self portrait a day until the new year. I wanted to start this project by diving into all my unused props that I’ve accumulated over the years (you know the ones that you buy and think oh I’ll use that soon... 2 years later 👀 ha!).

This image is inspired by one of my best friends masterpieces (see my insta stories!) @steph_rid1 created an octopus plate and it’s epic!

DAY 2

Locket  We gave this locket to my nana for her birthday a fair few years ago (it’s got some very embarrassing pictures of me in it 🙈) and when I went home last weekend for a family wedding, she gave it back to me. I had expressed my love for gold jewellery over FaceTime a few days before and so she thought I’d love to wear it, and I have been doing ever since! My wonderful Nana, Sylvia Rose (& my grandad Roy Pickles) have been huge inspirations to me over the years and so I thought I’d include it in this project. She’s been in hospital these past few days (on her way home right this minute!) so please send all the positive vibes her way! ♥️

Locket

We gave this locket to my nana for her birthday a fair few years ago (it’s got some very embarrassing pictures of me in it 🙈) and when I went home last weekend for a family wedding, she gave it back to me. I had expressed my love for gold jewellery over FaceTime a few days before and so she thought I’d love to wear it, and I have been doing ever since! My wonderful Nana, Sylvia Rose (& my grandad Roy Pickles) have been huge inspirations to me over the years and so I thought I’d include it in this project. She’s been in hospital these past few days (on her way home right this minute!) so please send all the positive vibes her way! ♥️

DAY 3

Painty paint paint!  I’ve been painting this afternoon (and all last night!) trying to cover the blue that we chose last year for our bedroom (you can just see it coming through the white paint if you look carefully 🙈) but we managed it, yey! Jack did an epic job on the roller, and I did the cutting in.  Today I started on the fun stuff, painting the ‘muted rose’ colour! I have a vision and I’m hoping it pays off, but since painting one wall I’m loving it, phew! Now to finish off the other three... palm blisters a plenty 😂

Painty paint paint!

I’ve been painting this afternoon (and all last night!) trying to cover the blue that we chose last year for our bedroom (you can just see it coming through the white paint if you look carefully 🙈) but we managed it, yey! Jack did an epic job on the roller, and I did the cutting in.

Today I started on the fun stuff, painting the ‘muted rose’ colour! I have a vision and I’m hoping it pays off, but since painting one wall I’m loving it, phew! Now to finish off the other three... palm blisters a plenty 😂

DAY 4

Self Inflicted

Self Inflicted

DAY 5

Cluster

Cluster

DAY 6

Some things are better left unexplained.  I spent the day yesterday with Sara, we went for lunch in the city and wandered to the top of the Tate to see the views as it got dark. I then tripped and fell into the thames (luckily my scarf saved me) ‍

Some things are better left unexplained.

I spent the day yesterday with Sara, we went for lunch in the city and wandered to the top of the Tate to see the views as it got dark. I then tripped and fell into the thames (luckily my scarf saved me) ‍

DAY 7

*HIGH FIVE* to all the artists out their who are unapologetically themselves. Today I’m an unimpressed thumb 👍🏼   I’ve been inspired by a few awesome illustrators and artists this past few months  Furry Little Peach , David Shrigley,  Webcomic Name , Chris Simpson Artist and  Ketnipz  (to name a few!). So I thought I’d itch a scratch and experiment with some ideas. I’m loving that this project has allowed me to explore new techniques, visions and given me the freedom to interpret daily!

*HIGH FIVE* to all the artists out their who are unapologetically themselves. Today I’m an unimpressed thumb 👍🏼

I’ve been inspired by a few awesome illustrators and artists this past few months Furry Little Peach, David Shrigley, Webcomic Name, Chris Simpson Artist and Ketnipz (to name a few!). So I thought I’d itch a scratch and experiment with some ideas. I’m loving that this project has allowed me to explore new techniques, visions and given me the freedom to interpret daily!

DAY 8

Take care of yourself

Take care of yourself

DAY 9

Holly in the Holly

Holly in the Holly

DAY 10

The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them. - a quote from one of my favourite books for motivation, big magic by @elizabeth_gilbert_writer.  I’ve been out all day shooting with a client/friend of mine, we shot some photos of her lovely little (cuteeee!!!) baby boy. I haven’t had chance to shoot anything today so I revisited my New York images. I’ve made it 10 days into this project and I’m pretty happy with what I’ve made so far, not entirely, but I don’t think I’ll ever be 100% satisfied. Some days I’ve felt ultimate inspiration, others I’ve felt extremely forced, but I’ve managed to push and see it through nonetheless. I needed this, I needed time to play, to experiment, and to be patient with myself.

The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them. - a quote from one of my favourite books for motivation, big magic by @elizabeth_gilbert_writer.

I’ve been out all day shooting with a client/friend of mine, we shot some photos of her lovely little (cuteeee!!!) baby boy. I haven’t had chance to shoot anything today so I revisited my New York images. I’ve made it 10 days into this project and I’m pretty happy with what I’ve made so far, not entirely, but I don’t think I’ll ever be 100% satisfied. Some days I’ve felt ultimate inspiration, others I’ve felt extremely forced, but I’ve managed to push and see it through nonetheless. I needed this, I needed time to play, to experiment, and to be patient with myself.

DAY 11

Glimpse  I’ve been missing the summer sunsets these past few weeks, so I decided to look through the photos I’ve taken of epic skies this year and got carried away with today’s image. I can’t wait to feel the warmth on my skin again. (Although, I have been enjoying playing Red Dead Redemption 2, taking in all the sunsets/sunrises and incredible scenery on there 😍- the graphics are breath taking!) anyone else been playing?

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I’ve been missing the summer sunsets these past few weeks, so I decided to look through the photos I’ve taken of epic skies this year and got carried away with today’s image. I can’t wait to feel the warmth on my skin again. (Although, I have been enjoying playing Red Dead Redemption 2, taking in all the sunsets/sunrises and incredible scenery on there 😍- the graphics are breath taking!) anyone else been playing?

DAY 12

Home  In 2014/15 I created a project on the word ‘home’ and what it meant to me (I’ll post it in my stories). In a few weeks time Jack and I will be house owners (fingers crossed!) and it felt right to revisit and reimagine how I see a home... full of plants of course! 🌿

Home

In 2014/15 I created a project on the word ‘home’ and what it meant to me (I’ll post it in my stories). In a few weeks time Jack and I will be house owners (fingers crossed!) and it felt right to revisit and reimagine how I see a home... full of plants of course! 🌿

DAY 13

Shoes.  Inside, outside, high, low, comfort, pain, protect, neglect, move, stop.

Shoes.

Inside, outside, high, low, comfort, pain, protect, neglect, move, stop.

DAY 14

Be kind, body & mind. 🌿

Be kind, body & mind. 🌿

DAY 15

A Dementers Kiss  “You can exist without your soul, you know, as long as your brain and heart are still working. But you’ll have no sense of self anymore, no memory, no . . . anything. There’s no chance at all of recovery. You’ll just — exist. As an empty shell. And your soul is gone forever . . . lost.” - @officialjkrowling

A Dementers Kiss

“You can exist without your soul, you know, as long as your brain and heart are still working. But you’ll have no sense of self anymore, no memory, no . . . anything. There’s no chance at all of recovery. You’ll just — exist. As an empty shell. And your soul is gone forever . . . lost.” - @officialjkrowling

DAY 16

We see, we learn, we grow 🌿

We see, we learn, we grow 🌿

DAY 17

I often wonder  ...as I walk the pages, my eyes following the dot, to dot, to dot. Will this work?  Sometimes creating causes me so much pain I just want to roll into a ball and stay there for a while. Other times creating gives me the most euphoric feeling and because of that it's so addictive. When that pain strikes through my body it can be debilitating but I will always come back for more to search the euphoria.  A few symbols here:  a blank page (starting fresh)  drawing a line through the dots (connecting a creative thought/process)  walking the line (always risky)  i'm on fire (the pain)  the slippers (the euphoria, am i right?!)

I often wonder

...as I walk the pages, my eyes following the dot, to dot, to dot. Will this work?

Sometimes creating causes me so much pain I just want to roll into a ball and stay there for a while. Other times creating gives me the most euphoric feeling and because of that it's so addictive. When that pain strikes through my body it can be debilitating but I will always come back for more to search the euphoria.

A few symbols here:

a blank page (starting fresh)

drawing a line through the dots (connecting a creative thought/process)

walking the line (always risky)

i'm on fire (the pain)

the slippers (the euphoria, am i right?!)

DAY 18

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DAY 19

If you know me you’ll know I love plants and that my house is slowly becoming a jungle one day at a time. 🌿 This year I was given a cutting of a plant by my Grandad from his garden, it’s scientific name is Cyperus Alternifolius (aka Umbrella Palm), it grew the most amazing shoots and I’ve loved seeing it grow over the past few months. We’ve moved it inside and it lives on our windowsill, it sometimes attacks guests with its long tickle-y leaves and it makes me happy when I look at it (gotta appreciate the small things!) I kinda wish that it actually grew stars ⭐️

If you know me you’ll know I love plants and that my house is slowly becoming a jungle one day at a time. 🌿 This year I was given a cutting of a plant by my Grandad from his garden, it’s scientific name is Cyperus Alternifolius (aka Umbrella Palm), it grew the most amazing shoots and I’ve loved seeing it grow over the past few months. We’ve moved it inside and it lives on our windowsill, it sometimes attacks guests with its long tickle-y leaves and it makes me happy when I look at it (gotta appreciate the small things!) I kinda wish that it actually grew stars ⭐️

DAY 20

Navigate the Dark  It worked! If you’ve been watching my stories today you’ll have seen me talking my way through shooting this. I’ve always wanted to dabble in an underwater edit and so when this image popped into my head this morning I knew I had to shoot it. I shot with this helmet a while ago and wanted to continue the character, so here she is, navigating her way through the darkness.

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It worked! If you’ve been watching my stories today you’ll have seen me talking my way through shooting this. I’ve always wanted to dabble in an underwater edit and so when this image popped into my head this morning I knew I had to shoot it. I shot with this helmet a while ago and wanted to continue the character, so here she is, navigating her way through the darkness.

DAY 21

Echo

Echo

DAY 22

Finding props & inspiration in every room I walk into at my mums house, she’s a prop queen! I love coming home home and getting creative.   It’s @kimcohproperties (my families business) Christmas party tonight and I’m tagging along with Jack because even though we don’t work there, I’m a freelancer and I’ll take advantage of all the social events I can get 😂👌🏼

Finding props & inspiration in every room I walk into at my mums house, she’s a prop queen! I love coming home home and getting creative.

It’s @kimcohproperties (my families business) Christmas party tonight and I’m tagging along with Jack because even though we don’t work there, I’m a freelancer and I’ll take advantage of all the social events I can get 😂👌🏼

DAY 23

Musical Statues  Yesterday we spent the afternoon playing this with the kids and so it inspired my image for today. I also had a little friend join me whilst we were shooting (see original in the comments ha!) 🐓

Musical Statues

Yesterday we spent the afternoon playing this with the kids and so it inspired my image for today. I also had a little friend join me whilst we were shooting (see original in the comments ha!) 🐓

DAY 24

A quick one today because we’ve been busy baking and I had a countryside shoot with  @jennywesty  &  @morskystudio  this morning (we may have got told off by the farmer but it was worth it!) Hope you all have the best Christmas Eve! 🥰

A quick one today because we’ve been busy baking and I had a countryside shoot with @jennywesty & @morskystudio this morning (we may have got told off by the farmer but it was worth it!) Hope you all have the best Christmas Eve! 🥰

DAY 25

Merry Christmas!  I decided not to post yesterday as I wanted to spend Christmas with the fam and had one too many prosecco's so didn't fancy editing! This was me yesterday morning pretending to be a Christmas star wearing my new blanket jumper, penguin pjs, marmite socks and the  @docmartensshoes  (that Jack got me!)  Hope you all had a fab day! ⭐️

Merry Christmas!

I decided not to post yesterday as I wanted to spend Christmas with the fam and had one too many prosecco's so didn't fancy editing! This was me yesterday morning pretending to be a Christmas star wearing my new blanket jumper, penguin pjs, marmite socks and the @docmartensshoes (that Jack got me!)

Hope you all had a fab day! ⭐️

DAY 26

It was my job to decorate the Christmas cake again this year so I made a snow scene complete with a sassy snowman! Dressed with a star top hat, golden eyes and a feather (icing) boa! ⛄️

It was my job to decorate the Christmas cake again this year so I made a snow scene complete with a sassy snowman! Dressed with a star top hat, golden eyes and a feather (icing) boa! ⛄️

DAY 27

Intergalactic

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DAY 28

Intergalactic 2  We are back home after a beaut Christmas with my family up north! ⭐️ I'm feeling rather flu-y today so I'm editing a concept that we shot yesterday. This was the original concept but I loved the other shots more so went with those first. I'm absolutely loving where this project is taking me and how relaxed I am about the whole thing. It's so refreshing to just CREATE with nothing holding me back, I highly recommend a project like this to anyone feeling stuck or insecure about their work. I've learnt a lot along the way which I'll be covering in my recap video but if you have any questions, write them below!

Intergalactic 2

We are back home after a beaut Christmas with my family up north! ⭐️ I'm feeling rather flu-y today so I'm editing a concept that we shot yesterday. This was the original concept but I loved the other shots more so went with those first. I'm absolutely loving where this project is taking me and how relaxed I am about the whole thing. It's so refreshing to just CREATE with nothing holding me back, I highly recommend a project like this to anyone feeling stuck or insecure about their work. I've learnt a lot along the way which I'll be covering in my recap video but if you have any questions, write them below!

DAY 29

Temperature 🤒  Still a little under the weather, resting as much as I can so that I can enjoy our New Years Eve party (great gatsby themed!).  Something cool happened today though, I’ve been featured over on  @phoblographer , which is awesome 🥰 thank you  @danginnphoto  for your write up!  I also just wanted to say thank you so much for all your support on here along the way and to everyone who follows my journey, I’ve had a pretty epic response recently so thank you, thank you, thank you!! I might not feel it physically (atm, with this cold 🤧) but I’m feeling so refreshed and ready to start 2019 with ideas that I’m excited about and to start my YouTube again with fresh eyes.  But for now I’m going to drown myself in lemsip and cross my fingers and toes that this leaves my body before Monday!

Temperature 🤒

Still a little under the weather, resting as much as I can so that I can enjoy our New Years Eve party (great gatsby themed!).

Something cool happened today though, I’ve been featured over on @phoblographer, which is awesome 🥰 thank you @danginnphoto for your write up!

I also just wanted to say thank you so much for all your support on here along the way and to everyone who follows my journey, I’ve had a pretty epic response recently so thank you, thank you, thank you!! I might not feel it physically (atm, with this cold 🤧) but I’m feeling so refreshed and ready to start 2019 with ideas that I’m excited about and to start my YouTube again with fresh eyes.

But for now I’m going to drown myself in lemsip and cross my fingers and toes that this leaves my body before Monday!

DAY 30

Rebirth  It’s the penultimate day of this project and I am so tempted to carry it on after day 31... I can feel myself changing so rapidly, my ability to create has stepped up 10 notches and if I meddle with the momentum now, I’m scared of what might happen. The first two weeks were hard, but now I’m finding it pretty simple, I might not be saying this next week but I feel as though I could be ready for the challenge. I don’t have an end goal in sight but I would kinda, sorta like to keep going... what do you think I should do?!  (Wings stock: https://goo.gl/zkwaUn)

Rebirth
It’s the penultimate day of this project and I am so tempted to carry it on after day 31... I can feel myself changing so rapidly, my ability to create has stepped up 10 notches and if I meddle with the momentum now, I’m scared of what might happen. The first two weeks were hard, but now I’m finding it pretty simple, I might not be saying this next week but I feel as though I could be ready for the challenge. I don’t have an end goal in sight but I would kinda, sorta like to keep going... what do you think I should do?!
(Wings stock: https://goo.gl/zkwaUn)

DAY 31

Wowowowow 31 daaays! I did it!!! That was the most creatively fulfilling 31 days and I'm so chuffed that I managed it all! I've made images that I've loved, and also images that I've hated, but I posted, and for me that was the challenge and goal I set myself. I have so much more to say on this, and why I think it's been such an important 31 days for me, and how it could be beneficial for you to try too, but I'll save it for the YouTube video that I'll be making this week.   Happy New Year ⭐️ Here's to another year of living creatively, I'm not really sure what 2019 has in store for me (apart from lots and lots of weddings of course!) but I'm ready to take the maiden voyage into the unknown and embrace everything I can. Also thank you to the most supportive person in my life  @jackpage9 , who has helped me shoot a lot of these photos, you're ace!

Wowowowow 31 daaays! I did it!!! That was the most creatively fulfilling 31 days and I'm so chuffed that I managed it all! I've made images that I've loved, and also images that I've hated, but I posted, and for me that was the challenge and goal I set myself. I have so much more to say on this, and why I think it's been such an important 31 days for me, and how it could be beneficial for you to try too, but I'll save it for the YouTube video that I'll be making this week.


Happy New Year ⭐️ Here's to another year of living creatively, I'm not really sure what 2019 has in store for me (apart from lots and lots of weddings of course!) but I'm ready to take the maiden voyage into the unknown and embrace everything I can. Also thank you to the most supportive person in my life @jackpage9, who has helped me shoot a lot of these photos, you're ace!

Ignite

RIGHT, it’s time to get out of this funk and start creating again. 💥On the 1st December I’ll be starting a self portrait project where I’ll be creating everyday leading up to the new year. Let’s see out 2018 with a bang! If you’d like to join me in doing this project, use #31dayswithholly.

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I shot this image in Central Park in NYC when I was there a few weeks ago. I sat down with my finger in the air and told Jack to grab some snaps, not really knowing what I was going to do with it. After a few weeks I decided to create an image inspired by the importance of listening to and acting upon our burning desire to create as artists.

For the past few weeks I’ve been feeling a little low about my ability, and I felt like I had lost the confidence that I needed to carry on pursuing this as my career. I’d forgotten because I hadn’t let myself do it, I kept telling myself I had more important things to do (like adulting shit) but I’m just not having it anymore. CREATING is the most important part of my life, it’s how I function, how I feel, without it I actually feel nothing.

This is as much as a message to those out there feeling unconfident in their ability as it is a message to myself to say HOLLY, stop making excuses, you’ve done this for the past 12 years and yeah, sure, things get in the way, but you NEED this, it’s therapy. It’s survival.

(It’s also inspired a little by Sabrina, because we started watching the new series whilst in NY, and when I was younger I used to watch the originals and always wish that I could change my outfits with a finger swish!)

Dunnottar Castle

Hey! If you’ve arrived here from my latest video (below) then scroll down to see the rest of the images we took on the day. The castle was a really beautiful and serene place to go, I would definitely recommend going to see it if you are ever in Aberdeen!

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Scorpio

I turned 26 last week and it suddenly dawned on me that it’s taken 26 years of my life to finally feel comfortable with my body. I spent a lot of my teens and early twenties trying to change myself, adding and taking away parts of my natural shine. I felt that I had nothing to give other than superficialities. To fit in, to feel wanted, but what really was I trying to ‘fit in’ with?

I wasn’t more than my appearance - until I found the ability to create art through photography.

I may have turned the camera on myself (mainly out of pure shyness and availability) but I began to see myself through a different lens (so to speak) and I realised that there was more to life than what I looked like. We are taught so many different ways of looking at ourselves, but the most important (according to the majority of mainstream media/and what has been ingrained into us*) has been the way we look. I would like that to change please. I am fed up of feeling like I have to look a certain way, I am so so so, so bored and drained from analysing myself, figuring out ways to change that might make me feel better. But that’s it. I am DONE. Done with hurting my happiness. Done with trying to glow just from the outside. I am bones, I am flesh, I am breath, I am power, I am knowledge and I have a lot more to say about this.

🦂♏️

*I can feel/see that it’s shifting for the better (thanks to people like @bodyposipanda) but back when I was a teen it was engulfing and we still have a long way to go.

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P.s NYC was amazing and I can’t wait for you to see my next Hotels with Holly. I shot this photo in our downtown Brooklyn airbnb apartment, which was so fricking cool!

P.p.s thank you all so much for the birthday wishes too!!!

P.p.p.s HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

DAY 6/7 - I see you

I’m sat here writing this with leaky eyes, a runny nose and sneezes a plenty. Today felt like an odd day to create, but we made it out eventually! (Even if both Jack & I are suffering with our colds now!) We headed over to Haysden this morning to shoot this, the weather was beautiful (to say we are in October?!) but the conditions were wrong and my brain was foggy.

Although this project is never a walk in the park, I’m happy, let’s see what tomorrow brings, ay!

(Tonight calls for tea and sleep, bring on the bat prop! 🦇😍)

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A short video of how we created it:

DAY 5/7 - (H)AIR

When all you wanted to do was to create hair out of a new (h)air plant you got, but you actually morph into beetlejuice!? hahaha! This just happened and I have no explanation as to why I created this other than the fact that when I bought this air plant in the garden centre a couple of weeks ago, it reminded me of hair and I thought to myself ‘one day i’ll photoshop this onto my head’ (because that’s just the way my brain works) and here we are… 1 air plant, 1 stripe t-shirt and an hour of photoshopping later = accidental/unintentional beetle juice costume! (or Krusty the clown perhaps?)

P.s I’ve never actually watched Beetlejuice, so I’m going to watch it tonight!

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DAY 4/7 - Knock Knock

This morning I laid in bed, tossing and turning (suffering with a bad back from all the editing) trying to come up with an idea for today’s image. I then hopped (*walked slowly with a hunched back) to the shower to cook up some ideas in there. When I’m struggling to channel my ideas, a shower usually does the trick!

I was thinking about the trip we took to Scotland (& the diamond shaped rock I found on the cairngorms), when I remembered this teeeeny little house we found in a park near Loch Lomond. I raced out of the shower and pulled up the stock images from my hard drive, and came across the cutest little tree house I ever did see! So I made it today’s mission to create with it, and here’s what I made!

Can I live here please?!

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DAY 3/7 - my world is changing

wow this is surreal, this took me by surprise, I didn’t expect to create like this today.

but i allowed it and i embraced it and i can feel my world altering, like the stars.

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A short behind the scenes film:

DAY 2/7 - IDENTITY

I have a chipped tooth. My lips are dry. I put big socks on this morning and have an indent in my shin. I’ve got tan lines from my summer shoes. My eyebrows are sparse. My legs are hairy. My eyes look tired and veiny. But I don’t really care, do you?

(I bet you zoomed in)

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To be continued...

There’s a behind the scenes over on my YouTube:

DAY 1/7 - TRANSITION

Autumn has always been a time of transitioning for me, for many reasons. The colours change, the clothes become thicker, the food gets warmer, and I become one year older. October - my birthday month, my favourite time of the year. There’s an air of contentment (probably the sweet smell of leaves throughout my house after creating this wreath this past week) and I feel I’ve been making all the right decisions.

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It’s here!!! My next 7 day self portrait challenge, use #7DAYSWITHHOLLY on socials, if you are joining in!

As always, here’s the behind the scenes of how I created this image -

TAKE CARE

On a spontaneous walk of the banks of Loch Ness we stumbled across this magnificent tree. The tree had been set alight previously and a huge hole carved into the base. There, upon the tree, read a sign, ‘TAKE CARE WHEN LIGHTING FIRES’. It sparked something inside of me so I nuzzled my way into the scorched wood and began shooting, not really knowing where it was going to take me.

I’ve been sitting on this image for a while now, again, not really knowing where to take it. But the more I look the more I see the smoke, the fire, the destruction, the moment that this tree could have lost it’s like on this earth, after living here for so long. The fragility of life is something I’ve been exploring recently, not by choice, but by observation of the experiences that our everyday entails. Life is precious, so pure, and we should not take that for granted.

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