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Family, our genetic relations

Family, our genetic relations

Family, a Challenge winning photograph (ViewBug.com), this was captured in the heart of Norwich City, over looking a river. I had asked them to strike a pose and they certainly delivered.

The meaning of family

In the context of human society, a family (from Latin: familia) is a group of people affiliated either by consanguinity (by recognized birth), affinity (by marriage), or co-residence (as implied by the etymology of the English word “family”) or shared consumption (see nurture kinship), or some combination of these. Members of the immediate clan includes spouses, parents, brothers, sisters, sons and/or daughters. Members of the extended family may include grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces, and/or siblings-in-law. Sometimes these are also considered members of the immediate family, depending on an individual’s specific relationship.

In most societies, the ancestry group is the principal institution for the socialization of children. As the basic unit for raising children, anthropologists generally classify most family organization as matrifocal (a mother and her children); conjugal (a husband, his wife, and children, also called the nuclear family); avuncular (for example, a grandparent, a brother, his sister, and her children); or extended (parents and children co-reside with other members of one parent’s family). Sexual relations among the members are regulated by rules concerning incest such as the incest taboo

One of the primary functions involves providing a framework for the production and reproduction of persons, biologically and/or socially. This can occur through the sharing of material substances (such as food); the giving and receiving of care and nurture (nurture kinship); jural rights and obligations; and moral and sentimental ties. Thus, one’s experience of one’s group shifts over time. The family serves to locate children socially and plays a major role in their enculturation and socialization. From the point of view of the parent(s). The goal of which is to produce and enculturate and socialize children. However, producing children is not the only function of the family; in societies with a sexual division of labor, marriage, and the resulting relationship between two people, it is necessary for the formation of an economically productive – wikipedia

The Dark Lord

The Dark Lord

The Dark Lord, the camera loves this little fella, the way he was being cuddled I just had to capture it. I have emphasized the contrast and shadows to bring the darkness into this photograph.

In fiction, Dark Lord (or Evil Overlord) is often used to refer to a powerful villain or antagonist with evil henchmen. In particular, it is used as a moniker in universes where it is thought that pronouncing the villain’s real name will bring bad luck or represents a bad omen. Such a villain usually seeks to rule or destroy the universe around them.

Litertaure

In fantasy novels, Dark Lords have become something of a cliché stemming from the success of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, in which the main antagonist, Sauron, is often referred to as the “Dark Lord”. On occasion, the people of Gondor in Middle-earth refer to Sauron as “The Enemy” or “The Nameless Enemy” despite knowing his real name; arguably starting the practice of avoiding pronouncing a Dark Lord’s actual name. In Tolkien’s legendarium, Sauron is the second Dark Lord; he was the lieutenant of the first Dark Lord, Morgoth (also a title or epithet meaning “dark enemy”), until the latter’s defeat. Morgoth’s original name was Melkor (he who arises in might). Following the example of Sauron, Dark Lords in fantasy are always depicted as immensely powerful and implacably evil creatures with a great desire for power.

Dark Lords have a negative effect in their universe, throwing them into ruin and despair. Sauron, for example, turned Mordor into a “wasteland where the very air saps one’s will”. He planned to do the same to all of Middle-earth. Dark Lords have mostly been male, with few exceptions such as the White Witch of Narnia, who casts the world into an eternal winter but never – Wikipedia

Trapped, Halloween

Trapped, Halloween

Trapped, this edit I designed for Halloween 2015.  A fantastic carving on the pumpkin and with the candle light, it really added a dramatic, scary look and feel to it.

Halloween, or Hallowe’en (a contraction of All Hallows’ Evening),  also known as Allhalloween,  All Hallows’ Eve, or All Saints’ Eve. Is a celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day. It begins the three-day observance of Allhallowtide,  the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed.

According to BBC Online, it is “widely believed” that many Halloween traditions originated from the ancient Celtic harvest festival Samhain, and that this Gaelic observance was Christianized by the early Church. Samhain and other such festival had pagan roots. Some, however, support the view that Halloween began independently of Samhain and has solely Christian roots.

Halloween activities include trick-or-treating (or the related guising), attending Halloween costume parties, decorating, carving pumpkins intojack-o’-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing and divination games, playing pranks, visiting haunted attractions, telling scary stories and watching horror films. In many parts of the world, the Christian religious observances of All Hallows’ Eve, including attending church services and lighting candles on the graves of the dead, remain popular, although elsewhere it is a more commercial and secular celebration. Some Christians historically abstained from meat on All Hallows’ Eve, a tradition reflected in the eating of certain foods on this vigil day, including apples, potato pancakes and soul cakes – Wikipedia

 

Just slow down

Just slow down

Just slow down, a monochromatic photograph of the hustle and bustle of a busy shopping centre, Chapelfield Mall, Norwich, Norfolk, UK. The was captured during the Christmas period and one thing that came to mind, was the chaos people go through to buy presents.

The Christmas season, or festive season, (also called the holiday season or simply the holidays, mainly in the U.S. and Canada), is an annually recurring period recognized in many Western and Western-influenced countries that is generally considered to run from late November to early January,  defined as incorporating at least Christmas, and usually New Year, and sometimes various other holidays and festivals. It incorporates a period of shopping which comprises a peak season for the retail sector (the “Christmas (or holiday) shopping season”), and a period of sales at the end of the season (the “January sales”). Christmas window displays and Christmas tree lighting ceremonies when trees decorated with ornaments and light bulbs are illuminated, are traditions in many areas.

Originally within the Roman Catholic Church, the term “Christmas season” was considered synonymous with Christmastide,  a term associated with Yuletide, which runs from December 25 (Christmas Day) to January 6 (Epiphany), popularly known as the 12 Days of Christmas. However, as the economic impact involving the anticipatory lead-up to Christmas Day grew in America and Europe into the 19th and 20th centuries, the term “Christmas season” began to become synonymous instead with the traditional Christian Advent season, the period observed in Western Christianity from the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day until Christmas Day itself. The term “Advent calendar” survives in secular Western parlance as a term referring to a countdown to Christmas Day from the beginning of December.

Beginning in the mid-20th century, as the Christian-associated Christmas holiday became increasingly secularized and central to American economics and culture while religio-multicultural sensitivity rose, generic references to the season that omitted the word “Christmas” became more common in the corporate and public sphere of the United States, which has caused a semantics controversy that continues to the present. By the late 20th century, the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah and the African American cultural holiday of Kwanzaa began to be considered in the U.S. as being part of the “holiday season”, a term that as of 2013 has become equally or more prevalent than “Christmas season” in U.S. sources to refer to the end-of-the-year festive period. “Holiday season” has also spread in varying degrees to Canada; however, in the United Kingdom and Ireland, the phrase “holiday season” is not widely understood to be synonymous with the Christmas–New Year period, and is often instead associated with summer holidays. – Wikipedia

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Shaded Lady

Shaded Lady

Shaded Lady

A simplistic nude photo of a model, the shot is designed to be simple in appearance consisting of deep and vivid contrasting. The model was nude ,however, the edit maintains her dignity throughout.

 

Silver Trees

Silver Trees

Silver Trees, a monochromatic photograph of a busy market in central London (Charing Cross). The bright whites gives the look and feel these trees are made of silver,  which is apt for a busy market making lots of money.

Charing Cross denotes the junction of Strand, Whitehall and Cockspur Street, just south of Trafalgar Square in central London. It gives its name to several landmarks, including Charing Cross railway station, one of the main London rail terminals.

Charing Cross is named after the Eleanor cross that stood on the site, in what was once the hamlet of Charing. The site of the cross has been occupied since 1675 by an equestrian statue of King Charles I. A loose Victorian replica of the medieval cross, the Queen Eleanor Memorial Cross, was erected a short distance to the east outside the railway station.

Until 1931, “Charing Cross” referred to the part of Whitehall between Great Scotland Yard and Trafalgar Square. At least one property retains a “Charing Cross” postal address: Drummonds Bank, on the corner of Whitehall and The Mall, which is designated “49 Charing Cross” (not to be confused with Charing Cross Road).

Since the early 19th century, Charing Cross has often been regarded as the notional “centre of London”, and is now the point used to measure distances from London – Wikipedia

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Intensity

Intensity

Intensity

A model shot, consisting of extreme contrasting and emphasizing the necklace around her neck. I really enjoy shooting in black & white, especially models (of all types). The  big jewel in the necklace was perfect for this photograph and I wanted the image to be really dark, moody and mysterious.

Shopping

 

Shopping

People shopping in London

Shopping, a photograph of people shopping in London during the Christmas period. If you haven’t been to London, I recommend the visit.

London is the capital and most populous city of England, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom. On the River Thames in the south east of the island of Great Britain, London has been a major settlement for two millennia. It was founded by the Romans, who named it Londinium.  London’s ancient core, the City of London, largely retains its 1.12-square-mile (2.9 km2) medieval boundaries. Since at least the 19th century, “London” has also referred to the metropolis around this core, which now forms the county of Greater London governed by the Mayor of London and the London Assembly, historically split between Middlesex, Essex,Surrey, Kent, and Hertfordshire. – wikipedia

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Skin Deep, Mother and Child

 

Skin Deep

 

Skin Deep

Skin, natures tailored outfit, the largest organ of the human body. This photograph is a natural side shot of a lady at 22 weeks pregnant, my desire was to make this photograph elegant, decent and tasteful. I hope this photo highlights the beautiful female form in all its natural glory.

Your baby at 22 weeks

Your baby is around 27 cm from head to toe now, about the size of a papaya and continuing to grow. The placenta will keep growing throughout your pregnancy, providing nourishment for your baby. Also the baby’s gums are already developing tooth buds, ready for their first teeth to come through a few months after birth.

Their eyes will have formed, but due to a lack of pigment in their iris they won’t have an eye colour yet. It’s also common for baby’s to be born with one eye colour, for them to change in the first few months. Their other organs continue to grow with their pancreas producing essential hormones. Their lungs are developing more rapidly which will continue in the coming weeks.

Your baby might be developing their own little daily routine now, and establishing a pattern in their waking and sleeping. It might not be the same as yours, so be prepared for some middle-of-the-night kicks and mid-morning quiet periods. –bounty.com

Photography Tips:

To capture an image like this can be difficult. First, you need a willing model who is prepared to be a model and to allow distribution of the image. Second, you need either a studio with good lighting or try and create a studio environment elsewhere. I don’t personally have the luxury of my own studio, so this was captured at home. Using Photoshop I was able to control the light as desired. Sometimes you don’t need lots of expensive equipment, look around you and use what is available.

It’s time, I am waiting for you

It’s time, I am waiting for you

It’s time

This photo was captured at a cafe in London, UK. I was observing the lady from a short distance and noticed she was in a state of trance staring out of the window, she appeared to be in deep thought. I can’t help but study people, I wonder what the lady was thinking about?

Garfunkel’s

Garfunkel’s is a small chain of restaurants largely in the London area and in Bath. It was founded in 1979, and is now part of the Restaurant Group. In addition to the restaurants within cities, Garfunkel has a restaurant at the major British airports.

Originally the menu at Garfunkel’s centered about a large buffet table. This contained items based on Vegetables, meats, seafood, pasta, and fruit, and was run on the multiple visit method. After many years this was discontinued, and now the menu is largely of the Grill and Fast Food type

London

Is the capital and most populous city of England, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom. On the River Thames in the south east of the island of Great Britain, London has been a major settlement for two millennia. Founded by the Romans, who named it Londinium. London’s ancient core, the City of London, largely retains its 1.12-square-mile medieval boundaries. Since at least the 19th century, “London” has also referred to the metropolis around this core. Which now forms the county of Greater London governed by the Mayor of London and the London Assembly.  Historically split between Middlesex, Essex,Surrey, Kent, and Hertfordshire

Photography Tips:

Capturing people in their natural environment can be challenging due to privacy. Whilst it is not illegal to capture people in the urban environment, not everyone is receptive to being captured. So be discreet and respectful and should someone ask for their picture not to be taken, then don’t. People photography can be fantastic especially when they are not posed. Action shots captured in the natural environment can show more emotion.

 

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