52 PORTRAITS | 43-50

I can't believe I've basically finished this project!

It was such a great way to document and discover myself. Now that I have completed 50, I have decided that I'll be saving my final two portraits for the subjects of pregnancy and motherhood.

In this blog post, I have a belated round up of portraits  43-50



I am almost comically impatient. Always wishing people moved and thought faster (myself included!), forever trying to get things done quickly, making snap decisions and not ever wanting to wait. I have said more than once whilst in a queue or waiting for something, anything, that “I'm dying inside”. Dramatic, yes. But not far off! I felt this image captured that feeling of impatience so well, doing one thing but already moving onto the other...


The Rolling Stones

It may seem strange to dedicate a whole portrait to one band, but they are the band of my childhood, adolescence and family. My Dad is a huge Stones fan so I was raised on their music. He would play their records loudly on the weekends throughout the whole house and their songs now echo throughout my own home. Seeing them perform live was mesmerising and such a special moment to share with my Dad. Gimme shelter, wild horses, ruby tuesdays, and sympathy for the devil all day every day 



A few years ago I saw my first fox. It was in our garden and it looked into my soul - I know that sounds crazy but it’s true. Since then I have been convinced that I was a fox in a previous life, it is my spirit animal. I am part human, part vulpine. I love their colours, sneakiness, mystery, midnight howling and fluffy tails. However; they terrify me. I am convinced that Oscar will get eaten by one, their screams wake me up with a jolt during the summer months and it is probably this unease and intrigue that keeps me so interested in their lives



I am lucky to have a career that involves colour, pattern and creativity. I pretty much failed school so I am forever proud of how far I have come since those days. I fell in total love for textiles when I was in college and I think I will always be slightly in awe of myself when I get to answer the question of “what do you do?” with “I’m a designer!”



Personal Space

I have a wide personal space. I don't like to be touched or hugged or kissed (I'm looking at you, Europe) by anyone who isn't in my inner circle. I hate being trapped and that's how this level of intimacy makes me feel! 


Think before you speak

Not every thought I have needs to be voiced. There is a time and place for silence, consideration and pause. Lessons I'm still learning!



I have been surprised of my age every birthday since 1998. I remember the day that I turned the big one-oh and my Nan saying to me “you’ll never be a single digit age again” and ever since then I’ve been amazed at my increasing growing up. I was a bit of a wild-child, I never thought about what job I wanted or really anything to do with adult life. I never wanted to get married, go to uni or even buy a house. I just sort of took each day as it came. So the fact that I am actually now an adult and it’s 2018 and I turned thirty last month feels crazy!



Dear skin, it’s been a tough journey with you. From eczema to acne to tattoos and scars. 
I have often felt like my skin is something separate to me. Something that is trying to hurt or embarrass me. So blazen in it's unhappiness with being on my body that it turns red and painful and infected. Then once healed it scars, just to remind me of it's tempestuous ways. Perhaps this is the lure of tattoos for me; not only the permanence of art on my body but also the regain of control over my skin. I've been fortunate to of always had pretty good self confidence but my skin is an ongoing issue I'm yet to conquer...


You can follow my progress with this year long challenge on Instagram under the tag - #julias52portraits


"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."

No comments