All posts filed under: Thoughts

On Heartbreak; Loving, Hurting, Healing

I’ve read somewhere that a person is done healing, when they are able to use their experience to show compassion to someone who is going through the same thing. As I read those words, on one of those really cheesy, yet inspirational, instagram accounts, I took a deep breath and as I exhaled it was like all the emotions I was carrying from my past finally disappeared and took the weight off my shoulders with them. It finally occurred to me that I am closer to healed, than I thought…  What is healing and what is the point of it? It seems to me that life is an endless cycle of hurting and healing, experiencing the ups and downs, the yin and yang. When someone is in the depths of a hard period of their life it feels eternal and we forget that there is light at the end of the tunnel – but in order to come out of a negative experience with a positive outlook on it, and even a feeling of gratitude …

HOW WE CAN IMPROVE OUR MENTAL HEALTH WITH ART

Art is such an amazing tool that we can use to collectively improve our mental health. It is so easy to turn to the wrong things when we are not feeling our best. So why not use all that energy that’s eating at us and re-direct it into something productive like creating something. The longer we are sit in our negative emotions, the more time we waste, when we could be using it to create art and show ourselves some self love. Picking yourself up from depths of depression is definitely easier said than done, but creating art is something that can really help us understand our emotions as well as help us get ourselves back to a positive place. Creating – whatever that may mean for you, is a form of self love. Whether that be making music, doodling or taking photographs… whatever makes you feel alive and lost in the moment is something that you cannot neglect when you are feeling down, because that is one thing you can always rely on. It …

how to feel good in your body.

1.BE KIND TO YOURSELF Become aware of your thoughts when you look in the mirror. Identify if the things you are thinking are positive or negative. If they’re negative, don’t worry about changing them straight away but simply realising that you are thinking them is good enough. The next time you stand in front of a mirror, look at something that you love about yourself – something that makes you unique. Instead on focusing on your biggest insecurity whenever you look at your body, focus on the little things, like your freckles or the way your hair shines in the sunlight. 2. EAT HEALTHY FOOD Food is fuel. Eat foods that you know will fill you up and give you a lot of energy. When your hunger needs are satisfied with the right nutrients you will also feel happier and calmer. If you constantly feed yourself unhealthy foods, your body will not be able to function properly and you would want to eat more shitty foods because they won’t satisfy you properly. Feeding yourself the …

DOUBT, FEAR OF FAILURE & THE STRESS OF FOLLOWING YOUR DREAMS

Are you ready for the biggest pep talk of your life!? Sooner or later everyone is faced with doubt. No matter how passionate and sure you are about something, you will find yourself questioning everything you do at one point in your life. This may occur when you’re working so hard on something for a very long time (even dedicating your life to it) but you are seeing no rewards or improvement. This can be an overwhelming and discouraging feeling but it’s important to get passed it and to continue hustling – here’s why and how: “I didn’t come this far only to come this far” You need to recognise that this moment is not the end; it’s only a little bump in the road to success. Acknowledge your success so far, no matter how small or big you think it is, and be proud of yourself. Revisit your goals or set new ones. Focus on the bigger picture. Sometimes it’s easy to get lost in the never ending to do lists, and you may forget …

CAPTURING FEELINGS

One question that haunts me as a photographer is, “how do I capture the beautiful moments of my life? How can I document the place, the people and the feeling that creates a perfect moment?” It’s easy to take a photo – we do it all the time, it only requires one click on our phones, and we instantly have the option of sharing it with the rest of the world. But how do we take the perfect photo? The one that makes people feel something, and is that even possible? According to Jabez Hughes, there are three types of photography that exists: mechanical – a simple representation, art photography – where the photographer determines to diffuse his mind into objects that he takes a photo of, and the high-art photography – photographs with a purpose of stimulating the person who is looking at it. There is a big gap between the photos I currently take, and the photos I want to be taking, so this post if a sort of reminder to me as well …

RIPPED JOURNAL PAGES

Today, my post is a little different to the usual; I have decided to explore my interest in poetry and writing (this might become a series… might). I have combined a few pieces that were lost between the pages of my journal, just rambles of thoughts that some people may call poetry. I paired my work with some submissions I’ve received, so be prepared for deep, thoughtful writing. Enjoy – and if you have any pieces you would like me to include in the next post, feel free to email me! Thank you to these lovely ladies for the submissions! a.p, miah, nicole, nahndi

FINDING YOUR STYLE

Finding your own personal style as an artist is an individual journey one must go on to be successful, to be recognisable, at least that’s what someone told me. And I agree. Once a person finds their own style, consciously or not, it adds something to their art work. I think every artist needs to go on that journey, whether you’re a painter, singer, photographer or dancer, everyone needs to add a bit of their own personality into their art. It took me a long time to find my style, I only used to shoot landscapes when I was teaching myself the basics of photography and I had no clue how I was meant to incorporate any of my personality into landscapes and I remember getting really frustrated with myself as well as worried that I will never find it. However then I started spending a lot of my time researching different photographers, seeing what I like what I dislike and trying to mix that with my own photos. I’ve included some of my favourite …