Hello! Sorry if I’ve been a little quiet on here over the past week. I kept up as best I could whilst I was away, but am otherwise getting back to normal now. Those of you who follow me on Twitter or Instagram are probably sick of me talking about how incredible my third trip to Iceland was, but I still wanted to put together a little post sharing a few of the highlights nonetheless. I hope you can indulge me, and that the pictures convey even a small amount of the beauty the country has to offer.
Hello, all! I’m back from my trip to Copenhagen, having had a wonderful time. It’s an absolutely beautiful city with a fantastically warm and friendly atmosphere. We also really lucked out with the weather, which was amazing. I highly recommend a visit here to anyone who may be planning a holiday of their own, and thought I’d share a few snaps of my favourite sights to hopefully give you a taste of what the Danish capital has to offer.
Have you been to Copenhagen? What were your favourite sights?
I’m back from my trip to Barcelona, a holiday with one of my best friends that was full of beautiful sights and a lot of sunshine. Here are a few highlights from our time away.
Have you ever been to Barcelona? What were your favourite sights?
This time I’ve decided to recommend books that centre around art and photography. I’m certainly not claiming to be either an artist or a photographer, but I do enjoy both mediums and appreciate a beautiful book that celebrates them, so let’s get started.
The Singing Bones by Shaun Tan
Tan is one of my favourite artists in general and in this book, he combines his beautiful work with another of my loves: fairy tales. Each double spread has an excerpt from one of the classic Grimm tales on one side and a sculpture inspired by it on the other. His pieces are visually striking and wonderfully successful in capturing the eerie mood of the original stories that we know and love.
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Collections by Barbara Buhler Lynes
O’Keeffe is another of my favourite artists and this hefty hardback was produced to mark the 10th anniversary of The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in New Mexico, the largest collection of her work in the world. It includes many high-quality reproductions of her pieces and helps to show how broad her style was.
Wonderland by Kirsty Mitchell
This might be an odd one for me to recommend in that I don’t actually own it myself. Retailing for about £100, I haven’t been able to justify buying it (though it is huge and incredibly high-quality). Mitchell’s stunning photographs are like the aesthetic of my dreams, however, so if like me you want to aspire towards owning it one day, or if unlike me you happen to be very wealthy, I thought it was worth a shout-out.
Photos That Changed the World by Peter Stepan
This is one for those who maybe aren’t looking for ‘beautiful’ photographs as much as they are looking for influential ones, or those that show the effectiveness and importance of the form in documenting history.
Art Made from Books by Laura Heyenga
This one’s a bit meta, as it’s a collection of work by various artists who all use actual books as the medium with which they create their pieces, from sculptures made with paper to book spines lined up to form a canvas, and pretty much anything else you can imagine. There’s a big variety of different styles and ideas in here, and it’s definitely one for those who appreciate the beauty to be found in books as a physical object.
What are some of your favourite books about art and photography?
Today is Earth Day – a movement designed to encourage celebration and conservation of our natural environment. To show my support, I thought I’d let Mother Nature speak for herself and simply share a few pictures of one of my favourite places in the world: Perthshire, the area of central Scotland which I call home.
I hope you enjoy the snaps and have a lovely Earth Day!
It’s a different and random little post today but I think it’s important to share the things we care about, and having visited Iceland earlier this year, I can tell you that it makes me incredibly sad to hear that much of its iconic wild habitat and rugged beauty is under threat of destruction.
There are government plans to lay roads and construct power plants in the Icelandic Highlands, which is currently one of the largest uncultivated and uninhabited territories in Europe. These lands have remained untouched throughout all of time and it would be such a tragedy if money hungry politicians spoiled that now.
There’s a site that explains it all better than I ever could, as well as a petition that aims to show that people from around the world are against this sad waste of natural splendour, so if you want to take a look that would be great.
I thought I’d share a few snaps from my time in The Land of Fire and Ice, which in spite of my seriously lacking photography skills, hopefully show a little glimpse of just how special a place it really is.
I’m back from my long-dreamt-of trip to Iceland and can in all honesty say that despite years of anticipation, it did not disappoint. The beauty of the landscape is unlike anything I have ever witnessed (and I’m lucky enough to live in some of Scotland’s most striking highlands). The culture and atmosphere were both warm yet relaxed – unlike the weather!
Of course, my inner-geek also marvelled at how heavily modern life and history there revolve around literature and storytelling (they actually have the highest number of bookshops and the most imported/translated books per capita in the world).
All in all, it was a fantastic experience, and I already hope to return one day to explore more of what this fascinating country has to offer. Here are just a few snapshots from my time in the land of fire and ice.
I’ll leave it at that for now, but I hope this gives even a small taste of the wondrous place that Iceland is. I’ve never been anywhere that felt more harmonious when it comes to the balance between modern, convenient living and utter respect for the natural world. I highly recommend you visit should you ever get the chance.