20 March 2019

Suited Up in the sunshine - 35mm film

Suited up in the sunshine. Getting a job in retail definitely altered my perspective on work-wear, whether it be for my day-to-day looks running around a shop or advising clients. I soon discovered that my wardrobe was in desperate need of replenishing after a huge clearout a year or so prior, so naturally I began looking for some new work-friendly clothes that I knew would last me for years to come. As always, Buy Less & Buy Well was my motto as I searched for good quality high-rise trousers, blouses and jackets that I could invest in and wear for years. I've also started looking at different brands such as Massimo Dutti, Arket & Everlane to change things up a little. Holly found an amazing second-hand Reiss coat on Vestiaire-Collective, so naturally I've been scrolling through their website for any other second-hand gems. As well as looking at different brands, I'm also trying to inject some colour into my wardrobe with pistachio, camel and orange taking the lead.

17 March 2019

February in 35mm film - Comfort's warm embrace

Comfort's warm embrace

At the beginning of the year, I was spending almost all of my time alone in my bedroom. When I wasn't giving out my CV's I just wanted to be in bed watching Netflix. I ended up getting my first job quite quickly after a successful interview, but the job-hunting process triggered so much crippling anxiety that I just couldn't get anything else done. I had to really push myself to walk up to the front desk and give in my CV. I would worry about opening my inbox and put-off answering any DM's and messages I had. I couldn't write or plan anything for this blog, which was really upsetting as this creative outlet has always been a source of escapism for me. To have that taken away was really frustrating. I felt like I could use the emotions I had to produce creative content but those emotions were stopping me from doing anything I deemed productive. 

I couldn't get things going. Whenever I had plans to go out I'd question them and consider staying inside instead. Thankfully I was aware about what was happening and forced myself to just do things. 

I ensured my room was clean and tidy and I attended my keep-fit and body bar classes. I continued practicing yoga- but kept things simple when I wasn't feeling up to it. When I was bored but couldn't write I went outside to explore the fields around my house. All these things helped but what I really needed was a job. As soon as I got the news that I would be working as an adviser at a sports shop, my feelings shifted completely. I had purpose but most importantly, I got my foot in the door. I could tell people I told you the interview went well! I could start saving up and doing things. My mood changed drastically and I got excited about shooting blog content again. 

A couple of weeks before I started, Summer and I ventured out and shot these film pictures by the river. I felt a little uneasy in the corset, arms bare and chest exposed- but I felt confident and positive.  I drew power from the warmth of the February heatwave and the healing energy of the river and trees. I was so happy and excited to flex my creative muscles again. I felt like I was allowed to because I had some work lined up, so to use the free time I had being creative was OK. 

The photos came out wonderfully. I felt powerful in this outfit. I pictured myself in another, simpler world. We danced and laughed as we took the shots. The Kodak film produces fantastic colours: I can't believe how much my auburn hair stands out against the woodland backdrop. Overall the shoot was a success- it set the tone for Spring and definitely inspired us to plan some more creative shoots with the film camera. More creative energy, more fun, more carelessness.
This positive feeling stayed with me through-out the month of February up until my birthday week. I had the best birthday I've had in years. I celebrated by seeing some of my closest friends, going to the Cinema with my family- just generally being surrounded by people I love. 

I found out yesterday, after 6 days at my 2nd job, that my contract was in fact also only a week long and not 4 weeks like I had believed. I found out yesterday that I am jobless again. The french work system heavily relies on short-term contracts or 'CDD'. I asked my friends, "is this what it is like for everyone? Am I am really going to have to repeat this until someone takes me on for a longer period/permanently?". The reality that I am no closer to having any kind of financial stability hit me really hard. However.. I realize I need to keep doing the things I enjoy whether I have a job or not, because at the end of the day life is not just about work. Of course the goal is to be financially stable and independent, but I refuse to be one of those people who has no hobbies and gives no value to art and escapism. I don't want my world to be governed only by money and industry and I will not let the term productivity be defined by capitalism's standards.

I'm also not going to feel guilty about having a good Netflix binge- a good binge can do some real good. 

Holly x


14 March 2019

Review: Captain Marvel

I do not own any of these images

Directed by Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck
Release date: 8th March 2019
Starring: Brie Larson, Samuel L Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Annette Bening, Lashana Lynch, Jude Law

Official synopsis:

Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe's most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races. -

This review contains minor spoilers.

A fresh approach: an unconventional origin story

Captain Marvel uses a new, fresher approach in order to introduce this new superhero to the ever-growing Marvel Cinematic Universe. Like Black Panther, it's a different format to what we've seen before, (understandably it's easy to fall into the same routine when it comes to origin films) this time with non-linear storytelling involving past to present flash-backs, jumping between intergalactic space travel sequences and 90's America. 

Carol Danvers - first introduced as Vers - lost all of her memories following an incident 6 years ago. Since then, she has become a member of Starforce, a team of Kree Warrior Heroes on Hala, the Kree Empire's capital planet. The film is a puzzle of sorts where she attempts to put the pieces of her past back together after being captured by Skrulls (with whom the Kree Empire is at war). Through a memory probe, it is revealed that the Skrulls are trying to locate someone from Vers' past: someone she has no memory of. Vers escapes the Skrulls only to crash-land on Earth, where she runs into Agent Fury & Agent Coulson of S.H.I.E.L.D, eventually reuniting with forgotten friends and putting all the missing pieces of her life back together.

Impressively enough, amongst the mixture of space tones and 90's America and flashbacks, the film succeeds in telling a cohesive, balanced story. The directors knew how to juggle space travel and huge action fight sequences (on and off-Earth) with intimate character moments, a balance not always achieved in superhero films.

Captain Marvel feels 'fresh' because of this unconventional approach to an origin story. Yet we have a sense of familiarity, whether it be Easter Eggs that connect CM to previous MCU films or familiar characters such as Nick Fury, Ronan and Korath from Guardians of The Galaxy and even a soundtrack similar at times to Thor Ragnarok.

Vers / Carol Danvers

It didn't take me long to fall in love with Carol Danvers, but I knew for sure during the train scene, where she strolls through the train carriage in search of a Skrull in disguise. Carol is confident, funny, disciplined, playful, kind and likeable. Throughout the film there is an underlying girl-power narrative, which is both subtle and empowering. Repeatedly, Carol is subjected to every-day sexism that women will recognise all too well: being told to smile by strangers on the street, being told she would never be a pilot in the Army because she is a woman, regularly being reminded to control her emotions and prove herself to others. Carol's own body is also controlled by others: she is lied to (by a man) that her powers were given to her, and can just as easily be taken away. What's more is that she unknowingly has restraints to limit her abilities.

Danvers deals with the above with unflinching strength, mental and physical. Her Wonder-Woman-No-Man's-Land-moment is undoubtedly when she realizes that her true strength is her humanity: her ability to always get back up no matter how hard she falls down (both before and after she got her abilities). The montage of Danvers standing up everytime she fell was one of the most powerful moments in the film: her determination, persistence and resolve are her most important assets.

And yet, seeing Danvers with super strength at the start of the film felt so normal - empowering, yes; but normal. We didn't question it. When she eventually frees herself from the restraints that were imposed on her (without her knowledge), you can feel the audience take a collective breath of excitement and anticipation: Carol finally has full control of her physical self, and she becomes even stronger, a strength that is unfathomable, mind-blowing.

" [...] Larson has the natural body language of a superhero: that mixture of innocence and insouciance, that continuous clear-eyed idealism and indignation combined with unreflective battle-readiness, all the things that give MCU films their addictive quality. I wanted a clearer, more central story for Captain Marvel’s emergence on to the stage, and in subsequent films – if she isn’t simply to get lost in the ensemble mix..."  - The Guardian


8 March 2019

Review: Godless on Netflix

 I do not own any of these images.

Official Synopsis:

In the 1880s American West murderous outlaw gang leader Frank Griffin hunts for ex-protege Roy Goode. Frank's chase leads him to La Belle, New Mexico - a town inhabited, after a mining disaster, almost entirely by women. - IMDB

I'm a little late to the party, I know. I was intrigued by the plot: a western featuring "a town inhabited almost entirely by women"- which I assumed would mean that the main over-arching plot and story-lines would somehow be women-centric. However, I had read various reviews on the 2017 limited series when it was first released, and many expressed their disappointment that in the first episode alone the vast majority of dialogue was spoken by men. Nonetheless, I wanted to watch it for myself and form my own opinion on it.

Godless is undoubtedly a great production filled with a stellar cast : Jack O'Connell, Jeff Daniels, Michelle Dockery, Thomas-Brodie Sangster and Merritt Wever among many others. The show won 3 Emmy's (nominated for 11 in total) with Merritt Wever winning Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie, Jeff Daniels winning Outstanding Supporting Actor and composer Carlos Rafael Rivera winning Outstanding Main Title Theme Music.


The Western-Drama brings together two plots which collide in the series finale: a revenge plot involving an infamous robber (Frank Griffin) and his turncoat adoptive protege (Roy Goode), and the town of La Belle in New Mexico which suffered a tragic mining accident, leaving the women to deal with the aftermath. After Frank and Roy's first shoot-out, an injured Roy recovers on twice-widowed Alice Fletcher's ranch, just outside of the town La Belle.

The first episode features the aftermath of a bloody massacre in which an entire town was wiped off the map by Frank's outlaws, as retribution for Roy Goode's betrayal. And so, the show sets up a showdown in which the women of La Belle stand their ground against Frank's men when they inevitably arrive to put an end to Roy Goode. 
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