I’m on a mission to lighten the competition amongst artists…..coming from a place of creativity rather than competition.
The world is a much prettier place when we choose to celebrate our own art…and the art of others we adore….
I heard something a little bit ago about… creative competition…and jealousy.
It went something like….
Rather than holding onto jealousy…letting it boil up and over…. or worse yet….eat us up inside….
Why not LET IT GO…flip it…..by simply celebrating it….OUT LOUD…..
with comments like…
‘Oh my gosh…. I wish I thought of that… or I am so in awe of your art…. It’s amazing’…….and so on.
before long….. those jealous, less-than, competitive feelings aren’t nearly so yucky….
What do you say? YES?!?
Today I’m featuring the amazing art of Hannah Argyle…. @hannahargyle on IG….
Hannah’s photos are truly amazing…
She describes her feed as ‘little pieces of my world’…..
and what a beautiful world it is.
Welcome Hannah… So happy you are here.
Tell us a wee bit about yourself, Hannah.
Hello! I’m Hannah, I live in the midlands in England in a Victorian terraced house in need of much improvement, with my husband, our two little boys aged two and four and our rescue dog and cat. I am currently mostly relishing my dream job, of being a mum, but I also own a bespoke picture framing company, and I am working hard on my new photography business!
I met my husband when I was 19 and studying for my History of Art degree at Reading university, I consider us a great team, and he is my best friend. He works in the music industry, so he is very supportive of my work and ambitions, and understands the highs and lows of being in a creative industry! My favourites ways to spend time are riding my horse, and exploring the beautiful English countryside with my kids, and I’m never happier than with a camera in my hand.
Could you tell us about the gear you use to take/make your lovely photos…and what inspires you?
My main camera is a Nikon D610, and I have two lenses, 50mm 1.4f and 70-200mm 2.8f, although I hanker after many more! I’m lucky to own a great full frame camera, but I’m a strong advocate that you don’t need to spend a fortune to take great photos. My first DSLR was a second hand Nikon D90 and second hand 50mm 1.8 lens, which was very affordable and is fast, sharp, and takes beautiful pictures. I still love using this kit when I go on holiday and don’t want to travel with my expensive kit.
I always shoot in raw and I think switching to raw made the biggest improvement to my images. I edit in Lightroom and retouch faces in Photoshop, but I am very limited in my knowledge of Photoshop! I use my iPhone for around a third to a half of my instagram gallery, and almost always for still life, and top down images. You can’t beat an iPhone for a more two dimensional image! I edit phone pictures in PicTapGo and PSExpress, which is wonderful for tweaking and reducing noise in mobile images.
Please Share one of your favourite photos…. along with a little behind the scenes info?
It’s so hard to choose just one, partly because I take so many and partly because the subject matter varies so much! In the end it had to be this one of my family. It was a perishingly cold morning and we’d all taken the dog to the park. My little one started to cry because his hands hurt, and my eldest started to blow raspberries to cheer him up! The light was incredible, the sun was behind them and filtered through the trees, it was very frosty and you could see their breath on the air.
I used my Nikon D610 and 70-200mm 2.8 lens, which is amazing at compressing the backgrounds and creating this dreamy effect, especially at the longer focal length. It was shot in raw and edited in Lightroom. This picture simply makes me happy I am a photographer and can capture my family in this way!
Could you tell us a bit about you Instagram Experience?
Could you share a few of your favourite IG artists? Who inspires you?
I love following people whose galleries are quite different to mine, make me want to try new things and show me places I have never been!
For landscapes and adventure, I love @bertymandagie and @johnbozinov, for food photography and beautiful images of the cities they live in and travel to, follow @anddicted and @_mariannejacobsen_ and for still lives, @rodrigo_ and @nonihana_.
Hannah, before we say goodbye, please tell us one completely random fact about you?
I had never considered photography or even attempted to take a nice picture until 18 months ago (you should see my early instagram pictures!!), and have only owned a DSLR for just over a year. It’s a steep learning curve, and I have SO much more to learn, but I love photography so much and I really hope as my children get older I can build a career in this field.
Thank you Hannah. I just love your work…. thank you for sharing so freely.
You are such truly an inspiration.
My Still Sunday
I host a weekly tag on IG, called #mystillsundaycompetition. To play along tag your IG image with @kimklassen and include the hashtag #mystillsundaycompetition in the comments. This automatically enters your photo(s) in the Still Sunday pool.
Each Wednesday I feature a few of the lovely images both here and over on Instagram. (Sorry but you do need to have Instagram on a device in order to play along.) Until next time…here’s to a week full of inspiration and moments to breathe and just be.