Some pictures from when I stayed at Evie’s a few weeks ago. Her mum took us and Evie’s brother to the beach which was the perfect opportunity to take some pictures at a new location. The wind worked perfectly with her long hair and all the people that were walking around us, taking pictures and doing all the touristy stuff didn’t bother Evie at all. I begin to like the public places to take pictures at a lot more, it’s so much more fun. Even though I was staying at hers for a few days, we didn’t manage to take some more pictures at her house which I was originally planning to. There was a lot of sleeping involved and maybe a few drinks too much with the other girls but maybe we’ll be able to take some more the next time.
Some pictures I took of Catherine a few weeks ago at school. We were lucky to have a free period together so we went outside where we have a little courtyard with a lake in the middle and classrooms around it. She isn’t only the kindest person I have ever met but also super confident and didn’t mind all the people, teachers and friends who were walking past us to go to the café. There were younger students looking out of the windows and a full common room only 20 meters away and even I felt intimidated by all the people who could potentially be seeing us. She was amazing and I especially love the greenhouse which I wanted to take pictures of for a while now.
All you can see on my Instagram at the moment, are the pictures of Daisy and Amelia. I thought I would be able to take more pictures from now on but it turns out that I was just very lucky last week having a few free periods. My exams start in less than two weeks and I am not sure if I have enough time to take and edit more pictures. As you can see Amelia and I went to the same locations as I did with her twin sister Daisy. Due to the lack of time I was never able to take pictures of my friends anywhere else other than on the school grounds. These blossom trees are right next to our art department and I have been waiting for the right moment and the right amount of petals on the ground. It was a much darker day compared to when Daisy’s pictures were taken and we only had a couple of minutes until it started to rain but at one point the wind blew up all the petals from the ground and we were standing in a storm of blossoms.
Taking pictures gets more and more difficult at the moment, I have my camera with me every day but never get to actually use it for myself and my photography. I spend most of my time working on my artwork and revising for tests and stuff so there is not really much time for photography and editing. This week however, I managed to take some pictures of Daisy underneath the blossom trees at school. Two days after that I went to take some more pictures under the same trees with Daisy’s twin sister Amelia, which I will hopefully be able to share with you in a couple of weeks.
Even though I never really get to take any pictures of my friends anymore because school just takes over my life, I do sometimes get to create some pretty cool projects. Our new art topic is ‘Transformation’ and even though I mostly concentrate on drawings and paintings, I was able to involve my photography by looking at artist reference from Antonio Mora. One of his photographs called ‘Sad’ has been on my mind for ages after I found it on Pinterest and together with my art teacher I decided to create a series of responses from my own photographs. Luckily I have some beautiful and photogenic friends who were kind enough to help me out so I got Liv, Daisy, Catherine, Maddie, Ciara and Jess to model for me for a few minutes and spent some time on Photoshop and Lightroom to create the final manipulation.
It has been 6 months this week since I said my last goodbyes and took the plane to England. I am halfway through and thought I might give another update with some everyday life pictures from the past weeks. It has certainly been a time of ups and downs but in the most beautiful way possible. I have learned to be more polite and grateful, to be welcoming to whoever pops over for a cup of tea. I understood that I couldn’t replace anyone and that words are sometimes not the best and easiest way of communication. I learned how to make a proper cup of tea, honey & lemon, cheese on toast and irish coffee. I never knew there were so many ways you could eat potatoes, and I already miss the pie’s, gravy and parsnips with honey. They seem like the simplest things to think of but they mean a whole lot to me. There are so many things I miss about Germany; my friends who are hundreds of kilometres away and who used to be in a walking distance of less than 5 minutes. The exercise I used to do, the photographs I used to take and the easy public transport I used to have. My family, school and all the things i didn’t appreciate enough. But I am not homesick, I am far too grateful for all the things people are doing for me over here every day. And when I think about it, I am gonna miss England just as much; I don’t know what I am gonna do without the people I live with and without the people I go to school with. I couldn’t do without the daily laughs at home or the music we sing to. On the one hand is has only been 6 months, but on the other it’s already been 6 months and I have no idea what is gonna happen in the last half of this year.
I met Esme for the first time at my first ever party here in England. Her twin sister Tasmin is one of my best friends and I was desperate to meet her other half, so when I got there and she introduced herself, I immediately fell in love with her and a minute into our conversation I was talking to her about possibly meeting up to take some photos. That was three months ago. After all this time we did finally meet up and my head was full of ideas and I actually had a plan for once about what I wanted to do. Of course all of that would be too good to be true so I woke up to a grey and rainy day. Actually feeling more like blowing off the whole thing and waiting for another (sunny) day rather than standing and taking photos in the miserable weather, Esme arrived with her beautiful fur coat and the brightest smile ever and I couldn’t really complain anymore, so we sat down, had a chat about what we are gonna do and went out in the rain with Wellies and Raincoats on. I had several locations in mind so we went to the furthest first and took some pictures on the way back, went back inside to warm up and have some sandwiches and then shot at the last locations. We went back inside, looked through the photos with some tunes on in the background and some chocolate to snack and my heart was full of love for Esme and the pictures. In the end, we made the best out of it and I could not be happier with the first ever proper photo shoot I managed to plan here.
“Please take pictures of your friends. take pictures of your friends when they laugh, and when they are happy. And when they are sad, too. Take pictures of them partying, studying, eating, or sleeping in your bed. Take pictures of their new hair color, or new shoes, take pictures of them while they roll their first cigarette, and take pictures of their last, when they quit smoking. take pictures of your friends just being themselves. Tell them they are beautiful all the time you think it. They may dislike these pictures now. but one day, very very far from this year, they will be thankful.” – unknown
Ich könnte nicht glücklicher sein so unglaublich schöne und unterstützende Freunde jeden Tag um mich zu haben. Evie’s Bilder habe ich in einer Freistunde auf dem Schulgelände aufgenommen nachdem wir ewig versucht haben uns nach der Schule zu treffen. Sie ist womöglich eine der selbstbewusstesten Menschen die ich je getroffen habe, daher war es kein Problem ein paar Fotos von ihr zu machen, während unsere Freunde neben uns standen und sich unterhalten haben und Schüler immer wieder aus den Fenstern geschaut haben um zu sehen was wir da anstellen. Jess wiederum ist es total unangenehm wenn Fotos von ihr gemacht werden, daher hat es erst ein wenig gedauert bis ich sie überzeugen konnte sich auch mal vor die Kamera zu trauen. Das Gesicht hat sie trotzdem lieber von der Kamera weg gedreht, was vollkommen ok ist, gerade bei diesen wunderschönen Haaren habe ich damit überhaupt kein Problem, und ich habe mich mehr als gefreut die letzten 20 Minuten meiner Freistunde zu nutzen, bevor ich wieder zum Unterricht musste.
Ich filme weiterhin täglich meine Geschehnisse und versuche so viel wie nur möglich festzuhalten, und somit hat mich das Zitat etwas weiter oben genau an meine kleinen Videos erinnert. Ich filme meine Freunde in der Schule, während den Pausen, in der Stadt oder auf Partys. In meinem letzten Video seht ihr auch ein paar Ausschnitte von dem Shooting mit Evie, falls es euch interessiert.