November was the fourth month of my portrait project and I am happily working my way through my list. Each week I try and think about where I am or what is happening in the world and my life - to suit each image to the current climate. This means that there will for sure be some festive entries in December!   

You can follow my weekly progress (I post a new portrait every Sunday) on Instagram under the tag - #julias52portraits



 I am a magpie when it comes to shiny things. Mirrors especially. I wouldn't say I am overly vain, but instead, just completely fascinated with how I appear to everyone else other than myself. The fact that you never can see yourself how others see you perplexes me and when I am talking to you but looking at my reflection, this is what I am trying to see! My mum and husband both won't have conversations with me near windows or mirrors because I just stare at myself. Lost in an otherworldly trance of what I look like when animated. It's a weird personality trait and I'm trying to get better at managing it… no one wants to be self obsessed but I can't quite keep the curiosity at bay...!


Me Time

I use creating art as purely selfish me time. Where I can just be doing what I enjoy the most - making a mess, playing with colour and splattering ink. Before I started this almost daily practice of art I yearned for more creative time. It has slowly become how I process my emotions and where I am always happy. Always creating. Always myself.



 Here is my happy place. With my beloved grandparents. I know how lucky I am to have them both still here at the age of 29 and I try to cherish every moment with them. They have always been my favourite people, ever since I was small and it is here in between them between them both that is my happiest place on earth


Animal Rights

I was raised in a household that only used cruelty free products, supported animal rights charities and exclusively bought free range. I have taken up the same practices in my adult life and certainly have my vegetarian mum to thank for a lot of it. Never sugarcoating anything to me, I grew up knowing the details of animal testing for cosmetics, the violent use of fur and feathers in commercial goods, the inhumane keeping of battery farmed animals and how a lot of cats and dogs are bred for the pet market. My love for all living creatures is a massive part of my life and belief system. I hate to see any animal suffering - cute or not and can’t understand how we still have so many barbaric practices in our country and world today. I proudly wear fake fur, use cruelty free cosmetics, donate to the WWF, don’t eat meat and fully support the #adoptdontshop movement. If you are interested in any of the points I referenced for this weeks portrait, I would suggest the following documentaries: Carnage, Blackfish and Vegucated


"52 portraits is a photography course in self discovery by Vanessa and is hosted through Get Messy Art Journal whom I am an affiliate for. The course is a year long journey in using photography and words to turn your reflection inward and capture who you are at this phase in your life. Learn more and join the course here"

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