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On Being Boring

I moved from London to Brussels with my husband nearly 10 years ago. When I told people we were moving, the news was greeted with bemusement: why did we want to move to a city that was possibly the most boring place on earth? Ten years later and I can honestly say that I've had more fun here than I ever did living in London. It might not be the most exciting city in the world but it is a fantastic place to live. It is full of hidden treasures that you probably never get to see as a tourist: wonderful shops, amazing food, great museums and galleries, beautiful architecture, a forest (yes, a whole forest), and so much more... And if that doesn't convince you, well, get on a train and you could be in Paris, Amsterdam, Cologne or, yes, London in no more than a couple of hours... Which other city can you say that about?

I shouldn’t even try really

Sometimes, the urge takes me to try something a bit different. To play. To create something new. On this particular occasion, I thought I’d be a bit arty-farty and scatter some fruit about. Really, I wanted to show off the lovely glass cake stand Han got me for Christmas. So I scattered the fruit around that. The house had been quiet up until that point, both children playing with Christmas presents of their own. But of course, as soon as I put something fragile on the floor and positioned the fruit exactly as I wanted it… Of course then… Then Charlie wanted to do nothing more than help me. To be fair, at first, he did try really really hard to follow my request NOT TO TOUCH.But his resolve didn’t hold. And once he’d given in to his urge, his hands were everywhere.When I thought he’d got all the touching out of his system, I asked him if he would please move out of my shot. Yeah. That didn’t really work, did it? Haha. I did eventually get my shot but I’m pretty sure I prefer the “spoilt” ones above, don’t you?I was going for a Dutch masters-style still-life so this is meant to look old and muted but I think the glass is just too flawless and shiny. Oh well, I had fun. Have you ever tried to shoot outside your comfort zone? Show me what you did! Pretty please!

 

10 January 2014 - 11:06 PM Heather - That's exactly what I saw -- Dutch masters-y painting. Maybe just add a little grain or mute your blacks a bit, and you'd have it down perfectly. :) But yes, a thousand times yes, prefer the Monkey shots. ;)

10 January 2014 - 11:21 PM amanda - That is gorgeous, you totally got it!

13 January 2014 - 12:58 AM Angie - I am sure the Dutch masters were equally plagued by small, mischievous boys - they had the option of not painting them in though. They had it so easy!

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