Wednesday, 31 January 2018

A Little Fashion Photoshoot in Zagreb, Croatia

On my recent brief visit to the beloved Zagreb earlier this month I was asked by my lovely niece Haidi and her boyfriend Bruno to photograph the new lines of their lifestyle fashion brand "Creaturae". As I always say, I don't really take photos of people, but occasionally I like working with people who don't mind being photographed, look good on photographs and know how to pose. Haidi is always a great pleasure to take pics of, and this time I also met and worked with two friends of hers who proved to be very good models too, as well as very nice young people.
It was thankfully not too cold a day but it was drizzling steadily, so we had to find a location where we were going to be covered from above. The best choice was the attractive, old bandstand in the popular Zrinjevac park, not far from the city square.

Haidi, who is a yoga teacher, was very pretty in the black viscose dress hemmed with a red frill, and as usual, was relaxed and looking very natural in front of the camera.

Bruno Ilic (Haidi's boyfriend's namesake) is a handsome and very photogenic swimwear and mens' underwear model. The Marlon Brando sweater and hooded top he was modeling looked very good on him.

Manuela Svorcan is a beautiful, slender and, most importantly, very talented young woman. She is a Croatian TV host, singer, dancer, actress and model. I believe any clothes look nice on her and so did the new "Creaturae" black Marlon Brando mini dress.

The five of us spent together a very enjoyable couple of hours on what was my last day in Zagreb. And I was happy to find that the photos came out well and were much appreciated.

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Getty Images Sales, December 2017

Just a quick post to record some December sales with Getty Images.

This photo of my kitchen window at Christmas 2016 sold three times in three different locations - UK, Spain and USA.

I took this photo back in 2010. Desmond, our beautiful and very clever rescue cat waited every morning on my bedroom window sill for me to get up and make a fuss of him. Sadly, we lost him months after adopting him. The photo has sold before and this time in China.

This photo of the lake Thirlmere was shot in 2012, on one of our regular visits to the Lake District. It evokes cherished memories as on that particular day I was there with a good Croatian friend. The licence to use this image was bought this December by a UK client.

A while ago I decided to stop submitting my images to Getty because of their offensively low tariffs. However, the December sales, which were not lucrative by any means but can be deemed acceptable, have encouraged me to adopt a more positive outlook about submitting to Getty. The prevailing thought now is that, after all, it is best to give my images a chance to sell rather than just let them sit on my computer drive. So from now on I will be uploading again some of my photos on my Getty submissions page.

Monday, 22 January 2018

Haworth, Brontë Country, in January

Most visitors will probably agree that January is not the best month to visit Howarth. Not only is it very cold and wet most of the time, but also the Brontë Parsonage Museum is closed for its annual maintenance and change of display activities, and a lot of shops don't open till later in the year. For me, however, it doesn't matter what time of the year is; I love the place, my future home, and I have to go there as often as I can.
The day started as most January days this year have done - cold and dark with light drizzle. It didn't look like the planned walk on the moor was going to be a good idea, but then, it did brighten up in the afternoon.

The low sun efused some beautiful and interesting light so, after a lovely lunch in the village with my dear friend who lives locally, I headed for Penistone Hill to breath in some fresh, moorland air. I walked for about an hour along the eastern side of the park and enjoyed it despite the rather slippery, slushy or muddy paths.

I decided to return to the village by road, Dimples Lane, and passed the charming Sowdens Farm. I had seen the farm from a distance many times, either from Balcony Lane that leads to Penistone Hill or from the path to Oxenhope, but had never actually been to it. The farm served as Parsonage before the present Parsonage was built in 1779. I liked its pretty, sleepy, wintry look.

So this was my first visit this year to the beloved village of Haworth which, as always, left me feeling restored and happy. I will be back very soon, at the beginning of February to see the brand new exhibition at the Parsonage celebrating Emily Brontë's 200th birthday.

Monday, 1 January 2018

Christmas 2017

It is the first day of a new year - 2018, but before I properly step into it I still have to post some photos from the last days of  last year - photos of Christmas time around my home. I love Christmas and I love my home, so here is how I married the two this season.


We spent Christmas Day with my in laws in Fernwood, near Newark. I noticed there were some beautiful displays of outside Christmas lights around the estate, so after our Christmas dinner I went out for a quick walk to capture some Christmas magic.

As usual, there was no white Christmas in Leeds this time, but snow did come belatedly a few days after Christmas. It only lasted one day and it may be the only snow this year, so I made sure I took a few pics of our back garden looking very wintry.


~ Happy 2018 To All My Readers & Visitors ~