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. This image was completed at home.
Exercise 4: Something You Collect
I love travelling. Always have. When I was a kid I used to dream about visiting distant lands and seeing castles and hearing new languages and from a very young age I knew I wouldn’t always live in Australia. My first overseas trip was when I was 17 and I went and lived in Japan for a few months and went to school and ever since then, after being bitten by the travel bug, the itch has never gone away. I backpacked around the world for two years and I have lived in many places including the US and the UK and now I call Sweden home. This small town Aussie girl sure has come a long way. I have many souvenirs from my travels and some I still collect and some I don’t. One of the things I do collect is patches. It started with my backpacking days and even though I no longer use my pack much, I still have it and intend to have it framed one day. I have a patch from every place I have ever been. Some are country flags, some are state or city flags and the below image is a taste of a few of the patches that I have. My intention with the patches is to have a huge canvas map on my wall to which I shall sew the patches to in order to commemorate my travels. I honestly don’t think I’ll ever stop travelling. It’s in my bones. It’s in my soul. It’s how I met my Husband, my extended family and some of my closest friends and I would’t have my business or my Bentley-dog without travel. Its a part of who I am.
Fujifilm Instax Mini. Indoor Setting. Fujifilm