December Reflections – Day 19 – Delicious

December Reflections Day 19 - Delicious

I have a very sweet tooth, so the first image the word “delicious” conjures up for me is… CAKE!

This photo of yummy “buches de noël” (Yule logs) was taken in Antibes, when Paul and I spent 3 weeks driving round France over Christmas and New Year a few years ago.

It was one of the best Christmas holidays we’ve had – spending Christmas Day in Nice and visiting friends all over France… Truly memorable.

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December Reflections – Day 18 – 15 Years Ago

December Reflections Day 18 - 15 Years Ago

In the summer of 1999, Paul and I took my parents to Paris for the weekend. They were both in their 70s, and this was the first time either of them had been abroad on holiday or owned a passport. I felt stressed all weekend, worried in case they didn’t like Paris – but they had a wonderful time, and that weekend is such a lovely memory.

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December Reflections – Day 17 – Triangles

December Reflections Day 17 - Triangles

This is the Rest House, on Bournville Green in Birmingham, UK. I used to go to school, just across the road, up to the age of 11, and my family moved to the area a few years later.

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December Reflections – Day 16 – On The Table

December Reflections Day 16 - On The Table

I wasn’t sure about sharing this particular image… It’s my first attempt at painting with acrylics, after reading Flora Bowley’s book “Brave Intuitive Painting” – which I chose as the Best Book of 2014.

In the book, there’s an exercise where you commit to covering up at least 3/4 of what you’ve painted, four times – Flora describes it as “covering up the good to make way for the great.” This is my first layer, and unfortunately, in my case, it was more like covering up the mediocre to make way for the bloomin’ awful…! ;-)

The reason I’m sharing this is because I know that in any creative work, as in Life, the important part is the process rather than the outcome.

When I started this December Reflections challenge, I was posting a photo each day. Mainly from my archives, it has to be said – but nonetheless, I was keeping up with the daily challenge.

After about a week, though, I started to fall behind – and I wasn’t sure whether it was because I was getting lazy, or perhaps because nobody in the #DecemberReflections Flickr group had “liked” any of my photos, so I was feeling a bit disconnected from the other people in the community.

But then it occurred to me that I was taking a long time to find the “perfect” photograph to match each daily prompt. In other words, I was focusing on the outcome, and forgetting that the important thing is sharing the process – which is why I decided to share this imperfect painting and write this blog post.

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December Reflections – Day 15 – My Favourite Camera

December Reflections Day 15 - Favourite Camera

I took this photograph in 1985 with my favourite camera, an Olympus OM1 – it’s a reflection of a somewhat punk version of me, in a mirror (edited to turn it round the right way).

I had always wanted an OM1 – I love the ultra-light body. I bought it in my final year at university, from a fellow student – only a couple of weeks after I’d bought a Praktica camera, thinking that was the only camera I’d be able to afford!

I don’t tend to use it nowadays, sadly – I prefer the immediacy of digital photography. I’ve heard that film photography is making a comeback, though, so you never know…

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