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Shooting With Soul: Exercise 16 – Something You Made

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In the summer of 2014 my Husband and I decided to take a road trip down to the south of France from Sweden to soak up some sun, and as I was deciding which books to take, I picked up my copy of Alessandra Cave‘s gem, Shooting With Soul. I ended up completing a good number of the exercises in the book but instead of doing them in order, like the book suggests, I chose to complete them whenever I felt the opportunity presented itself during that time. I also used whatever I had available in terms of gear, which was not a lot and many times presented a really limiting challenge. I did not, and could not, complete all of the projects in the book on the trip, so I shall continue them now that we’re back home in Sweden. 

Exercise 16: Something You Made

Last August I had the honour of marrying the man of my dreams here in Stockholm. It’s so time consuming to plan your own wedding and I had particular trouble deciding what flowers I was going to carry with me. I don’t much like flowers and don’t really have any connection to a particular one, and I wanted something that would last and not waste away after our big day. We had two weddings, one in Sweden and one in Australia because it was better to have two small wedding that everyone could attend (on their own side of the globe) than have one massive one only half could attend. So having something that would last was a must.

After months of not being able to find flowers that I thought represented me well, I decided I would create a Brooch Bouquet after seeing something similar in an Australian Bridal Store and then use it at both weddings. All the women in both of our families, including friends who were close to us contributed a brooch and it also served as my “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue”, all in one big package. It took me almost a year to make it and I hand chose every other brooch that would be included and almost every brooch has meaning. Some are antiques from both of our families and some are hand made and some are new. I scoured antique shops, Etsy stores, jewellery stores and everywhere else to find brooches and there are almost 200 of them in the final Bouquet. I had every intention of taking it home for our Australian wedding but upon completion it weighed about 2 kilos and I was worried about it getting damaged on the flight, so it stayed in Sweden.

I chose to photograph my brooch bouquet as Something I Made against a Crochet that my Great Grandmother crocheted and which hung in our house all my life. When my Grandmother sold our house, the Crochet, which I have always loved became mine. My family has a long history of creatively talented women so this was the perfect way to show my Bouquet. I think she would have been really proud, not only to see her artwork still loved and hanging in my home, but also to see the Bouquet, of which a Brooch of her is actually included. The text on the Crochet reads “Home Sweet Home and Time for Tea”.

Canon 5DMKII. Canon 24-70mm 2.8 @ 51mm. f/2.8, ISO 800, 1/3200

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