13 Things I Learnt During My First Week Of Manual Photography

I just arrived home from a week’s holiday exploring the windswept landscape of Wales and thought that now could be an apt moment to talk about one of the hobbies I spent time developing whilst I was there: photography. I’ve had an interest in taking photos for a long time, which snowballed over the years as I picked up different cameras: first a basic point-and-shoot followed by another, slightly better one, then polaroid and film cameras, and in the last couple of years a DSLR.

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Moments from the Mountains: Black and White Photography in Wales

The other day I was tagged in a black and white photography challenge by Mary, so thank you so much for that, I really appreciate it! The rules of this tag are supposed to be: post seven black and white photos over seven days, which don’t include people or explanations, and to tag a new blogger everyday.

Now, I really like that idea but I also have some posts planned for that time, so I thought I’d modify the rules slightly a lot, to fit my blogging schedule and also my current Welsh travels. Instead of the rules listed above, I thought I’d share with you all my favourite black and white photos from the first few days of my holiday in Wales, and then tag some bloggers to get involved with any kind of version of this tag that suits their style.

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Escaping to Wales: Memories from the Mountains

If you follow me on Instagram, you will have seen that I’m currently on holiday in Wales, a place that holds many of my warm, nostalgic memories. I’m spending a week here, specifically in Crickhowell, in a cosy rented cottage surrounded by mountains and the comfort of a small-town demeanour.

I’ve always felt an affinity with Wales, perhaps because my name derives from Welsh, but probably more due to the multitude of muddy, wind-whipped memories that have become woven into the fabric of my youth. I’m very much Southern English, from my accent to my love of the South Downs, coast and London, but I’m pretty sure at least a couple of my bones are built from Brecon mud and that my character’s been whittled into shape by the wild Welsh winds.

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A (kind of) Introduction

To be honest I’m not a big fan of blog introductions, who really wants to read an introductory post about a stranger? However, it felt wrong to dive straight into writing ‘proper’ posts so I thought I’d put a short intro up just for the hell of it. I’m a 19-year-old introvert from Brighton, UK, currently studying Sociology full time with the Open University and on the cusp of starting a new job as a health care assistant. I’d describe myself as a traveller, thinker and socially anxious baking fanatic with a love for unconventional decisions.

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