Pinterest party with the Papered Parlour

Pinterest cake pops by POP Bakery – bloody lovely

I mention Pinterest a lot in my everyday life.

I have one board for clothes I want to buy, one for London photoshoot locations, two for collecting photography inspiration, one for flat styling etc. Plus, as my job involves social media, I tend to talk about it a lot there (especially as it’s my favourite network, but shhh…). It’s gotten so bad, people have started rolling their eyes at me when I mention it.

But, being overly invested in this social image sharing site means I get invited to things like this Pinterest party at the Papered Parlour.

Pinterest party posh sandwiches Pinterest party hat making Pinterest party with a history of hat making

Aside from the posh sandwiches, free wine and free licence to stick pins in foam mannequins’ heads without so much as a raised eyebrow, we were treated to an expert overview of the history of hats. I’d like to be a hat wearer, but I’m not. I decided a while ago that lovely as they often are, they just don’t suit me and my interest in them never took hold. But, I really enjoyed learning about their use as status symbols, political messages and wartime defiance. Give me a bit of symbolic rebellion and I’m in.

Pinterest party making paper hats Pinterest party making paper hats

We crafted paper hats, painted and crafted elaborate designs and spoke to the talented ladies that are milliners themselves.

Pinterest party - hat by Natasha MoorhouseHat by Natasha Moorhouse

Pinterest party - hats by Fiona Menzies aka FifilabelleHats by Fiona Menzies aka Fifilabelle

Pinterest party - hat by Natasha MoorhouseHat by Natasha Moorhouse

Pinterest party hat designs Pinned with a pinterest badge

The Papered Parlour itself is a beautiful little spot in Clapham and I’m looking forward to their upcoming classes list, pretty sure there will be a few I can utilise for prop making…

The Wellcome Library releases thousands of images under Creative Commons – I’m thinking composites…

Old woman, Canton, Kwangtung province, China

The Wellcome Library has recently made over 100,000 images available under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence, which means there is a whole library of images available that can be worked into composite images as long as you give proper attribution. Miss Aniela is the photographer I know of that composites paintings into her work – check out Home and Dry, Mothership and Kai Face for example – but I’m sure there are others and it’s a great way of adding unusual elements you might not be able to photograph or simply for a different feel to the image.

All the images in this post are from the Wellcome Library and there’s not only a massively diverse selection, but a nice smattering of oddities as well. It isn’t very usable and it’s worth clicking on every gallery as well as the explore and favourites tab, because it doesn’t look like there are many images, but you really have to persevere.

Locomotive beauty Watercolours of birds with fruit and flowering plants Snow Hill offices of Burroughs Wellcome & Co. Sequah on Clapham Common. Oil painting by an English painter An anatomist meditates on the corpse of a beautiful young woman, laid out on a table next to his desk. Lithograph by F. Hanfstaengl after a painting by G. C. R. von Max, 1869 Manchu bride, Peking, Penchilie province, China

Please make sure you read the copyright notice on any image you wish to use, most are Creative Commons Attribution only licenced, but please check! I believe all images in this post are Creative Commons Attribution only licenced, but please check for yourself if you wish to use any as it’s not for me to say for definite and it might change. Also, specific image credit is in the alt text of each image, so please hover over each for more information.

Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images
Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 2.0

Wellcome Images.

Inspired by The Sartorialist – street style photography portrait

Scouting The Sartorialist for inspirational street style photography, I came across the portrait above. Stunning and simple, it stuck in my head.

So when I noticed the gorgeous light while I was wandering around the Barbican with my sister, I decided I had to have a go.

The elements I was thinking about:

  1. backlit – a key element of the original image, hair had to glow around the edges while the light on the skin stayed fairly even
  2. shallow depth of field – the background is softly out of focus, but so is the nearest corner of her coat
  3. 3/4 profile – I broke this rule, just because I wanted to play with poses, but they don’t stray much
  4. head up – I like the confident pose
  5. cool tones – this feels like a cool weather portrait, no golden hour or rich saturation
  6. angle – I think this is shot from slightly below eye level, but I’ll admit I forgot about this one

I shot raw with auto white balance at ISO 200, but I usually keep my settings simple and prefer to adjust in Photoshop. The metering was set to take into account the whole scene, but I might see what difference having it set to spot metering makes next time. I usually shoot on aperture priority anyway, so I’m happy to let my camera take care of the metering. I really want to try this on one of my vintage cameras too, probably my Lubitel or Kodak 66 Model III as both handle shallow focus well. Cross-processed Provia film would also be great for the cool blue tones.

These are my first attempts at a simple style I want to keep returning to:

Sartorialist style simple portrait Sartorialist style simple portrait
And one breaking the pose rules…

I’ve been in need of some more profile pictures for Google+ etc, so I taught my sister the technique and she shot a few of me too:

Sartorialist style simple portrait
I have no idea what’s going on with the grey highlights – I like them, but they’re just not there in real life…