Hi, my name is Ms Oh Waily and I’m an addict.
A blogging addict that is. A serial creator of blogs.
I also seem to have become a bit of a photographic addict too. It turns out that I must carry my camera everywhere I go now.
So what could this lead to? Yes. A new blog.
Sorry. I seem to have a thing about this.
It is called The Impish Iconographer.
I will shortly add an ‘About’ page that explains the choice of name. You won’t be surprised to find it has a direct relationship to my alter ego Twoflour*.
At the moment it has a single post and most, if not all, of the posts will be single images. I plan to generate enough photographs for two posts a week. If you follow me elsewhere you will probably be bored for the next little while as I work through posting images I have already taken and shared in other forums. I may do a monthly round-up post here, but I can’t guarantee that so if you would like to see what sorts of images I’m generating then you might want to consider following along with the Imp.
I hope you do.
* see Oh Waily Waily’s About page.
Perhaps I have an odd sense of humour. I mean to say, I’m about to suggest that you go scroll through a series of photographs of a wooden artist dummy. You know the ones I mean, I’m sure.
I’ve mentioned this set of photographs before (elsewhere) but each Monday I just get such a laugh out of the latest edition that I feel like I need to say it yet again – they are fabulously clever and often very funny.
Master Oh Waily now asks me to see “Woody” and so I have to scroll through the 300+ photographs of this dummy. Some are not quite suitable for children, but easily enough explained away (like the latest that I will link you to shortly) in a manner that satisfies my need to be a responsible parent.
So, starting with last Monday’s entry – may I introduce you to Woody, his friends and his creator Nicolas Vallejos.
Have a “Killer day”! - Woody as Dexter. Any Dexter fans out there?
666 – the Number of the Beast – for the wicked amongst you.
Boulanger – for those of you, who like me, would live inside a boulangerie if she could.
I could go on, andonandonandon, about Woody. If you like photography, especially macro works, don’t just scroll through a couple and call it quits. There are a few “behind the scenes” photographs showing how Mr Vallejos creates some of his clever images. Well worth it, in my opinion.
A couple of days ago I took the Oh Waily kids for an afternoon wander and on our way back I took this snap of Miss Oh Waily with an armful of treasures that ‘just had to come home for her seashell collection’.
It’s no real secret that this stretch of the Wellington coastline is my current favourite place to go when I have the time. I can’t remember if I’ve said why, so forgive me if I’m repeating myself*.
The things I love about this walk…
- I get to see the sea for the entire length of it.
- I get to hear the wind, the birds and the waves – and not much else for 2+ hours**.
- I get to see the ferries and container ships enter the harbour.
- I get to stop at a choice of lighthouses, should I choose to.
- I get to walk around a lake, should I choose to.
- I get to take photographs, should I choose to.
- I get to be by myself and spend a few good hours living in my own head. Priceless.
Yesterday I walked for a smidgen over 4 hours, plus a short amount of time for my lunch stop. This time I walked to the most northerly part of Lake Kohangapiripiri† and took some photographs around there as well as a rather odd derelict structure on the beach just around the bay from the lower Pencarrow lighthouse. If anyone local knows what it is, I’d love to know too.
When I got back I had fun doing the post-processing. I’m still trying to find my own aesthetic, so there will be quite a bit of variation in the look of the photographs that turn up here. Currently I’m doing a lot of work with HDR processing. So, here are some photographs to share. Apologies, as usual to those who may have seen them elsewhere.
And at the end of the walk, what better than a chocolate gelato and a mochaccino? Seriously?
* it’s a definite senior trait that I’m beginning to suffer from these days.
** and with small, very talkative children in the house, this is balm for a buzzing head.
† try saying that one fast!
Recently I’ve decided that I want to make more effort with my photography. It kind of fits in very nicely with my newfound outdoorsy-walkingness and allows me another creative outlet. There are plenty of things to see and photograph once you actually get out and start looking, and that is what I plan on doing.
In the meantime here are some of my more recent efforts. Apologies to those who may have seen them before.
More to come as I work on it.
Anyone want to share a link to their favourite photographer? Just leave a comment.