The Great English Roadtrip – Stonehenge

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Now this was the one thing I had been absolutely adamant about seeing on this trip, so I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. I did have a tremendous allergy attack while on the field, so I’m guessing I don’t handle the local Salisbury flora very well!

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It’s actually quite small when you get there, a bit underwhelming, but the landscape is absolutely gorgeous and you really feel the weight of time. There is something mystical about the place – whether it’s age or the many mysteries surrounding it – that creates an atmosphere that even the rudest tourists wouldn’t dare break.

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That’s me with my mum, posing next to a “Slip Hazard” sign.

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We were extremely lucky with the weather – it was sunny the entire time we were on the field exploring and taking photographs, and by the time we started walking back it was getting very grey and dull. As soon as we got back into the car, it started raining.

But Stonehenge wasn’t the most impressive site I visited on this road trip; actually I think it sits at the bottom! The best is yet to come.

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The Great English Roadtrip – Wilton

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This is it! We survived!

So back in the beginning of June, I went on a road trip through England with my parents, from the 12nd to the 19th. We drove through Salisbury, Glastonbury, the Cotswolds, Dartmoor and Cornwall. It was absolutely amazing and I adored the trip, I had so much fun even though we were always rushing in the mornings and evenings – we changed hotels every night, always got to the hotel around 10PM and had to leave at 10AM, so you can imagine the rush!

I got to see so many things I had on my bucket list, so I’m dedicating a series of posts to this road trip, this being the first of a series. I shot everything with my Canon 5D; I also have two rolls of film that I’ll try to get developed ASAP.

I filmed quite a bit with the canon as well and I will try to edit it into a small video series once I get my work laptop back from the shop.

Now onto the first part of the roadtrip!

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Since our first stop was Salisbury but we’d never get there early enough by car to see Salisbury Cathedral (which I did not photograph with my Canon, unfortunately, but will be in the film rolls!), we thought we’d spend the night in a small town that’s part of Salisbury called Wilton. It was so utterly green, quiet and romantic.

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While mum called my grandma and rested a bit from being in the car for so long, my dad and I went to see a small church we’d passed on our way to our hotel, The Pembroke Arms.

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I know this post is quite short and not that exciting, but this was just the few hours we had left after leaving Brighton! Next post is all about Stonehenge!

TUTORIAL | Neon Spring Sunset

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So when Cate asked me to take some pictures of her wearing a pair of very 1980s-themed leggings, I couldn’t help but ask her for something in return.

I’ve never done a more “out there” makeup look on myself or any of my friends, or anywhere outside of makeup school, to be honest. And I have never used neon or bright colours for eyeshadow on myself or anyone else, ever. So this was the perfect excuse.

What do you think? I think it suits her eyes and hair very well, and I managed to keep it vibrant and a bit crazy without making it too unwearable.

EYES

I knew I wanted to use the brightest shades of yellow and fuchsia that I could find; sadly these were not colours I owned, and I didn’t have much of a budget, but luckily MakeUp Revolution is a thing that exists and their Dia de Los Muertos eyeshadow palette at just £6 was an absolute lifesaver (keep reading for how I used it). For eyeshadow primer I used the Maybelline Color Tattoo in Creamy Beige (£4.99 ) since it is a yellow-toned flesh colour, very similar to MAC’s Paint Pot in “Soft Ochre” (dupe alert!). Mascara was my trusty Bobbi Brown Eye Opening Mascara (£23) and brows are Anastasia Brow Wiz (£15.50) in “Dark Brown” and L’Oreal Brow Artist Plumper in Medium/Dark (£5.99).

FACE

For foundation, since Cate has quite dry skin I used the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation (£10.99) in “51 Vanille Clair” which is dewy and glowy. It’s perfect for her because it doesn’t cling to acne scars or dry patches, but terrible and slippery on my combination skin. A tiny bit of Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in shade 20 just on her spots and a couple of dots of Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in “1 Fair” under the eyes. We went for a strong contour, as you need to really pack it on for photographs, so we used the L’Oreal Paris Infallible Sculpt Contour Palette (£9.99) in Light/Medium and then set it with the Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette ($46). The highlighter is the bright silver/lavender shade from the Sleek “Solstice” Highlighting Palette (€13), blush is Makeup Geek “Romance” ($10 pan).

Lipstick we kept it fuss free. No liner, no gloss. Just Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick in “Velvet Underground” (£23) applied straight from the bullet then picked up with a small brush to give a more defined shape to the lips.

STEP BY STEP:

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  1. With a dense, synthetic concealer brush I applied the Maybelline Color Tattoo in Creamy Beige as a primer
  2. Went all over the lid with a wash of the 2nd shade / bottom row of the palette to make the yellow pop out more since it’s quite sheer
  3. Sprayed a flat, dense eyeshadow brush with some makeup setting spray (I used the Pixi MakeUp Fixing Mist because I’m out of MAC Fix+) and patted the neon yellow shade all over the mobile lid
  4. With a fluffy but small crease brush (my favourite is the Zoeva Luxe Petit Crease) I blended the third colour on the bottom row into the crease to add some barely-there depth
  5. With the same small crease brush, go over that last shade softly with the hot pink (top row, third colour). Blend it out really well so that it mixes with the darker neutral you just applied so it becomes a soft pink transition.
  6. Wet an eyeliner brush (again I used the Pixi Fixing Mist with the Zoeva Precise Shader Brush) and pick up a lot of the hot pink shadow.
  7. Draw a cat-eye flick eyeliner directly onto the lashline, as you would with liquid liner, using the hot pink eyeshadow. If you lose pigmentation or the line isn’t going on very well, spray the brush again and keep picking up more shadow until you-re satisfied with the brightness. 
  8. Once the brush is dry, pick up just a little bit of that same pink shadow again with the small, precise brush and work it into the very crease of the eye socket so it connects and blends nicely upwards into your transition shade. Don’t blend it into the yellow – we want to create that crisp ‘curve’ between the hot pink and the yellow so it gives the eye some shape.
  9. Wet the same precise brush again and pick up the last shade on the bottom row mixed with the hot pink. You will get a bright, vibrant purple! Draw it on as close to the bottom lashline as possible, then blend it out slightly with the Petit Crease Brush used in steps 4/5.
  10. Apply some mascara (I used the Bobbi Brown Eye Opening mascara) and the eyes are done! And remember, if the colours are not as pigmented as you’d like (it is a £6 palette) just spray some fixing spray on your brush and pat the eyeshadow into place instead of rubbing. You’ll get better pigmentation and brighter colours.

These shadows have quite a bit of fallout, so I definitely advise doing the eyes before the face! This way you can wipe the powder off easily with a tissue or a makeup wipe without disturbing anything previously done.

The key to this look is keeping the eyeshadow vibrant and the face neutral and using a bright, glossy lip that matches one of the colours you used. We used yellow, fuchsia and violet so the best option for wearability was Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. lipstick in Velvet Underground. A bold purple would have worked too, but we wanted it to stay quite spring-themed and bright.

The key to a neutral face that pops in photos?

A strong, ashy contour and bright, metallic highlight that reflects light instead of looking glittery. A small trick I picked up was applying powder highlight AFTER spraying the face with your makeup fixing mist, but before the spray sets on your face. This way you achieve a similar effect to when you wet your eyeshadow brush before packing on colour. The highlighter will go on super metallic and wet-looking. We used the lavender/silver colour of the Sleek Solstice palette.

 

What do you think of this look? Would you wear it in a toned-down version? Do you think you’d like to try and recreate it? Would you like a video tutorial on it? Leave me comments below! 

Cate actually took her makeup off before going home but kept the mascara and the pink liner… I think it really suits her blue eyes!

Let me know if you have any questions or if you’d like a video on this!

PHOTOSHOOT | Neon Sunset

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It’s that time of the year again when Caterina from Kateidoscope.com asks me to take pictures of her for her blog, and I decide to do her makeup to match her clothing.

I’m quite shocked at how well this look turned out considering it was completely unplanned – I just knew I wanted to use yellow. Everything else was decided as I went along with the brush. Makeup look details, explanatory chart and products list coming on Wednesday, so watch this space or any of my social media accounts.

Click on each photograph to see it in its full glory!

Camera & Lenses:

Canon 5D MkIII + 50mm STM at f/1.8  and 24-105mm at f/4.0

Make-up: 

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Model:

Caterina Petrucci

One Day of English Summer

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If there’s one thing I’ve learned during my time in the UK is that if the sun peeks out of the clouds for one day, everyone will run out in shorts and flip-flops and sit at the beach having beer or sunbathe in parks.

I decided to do something different take my 5D Mark III out for a city-spin. It’s mostly my work, filming and studio camera, so I’ve been using a half-decent Lumix for snapshots, but my friend Jess came to spend the weekend with me and I wanted something more immediate than film to document this weekend.

I ended up with an accurate study of a summery day in Brighton on a bank holiday!

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Kindly taken by Jess!

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ANALOG | Carnevale

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Guess who got a new film camera.

Yes, this crazy girl.

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I am so absolutely in love with the Minolta X300. I’ve always heard wonders of Minolta lenses, but not owning one of their cameras I couldn’t really try. Luckily the owner of my local Kodak retailer has taken a liking to me and set this particular baby aside for when I received my allowance as he’d seen hearts pour out of my eyes as I tested it in store.

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The lens is so incredibly sturdy, heavy and sharp. I’ve been using Kodak 200 film for eight years now and I have never had this kind of saturation, contrast and sharpness in any picture. I didn’t know this before popping the film into the camera, however, so I just hoped for the best when I went with Caterina from Kateidoscope to the temporary funfair that had been set up at The Level in Brighton.

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I’m probably not going back to my Canon AE-1 so soon, but I’m thinking of getting my Olympus OM-2 repaired as I talked to Alex (Norton, who is an amazing artist, photographer, thinker and friend) about that camera recently and it made me feel nostalgic. Right now I really want to experiment more with the Minolta X300, particularly in manual mode, double exposures and black and white.

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As for the funfair, it lasted so little we could only make it there twice – once during the day for photographs and the second time at night to actually go on the rides. Here you can see a video of the most traumatic ride we went on. I could feel my brain rattle inside my skull for a good two hours after going on it! But the hanging chairs were my favourite. Anything that takes me up high and dangling in the air always makes me feel relaxed and at one with my surroundings.

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I also made a new friend at the Haunted House just to make my boyfriend jealous. My sunglasses are the pink Kitti sunglasses from Quay (you can find them at Topshop and ASOS now)!

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It’s always nice staying at The Level for a while even if nothing particularly thrilling is going on. Now that the weather is calming down a little and we’re starting to get a peek at Spring here in the UK people are coming out and having fun outside instead of in pubs all the time. That day in particular there were guys practising juggling tricks and lots of young kids at the skate park. It was a lovely day – not very warm, but luckily quite dry – and we just sat around and watched people do their thing while we recovered from the violent ride.

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What do you think of the photographs compared to the ones I usually take with the Canon? What kind of film would you like to see paired with the Minolta?

When you see this post I will be in Birmingham with my childhood bestie Mariana going to see King Lear starring my long-time friend Miltos, whom I can’t wait to see again. I will be vlogging during the trip and editing the video as soon as I come back, but be sure to follow me on Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat (everything @QueenAntigona) for daily updates and sneak peeks!

 

Urban Wilding II

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When Cat and I did the digital Urban Wildling photoshoot, we did three things: digital photographs for me and 35mm photographs for the both of us. So yes, I was lugging around three cameras.

I finally got back the film I used (click here to check out some of the other photographs from that particular film) and they turned out even prettier and more charismatic than the digital shots.

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I am not a big fan of the standard 50mm lens on my Canon AE-1 simply because the sharpness and depth of field aren’t that great, but the quality of the film definitely balances it out. The Ilford Delta is quickly becoming my absolute favourite monochrome film because of the contrast and how fine the grain is. I’m not someone who enjoys a realistic spectrum of grey in black and white photographs unless I’m using infrared film.

Thank you Cat for always being willing to model for me! It’s amazing how her icy-blue eyes pop so much in these photographs even though they’re black and white, though I’d say the makeup really helps (not that I’m tooting my own horn here or anything).

I have a new camera now – a Minolta, which I’ve always wanted – with a higher-quality lens with an amazing macro mode. It provides a very sharp image and breathtaking depth of field when prioritising aperture, so I can’t wait to finish my first film on that one just to see what they look like in print.

I’m also mentally sketching out ideas for a possible long-term portrait project based on the gods and goddesses of the Greek pantheon, so let me know if you have any suggestions or if you even think it’s a good idea at all. As always, any likes or comments are greatly appreciated.

And, if you’re in the UK, happy bank holiday!

ANALOG | Mother

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Back home it’s Mother’s Day today. We don’t have a fixed date for Mother’s Day; instead, it’s the first Sunday of the month of May – which this year is actually May 1st! I wrote a card for my mum and bought her a little gift but considering the distance and how slow Royal Mail can be (we’re quite spoiled with e-mails and WeTransfer nowadays, aren’t we) she will probably only get it sometime during the week. So I decided I would make a small post dedicated to my mother.

Since Spring is only just (shakily) arriving in Brighton, some new flowers are blooming in my front yard – lilacs, tulips, geraniums. I’m that person who squints at all the girls who take pictures of flowers with their phones and immediately call themselves “photographers”, so to avoid being thrown into that cliché I tend to stay away from taking photos of flowers altogether. But when I saw such vibrant colours for the first time in the 8 months I’ve been here, I couldn’t resist.

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You see, my mother’s most favourite things in the world are dogs, travelling, history and flowers. You can’t tell right away, considering she works as a doctor (GP) and has a very pragmatic attitude. If you go to her Instagram, however, her love for life really shines through.

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My mother’s favourite flowers are orchids and roses, but not the typical red rose. She has a small collection of orchids and a large garden of roses she carefully tends to. I can tell easily that my mother is going through an emotionally rough time when the roses in our garden look withered and weak and the orchids are small and limply bending forward. Gardening requires a lot of passion and energy. My mother’s love of plants came from my grandfather, and after he passed away her collection of English roses – handpicked and ordered from private rose centres in the UK and affectionally planted in terracotta pots – never really recovered.

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Mum would write the names and species of all the roses on tabs and stick them in the earth, like collectors or florists do. Each rose was different. When my dog was little we had to make sure the tabs were hidden from sight because he liked pulling them out of the soil and chewing on them.

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My mother is a complex, layered individual but I’ve always admired her generosity and intelligence. She is always willing to help everyone, from family members to strangers, and never asks for anything in return. She has an amazing sense of humour and can find the fun in any situation, sometimes making me laugh at my own problems.

I can only hope that blood runs in my veins.

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Happy mother’s day.

Camera:  Canon AE-1 + 50mm F1.8

Film: Kodak 200

 

ANALOG | Down The Rabbit Hole

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There is an entire underground world hiding beneath the simplistic, strong and open architecture of Newhaven Fort. The entire labyrinth of tunnels and the rooms they lead in and out of is so incredibly fascinating! I would recommend anyone who can afford a day trip to Newhaven to go on the amazing adventure that is exploring all of these mysterious pathways.

Since these pictures quite clearly tell a story, I will let them do it by themselves. I don’t think they need words to accompany them. If you have known me for any period of time, you’d know I am an enormous fan of anything scary-looking, dark, abandoned, eerie, etc. So going on this day trip to Newhaven Fort (thank you, Wave Leisure, for the invitation) and being given the opportunity to explore the hidden depths of the hill this stunning military structure was built on (and in!) was a dream come true.

 

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Beyond this locked door is the beach, which one can barely see from behind the bars on the small windows. A small scent of fresh, salty freedom after walking up and down damp and dark stairwells and corridors for hours.

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There are many ghost stories about this particular hallway. Since it is the one that leads down from the top of the hill to the shore, within the hill itself, the air current coming from the outside creates a ‘force’ that ‘push people away’ as if telling them not to go any further. It also ‘forces them out’ once they are on their way back up. This force of nature, combined with the eerie surroundings, is what fuels stories of choir boys and soldiers still roaming the halls.

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A very long way up…

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…And a very long way down.

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A fluffy white foam coats the walls of this particularly cold and narrow hallway. If you touch it, you can barely feel it – somewhat like bath foam, but even lighter and airier. We were told later on that this foam is not mould or anything dangerous, but simply pure calcium!

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Camera: Canon AE-1

Film: Kodak 200

Visit the Newhaven Fort and Wave Leisure websites for more information on this amazing site and current Wave Leisure programmes.

Newhaven Fort is hosting an event called “The Hidden Fort – Museums at Night” that allows you to explore these tunnels and other rooms that are usually closed to the public. It’s on May 13 and tickets cost £9. If you can come down I would highly encourage anyone, especially budding photographers, to attend!

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ANALOG | Fragmentary

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I’m back after a tremendously long absence with the first of a series of analog photography posts! I’m finally getting excited again about creating images and capturing scenes.

For the first time ever in my many years of having fun with 35mm cameras I am finally starting to take it more seriously, and I’m thinking more about capturing certain angles, moods and sentiments more than taking a ‘nice snapshot’. So I think this is the beginning of a more creative and conceptual photographic period, where I’m putting into practice what I learned from just going around and taking random pictures. I feel like I am finally ready to create something.

 

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I like broken things. I believe something that is broken or imperfect always has a story to tell. There is such incredible beauty in things that seem out of place, have crumbled or fallen or have been left behind. Forgotten places and objects piled up into fragments of what they once were, their original pristine appearance long gone. If objects could speak I would listen to them for hours.

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People come and go but the tracks remain. Rails shake and tremble with the passing trains but stand their ground firmly amidst pebbles and wooden boards. How many trains have passed through this station?

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Now a near-forgotten labyrinth of underground tunnels that run deep into the earth of the hill. People once filled this fort with life, both mundane and military. Stone and iron have stood the test of time and broken wood piles up as the years go on.

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This is an Ilford Delta 100 with three separate stories, this being the first.

This is by far my favourite kind of black and white film – it is very sharp, high contrast and next to no grain. If you like a lot of texture and subtlety, this is not for you! But I love the rich black and crisp lines it gives and I feel it works wonderfully when photographing reflective surfaces, light play and angular objects.

My Canon T50 broke recently so I’m using my AE-1 and loving it so far. If anyone knows of a good place where I could get a 50mm 1.2 lens for an SLR mount I’d be eternally grateful.

More things coming soon x