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We all went on a summer holiday …..

The idea of a week relaxing in North Myrtle Beach while my partner played golf was worrying – what would I do – especially as the weather was unseasonably cool and wet?! I knew I needed more practice at approaching people in the street to ask if I might create a portrait of them, so as we wandered around Barefoot Landing I approached some visitors and vendors to do just that. It was a lot of fun and I had some really interesting conversations.

Often they were curious to know why I wanted to photograph them and everyone has a story to tell about themselves. I managed to persuade some who weren’t particularly willing and that’s very satisfying. But to be honest, I shirked the task! It takes more time and greater intimacy to find the magic, to bring out the best in a person and make them look as good in the image as they are on the inside. I also should have been more confident to move my subjects to avoid reflections and glare … more practice coming up!

Lisa on the information booth at Barefoot Landing

Lisa on the information booth at Barefoot Landing

Leah, multilingual, well travelled lady from Miami.

Leah, multilingual, well travelled lady from Miami.

Jean, who hates having her photo taken!

Jean, who hates having her photo taken!

Aram, selling pearl necklaces. Born in Armenia

Aram, selling pearl necklaces. Born in Armenia

Barry, golfer from Canada

Barry, golfer from Canada

Kevin, golfer from Canada

Kevin, golfer from Canada

Amber serving us a decent coffee!

Amber serving us a decent coffee!

Kari & Jesse of a wonderful shop called Bud 'n Belle Bath & Body Care. They make their own sugar scrubs and they are fantastic!

Kari & Jesse of a wonderful shop called Bud ‘n Belle Bath & Body Care. They make their own sugar scrubs and they are fantastic!

A lovely chap who wanted to take our picture with my camera ... I prefer to be on the other side of the lens!

A lovely chap who wanted to take our picture with my camera … I prefer to be on the other side of the lens!

Ashely with her one-year old bulldog called Louis and admirer Tess.

Ashely with her one-year old bulldog called Louis and admirer Tess.

Robert Arthur Blank, on his 40th Anniversary!

Robert Arthur Blank, on his 40th Anniversary!

Shannon & Joe, shopping at Bud 'n Belle

Shannon & Joe, shopping at Bud ‘n Belle

South Carolinas, Cuba and Coloumbia …

I’ve had a break from photography which is making me all the more excited about my upcoming opportunities. I’m heading to South Carolina for a holiday break but have decided a photo project is required to keep me going. Lying in the sun and shopping doesn’t do it for me anymore (although a little shopping won’t go amiss!) so I’m going to find a way to photograph holidaymakers in Myrtle Beach. Being Scottish is a great icebreaker as it puts people at ease … “Ah just lurve your accent” is a common response and I’m hoping I’ll have enthusiastic subjects!

My first visit to an American style resort many years ago was an eye-opener when I discovered “Resort Wear” was recomemend (by my colleagues), a whole new concept to me.  I stayed true to myself and really stuck in my (scruffy) shorts and teeshirts …  So this has got to be my theme: “A Retort to Resort”, “Loving Leisurewear” or maybe “Let’s Dig ’em Out Again” (as I do).

But what’s really thrilling me is SOUTH AMERICA is coming up!!!!!! A month of travelling with my camera in June and July. Planning the trip is making my mouth water as I firm up details that include time in Cuba and Colombia; visiting Havana and Trinidad with travel photographer Ralph Valesco, independent travelling in Colombia and then (fingers crossed) another Momenta Non-Proft Workshop in Medellin. I’ll try to blog in Spanish at some point – not quite yet though!

Meantime I’m continuing to process neglected images from previous trips. Good to keep my hand in …

Ubud, Bali, May 2014

Market Wall, Bali

Project South Africa 2013

Monkey Temple, Kathmandu

 

Luang Prabang, Laos

Luang Prabang, Laos

Shell Village, Laos

Shell Village, Laos

Passengers, Tatipani, Nepal

Passengers, Tatipani, Nepal

Pashupati Funeral Pyre, Kathmandu

Pashupati Funeral Pyre, Kathmandu

Vang Vieng, Laos

Vang Vieng, Laos

Vang Vieng, Laos

Vang Vieng, Laos

Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia

Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia

The elderly matter too …

Downtime back at the Baan Suu Yuk Shelter so I’m playing on my iPad. Frustrating not to have access to Lightroom and a 24″ screen, but wondering if simplicity is better? Snapseed does a pretty good job and if the photos are well taken then I shouldn’t have to process much? Right!

As well as lots of lovely children, we met many real characters on our travels. Not least of all the elderly man smoking what I believe was some form of hallucinatory drug. It certainly had an extremely pungent aroma and given the level of “chill” it induced, well I have to make some assumptions! We were at an exorcism when we met him. That is a whole other story …..

There were so many fascinating people, all with stories of hardship etched on their faces. But without exception they were patient and welcoming (stoned or otherwise!) and happy to have us record their images.

Here are some of the more memorable …

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