New photographs up! Come check them out!

Over this summer I was able to keep up my animal photography as I visited London Zoo and an Italian Zoo in Tuscany. Please come and check out my shots!!

Below is a sneak preview, and the rest can be found at my website – cargocollective.com/emilylaura

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New Book – Natural Histories

ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageWith my recent trip to Oxford, I was able to look around a book store called Blackwell’s. They have a variety of different book stores, and I went into the art and design book store. Now, I’m not going to lie, I’m not a big reader, I don’t really have the patience to sit down and read a book, I’m more of a picture book person, I like to see things visually, so this art book store was like a little piece of heaven with picture books galore!

One book in particular that really caught my eye was this Natural Histories book. I’ve always been interested in Natural History ever since I was little so to find a book which is all about the illustrations of how animals were seen back in the day, it was love at first site. I love old fashioned illustrations as I find they have so much character, they all seem unique with all illustrations being hand drawn.

This book package comes with a book going through the history of illustrations and the back stories of how the artists came about drawing the animals, and even though I’m not a massive fan of reading, I do find this book very interesting! The package also comes with 40 prints of the illustrations found in the book and I cannot wait to find some nice frames to put them in and get them on my walls!

I really recommend this book to anyone for a love of art and illustration as well as animals and nature.

Zoo Research

Another uni project I am currently undertaking is designing a map and signage system for a place of my choice, so I felt the perfect place (and would benefit the most) would be a zoo. So I decided to use a zoo that wasn’t too mainstream so didn’t already have a distinctive look for a map and signage, so I chose a local zoo in Cambridgeshire called Linton Zoo. They are a wildlife breeding centre and I have been visiting it for many years since I was a child. So I knew what this place had to offer with signage and maps, so this would benefit the most for a ‘redevelopment’. While doing my research of the zoo, I couldn’t miss an opportunity to do some photography there. I might not have been able to feel my feet or hands and it snowed every so often, I will never miss an opportunity to do one of my favourite hobbies and photograph animals. Here is a small collection of photographs I took from today, with a couple experimentations with black and white effects, enjoy.

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And this was my favourite shot of the day I took…

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