A Week in Andalusia – El Gastor & Grazalema

Whenever I travel, I like to document my adventure as best I can. For my trip to Spain last July, I had really wanted to vlog, however, it ended up being too hot to carry around my digital camera and instead I resorted to shooting on film. My Canon AE-1 and a couple rolls of Portra 400 went everywhere with me.

We arrived in Malaga and quickly picked up our rental car. We then began the drive from Malaga to El Gastor where we were staying.

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Every night we would watch the sun set behind the mountains and then stay up talking and watching the stars.

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I had to take a siesta everyday around noon until 2pm as I wasn’t very good at coping with the heat and would end up with a migraine. However, after my nap, I’d jump back into the pool, or rather have to be pulled in, so as to avoid painfully warming up in the cool water.

The place felt very magical, I’m glad that I don’t know any Andalusian folklore, otherwise, I’m sure I would have convinced myself that there were creatures lurking in the desert hills surrounding us.

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Grazalema, a beautiful cliff top town was the first place we visited. Of course, visits only happened after two in the afternoon, so as to avoid the hottest part of the day. The road to get there was crazy bendy, and was often a single track lane.

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When we finally got to Grazalema, we had ice cream and sat in the town square. We wandered the streets, seeking shade between the houses.

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Surrounded by tree covered mountains, Grazalema has a very tropical feel to it.

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Grazalema is a picturesque town, with its white painted houses and greenery. I highly recommend a visit if you are ever in the area!

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First Post of 2016!

Last year, I came up with a bunch of resolutions. I wanted to watch more films, read more books and eat vegetarian. This year, my resolutions move away from my personal life and more towards my work life.

My goals this year are to promote and have more photoshoots with my company Je Photographe. At the end of 2015, I began to transition away from digital photography and more into analog. Film captures a spirit that I haven’t seen in digital photography. As a result, I am hoping to share more film pictures on my Society6 account. I am already working hard to launch a new line of products from my Norway and Sweden trip from December 2015.

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Finally, I want to focus on my school related projects and try to create as many films and scripts as I can in the next year. In February, I am shooting a short music video inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I have yet to finish casting, or secure an actual film camera. However, the film that we will be shooting on is kindly being donated by a professor. We are hoping to create the film in a one take. We will only have three tries to get it right, but have an entire week to create the piece physically. My other big goal for the year is to finish a short screenplay I have been working on for the past year and a half. I’d be ecstatic if it were to get commissioned as a grad film. However, I’m a ways from that!

I’m going to push myself as hard as I can and I can focus on relaxing when I visit Spain in July. I’m looking forward to exploring a new country and I’m excited to take some new film pictures!

So here’s to a very productive 2016!

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Festive Film

With the festive feeling in my heart, I’m happy to share some of my film photographs from this holiday season. Earlier this month, I visited Glasgow’s Christmas Market with my boyfriend and we explored all the different stalls, that were just bustling with festive cheer and customers.

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In Norway, I visited Oslo’s Christmas Market and ice rink at the centre of the city. All the houses in the area I was staying had beautiful advent stars hanging in the windows, and when I visited Stockholm, I found that they has this tradition too! I would have loved to bring one home with me, but unfortunately it wouldn’t have fit in my suitcase.

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In Drøbak, I got to explore Santa’s post office, which was filled with little Nissen ornaments. In Norwegian folklore, Nissen are ancient pagan creatures, the size of a small child. In the winter they stay in barns and look after the animals. Humans are meant to leave them porridge, also known as grog, which they eat and keeps them from acting out.

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All the photos were shot on my Canon AE-1 using Portra 400 or Ektar 100 film stock.

You can check out more pictures on my facebook photography page, je photographe!

Norway Vlogs!

Another busy year is coming to its end, and Julie and I managed to squeeze in a trip to Norway and Sweden right at the end of it! Last time I was in Oslo, it was for the 17th of May, which is Norway’s National Day. I got to wear the traditional bunad and try Burnost! This time, I got to explore Oslo’s Christmas Market, drink lots of glog (mulled wine)  and eat Christmas Porridge and gingerbread men! We visited Oslo’s ski jumps and even had a day trip to Drøbak, which is where the Norwegian Santa is said to live and have his post office!

Day 1+2: WE MET SANTA IN NORWAY!

Day 3: JULIE WON A PIG!

Day 4: I’M SMALLER THAN MY SANTA HAT!

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Stockholm Vlog to follow shortly!

What’s to Come?

Since January I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus from both my blog and my youtube channel. However, I’ve been up to lots of things and they’ll be featured on my social media outputs very soon!

What to look forward to?:

  • Vlog from my latest trip back to Montréal
  •  A vlog and blog about my upcoming trip to Norway!
  • Photos on my Je Photographe page from up coming shoots

In the meantime, check out the society6 page I just launched!

See you all soon!

E

Emily and Julie’s Trip to the Highlands

Julie and Emily with Kilchurn CastleMy friend, Julie, and I love to travel. We are constantly trying to find new places to have adventures, so when we got a week off from classes back in January, we took advantage of the free time to hop on a bus tour through the highlands. We took plenty of pictures and did some filming too, however, it was so cold that most of our  footage came out quite shaky. While it’s taken us ages to find the time to edit the video together, I’m very pleased to announce that the video is now on my youtube channel, so please check it out!

If you are interested in taking a bus tour around Scotland, I would definitely suggest Rabbie’s. Julie and I had a great experience with them. Their drivers are knowledgeable, friendly and most importantly good drivers. Rabbie’s also has the great policy that even if you are the only person to have booked the bus, they will still take you. They also offer deals for seniors and students and depart from both Edinburgh and Glasgow. The tour we took brought us to Inveraray, Loch Awe, Kilchurn Castle, Oban and Glencoe.

Check out the video! 

I’m Back!

It’s been more than half a year since my last post. But, there is plenty of new content coming! Since my last entry, I have moved to Glasgow, Scotland to pursue a bachelor’s degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Digital Film and Television. I’ve learnt tons, watched tons and have managed a fair bit of traveling around the country. I’ve also made some amazing friends and have been taught by incredible people. This blog, in partnership with a Youtube channel where I post vlogs, will chronicle my university experience for any curious minds out there!

Here’s to a hopefully well documented three years!

Just moved in!

Emily