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I’ve Moved

After a few days of sweating over CSS, trying to learn it but mostly just playing until I got it to work, my newly redesigned website & blog are live!

The blog has moved over onto my photography website, and can now be found at www.emmaboyd.co.uk/blog. Please update you’re bookmarks accordingly, and come over say hi!

Comments are now closed on this site, but all these posts have been imported to the new site, where you can still find them and comment.

People Of The Second Chance

I meant to blog it last week, then time ran away with me as usual. However, the newly relaunched People Of The Second Chance blog is live! Check it out.

Shake The Dust

This. Blew. Me. Away.

Thanks, Ben.

On The Merits Of Healthy Cereal

“Sure Coco Pops are basically just chocolate-coated puffs of air; you’re practically losing weight by eating them!”

[My good friend Phil]

For Jonny

This is a post for Jonny. But it’s also a post for me, and for you. Maybe it’s as much for me as it is for Jonny.

We all need reminded that we matter. That your story matters. Your life matters.

There will be days when it doesn’t feel like that’s true. When the darkness crowds in and overwhelms us. Harvey Dent taught us that the night is darkest before the dawn. I try to remember those words when the darkness falls for me.

Because hope is real.

Healing is possible.

It might be a long, painful journey, but it is possible.

My Life’s Work

Great little video I stumbled across a couple weeks ago…

I had a great weekend in Skye, and will post some thoughts & photographs soon.

Leap Of Faith

I haven’t been able to shake the idea that I need to be at Story Chicago next month, but financially it’s just wasn’t going to happen for me. Then God confirmed in some pretty obvious ways that I need to be there, so I’m taking a leap of faith and committing to going.

I feel so pulled to this idea of ‘story’. There’s this idea that we’re supposed to stop loving stories when we grow up, but that’s not true. Why do you think the film industry is booming? We love being transported into another world, we love story.

Our hearts crave story.

Kiti Parents Pri School

Take this photograph, as an example. I took it at a school last summer when I was working out in Uganda. There are lots of statistics I could tell you about child mortality in Uganda, about access to education, about gender equality, and so on. But the photograph tells the story in a different way.

Without clear and compelling stories, are lives are poorer.

And what about Jesus? He was a master storyteller. He sat around telling stories for days on end, forgetting about food, so caught up in the cadence and rhythm of a great story.

My dream of taking photographs that change the world is crazy, I know that. But they called Jesus crazy too. I’m desperate to be as good as I can be at storytelling, visually and verbally. I love being able to share stories on this blog, and my job lets me tell the stories of what Christian Aid is doing too. Being at Story Chicago is a way to give my heart and head some space to dream again about what storytelling means, about what it means to take photographs that change the world. It doesn’t hurt that it’s in a city that I love, that inspires me so much.

I’ve already been blown away by the generosity of friends & strangers in helping me make it to Story…. but I still need a little help. I need around £350 to book flights and then a bit more to hire a car.

Hire me?

I’m offering you a special deal over the next few weeks…. You can get an hour-long session with me, at your home or on location, and 5 high-resolution images, for £50/ $80.
It’s time-limited: I’ll be in Glasgow until Oct 23rd, or in Chicago 25 Oct – 1 Nov, or LA on 3 – 7 Nov. Dates are all a little flexible until I firm up flight details. Anyone interested? It’s a great chance to have some new portraits taken, get some family photographs, or whatever else you fancy! If you’re interested drop me an email on emma@emmaboyd.co.uk.

There are, of course, other ways to help: Maybe you have a ton of airmiles you’d like to donate to buy my flight? Or you can just donate via Paypal. Or buy a print of a photograph from my website or flickr account. If you need anymore information on those again, drop me an email at the address above.

I’m so excited to see how God’s going to provide for this, and to be at Story!

To Greenbelt!

Tomorrow, I depart for Greenbelt! Bring it on.

greenbelt-wristbands

I’m ready for a change of pace. I probably wont be on the blog much until after Greenbelt, but if you’re there come say hi!

The Fringe

I’m enjoying the little bit of time I’ve been getting to spend in Edinburgh this week, and making the most of it by catching a few shows.

Poverty Monologues: Great show that I’ve been doing some promotional work for. It’s a series of monologues based on conversations Platform2 volunteers have had while living & working in remote communities in Ghana, South Africa, India and Peru. I was genuinely really impressed with this show… it’s running until Saturday in Venue 45.

Tomb To Womb: Saw this today when I finished work. Interesting concept, but didn’t quite fill out some of the story areas I’d have liked. That said, I’m no theatre critic… there was a cool dance piece at the end too though.

Scribble: I’m going to see this tonight with a friend. It’s being put on by Urban Poets, and intrigues me greatly…

Anyone else discovered any hidden gems in this years Fringe?

Behold The Dreamer Cometh

“And they said one to another: Behold the dreamer cometh.”

[Gen 37:19]

I sense the winds changing. I feel pulled more and more towards storytelling through creative arts. Photography. Graphic design. Sketching.

I’m not quite sure what to make of it. I’m not sure where it’s going. But it’s changing.


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"Ultimately, movement is only as valuable as your commitment to stillness, and vice versa."

Pico Iyer

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