Nottingham European Archery Games 2016 Recurve Finals

selene alexia (17 of 17) And we're done! An amazing weekend in Nottingham full of tension and cheers. Above our mens recurve gold medalist from France, Jean- Charles Valladont, and below our womens recurve gold medalist from Ukraine, Veronika Marchenko.

 

A thrilling day, where athletes and teams easily won the hearts of the crowd. Team GB shined with the silver medal for the mens team and the bronze for mens individual with Patrick Huston.

The mixed team from Ukraine below with Viktor Ruban, Beijing 2008 gold medalist and Athens 2004 Bronze medalist, and Anastasia Pavlova, who was part of the womens team who won gold earlier today.

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Time for something new

This past year has been amazing. I spent a lot of it travelling, shooting sports a lot, and meeting some truly remarkable people along the way. IMG_1233.jpgI've made new friends, lost old companions and in general have been living. Since September I've been studying for a Masters in Creative Writing and Publishing. That doesn't mean I don't love photography anymore (or anything even close to that!). Just that I'm pulling more pieces together to realise my ultimate dreams. So I've been wondering what to do next with this blog, whether it should continue to function  solely as a photography concept sharing platform or whether it should become something more. At the moment I'm thinking I'll divide it into categories, so for example share my writing in one place, general experiences in another and photography in a third. Do any of you think this is a good or bad idea? Would love to hear back from you.

BA Graduate Show

Last night was our graduate show private view. It was such an incredible experience to be able to talk about my work with so many people and hear so much input so thank you to everyone who made it down, and I'm glad you enjoyed the show. My project, The Edien Wayland, explores a part of my inner fantasy realm, where you meet different characters as you explore this world.

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Below are some shots from the installation:

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What you can't see here is that three of the four images have water infront of them, at the water level within the shots.

Also, you can't see the book, so here are some close up shots of my favourite pages:

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The book begins with an introductory letter:

 

Dear Sir or Madam,

Before you delve deeper into this guide, there is one question that I must pose:

What is real?

This is a question I’ve asked myself time and time again. Although the answer seems simple enough, the more I think about it, the harder it is to pin down. Is something only real when we experience it? Then how are the most vivid of day dreams, or the most terrifying nightmares not in fact real? The dictionary states that something is real when it is “actually existing as a thing or occurring in fact; not imagined or supposed” thus these scenes before you are all real. They were created and documented from my experiences in this habitat.

I have made every effort to record what I know of this boundless world faithfully, but there is still so much left to discover. I have named this area the Edien Wayland because of the way water and land merge. I found it while roaming around in the woods as a child. I stepped off a trail I was familiar with, and entered the wayland. As I continued on this journey I noticed the trees started looking slightly lopsided. They seemed to be sprouting out of a lake like reeds, so I had to take a closer look. As I stepped in the water though, I fell through to discover a land that echoed the one above, yet the strangest thing happened. I could breathe.

How do you know air exists if not from each breath you take? Well in this place air was water, and the earth was both above and below me. This countered everything I had known to be true and thus begun my journey of inquiring what is real.

I hope you indulge in the expedition you have undertaken, but do be careful. You never know what questions you may stumble into.

Selene Alexia

 

And continues:

One of the first questions that must have sprung to your mind is what Edien Wayland actually means. If you’re not fluent in Old English don’t worry - most people nowadays are not. Edien, directly translated, is noble waterfall, and wayland means the land near the path.

I named this place the wayland when I first arrived since it is where I stumbled into after stepping off the road most travel by. The abundance in water, and the way water and land merge convinced me that this noble place is the expanded incarnation of what a waterfall feels like against your skin.

In the images above I have captured some of the creatures I have met along these excursions. I have sworn an oath to not reveal their names, thus I shall refer to them based on their role in this hidden society.

The troubadour was my first friend here. Do you see the path behind her? That is the path you need to step off to find this land! Anyway, she recounts tales of glory, of love and of adventure. She records these from time to time and is constantly surrounded by words. The next individual who surprised me was the crier. If this was a traditional medieval village the crier would stand in the town centre and shout out the news. This lady though would do no such thing. She would share the news on boats which floated past her to their recipients over mud, land and water. The river before her is one of the many spots where you can dive into, to enter the Edien part of this land. The next person I have recorded is one of the flower princesses. She was too busy searching for something to stop and talk to me. I wish I could have helped her but she kept on floating without sparing me a second glance, so I moved on. If you dive even deeper into the water you may come across the enchantress. She is a spider, a nightmare, a black widow who has woven her web in the most rotten region I’ve so far seen. Beware when you go near her. She’s not a friend. She has been casting enchantments and causing trouble in this land for as long as the other creatures can remember.

Also, you should know that time passes differently in this place. What might feel like a walk among the trees or a short dance in the sunset could last for months or for mere seconds. I have not yet understood why this fluctuation of time happens. If you come across the answer on your excursion please write back to me and let me know.

 

 

I hope this gives you a taste of what the project is all about. At the show I was inviting people to touch the frames and boxes, to see how the water moved. I was thrilled to see how many people enjoyed the work and realm I created.

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In the City

   

This is the last of my back logged work which isn't related to the project I'm working on for my grad show! Soon all you'll see is new work, and I'm so excited to be sharing that :)

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One more collaboration between me and Ulia Ali from about a year ago, where we headed in to the City of London so I could introduce her to one of my favourite spots. I find this church so calming and beautiful, so I wanted to share it with her. You can read more about our day on her blog!

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London Town

ulia-ali-viewfromheels-azerbaijan-baku-london-fashion-style-blogger-young This is the first shoot of 2014 Ulia and I collaborated on. She wrote a very interesting post on her blog where she compares her life in London and all the changes she has faced to her life in Baku. As you may or may not know, Ulia is a fashion blogger from Azerbaijan who moved to London to for a new adventure. She is the former editor of Wedding Magazine Azerbaijan, and has launched several magazines since her arrival in London.

Thank you Ulia for being such a motivation, and such a great friend

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Forsaken Allure

Last year a group of five of us, four photographers and a publisher, got together to launch a magazine. Thank you Cassie Molly Carthy, Lucy Blanchard, Nathalia Takeuchi and Ulia Ali for a very fun experience!We invited other photographers and artists to be part of this magazine, and we each created a series for the issue. The following were my images:

Special thanks to Joanne Fleming whose gorgeous dresses are featured in these images, to Ian Mears and Vasilis for assisting, and to the unwavering Stacey Johnson for modelling! 

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In my images I wanted to explore the way grace and the desolate can come together.

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selenealexia lillesden 4 I love creating worlds within each image where you can catch a glimpse of an alternate reality that the viewer can explore beyond the limitations of each of my images. I hope viewers question what they see and wonder things such as who these characters are, why they are here and where they will go next.

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I fell in love with this location on a drive with my mom in the English countryside, and was so sad that they were planning on tearing it down the week after this shoot!

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The concept of the magazine developed into an arts magazine for students, so after the first issue I chose to no longer be part of that team since I no longer felt passionate about its direction, but wish them all the best for the second issue and more!

Tatoi and the Lost Princess

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Tatoi used to be the summer palace of the former Greek Royal family. It is just a few miles north of Athens, in Mount Parnitha. It's a gorgeous place, which reminds me of the former glory of Greece, but sadly it is in ruins. The place inspired the following shoot where Veroniki agreed (thankfully!) to model for me, as the lost princess who roams around the woods and lands of this formerly glorious estate.

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Roaming around London

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These are a few of my favourite photos from the day:

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this was such a gorgeous sunny day!

Greece 2013

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These are the Waterfalls of Samos

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Chesme in Turkey

Beautiful Cyprus

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I always enjoy discovering new places in my home country.

These are a few gems Ulia and I came across last summer while she was visiting!

 

 

 

 

Tzelifos bridge, one of the three venetian bridges in the cyprus mountains towards Paphos:

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This place was so gorgeous and inspiring! we walked barefoot in the waters, and then got so scared because we saw crabs crawling around our feet on the rocks! eek!

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the Adonis waterfalls