My Summer holidays this year have been fairly eventful so far. I've sat in St. George's Chapel in Windsor, sat amongst The Sovereign and the rest of the Royal bunch at The Most Noble Order of the Royal Garter service (whilst sporting a hat with a mind of its own,) and drunk myself to a red wine-induced oblivion at my boyfriend's pub in Combe Florey. It's been unpredictable and wonderful to say the very least.
However, one of my more planned events has been a significant highlight. The week before Glastonbury, I was dropped off by a frantic, late-for-work Hugo (in a Mercedes with frighteningly screaming brakes) at my childhood happy place - Hestercombe House. My A2 end-of-year Photography exhibition was held there as a result of having a super-organised Photography teacher who was really keen to have our work showcased and our progress acknowledged. Unfortunately, upon arrival, I was actually over an hour early for the opening, so I found myself a secluded area near the car park, behind some trees, where I sat chain-smoking for about forty minutes until my friends Matt, Mey and Belle arrived.
Despite being the first there, we only headed inside once the other guests started piling in. There were several catering staff members handing out glasses of wine and we all felt slightly uneasy and awkward, not really understanding where we were meant to go. It was a seriously humid day, my one glass of red wine apparently going straight to my head. Once we'd ascertained what was happening, the four of us took our time to appreciate each and every piece, I've never before seen Matthew Haines looking quite so pensive. My series of six photographs were placed on the first board on the left, in the initial exhibition room. I was shocked and surprised to notice that there wasn't an abundance of monochrome images. I was secretly chuffed, as it was only at exhibition that I truly realised I'd made some good decisions regarding my editing and framing.
My parents and my model, Hannah, showed up shortly after we'd all given the showing a good and proper run for it's money, and so, we waited outside in the rose garden for them, deciding that we would definitely return at some stage over the Summer, the girls both agreeing to model a photo-shoot in the gardens. Infact, my penchant for photographing beautiful flowers kickstarted that day at Hestercombe and looks set to continue going by the current state of my Instagram...
|The rose garden|
|The rose garden|
|My series of six images, relating t the theme: Growth and Evolution.|