Brief is life but love is long

That quote, by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, was spotted on the table settings of Bethany and Michael’s wedding in September 2017. Bethany is my best friend’s sister, and I couldn’t have asked for a lovelier couple to work with as I captured my first full wedding. From getting ready to the ceremony to the first dance, this wedding was full of love. You’ll see what I mean when you scroll down and see the way he looks at her (oh, my heart…). Enjoy!

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All photos copyright Alannah Lucy Messett. Do not repost without permission.

 

Sweet Treat

Cambridge in the sun is one of my favourite places in the world. I love exploring new cafes and shops that pop up, but Benets Cafe is an old favourite of mine. Situated on the gorgeous King’s Parade, home to the famous King’s College, Benets is the loveliest place to sit and have a break between sight seeing or shopping.

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My favourite spot is the small ice cream corner to the left of the cafe, where I sat and people watched to my heart’s content! I chose the chocolate chip ice cream, but there’s tonnes of flavours to choose from to satisfy even the sweetest tooth. The actual cafe does many other sweet treats like pancakes, or you can have a spot of lunch, while overlooking the gorgeous entrance of King’s College. Can you tell I love this place?

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Easter Treat: Wimpole Hall

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On Easter Monday, Emily and I ventured to Wimpole Hall, a National Trust estate just outside of Cambridge.

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We wanted to do something a bit different as an Easter treat. Wimpole was really easy to get to, and was £15.90 for standard entry to the house, home farm and beautiful gardens.

Elsie Bambridge, Rudyard Kipling’s daughter, transformed Wimpole into the gorgeous mansion it is today. The rooms of the house were spectacular, and the tour guides in each room were so helpful, sharing little anecdotes with us as we walked around.

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My favourite room was the dining hall. The most amazing chocolate scent hit you as soon as you walked in thanks to the dozens of Easter eggs on the table, including one of the biggest I’ve ever seen as the centrepiece!

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We were too early in the season to see the gardens in full bloom, but hundreds of bright yellow daffodils filled the grounds and the house. We stopped for a tea (and chocolate cake) break in the Old Rectory Restaurant.

The home farm was also adorable, with newborn calves and lambs. Lambing season started on Tuesday, so it’s definitely worth a visit just to see the cute lambs! I’ll definitely be visiting again in the next couple of months to see the gardens in their full glory.

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December Date with Emily

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On a frosty Sunday, Emily and I set off into Cambridge for an afternoon of photographs and cake. Winter is my favourite time of year – wrapping up in woolly jumpers, hot chocolates in front of fires, sparkling cobwebs. We wandered around King’s Parade and through the little side streets towards Afternoon Tease, an adorable cafe on King Street.

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Tucked away down King Street, a lovely street filled with vintage shops and amazing places to eat (including this one!), Afternoon Tease definitely stood out, with a full house. We enjoyed the most delicious brownies and hot chocolates before carrying on our winter walk.

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All photographs copyright Alannah Messett.

Golden Afternoons with Gosia

Last week I spent an afternoon with the lovely Gosia. We went for a woodland walk around the villages we live, just outside of Cambridge, while the Autumn sun graced us with her presence. These are the digital edits, and I’ll be loading the film I took shortly. Enjoy, and please let me know what you think!

Photographs copyright Alannah Messett.

C, B.

My final project of the first year at university was quite a personal project. I photographed Cambridge, my hometown, and Wales, where my mother’s side of the family are from, as well as my family and places and objects that were personal to me. It was my first time of trying a documentary style approach to a project, and it has fast become one of my favourite genres.

These photographs were taken on Kodak Portra 400 35mm film, hence the vibrant colours and clarity. I highly recommend this film if you are into colour! William Eggleston was my main inspiration, the ‘father’ of colour photography. I find colour so important in a photograph – it is the way we see the world, the way we can document it, as I have done in this project.

The title ‘C, B.’ is the beginning of the Cambridge post code, as well as being a play on words, “See, be.” (I know, too witty for my own good…) This is the way I see the world, and how I feel I’m a part of it.

As John Szarkowski (former director of photography at MOMA, New York) said about William Eggleston’s photography:

To me it seems that the pictures reproduced here are about the photographer’s home, about his place, in both important meanings of that word…they seem concerned simply with describing life.

I looked at Paul Graham’s essay, ‘Photography is Easy, Photography is Difficult’, which I will do another blog post on as I could write a whole other essay on that guy’s work. But his writings made me realise that I was over-thinking my work – trying to find a coherent theme in all of the photographs I was taking, trying to make some kind of sense of them. And then I finally caught onto this thought and ran after it…the realisation that this IS my sense – capturing these moments, my moments, my sentimental thoughts as I walk around in my shoes, the shoes I briefly let the viewer into. Not for a mile, but for a moment or two as they try to make their own sense of my photographs.

…because it’s all my life, surely it will make sense?  Perhaps.  Sometimes that works, sometimes it’s indulgent, but really it’s your choice, because you are also free to not make ‘sense’.

– Paul Graham

Please let me know what you think and if you have any recommendations on photographers/artists to look at!

 

(All of these photographs were taken using Kodak Portra 400 35mm film, except for the Wales photographs, where I used Kodak Colorplus film).