Last weekend you may recall that we posted our first in a new series of articles entitled ‘Weekend of Mobile Photography/Art‘. That one was with Jerry Jobe and this time Fiona Christian tells all! Kicking us off this week is the one and only Fiona Christian with the most gorgeous images of England at its very best! Take a look…
All images ©Fiona Christian
“When Joanne asked me to write about what mobile photography and art I create at the weekends, I didn’t have an immediate answer. During the week I work as an interior decorator but I’m usually a bit of a night owl, so I tend to do a lot of editing and creating during the late evening.
At weekends I’m often busy doing everything that I haven’t managed to do during the week: visiting customers, catching up on paperwork, doing the washing! But when there’s time, one of the best things about weekends, (when it isn’t raining) is that’s when I get to have an occasional day out with my family and visit local places of interest. I’m lucky to live in a beautiful part of the country where a wealth of stunning gardens, beaches and stately homes are on my doorstep.
Home is a tiny hamlet in East Sussex surrounded by country lanes, with views across the Rother and Dudwell Valleys. If we don’t have too much time to spare we can take a brief wander along our lane and through the surrounding fields and woodlands”.
Batemans, the former home of Rudyard Kipling is only 2 miles away. They always have plenty of freshly cut flowers around the house which make lovely subjects throughout the year.
Scotney Castle is just a few miles further on. There are plenty of Rhododendron walks in Spring but the main house and castle are beautiful all year round.
Sissinghurst was the home of Vita Sackville-West a novelist, poet and gardener-extraordinaire, where she created some of the most beautiful gardens in Kent
Herstmoncieux Castle is steeped in history and surrounded by formal Elizabethan gardens and woodland.
The Seven Sisters Country Park contains some unique landmarks which include Birling Gap, Beachy Head, Seaford Head and Cuckmere Haven. One of the most picturesque parts of the south coast, it has breathtaking views in every direction.
Sheffield Park is best known for its stunning autumn colours and vibrant spring displays but there’s always something to admire all year round.
Most of these pics have been taken using Hipstamatic. That was the app that re-introduced me to photography back in 2010 and is still the app I use most today. I used to shoot exclusively with it but owing to the huge variety of lenses and films now available, I find it a challenge to remember what most of them do! I now prefer to shoot most things with the native camera and then use Hipstamatic to edit the ones I like, later. I’ve found that if I select a favourite Hipstamatic setting and shoot with that, I’m less likely to experiment with alternatives and therefore less likely to discover new combos.
It’s been a fairly bleak and uninspiring winter, so I’m looking forward to a few bright, warm spring days where I can get out & about again and maybe discover some hidden gems.
Once I’ve sorted the washing, of course 😉
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