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!

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

Hello WordPress!

My name is Emily and I’m an 18 year old student with big dreams! Currently living in the wonderful, bilingual city of Montreal, I hope to next year be studying in Scotland. With interests in film-making, photography, fashion, beauty, winter sports, history and art, I’m always busy. I’ve always wanted to find an outlet in which to combine all my interests and I believe that a blog is the perfect place for me to share my interests with the rest of the online world.  So welcome to my world!

I hope you enjoy my joie de vivre!