A portrait series celebrating modern day Female Travel Bloggers
Girls girls girls.
We run the world.
Backpacking, hiking, pausing and laughing,
Capturing, savouring, cultivating curiosity.
From dreaming, planning, leaving,
to meeting, greeting, adventurous believing.
Collating culture, justifying difference and self-armouring the frontline,
Requires fearlessness, drawing blood sweat and tears.
But it keeps us alive.
Courageous Girls: a portrait series celebrating modern day Female Travel Bloggers
Curated by Eleanor Hyde ©
For more photography, follow Eleanor’s Instagram.
Female travel blogs are trending all over the world. As a female traveller myself, I know how hard it can be to go solo or battle culture shock in destinations that have strict gender roles. But we do it because we find joy in this diverse, beautiful world. We fight hard to justify our experiences so that others may share in the incredible journey and encounter such rich beauty. And the beauty documented is far more profound than a visual that we share.
The people of Japan are incredible! They are some of the healthiest people on earth and are very active. I couldn’t wait to get to Japan – it is a brilliant place for street photography. I’m calling this collection ‘Humans of Japan.’ I capture subjects unaware in order to reflect and document Japanese culture.
Please do not reproduce or republish these photographs.
Hortus Botanicus is an amazing place!
Whilst in Amsterdam I visited the Hortus Botanicus botanical gardens and I set to work with all of the best macro techniques! They even have a butterfly house there which made for some truly beautiful shots.
I haven’t picked up my camera to do a themed series of photographs in so long! The photography section of this blog has been so neglected recently. Botanics are one of my favourite subjects; they are colourful and create brilliant abstract forms. Here’s a series I’ve put together from my Amsterdam trip!
- Bath – Royal Botanical Gardens
- Durham – University Botanic Garden
- Glasgow – Glasgow Botanic Gardens
- London – read this blog post: Top 10 Botanical Gardens in London
- Sheffield – Sheffield Botanical Gardens
If you are heading to Amsterdam, you can find more information regarding the cities “flower attractions,” here.
My friends and I recently went on a seaside vacation and ended up in a fun fair. It was the perfect opportunity for some 90’s inspired portraits!
Por las ventanas: through the windows.
Recently I have been looking at the relationship between windows, the figures in them and the views beyond in order to inspire a new series of art work. As part of this, you may have seen a behind the scenes video over on Instagram, documenting a research trip. I headed to the nearest city for the day, snapping as many views and “moments,” through windows as I could!
I’ve been inspired by Kat Gill’s work recently – she carried out an engagement shoot one winter looking in on a couple through a coffee shop window. I just can’t stop shooting reflections! The architecture in the city gave me so much to work with, layering windows with subject reflections, framed by the facades on the opposite side of the road.
One of the beauties about shooting in the city, is that everybody is so wrapped up in the hustle of their own lives, that you can afford to be daring. I took this image looking into the apple store and I love how the camera just captures a moment in time, unable to be recreated again…
As the day went on I found myself walking down the river, stumbling upon larger more architectural buildings and bridges. I began to experiment a little more with this idea of layering components.
I’m still experimenting with these ideas but I hope you like them!
Over the past month or so, I have been working on some commission work. West View Baptist Church recently celebrated their 60th anniversary, and as part of their mission week, they also opened a week’s exhibition called “Our Story.” In essence, it involved curating some kind of display, that would explain how faith impacts lives.
Inspired by Humansof New York and Mark Steen Adamson’s “Stations,” my Dad (working on the graphic and publication side of things) and I decided to create a portrait gallery. It was as simple as photographing people in the church as well as others who had moved on to other places. Under these black and white portraits, we placed short testimonies and quotes about faith. These new digital aspects were then combined with old photographs of church groups and placed onto a series of graphic posters.
The exhibition was a great success and being commissioned to take the photographs, as well as type up/edit personal stories was a really blessed opportunity. Being able to read about such personal struggles and triumphs was inspiring! By the looks of it, the folk at WVBC were inspired to!
I managed to sneak a few pictures of the exhibition itself, and have also included some of the portrait work that I completed!
Recently I found myself looking through old photography projects – I used to be so much more creative, and I miss planning shoot lists, then editing things together. Desperate to get back to this, I found myself searching pinterest for an idea – I came across a tea cup, with a forest scene coming out of it. I soon made my shootlist, and started creating!
What do you think?
A few weeks ago I was asked to model for my two friends – they are currently studying A Level photography and the results are brilliant! It was kind of fun – especially trying to blow bubbles into the frame, and take a photo before they popped… I thought I’d share their work with you because it’s so flipping good! So here’s five from Beth, and five from Katie – thanks girls!