#ad as soon as the mist descends in the woods and the days darken, i find myself drawn to fantasy - both on screen and on paper. there's nothing i enjoy more than getting completely lost in other worlds so when i saw that kingdom of ash, the final book in the throne of glass series by @therealsjmaas had been published, i knew i was ready to go on that epic journey.
and what a trip it's been so far! i've nearly finished crown of midnight, the third book (there are eight in total), and am trying to slow down a little to enjoy the experience. although it's technically ya, it's at the upper end combining fast-moving plot with dark themes and the main character, assassin celaena sardothien has a compelling story. i know that these won't be for everyone, but they're already a hit in our magic-loving family. al's mum has asked to borrow all the books after devouring one of them in 24 hours (see stories) and my mum is lined up after her. i'd better get reading!
I've taken a short breather over the last fortnight to consider my goals and give my crew a break from the lens. as much as i love the buzz of making fun creative photos, it takes a lot of energy to put them together so this slow woodland phase has been really restorative for the whole family.
this decision to slow down a little was partially inspired by the beautiful little life guide wabi sabi: japanese wisdom for a perfectly imperfect life by @bethkempton which deeply resonated with me. it's full of simple practical advice and quietly inspirational anecdotes. i think many of you would enjoy it & if you'd like to learn more i've posted on the blog.
*i've just discovered that beth is hosting a giveaway on instagram (totally coincidental btw - i bought this book myself & had no idea of the post until after sharing this).
now invigorated, we're working on a batch of new images (thanks to everyone who suggested ideas) which we hope to share with you soon. wishing you balance x
'everything you can imagine is real.'
pablo picasso #whpmirrorimage 🍃
i've been reading passages from mythago wood by robert holdstock today. it's set in an ancient british wood where human minds have the ability to manifest mythical creatures. what would you create if you could bring a legend back to life?
'the narrow path had opened suddenly onto the edge of a great black lake. perched atop a high mountain on the other side, its windows sparkling in the starry sky, was a vast castle with many turrets and towers.'
i've wanted to make a book version of hogwarts for quite some time. to me it represents the ultimate magical destination - full of mystery, enchantment and hope. this picture consists of 145 books (including the tiny ones). if you look very closely at the boat you'll see a tiny harry sailing across the black lake. i also left the shadow because it suggested that something might be lurking in the background!
you can see the stages in my stories highlights 🏰 #guardianbooks