Quick Picks Week 43, 2013 – Featuring industrial wedding venues, crushed glass butterflies and garage sales.

Quick Picks


It’s been one of those surreal weeks where I’ve found myself staring at pictures of autumn and winter inspiration from the northern hemisphere while sweltering in the Queensland heat. So as I try to reconcile my desire for roaring fires and cosy jumpers with the reality of 32 degree days, here’s this week’s quick pick of internet finds. As usual, good things come in threes…
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The colours of optimism and magic

The colours of optimism and magic | shyfoxphotography.com.au

The colours of optimism and magic | shyfoxphotography.com.au

Colour in art is a fascinating thing, especially when you start to delve into the world of colour psychology and look at the effect that particular colours can have on emotions and behaviour.

Yellow is linked to emotion. It’s a colour of happiness and optimism, and of emotional strength and self-esteem. It can lift our spirits and inspire our creativity.

Violet is linked to spirituality. It’s a colour of magic and of time and space. It can inspire contemplation, awareness and vision.

So our brightly coloured girl evokes the essence of spring for me. It’s a time of optimism. A time to dream and be inspired. A time to let our spirits soar and to believe in magic.

~ Pav

P.S. If you’re interested in colour psychology there’s lots of information out there. I’ve found Colour Affects and Color Matters particularly interesting and helpful. They’re the primary sources for this post.

A quiet beach and a little girl, lost.

Little girl lost | shyfoxphotography.com.au

Little girl lost | shyfoxphotography.com.au

It’s no secret that I love to capture what I think of as stolen moments. Those fleeting seconds when everyone assumes no photos are being taken. When they forget about the camera, the lights, and whatever else is going on around them and get lost in their own thoughts. Often these shots are intended as test shots, meant to be used to assess the light and the scene and then discarded when we take the “proper” photo. Occasionally they happen during transitions between poses. Regardless, they tend to capture something we weren’t expecting. Often it’s laugher and silliness, but sometimes it’s something a  bit darker.  Something that reminds us that behind the bright, smiling face of the beautiful woman in front of us there might sometimes be a sad little girl.

~ Pav