19th October 2016No Comments

Autumn in Gold Dancing In The Wind

Leaves fall to the ground covering the dirty ground with rust. No other season ever makes redheads so attractive. Autumn brings back hugs to the bedrooms on the cold nights and tons of cinnamon tea. The heavy wind cries outside our walls competing for attention with the noises of the busy Camden High Street.

This time of the year I spend my evenings editing photos. Golden sun no longer shines after working hours. All the location shoots are left for the weekends under a question mark or an umbrella. Autumn brings calm after restlessness of the summer nights filled with running around with a camera, endless banter and saying yes to everything.

With rain and cold air outside and blues in my ears I let go of everything. It's easier to see clearly what is it that I really want and that I don't necessarily need it to happen right now. Good things require time to grow. These are just the days that must happen to you. Autumn is painfully beautiful, so short and dark, and I can never get rid of a feeling that it will never fully belong to me. Some things are supposedly more precious because they don't last for long. Autumn came with wind and gold, dancing dream that will end before it even started.

These photos are from a walk around Notting Hill with Riennahera in September. That day I had the most rogue sense of humour that clearly interfered with beauty and classiness of that neighbourhood. We discovered some wonderful secret gardens and elven houses but no, we didn't sneak in inside.

7th January 2016No Comments

Underground Stillness of Motion

A late post tonight because I was stuck in the London Underground coming back late after work. I avoided peak and the carriages were empty. Underground has transformed from a monster back into the beauty queen.

Ever since I was a little girl I was fascinated with large urban underground networks. I imagined a my twenty something self tall with long hair and a guitar case nearby me looking nostalgically looking through the windows and the world passing by. I imagined passing through the corridors full of colorful posters and giving spare coins to a busker on the way. Coming from a small town where everything was within walking distance Metro was a symbol of a large buzzing cosmopolitan city. I promised myself that one day I will live in a metropolis.

Time has passed. I listened to songs with videos shot in the undergrounds. I learned English, traveled the world, moved to another country. I didn’t grow long hair and I don’t play guitar anymore. I live in London in the city with one of the largest underground networks in the world.The feeling of daily hatred during long and crowded commute is mixed with admiration for complex system connecting every part of London.

The frequent travels in London tubes inspired me to create a photo shoot in the tunnels. This shoot was taken a year ago but I never got around publishing it. It was also one of the first photos we took together with Riennahera. We spent a few hours in the Waterloo stations going up and down the stairs and traveling through the tunnels to get that perfect shot and avoid the crowds. My skills got much better since the end of last December but I still have the sentiments for them.

I know we all complain about the TFL and I overly romanticize the underground but if you could look with a bit differently at this mysterious space, I am sure you will also notice it’s charm.

10th December 2015No Comments

The Gingers

A few months ago I did a photoshoot with my friends Marta and Chris. We all thought it would be a cool idea to take some ginger photos. That was also the time when I lived nearby Camden Town, so I was really into the idea of to try doing some band photoshoot. Especially that a few days earlier Marta posted a snap on her instagram account that showed how this idea would work out brilliantly.

You are already familiar with Marta and her blog riennahera.com as she posed to my photos many times. Chris on the other hand is a real rockman, he plays in two bands “Dirty Notes” and “The Last Bugles“. He’s currently working on studio material which is going to be released next year.

The photoshoot worked out brilliantly and I am very pleased with the results. However, it had no other purpose than just experimentation to try new forms of portraiture. Now, I can honestly say, I can do band pics. So if any of you, my dear readers, is a musician in the need of good photography, don’t hesitate to give me a shout.

Out of boredom, I thought it would be funny to come up the name for the band and entire playlist for their indie rock debut album. They prefer to call themselves “The Gingers” but perhaps it would be more appropriate to call themselves “Pie & Mash” as one of the photos could already serve them as an album cover.

The Gingers – It Wasn’t Cool When They Laughed At School

Side A – Brother From Another Mother

  1. My Sister Told Me
  2. Don’t Go To The Hairdressers
  3. Everybody Knows The Ginger Beard Is Weird
  4. Mama Tell Her To Leave My Shirts Alone

Side B – Sister From Another Mister

  1. My Boyfriend Is Allright
  2. Horses
  3. Wave Your Hair When The Sun’s On Fire
  4. Sister From Another Mister
  5. Going Home

As a punchline to my irony, you have to admit, that you could totally be able to find an album like that in the Urban Outfitters vinyl section.

The entire band photoshoot and album playlist is a work of fiction but if you pester Marta and Chris enough, who knows maybe they will actually come up with a song.

6th November 2015No Comments

Hello Autumn – Primrose Hill

This photos are nearly a year old and they come from the first photo shoot I did with Marta. It was way before I even started a blog and decided that I really want to show my photos out there in the world. I feel like these photographs have such a strong autumn feel with the leaves dancing in the wind and slowly falling onto the ground. I simply could not share them at any other time than in the middle of autumn and as I decided to go public with the website in the middle of spring, despite their obvious charm, they did not really fit the mood.

Having moved around London empowered me to do things that I always wanted to do – find courage to approach people I find interesting. I didn’t know anyone around and making friends was a challenge on its own. I thought what would be a harm in saying ‘Hey, I like your blog and I take photos myself. Would you like to meet up for coffee and a chat?’ and I was right, it worked like magic and I started meeting people I already shared some interests with over the web. Marta was the first friend I made like this. It was last autumn at Primrose Hill and back then we created the photos you can see here. I took at least 20 000 photos since then and my photography and editing style has strongly developed since then. I was shyly thinking I would like to get more into photography and create a portfolio and a year later I have one I am proud of and even more ideas hatching!

Modelling: Riennahera

Location: Primrose Hill, London

 

29th September 2015No Comments

London Lavender Love

On the beautiful summer afternoon in the beginning of August I went for a little excursion with Marta to escape some unnecessary stress. We visited Mayfield Lavender Field in Surrey to do some test shots among these beautiful violet flo­wers. Lavender fields are specta­cular subject for photos and I strongly recommend to visit them to any photography lovers. Other than this there is really not much to do there other than strolling around and inhaling slightly more sweet than usual smell of lavender.

Model: Riennahera

Location: Mayfield Lavender Field, Surrey

25th August 20151 Comment

Druid Princess

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The druid princess is picking up herbs. There has been a lot worries on her nerves lately. Camomille scent will soothe your aching soul. St Johns wort will make you happy and strong. Lavender ribbons will cool you down and set you into sleep in Morpheus' arms. With these words on her lips she chants, she whispers "Let the nature wash away my tears, let the herbs bring me back my dreams".
Herbal essences in the air left no trace of worries that caused sleeplessness in those past nights, you can forget about the stress of last days.

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Model: Riennahera
Location: Angel

14th July 2015No Comments

Back From The Nature Into The Routine

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I am back from my week long summer holiday and I am already slightly lagging with my schedule of posting here. So I am sincerely apologizing if you were expecting something yesterday or on Sunday. I thought I was so sneaky creating two posts in advance to cover my absence from the keyboard and quite romantically I imagined myself crafting another post on the way back and just typing it when I come back home.

Everything must be a matter of organization, I thought, but I have seriously underestimated my tiredness after the trip and lack of time. My first priority after coming back was finishing edit of an editorial I did in June but quite frankly catching up with sleep was pushing itself forward. I can't tell you anything about the editorial until the beginning of August but I promise, it's some really exciting news!

Now I need to proceed with some final correction before submission and don't have time to sit down on a full length text for you right now, so I am leaving you with photos with wonderful stylish Riennahera in the forests and leaves of Cassiobury Park and Nature Reserve in Watford. I think these photos have magical witch like vibe that make up artist Izabela Knoff has also contributed to.

Stay inspired and see you in few days when I have some more words and brain power to write for you! Adios amigos!

Model: Riennahera

Make Up Artist: Izabela Knoff

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8th June 20152 Comments

At The Dawn of The Photography Adventures

IMG_6365I have been coming up with hundreds of excuses to postpone starting a blog. Being a perfectionist can be a drag sometimes. It is a wonderful feature of character to keep you improving your work but an extremely intimidating one when you want to make a first step. I was always telling myself that I would like to start a quality blog and for that I need to keep practicing writing but with a schedule lacking an hour for a calm dinner I was always struggling with finding more time to sit down and and write even one of the entire list of ideas for texts I have.

After an engineering degree I have stopped writing on a daily basis and lost my flow. I have thousands of thoughts to share, but I was scared to kick the blog machine before I have at least a few posts aligned. Good posts that is.

I have been waiting for too long, postponing to share my work with you until I am ready, while I was never becoming ready. I realized that I am missing the point. 'Photography and Other Miracles' was first and foremost supposed to be a platform for sharing magical photography and only secondly the rest of the miracles. Let the perfectionism drive me and my blogging becomes better with time. However every journey begins with a single step.

The first collection of photos I will share with you is a memory of a cool spring morning in Islington district, London with my friend Marta, a seasoned lifestyle blogger and author of Riennahera. Since my pen is not as sharp as her and I feel my photos speak louder than my words, I am leaving you with the visual medium.

 

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IMG_6293Model: Riennahera

Location: Angel, London