Fairies are enchanted creatures or spirits known to possess magical powers. Fairies always fascinated human kind yet, as history had proven, the interferences between the two realms often caused problems and misgivings.
And so a truce was made, that no soul or creature was to trespass the other world without suffering horrible consequences.
For centuries no one dared to disobey the agreement and time took its toll on it. Humans forgot all about fairies, confined them to myths and legends and foolishly convinced themselves they were all products of their imagination.
But fairies never forgot and, bound by curiosity, they sometimes take human form and walk on the forbidden land once more.
I’ve been living in these woods for hundreds of years. Some might think it's a long time, but to me it feels like yesterday. The forest is all I know.
My kind lives in the trees,
amid the leaves
or inside the great dotted mushrooms.
We share the woods with other creatures, like the hoomans. They can’t see us, but they know they’re not alone and in their own peculiar way, they protect us.
Sometimes I believe they actually know we're there, because they spend a good lot of time looking at our houses.
Most of the time, they come here when the sun still shines in the sky.
They seem curious about our land and not dangerous at all.
In fact, they look quite nice.
These ones brought something I haven’t seen before. It was round and bouncy and they used their body to push it and pass it around from one to the other.
I followed them around and saw other hoomans coming our way. They had a weird creature with them, looked scary at first but in the end I concluded there was no danger.
My hoomans also passed near my cousin Moolch’s house. Good thing ol’ Moolch wasn’t home that day, he gets the heebie jeebies so fast.
After a while the hoomans stopped in a clearing and kicked the round object again and again. I think it was some kind of game.
Several hours later they left. Just in time, I thought, cause I was starting to feel hungry.
Swanley Park looks like any other park.
But terrifying creatures lurk in the shadows...
Like this one
or this one
Some couldn't help but watch in awe.
We decided to play it cool and went undercover.
And when everything was safe and clear we tried our kite flying skills. First we practiced,
but things soon got tangled.
So we called for reinforcements.
reinforcement got tired.
Last week, after a walk in in the park, we went to spend some time with grandma at her house.
And while the boys got all busy playing in the garden
I began exploring and went on an adventure of my own.
Listened to some cool tunes ♪♫♬
found a place where time stands still
guarded by wise elders
who secretly go for a tea break, when no one is watching.
Met Archibald, the house gardener, who loves playing cricket
and discovered this beautiful bird house
who's jealous on this bird house.
And this is Saturday, a treasure hunter, who wants to dig a tunnel from here
all the way to there.
I started taking photographs because my brother did it and I wanted to see if I could do it too. I found it fun and interesting and in time it became a way of self expression. After several years it also became a source of income.
So how did I learn doing it?
I’m seeing my learning process as a journey that hasn’t ended yet. I started with nothing but curiosity, I made a lot of mistakes, met new people and learned to pay attention. And above all, I took a lot of photographs. Like, A LOT. But let’s start with the beginning.
I started with the basics
The most important thing when learning photography is to know these three elements of the camera - the aperture, the shutter speed, the ISO - and the relationship between them. But when I started I was too impatient, I wanted things then and there. After a long process of trial and error and a lot of frustration that the images in my head were miles away from the ones I actually made, I took learning the basics seriously. So I began reading books and I also took an online free class that explained all the technical things in an easy to digest way. And then a new world opened up to me.
Photographing was always fun for me and I believe we learn things faster and easier if we find joy and excitement in what we do. Like most beginner photographers, I started with macros of flowers, animals or random things I found on my way. I was always delighted and curious to discover the small worlds living around me and I never stopped playing.
I learned from others
As I moved along I decided I wanted to connect with other people who were doing the same thing. I also wanted to show my photos which I believed were amazing. Needles to say they pretty much sucked. Anyway, I started joining different photography forums and communities where I got a lot of feedback, I began consuming a lot of images and educated myself visually by learning how to look and analyse photographs. I also found out the camera is less important than what you do with it and that there were photographs that despite their perfect technical delivery didn’t have much else.
I tried different things and found out what I like.
As I started doing more and more photography and got a hang on how the camera works, I began playing with a lot of different photography genres and subjects. I photographed people and building and landscapes and food to discover that what really interested me were the people. Then I began photographing them in different settings. I went to concerts and tried event photography, I worked as a trainee for professional photographers and learned how to do wedding photography, I worked at a magazine and did some commercial photography. I also took a photojournalism class where I learned I didn’t want to do that, but I learned precious lessons on how to tell a story and how to look at things.
I practiced a lot
No matter what you want to learn, the thing that will bring you most knowledge is to do the actual work. No matter how much you read or look at what others do, nothing will teach you better than practice. This is how I learned how to use my camera, how to see the light, how to compose a photograph, how to be less shy around people and how to capture emotions.
I continued learning
I am a firm believer in the act of lifelong learning. I don’t think that once you’ve finished school or passed a certain age you stop learning. Now I’m in a point where I’m looking to expand my knowledge and learn new things. I want to study more about color and light, learn stuff from other fields and use that in my photographs.
Lastly, if there’s anything I want you to take out from this article is this: start small, practice a lot and try to keep it fun as much as possible.