South Tyrol

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Heimat
A German word that denotes the relationship of a human being toward a certain spatial social unit

It was whilst listening to a French conversation on an Austrian radio station when driving around the German-speaking region of Italy that I truly appreciated the wonderful diversity and homogeny of the European continent. South Tyrol is the northern-most region in Italy with a diverse culture and history, and visiting the region this autumn was an eye-opening experience to values of togetherness, collaboration, and the pure joy of different cultures merging. It’s something I cherish; no (wo)man is an island after all.
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PYLOT Magazine // Issue Two

May I introduce Issue Two of PYLOT Magazine, The Family Issue.

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I work on this magazine with a very talented bunch of individuals and twice a year we release a new issue. We are immensely proud of it and I’d love for you to check it out.

We are an all-analogue, fashion and photography magazine — pioneering a modern approach a digitally saturated image economy. The publication works with a carefully selected group of the most exciting creative minds to form a distinct voice through its design and content.

The soul of the magazine is devoted to the publication of all analogue fashion, fine art and architectural images. It subscribes to a strict no beauty re-touching policy, celebrating the unique artistry of analogue processes. The objective is to offer readers a critically engaging, rich and multi-faceted content.

Through the craft of creating images PYLOT looks to explore the ever-increasing questions that form around the ethical uses of photography in fashion and popular culture.

If you’d like to check out more, or purchase a magazine, please visit pylotmagazine.com

Rx

A year in photographs – December 2014

And so we come to the final instalment of my year in photographs. December was amazing, I had such a good time in December, it was packed with fun things, all my friends and family and Christmas. A dream month. To celebrate this, I couldn’t pick just one photo for each day, so here are my highlights from December.

This project has been so much fun to so, and so rewarding to go back over my photos each month, which otherwise stay sat on my photo, rarely looked at again. I would highly recommend doing this next year if you’re interested in it. Leave me links below if you are and I’ll check out your photos – would love to see them!

Here’s to 2014, it’s been brilliant.

Rx

A year in photographs – September 2014

September was a difficult month. Really difficult. It started with a high, namely Bestival, and followed with an almighty low, my grandma passed away. It was a very confusing, emotional rollercoaster of a month. See my previous post for some thoughts on sadness and what it means to me.
Here is my month in pictures:

Here’s to a brighter October

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A year in photographs – July 2014

Nope, I definitely did not forget to post this at the start of August. That was not me. No siree! Rachel Speed does not do such things. Na-ah. No.

Ok, I may have thought I’d already published this…
Anywho, July was brilliant. Take a sneak peak at mine!

Hope you had a brilliant July!

Rx

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

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Myself and my friend Gill went to visit Kew Gardens the other day and it was bloomin’ marvellous. (Warning: There may be a large amount of horticultural puns in this post!)

It was a glorious day and as the sun shone over London we made our way along the Thames to Kew. The area around Kew Gardens is beautiful and oh so typically English – we passed the cricket green on the way – it was delightful.

Once you arrive at Kew you are faced with 121 hectares of gardens and botanical glasshouses. It is a gardener’s paradise! But what I found most amazing at Kew, is that whatever your expertise on plants, it is so accessible to everyone. If you don’t want to read the plaques and information you can just wander around the stunning gardens. If you want to learn all about a particular type of plant, the chances are it will be at Kew as the Botanic Gardens plays host to the largest collection of living plants in the world. In the WORLD. It is simply staggering.

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One of my favourite parts of Kew was the Princess of Wales Conservatory which recreated ten different climate zones. The cactii were brilliant but the iguana which was roaming free frightened the life out of me!

Another highlight was the bar… There was a huge display of herbs and plants which are used in bitters and tonics – often found in cocktails (a particularly passionate hobby of mine…!)

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Kew costs £16.50 for an adult (with a £1.50 donation) but a membership is only £72 per year. If you live nearby I’d get a membership and go whenever the sun pokes his head of out a cloud!

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Kew Palace is also situated within the grounds of the Royal Botanic Gardens. It was the home of George III in his youth and has been a resides of the royals for many years. Now, however, it is open to wander around.

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I think these pictures prove just how beautiful Kew is. I absolutely fell in love with the place. It feels like you’re out of London, in your own perfect paradise. As a Northerner stranded in the South I often find I miss greenery, countryside and, you know, space – but Kew has it all. It was wonderfully tranquil and reminded me of home. I can’t recommend it enough.

Have you been to Kew? What did you think of it? Leave links and comments below!

Rx