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Updated//Experiments in Black and White

"When you photograph people in colour,
you photograph their clothes. 
When you photograph someone in black and white,
you photograph their souls."
-Ted Grant
What do you think of when you see something in black and white? For a lot of people, it is a nostalgia, memories. There is something about the honesty of a black and white photo, it changes everything. Colour is no longer the main focus of the image, suddenly the lines, shapes and patterns become much more noticeable. What you think about when you see the image changes.


Personally, I love black and white photos, they are so beautiful and it's almost like two completely different images when comparing a black and white image to a colour one. Today I want to share some photos I have taken, most of them a while ago, and edited to be black and white.
"What I love about black and white photographs, is that they are more like reading the book than seeing the movie."








xxxPoppy

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'Tis the Season

The school year has finished, the tree is up. Christmas presents can be found under the tree. Almost half the Advent calendar is gone. It is Christmas Time.




xxxPoppy

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Places to Find Inspiration

"Great things never come in comfort zones"

Finding the inspiration to be the person you want to be, or to write that book you want to write or to do whatever it is that you want to do. Here are four places where I find inspiration.

1. Pinterest
I find that looking at photos or quotes on Pinterest can motivate and inspire you. Sometimes you can find a different way of thinking, that can totally change the way you think and motivate you.
2. Books
I find that books can be really inspirational, they can make you think and give you so many ideas.
3. In people around you.
Friends and family can teach you a lot, show you different ways of thinking and give you some ideas.
4. On blogs
 Reading about other people's blogs is something I do when I need some inspiration, and I often find a new project to try out.

Where do you find information?
xxxPoppy

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Setting up the Christmas Tree

I love the start of December! It is such an exciting time of the year with the end of school, the start of summer and of course...Christmas!

One of my most favourite things about the start of December is setting up the Christmas Tree. I enjoy everything about it, and it is something I really look forward to.

Don't you think there is something about the Christmas tree that sets the atmosphere for the rest of the month? It makes the room it's in so much brighter, and happier.



xxx Poppy 

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Repost- Being a Quiet Person

I first wrote this post over a year ago, and it is still something that really resonates with me and I think that still needs a lot of attention....and this is why I am reposting it today.


Every semester (that's twice a year) I receive a school report and must go and meet with all my teachers to discuss my learning. The feedback is almost always good. I am doing my work, achieving well in my assessments and I do most of the things that the teachers ask. But the one thing I hear from almost all my teachers is that I need to speak up and participate in class more. Sometimes every single one of my teachers will tell my parents and me that I can get better grades, especially for application to studies, if I participated in class discussions and shared my ideas with the rest of the class.

Honestly, it makes me annoyed that I am expected to be willing to share my ideas with the rest of the class all the time, even if that is not who I am or what I want to do. Often it is overlooked that I do all my classwork and go up to ask the teachers questions when I need to. I am told that because I do not put my hand up in class discussions very often I am not participating in classes. I am always told that one of my goals could be contributing to class discussions more, and to a point, that is a good goal. But my point is that it is not fair to expect me, or anyone else to be someone who they are not and do things they do not what to do simply to be participating.


I am an observer. I don't like jumping into things that I don't know anything about. I will listen and think and form an opinion and idea and then, if I want, I will share it. I am not the sort of person who puts their hand up every single time the teacher asks a question or just shouts out the answers. If I know the answer I will occasionally offer a response. But I don't want to be called upon all the time when I am perfectly happy to write my thoughts down and share when I have something meaningful to say.

I am tired of being overlooked or told that what I am doing is not what they want. Especially when it comes to class participation. It is not taken into consideration that I take the time to carefully formulate my ideas before sharing them. No, it just isn't good enough that I am rarely sharing my ideas and answers. I am expected to adapt and fit in with all the noisy students in the class who shout out and are perfectly happy to share meaningless responses with the rest of the world. I am generally not allowed to learn in the way I prefer, quiet.



I believe that we, as a society, need to learn that it is important to value everyone how they are...not make them change to suit to circumstances all the time. I understand that I need to learn to adapt sometimes, but I do not think that it is fair to expect me to change all the time when there are some students who meet all the requirements, simply because they are vocal with their ideas- all the time! I find it difficult, especially since starting high-school last year, to be comfortable enough to speak up in my classes when the people I am around are constantly changing. Eventually, usually around this time of year, I am comfortable enough to start regularly contributing my ideas. But even then, I find it hard to keep up with the pace at which the discussion moves- I barely have any time to think of a response. I think that it is vital that we learn in include everyone, and give everyone equal opportunities to succeed and have a go- regardless of what type of learner they are.


There are ways around this problem. One of my teachers uses discussion-based] programs that give everyone a chance to properly think of a response before sharing it and seeing what others have done. Some teachers mark class participation on more than just speaking up, they take into consideration class work that you complete and completing the required activities. But some people don't seem to understand that not everyone wants to share, some people participate in different ways. There is one class in which I often get ignored because the teacher is too distracted by people yelling out to them.

I understand that I need to learn to work with others and share my ideas. But I don't believe that it should be this way all the time. The class needs to be suited to all different types of students not just those who work best bouncing their ideas off others. Or, at least, if we must do group work and share our ideas with everyone else at least the students pick people they are comfortable with talking to. Knowing one person in a group of 5 makes all the difference for me, yet no one seems to understand this. I am constantly being overshadowed by more vocal students.

Our world is increasingly becoming one for vocal and extroverted people. People who want to share and work in loud and stimulating environments. Everyone needs to be reminded that there are people who are not like this, people who mightn't work best in loud and stimulating environments. Yet no consideration is taken for these types of people. Everything is tailored towards more confident, out-going and extroverted people. We need to remember that our world is a balance of different people and just because someone doesn't speak up doesn't mean they don't have a valid opinion and something to share.

What are your thoughts? Do you agree? Do you face a similar problem?
xxxPoppy 




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