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Milk Bath – Roxy

Whilst spending some quality time with my 12 year old we decided to do some milk bath photography with some fresh flowers (she loves to model!).

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The session was only half an hour at the most, mainly for comfort reasons rather than fun.  Wrinkled fingers are never a good look no matter how old you are!

I liked the look of including a few hints that this was an actual ‘thing”, and not done post production, and wanted the signs of the liquid being visible in the shot.  For this shoot I used a DSLR with a  a 50mm lens, a flashgun reflected off the ceiling and a white diffuser reflected off the ceiling.  It helped that the room was completely white (walls, ceiling and bathroom suite were white) so there was plenty of opportunity for the light to bounce.

A quick make up change and back in the bath probably wasn’t the best idea but it was so much fun we wanted to make the most of the time.  This time we added some funky colours with food dye at my daughter’s request.  It certainly looked different, but not sure that the wrinkled fingers were so lovely!

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I was slightly dubious about using the milk and wondered if it would smell?  Would it be slippery? etc., but I needn’t have worried.  In fact, my daughter’s hair and skin was lovely and soft after the shoot even after she had showered and washed her hair!

Not knowing exactly what properties, or problems, the milk might have on the skin I decided to do a little research.

It would seem that the milk fats and proteins are very good for the hair and that they have some moisturising properties on the skin.  They also contain those magical AHA’s that are always listed on premium priced skincare products!

http://www.dermatocare.com/blog/9-Benefits-of-using-Milk-on-Skin–know-from-dermatologist

http://health.howstuffworks.com/skin-care/problems/treating/milk-baths2.htm

http://health.howstuffworks.com/skin-care/information/health-factors/5-things-about-lactic-acid-skin-care.htm

http://www.herbhedgerow.co.uk/milk-natural-beauty-throughout-history/

As a note, bathing in milk is fine if you want to try it, unless you have a dairy allergy or wounds on the skin in which case this is not the project for you and I’ve popped a couple of links and articles below about the negative sides of milk and the body.

http://www.foodreactions.org/allergy/milk.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/07/14/dairy-skin-effect_n_7787546.html

http://www.dairyfree.me/symptoms.html

 

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Some of my food images from my National Trust shoot.

l recently made some images of food for my Local Context project.  The images are mainly meant for use in ‘in-house’ publications and for menu illustrations so are not as arty as i would have liked to have made, but  I would like to take this further and make some images that are more creative and artistic using food.

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I also made some of the images in square format so that they could be used as wall art and here are a few examples of those.

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Making a Business Plan

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Exploring the concept of ‘spaces and places to just sit and breathe’ within the National Trust.

I was interested to explore if the National Trust had any concepts surrounding ‘spaces and places to just sit and breathe’ which is the main concept for my short timelapse for the induction project for the Local Context project.  A Google search of time, space and breathing for the National Trust bought up this interesting link, in which the Trust are hosting a photography competition specifically looking for the celebration of open spaces and places to relax.  The quote below is from the site and explains in detail what the National Trust competition judges are looking for.

“Breathing Spaces

This category celebrates open spaces and the places where we love to relax and enjoy the feeling of well-being. It could be that people are the subject of your photography or it could be animals or plants; perhaps a landscape – a wide vista or a favourite hideaway.

The judges will be looking for those images that express peace, contentment and enjoyment.

You can enter your photographs of Trust properties freely into the competition, but your entries can be of any open space or green location.”

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/article-1355846619310/

I also found it really interesting that the National Trust has a specific set of awards (The Octavia Hill Awards) that are dedicated to ‘green champions’, local hero’s, green space guardians and the like.  It was always my opinion in the past that the National Trust was about preserving stately homes and ‘old things’.  It never occurred to me, perhaps naively, that they had a vast interest in conservation of green spaces and our coastlines.  In fact I often wondered why they would have purchased such places as Crantock Beach in Newquay, or Bedruthan Steps as they had nothing to preserve.  It wasnt until listening to Jon Cummings, Visitor House and Enterprise manager Trelissick, and John Lanyon, Garden Manager Trelissick, Trerice and Glendurgan in their talk about Trelissick that I realised that they seek to keep the beautiful spaces alive for all to enjoy, as opposed to allowing tourist attractions to build on the areas making them commercial sites.  The more I learn about the ethics and day to day management of the Trust properties the more I understand how they are all underpinned by the very essence of the founders intentions… “for places, for ever, for everyone”.

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/get-involved/competitions-and-offers/octavia-hill-awards/

I also found a lovely quote from in the National Trust magazine which describes perfectly the idea of conservation as opposed to preservation.

 “Conservation is about managing the process of change, not about preserving things exactly as they are now.”  Helen Ghosh, Director General, National Trust. Bulletin, Page 16, Autumn 2014, Number 133