Daily blogging research 3: Carole Fenton

Today I am looking at Carole Fenton from tumbleweedingblog.wordpress.com.

The reason I selected this blog:
1)When I first came across this blog I instantly looked up my birthday to see what had been posted, and felt like I have been given a gift (it is an image of dandelion gone to seed)
2)I love her branding (her name on the images)
3)I love the reasoning for the blog

Welcome to Tumbleweeding, a blog about craft projects, baking, photography, nature and general prettiness and what makes me happy. It’s intended to be a happy space, a little corner of the internet that’s focused on the nicer things in life. I hope that you’ll enjoy it

Why are you doing a blog that posts daily?
I wanted to be responsible for something that’s creative each and every day. It inspires me to get on with things and to create more art. Plus, I’ve been told in previous projects (This is now my third) that it inspires others to get creative so that’s always a bonus!

Carole’s Q & A
What do you find inspires you for the content of the posts?
Everything! I don’t mean that in a “creativity inspired pretentiousness” kind of way. Literally everything inspires me for 365 photography. It forces you to look at the world in a different way. The tiniest details jump out at you and changes your perspective. After the first project and photographing anything and everything, I decided to be rather more selective in what I selected. In the this third project, I’m finding I’m going through “themes” more often. Scenes, insects, I’m at the moment, paying attention to textures that surround me. Even the most seemingly mundane snapshot can attract a huge amount of love. I love the fact that you can never tell which shot is going to be popular, which one strikes a chord with people.

What others blogs or projects have inspired you?
The main reason why I started these 365 projects is one of the people I follow on twitter, an amazing hobbyist photographer, was doing one. I loved seeing his photos daily appearing in my feed and he was the inspiration for the 365 projects.

My boyfriend is a huge inspiration because he’s picked some fantastic subjects for me (he’s unwittingly been trained as my 365 “spotter”!). Some of my cousins are extremely creative both musically and artistically and seeing their creations on facebook have also been a big inspiration.

One of the main blogs I’ve been inspired by is The Dainty Squid. She has the most (seemingly) amazing life, house, cats and projects/collections. She has been a big inspiration for me to get off my backside and do more, creatively speaking.

Instagram is an enormous inspiration for me. I’m fascinated by “everyday” photography. I think there’s a lot of snobbery where photography is concerned to be honest. Yes, the selfie culture is EXTREMELY annoying, egotistical, attention whoring and vainglorious but having said that, I don’t follow anyone on social media that’s like that. But where other photography is concerned, I don’t subscribed to the theory that dictates you must be artistically minded to produce good photographs. I’m following some amazing people on instagram that produce some fascinating shots of their lives that aren’t contrived to be “great shots” but because they’re personal and relate to real life, they become great shots.

All my photography has been done on camera phones (and where the Zeiss optics on Nokias are concerned, that’s no bad thing). Sometimes when I mention this, I get eye rolls and “oh dear god” comments. But I’ve also had lots of praise for some of the shots I’ve done. But this year, I’m hopefully going to get a “proper” camera for a mixed birthday/Christmas present.

What do you think you get out of it?
I get a lot of satisfaction. It helps me calm down, gives me something to focus on, something that’s “mine”. When you have a family, a lot of you can get swallowed up by family life. You not only are “girlfriend and mother” but part of your identity is swallowed up by those roles. My photography and creative projects help to keep a part of me separate from everything else.

I also get a new perspective on what I see. Everything is looked at with the view of “would that make a good 365?” be it a texture in a tree, a brick, some previously unseen graffiti, a sign. I get a new found appreciation for my surroundings.


Thank you Carole for your time and answers!

If you missed why I have written this post then here is a quick summery:
1) research into 365 blogs to inform and inspire my own (L.U.N.C.H.)
2) Virtually meet new people
3) Share blogs I have found and really like both as a record for myself, and for others to find their work.

Thanks for reading!

Images and interview kingly given by Carole Fenton

Published by sophiesart

East sussex based artists, photographer and art teacher. Inspiration, Education and Wellbeing and the core of The Arts School where I teach a range of courses to develop your confidence, knowledge and skills. My own work reflects the world around me. I love collaboration so contact me to see how we can work together www.sophiedouglas.org.uk

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