Let There Be Light!

I’ve loved taking photographs for as long as I can remember. 

From the days of my Spice Girls branded Polaroid in the 90's, to the grainy, webcam snaps on MySpace that pre-date selfies as we know them today. To disposable throw-away point and shoots, a clutch bag staple of my early noughties nights out! 

I remember the anticipation of collecting the developed film and laughing with my friends as we flipped through the pictures, reminiscing about the previous weekends' adventures before proudly displaying them in the fluffy pink “Groovy Chick” photo frames that adorned my teenage bedroom walls. 

If you follow me on Instagram (Instagram.com/22Jenifer) you may have noted recently my more frequent use of the Amateur Photography hashtag, so you may not be surprised to learn that I've taken a keener interest in photography of late. 

Whilst I'm still very much a beginner with lots more to learn, thanks to ever-evolving technology more readily available to us in the form of our fancy smart phones' capabilities or more affordable digital cameras, it's enabled even the most amateur of snappers to produce some amazing, editorial worthy, quality photographs. 

Urban Cottage Industries www.urbancottageindustries.com are inviting bloggers to participate in their photo competition, with £500 of Amazon vouchers for photography equipment to be won and five personalised Moleskine notebooks for runners up. 

The challenge? Publish two photographs you've taken; one showcasing natural light and the other displaying artificial light photography. 

Natural Light

My natural light photograph was taken impromptu at Lovebox festival back in the summer of 2013. Shot on an old iPhone, the sun was setting at dusk behind the ferris wheel whilst we waited in anticipation for the headliner to grace the main stage. 

Admittedly a little grainy by todays standards, but it was the first time I recognised great images could be captured using just a mobile phone. 

I also selected this photograph as it was a pivotal moment for me. It was around this time that I started to take a deeper interest in photography, prompting me to buy my first dummies guide book and learn more. 

Artificial Light

At the beginning of the December I was very lucky to have visited New York in all it’s festive glory. Instead of sticking with the iconic but busy tourist attractions of The Rockefeller Centre or Times Square, we ventured off the beaten track to visit the neighbourhood of Dyker Heights. 

Those Downtown Brooklyn residents sure know how to celebrate the holidays! Mansions showcased Christmas displays the flagship stores of Regents Street would be envious of. 

Houses decorated in every inch featured mechanical festive characters, impressive inflatables, speakers filling the air with Christmas hits from Mariah, Wizzard and Slade and artificial lights - thousands and thousands of them! 

Whilst I got some great shots of the over-the-top house displays, I particularly liked this photograph of two cheery snowmen protecting the pathway of this more subtlety decorated festive home. 

If you’re a blogger and you’d like to enter too, create a blog post entitled “Let there be light” and include your photographs to fit the brief. 

Remember to include a link to www.urbancottageindustries.com and email you blogpost to urbancottageindustries@yoma.co.uk or tweet @urbancottageind with the hashtag #LetThereBeLight

Competition Judged by Julia Hartbeck (https://www.confusedjulia.com/) Sian Lewis (thegirloutdoors.co.uk) and Stacey Sheppard (thedesignsheppard.com) the winner will be awarded to the blogger with the most creative and interesting use of light. 
The competition closes at 11.59pm on 31st January 2018. 

Happy snapping and good luck! :) 

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