Tuesday, August 18, 2015

jetting:



Tonight we are Europe bound and I am so excited!  We'll be hitting up Paris, London, Copenhagen, Budapest, Rovinj and Venice for a few weeks of R&R.
If you have ay tips for any for those locations, I'd love to hear them!

I'll be sure to share photos and stories when we are back, but until then here are afew iPhone snaps I took a few months ago while on a work trip in Europe.



















Tuesday, August 4, 2015

the store:



Hey guys! Wow, it's been a while! Can you believe it's August already?! 
Things have been very quiet around these parts, however that's all about the change - I've got some exciting news!
I have literally just launched an online store selling a limited edition run of some of my favourite portraits from our recent trip to Ethiopia! I have been getting lots of emails and requests for these, so I thought it was about time I make them available for everyone. It's only a really small collection,with prints available in two large sizes 16 x 24 inch (42 x 60cm) or 24 x 36 inch (60 x 90cm) which look amazing framed. 

Head on over to http://shop.lineshapecolour.com and have a look.

To celebrate the launch I'm having a competition over on Instagram (@lineshapecolour) where you could win the print of your choice, so be sure to check that out as you have to be in it to win it!


In other news, Andrew and I are are jetting off in a couple of weeks for a European vacay.  So things will be back on track here once we return and I can share our adventures.







Tuesday, April 7, 2015

lalibela, ethiopia - part 3:



So this is my last post from our trip to Ethiopia before I do that big wrap-up, and I have to say we really did finish on a high. 
Like I mentioned in earlier posts, we happened to be in Lalibela for Genna - Ethiopian Christmas, and made the most of it by trying to experience the celebrations as much as possible.
After spending Christmas Eve exploring the churches and seeing the start of the celebrations kick off with chanting and prayers in the churches, we were up before sunrise on Christmas morning to make our way back down to Bet Maryam church (Church of St. Mary) for the culmination of the ceremonies. Here, the priests and deacons stand above the church, making their way around it whilst chanting and swaying before breaking out into joyful song at the very end to celebrate the birth of Christ.

The pilgrims who had travelled from far and wide had slept overnight in the church complex, so it was a bit tricky to navigate our way to a free spot in the dark without disturbing anyone. There were literally bodies everywhere! We were incredibly lucky to nab a really great spot with an amazing view of the priests making their way around.
The whole experience was incredibly moving and one of the most beautiful things I had seen. The combination of the atmosphere, the ancient structures, colours and chanting created one of the highlights of our trip. 

I've included a little video of the ceremony (shot on the iPhone 6), to give you a little taster of what we experienced. It really does not do it any justice, but captures a very small part of what we witnessed.

next: the big Ethiopian wrap-up with some of our tips.

PS there is an in-depth interview about our travels in Ethiopia on the amazing Spirited Pursuit. Check it out here. Thanks Lee!






before sunrise

amongst the pilgrims



the priests, making their way around bet maryam






pilgrims leaving lalibela after the genna celebrations









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