The Year That Was: 2015

14011-p10009062bppImage by Jeremy Howitt, Northumberland.

I should have done this a while ago, this website/blog integration shebang. Website updates are a bit like haircuts, I find; a change doesn’t occur to you for a long time, you don’t need one, and your tresses are flowing and wild, representing you pretty well, until completely out of the blue you are overcome by the urge to re-jig. As soon as this urge has poked itself into your consciousness, it’s all you can think about and you are unable to wait more than about five minutes. You need to make that appointment. It has to be done within 24 hours max, or you will implode. (OK, I went to the hairdresser and paid an exorbitant amount to cut off a few wispy ends, the paltry total of which could have been collected into a small thimble; still, it somehow made a difference and put a spring in my hair flick.)

ANYWAY… (Sorry… On to the good stuff!)

Better late than never, I am presenting the 2015 version of my yearly review! I love putting these ‘overview’ posts together – it’s quite a tradition now (Click here for 2014 highlightsClick here for 2013 highlightsClick here for 2012 highlights) to look back through everything I’ve done and been lucky to experience over the last year. It’s nice not to have older posts (full of work of which I’m still proud) disappear so deeply into the vast blogosphere, but instead to pick them up, one by one, and examine them, finding old favourites and revisiting moments that have been resting briefly in the near-past.

So, without further ado (and with the knowledge that compiling this list is going to take me a little while to put together; I’ve got a cup of chai and some classic Jill Scott to keep me going: ‘So I shook my head, “What’s up?”
“Hello,” she smiled as she rung me up
Orange juice $3.29, Croissants $4.85
She sniffed, Butter 89
She sniffed, Strawberries $1.50 a pint
She sniffed, and sniffed, and sniffed, and sniffed again
And then replied, “Raheem, right?”‘), I hope you enjoy this long and visual list of reasons I have loved my job this year…

HUGE thanks to those who have been a part of this (full info and links can be found within the original posts), shared their images with me and continue to book me for photographic adventures. I wonder what will end up in next year’s review! 🙂

From ‘Venezia‘ – images by Jeremy Howitt, taken in Venice:

From ‘Mauve Woods & Mayhem‘ – images by Mark Russell, taken in my local Oxfordshire countryside:

From ‘Leaded Glass & English Roses‘ – images by Scott Chalmers (left) and Chris Murray (right), modelling Morua Corsetry & Couture at the Oxford Conference of Corsetry:

From ‘Naiad & Idyll‘ – images by Imagesse, taken in Cornwall:

From ‘Boho Bride in Oxford Times‘ – images by Adrian Spencer, wearing Clessidra Couture:

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From ‘Hourglasses: Ivory & Jade‘ – images by Adrian Spencer, wearing Clessidra Couture:

From ‘And now for something completely different…‘ – images by Peter Kelly, taken in Melbourne:

From ‘Gilliver (Travels)‘ – images by David Gilliver, taken in Melbourne:

From ‘Paree, Melancholy & Tea‘ – images by Jeremy Howitt, taken in Paris:

From ‘Wild Ponies & Vintage Cases‘ – images for bookcovers by Joana Kruse, taken in The New Forest:

From ‘Roses, Daisies & Ghosts‘ – images by Karen Jones, taken in Buckinghamshire (featuring co-model and my business manager, Sir Fluffalot):

From ‘Henry VIII, Candy Pop, Mocha, Ariel, Black Lace & Carnival – CORSETS CORSETS CORSETS!‘ – images L-R by Scott Chalmers (wearing designs by Karolina Zarzycka); Scott Chalmers (wearing ‘Tighter Corsets’ and bra and panties by Karolina Laskowska); Chris Murray (wearing designs by Karolina Laskowska); Chris Murray (wearing designs by ‘Ties that Bynde’):

From ‘Awakening Sun: Early Portraits‘ – images by Paul Lock, taken in my local Oxfordshire countryside:

From ‘Bluebellia and Filmic Head Flicks‘ – images by Rob Ellis, taken in my local Oxfordshire countryside:

From ‘Hot Earth & Hammocks‘ – images by Steven Billups, taken in Mexico (featuring Meghan):

From ‘Balancing Act‘ – images by Peter Eibler (top right and bottom two) and Manfred Klejna (top left and ladders), taken in Vienna (with set design and assistance by Roland Pum):

From ‘A Story Full of Sea‘ – images by Imagesse, taken in Cornwall:

From ‘Another Post, Another Coast‘ – images for bookcovers by Joana Kruse, taken in Dorset:

From ‘The Unfolding Trees‘ – images by Paride, taken in my local Oxfordshire countryside:

From ‘Broken Castles: I Am Not Afraid‘ – images by Steven Billups, taken in Germany:

From ‘Postcards & Telegrams‘ – images by Simon Newlyn, taken at a historical site in Oxfordshire:

From ‘Lavender Blue‘ – images by Elle Hicks, taken in Gloucestershire:

From ‘Creativity: Storm-Sky Thinking‘ – image by Rayment Kirby, taken in Sussex:

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From ‘Murgtal & The Sunflower Gatherer‘ – images by Steven Billups, taken in Germany:

From ‘Of Castles & Gold‘ – images by Jeremy Howitt, taken in Northumberland:

From ‘Hello World‘ – image by Jon Miller, taken in Australia:

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From ‘Doors & Chandeliers‘ – images by Luc Bollen, taken in Brussels:

From ‘My Grandfather’s Clock‘ – images by Luc Bollen, taken in Brussels:

From ‘Christmas Blooms‘ – images by Paul Lock, taken in Oxfordshire:

~ The End ~
(to be continued…)
🙂

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