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Tuesday, 6 January 2015

I remember this day...

...so clearly. It was bright but bitterly cold, and the salt scented wind was whipping my hair across my face. Seeing these photographs again is quite strange. We spent so much time at Hengistbury Head when I was growing up. So many hours building sand castles. Scrambling over the rocks, with distant calls of 'be careful, don't slip!'. Of playing crazy golf and laughing until there were tears streaming from our eyes because we were so terrible at it. Of sipping hot chocolates in the cafe, the one permanent source of warmth and shelter from the elements. When I met Mark I shared my love of this place with him and we spent so many hours taking photographs and sitting, just talking about anything and everything.

It's been four years since I've stood in this spot looking out to sea and I have no yearning to return. The memories I have are so vivid and unspoilt, the magic lies there and in photographs now. And I'm quite happy for it to stay there, for the time being at least.

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- Pictures taken with an ActionSampler & the first of the negatives I've scanned since rediscovering them. I wasn't expecting it to be such an emotional process, but it's reminded me why I fell in love with the medium of photography in the first place. The power of a single image. It's pure magic.  


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  1. Jennie, what a lovely post. The photos are gorgeous and you have such a way with words!

    Beccy || Bluebell & Bumpkin

  2. As usual, a beautifully written text :) and lovely photos too xx

  3. Hi Jennie, your blog is quite a new discovery for me, but I'm so happy I found it. Your posts are honest and infused with poetry, not just your words, but your images too. I'm definitely a fan. Looking forward to your musings and Happy New Year. PS. Your Book Blog is great too, I know you mentioned that your making some changes, but I'm enjoying it a lot as it is. All the best.

    1. Hi Emilia. Thank you so much for saying such sweet things, you're too kind! xo

  4. What a beautifully written post - thank you for sharing the negatives with us! Sounds like Hengistbury Heard is a very special place for you xx

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  5. Beautiful post Jennie, thanks for sharing! I love the way old photos can bring memories back like they were yesterday :)

    Jess xo

  6. Utterly beautiful!


  7. Another beautiful post, Jennie. You have such a wonderful way with photography and writing.


  8. Lovely pictures! I know what you mean about not wanting to go back to a place that we have such perfect memories of. Inevitably nothing can ever be perfect except in our minds - so sometimes it's best to leave it there.

    xx Kathryn

  9. Oh Jennie! These photos are beautiful!! Xxxxxx

  10. Beautiful. I went to hengistbury head for the first time on new years day :) xx

    1. It's such a beautiful place, especially in the winter <3

  11. LOVED this post. So beautifully written with beautiful photos to match. How lovely that these were the first photos you rediscovered x

    Josie’s Journal

  12. A really wonderful post, lovely to read and see the photographs that have so many memories x


  13. So beautiful! Please always write posts like this and so beautifully unguarded.

    Fee x

  14. love these kind of memories..lucky inventors created "camera" and shared it to the world.so that we can kept all those memories well.love your post.

    xo joselovincolors

  15. Really lovely photos Jennie! I love your photographic style so much, so dreamy and a little hazy but just brilliant! xxx

  16. What a beautiful post. For me a song is what brings back an intense memory. I can listen to a song and instantly remember something from my past and I can feel the same emotions. It's pretty freaking scary haha


  17. So gorgeous! 'Salt Scented Wind': that sounds so special and gets me curious!


  18. This is beautiful, I love how pictures can flood you with memories and you can be back there in an instant :) xx

  19. I love how open you are with this post. I definitely connected to what you're talking about. It's a lovely post (:



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