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Being Able To Fund Exhibiting My Work At The Arts Festival

Print Sale

Following on from my previous blog posts over the past few days about the upcoming arts festival I’ve been asked to exhibit a new project at in July, I’ve decided to do a photography print sale to enable me to have the funds to actually get the images printed ready to exhibit.

You can see on my Instagram highlighted stories, how I delve into what the images mean to me and how I went about capturing them.

I’ve chosen three images for the print sale, that can be ordered in two varying sizes.

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Exeter Central
Singular Rose Bud

If you like the look of any of the photos and think you’d like a print of your own hanging on your wall, be sure to follow the link below to find out more-

https://hannahobrienphotography.org/prints-for-sale/

What This Opportunity Means To Me

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I’ve been passionate about photography for a long time now, with my love for this particular art form growing more and more as time goes on.

Despite always being fascinated by everything revolving around photography, the past four years my interest has grown hugely and it has evolved into being my main passion in life.

Pursuing my photography as much as I would like to, proves to be somewhat difficult at times, due to my chronic illness and mobility restrictions. I spent around 95% of my time confined to my bed due to severe M.E, the rest of the time, that small 5%, I get hoisted into my electric wheelchair and use those moments as opportunities to seize as much as I can for my photography.

To have been asked to be a part of the TYPify arts festival in Poltimore House in July to exhibit a new project was amazing and a huge honour that they were even interested in my work in the first place.

I’ve had to miss out on various opportunities over the years due to being chronically ill, which certainly takes its toll after a while. So, to have an opportunity I can actually fulfill and to produce a body of work for a project I’ve planned out over the past year, you could certainly say I’m more than happy about it

Why I've Chosen Film And The Yashica Mat For My Arts Festival Project

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Choosing the right gear and photographic format for my upcoming project was very important, as of course, I wanted to have the right feel for my images and the project as a whole.

Hence why I chose to shoot film to capture this series of photos. The camera I’m most excited to pick up and use, ever since I first received it as a present for Christmas, is my Yashica Mat TLR. It’s a fantastic medium format camera and with it being a TLR, it has a waist level viewfinder, which makes for such an interesting experience whilst shooting. So of course, I’ve decided to choose the camera that evokes the most photographic inspiration in me.

In regards to choosing to shoot film (a format of photography that I’m extremely passionate about using), I really wanted to capture the story of the project in a certain way and style, giving the photos a particular feeling to them, as in my personal opinion, with film, it seems to evoke more emotion in the viewer, as opposed to digital.

I also truly wanted to slow down with this project and the ten images I’ll be producing. To absolutely savour each and every shot on the roll of film and not take one single shot for granted.

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I’ll be shooting a mixture of black and white and colour, using two great film stocks; Ilford FP4 and Kodak Ektar 100. These should both work very well for the subjects in which I’ll be photographing.

I’m very eager to kick start this long awaited and meticulously planned project and to simply produce a body of work that I’m truly proud of to exhibit at the arts festival in July, outside of Exeter.

My Journey To Exhibiting My Work

I’ve been asked to be a part of a great arts festival just outside of Exeter in July to exhibit a new project I’m working on. I was very honoured to have been asked, as this means so much to me. I’ve never been a part of something like this before. I can’t wait to exhibit my work and this long awaited project, to get myself out there as much as I can, which can prove to be extremely difficult with my situation and not being able to get out all too often.

This chance to exhibit my work will be a huge thing for me and I can’t wait to join in on such a special event.

I’ll be documenting my story and journey to the arts festival in July to share with you all via my blog on my site and all other social platforms.

M.E Awareness Week

For those of you who don't know, this week in May is M.E Awareness Week.

It's so vital to raise awareness for this illness, as it's so incredibly misunderstood!

I started suffering from severe M.E nearly ten years ago now, at the age of 13, after several years of having Juvenile Arthritis, at that point my immune system was already at such a low ebb and after having a bad chest infection and then following that a case of the flu, I began to get increasingly ill. That's often how M.E (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) begins, with a type of infection of some kind triggering off something in your body and immune system and that can lead to M.E of all different severities. Unfortunately I'm in the 25% category that suffers from the illness severely.

After being in and out of hospitals, units and nursing homes for years due to the severity of it all and the fact that my M.E continued to deteriorate; it has all certainly taken its toll on me over the past ten years.

There are such a huge array of debilitating symptoms that in my case have left me predominantly bed bound, having to be hoisted out of bed and into a wheelchair. The symptoms can range from; extreme fatigue, chronic pain, migraines, brain fog, weakness... the list goes on and for severe M.E sufferers the symptoms are obviously more severe and restricting.

For M.E to still be so terribly misunderstood is unbelievable to me, with so many people suffering from this awful illness, we still have to fight to get a diagnosis and to get any kind of recognition; it's truly baffling.

Despite my situation, I'm trying to raise as much awareness as possible for M.E, most especially severe M.E. and I've been doing that with the 'My Photo Story' series I'm working on, depicting the true reality of living with this chronic illness.

We so desperately need awareness and research to find out what can be done to help M.E sufferers, as currently there is no cure or even treatment. Hence why I'm writing this blog post, to spread that awareness further. And if you could share this post to raise even more awareness, it would be greatly appreciated.