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Hannah O'Brien  Passionate photographer 📸 • Music writer ✒ • Blogger • Starting up an ethical brand - @shenaniganzuk • 🌱Continuing to raise awareness for severe M.E.

@typ_ify had such an incredible array of creativity and artistic talent during the weekend, it was a pleasure to be there and be witness to it all.
I managed to stay long enough to catch the awesome set by @ezdickensmusic , who did some original tracks from her upcoming EP, as well as some absolute classic covers, including a bit of @frankturner , which was marvellous!

It was generally amazing to simply be in a room with live music again and being able to document it through photography. It’s been a very long time since I last went to any type of gig, so seeing Ez was certainly a fantastic re-introduction back into gigs.

I truly look forward to photographing more local shows in the coming months and connecting with the local music scene much more.
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#typify2018 #theyoungpretenders #ezdickens #exeter #devon #artsfestival #exetermusic #swisbest #southwest #poltimorehouse #youtharts #devonlive #canon #canon1200d #livemusic #acoustic #concertphotography #livemusicrocks

This evening I was honoured to be asked to be part of the @typ_ify arts festival located at the beautiful Poltimore House in Exeter.

I exhibited my project ‘Isca; The Eras Of Exeter’. All photographed on medium format film portraying the exceptional history we have here in our city shown dominantly through architecture.

Firstly the venue was absolutely stunning, truly the perfect fit for this arts festival.

Secondly the amount of artistic talent there tonight, in all forms, was incredible. To simply be surrounded by that array of creativity was fantastic.

And lastly, I just wanted to say a massive massive thank you to the wonderful people at @ty_pretenders and most especially the lovely @steviekat for asking me initially and generally making me feel so settled and welcome! I hope my photographic prints went down well the rest of the night (as unfortunately, I had to come back home early, due to my pain being too intense, so that was a huge shame).
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The view at 6am down at the beautiful Exeter Quay on Thursday.
It was refreshing having such a lovely time out of the house and to have a great productive morning, whilst spending wonderful quality time with my Mum.

A change of scene is always a fantastic thing. I think just generally being outside is so good for the soul, instead of confined in my room and seeing the same four walls day in day out, which can get frustrating to say the least.
And to be pursuing something I’m so incredibly passionate about, gives me such a boost for my mood; something I’ve definitely been needing more as of late.

It was awesome to finally complete the arts festival project. The images have now all gone to print, which I’ll be receiving on Thursday to then mount and back and get ready for displaying on the Friday.
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It’s certainly been a long, exhausting day, but it was truly the best time I’ve had in a long time. Despite my pain and anxiety levels, I managed to finally complete my photography project for the upcoming arts festival.
And I spend some great quality time with my Mum.

This is a quick shot when we were down by Exeter Quay early this morning, whilst I was shooting with my Yashica Mat and some Kodak Portra 400.

The weather today was perfect for photography, especially the stunning light this morning.

The film has now been sent over to the lab for a quick turnaround to then get all of my images ready for printing.
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Happy Thursday everyone!
I hope you’re all having a great week.

The arts festival I’m honoured to be a part of on July 6th have released their tickets for sale online.

Head over to eventbrite.co.uk to find TYPify 18 tickets.

It would be amazing to see some of you there at this incredible Devon arts festival situated at Poltimore House; such an awesome venue for this three day event.
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A little #throwbackthursday to a couple of weeks ago spending some time in the sunshine and shooting with my Yashica Mat and some Portra 400.
I can’t wait to get out this Sunday and kick start my project! Fingers crossed it’ll be as sunny as this image with these gorgeous cherry blossoms.
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In my second blog post on my site continuing my journey to the arts festival and exhibiting a new project of mine there in July. I’ve written about why I’ve chosen film and this particular medium format camera to pursue the upcoming project.
You can find the link to my site in my bio.
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I’ve been asked to be a part of a great arts festival outside of Exeter in July to exhibit a new project I’m working on. I was very honoured to be 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 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 arts festival exhibition will be a huge thing for me and I can’t wait to join in on such a special event.

Hence why I’m starting to sell some of my photography work as prints to enable me to actually fund exhibiting my work.

I’m selling 3 images that you can choose from, in either 8x10” or 12x16” mounted archival quality prints.
Link in my bio to check them out. I’m extremely passionate about being a part of this arts festival and pursuing this long awaited project, so if you like the look of any of the prints I’m selling, be sure to follow the link in my bio to have a browse.
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May 12th is International M.E Awareness Day.
This, of course, is more than being close to my heart, as I’ve been a long time sufferer of severe M.E; this is my life.
M.E is such an awfully debilitating illness, which has left me bed bound 95% of the time and the rest of the time, I’m hoisted into my wheelchair. Despite the extreme severity of how M.E can affect people, it is still terribly misunderstood, with (from personal experience) disbelief from the medical world and even family and friends.
With it now being 11 years since this battle began for me, I’m more passionate than ever to help raise awareness and recognition for this condition. There’s a lot I’d like to do to spread awareness for M.E, most especially the severe side of it, to enable everyone to have that essential understanding and portray how truly life changing M.E is to people’s lives.
With this post, I wanted to show the true reality of life with M.E; from being totally isolated, stuck in bed, which alongside my body is my prison (hence why the bars are so apt). Then, when I’m well enough, I’m in my wheelchair and seizing those opportunities to pursue my main passion; photography. This shows how severe M.E can be; it’s so much more than being fatigued, it completely changes your whole life around.
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This morning I received my 3rd roll from my Yashica Mat back from AG Photo Lab. This shot is from outside Exeter hospital, when I had an appointment last week to talk about my upcoming procedure.
I adore cherry blossoms, so it was great to capture them on a lovely day with the sun shining (for a change) using some Portra 400 that I won from the awesome @joshchaney9 .
It’s still a completely different experience shooting with the Yashica Mat, with it being a TLR. Despite that, I can certainly feel an improvement with it, even with these first 3 rolls.
I’m very much looking forward to getting out to start my new project using my Yashica Mat and some FP4 / Ektar 100 in the coming weeks.
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This was one of my first photos on my Yashica Mat TLR (And a TLR / medium format camera in general).
I truly love the whole experience of shooting with a TLR and creating photos in the format of film. I adore the close nit and hugely encouraging film community here on Instagram and through podcasts.
This was taken two weeks ago, where we had a fair amount of snow for this part of the UK.
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This is most definitely my favourite quote by the incomparable Stephen Hawking. His determination throughout his life to break boundaries that were placed on him due to his disability is incredibly admirable. He made a phenomenal impact on this world in all aspects. It’s a very sad day when we lose such a powerful and wonderful mind.

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