Hope you’re having a moderately adequate day, if not better?
This blog post will consist of the beginning of Unit 5. The assignment I chose to begin with was “Places of Peace“, this involved creating a collage of my favourite spots where I feel relaxed or at peace and where I definitely felt better than moderately adequate! I didn’t find this terribly difficult to think of the places I’ve felt most happy and relaxed and content with life. This is partly because I am very family orientated so have had happy experiences with them both at home and on holidays. Therefore it was an almost immediate connection to peace.
Home I thought was quite an obvious one so I’ve included other pictures in the collage, but home is a place I do feel relaxed; I would hope that would be the case for most people! Peace can mean different things to different people, an official definition from The Free Dictionary is “freedom from disturbance; tranquility:” which is similar to how I imagine peace, there is also “To maintain or observe law and order:” which I agree with but not what I picture for this blog.
Majority of the photos in the collage are from a holiday because lets face it holidays are the best time to be relaxed and at peace! 3 of the photos are from particular places in Suffolk where I have been really relaxed. The first is by the lighthouse in Southwold where me and my family went for a late night walk after sitting outside a local pub by the lighthouse, and later on we went for a walk along the pier and there were practically no people on it so it was very peaceful!
If you’re wondering ‘Why Southwold?’, we have been going there as a family since I was very young so is a place of happy and fond memories and as soon as we arrive we all get the holiday feeling. I love going to the place where I have childhood memories and still making memories now.
Holidays are a time of ‘relaxation’ and to escape from everyday life which might be work, school or general things which may cause stress. You might have a particular place where you feel peace. For me there are many reasons as to why Southwold is the ideal destination.
The other larger photo in the collage is a photo I took of Dunwich Heath which as you can see from the photo is absolutely beautiful and has extremely vibrant colours, especially the purples. There is lots of wildlife and is lovely walk!
The photo next to that is a picture of the beach near Sizewell in Suffolk, if you look closely you can see the Sizewell Dome! I have some lovely family memories on Suffolk beaches of relaxed days so all of these really fit the criteria in my head of being at peace.
The top left image is a photo from when I visited the Gullfoss Waterfall in Iceland, it was so striking and beautiful. My whole trip in Iceland I would describe as adventurous, peaceful and amazing! It is so natural and going there made me realise how beautiful the world is.
The final photo is actually from when I was in Les Miserables at the theatre. The theatre is probably one of my favourite places to be whether is be on stage or in the audience. Although being in a musical is nerve racking, it is something I loved to do especially playing my dream role! However, I would say I feel more relaxed in an audience of course!
I made this collage using a software called ‘Layout‘ which is an app connected to Instagram. I then decided on the places I found most peaceful and edited them together as I pleased. It is a software I am familiar with using and aided me to create a visual representation of what was in my head. I added some subtle filters to the photos included to increase the impact of colour and contrast. The choice of layout and size of photo mostly came naturally, I moved them around a bit when creating the collage. The two larger ones and the smaller one at the bottom are images I captured from Southwold which is what I focus on in this blog the most.
I hope you found this insight into my places of peace interesting!
Until next time!!