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I’m guessing if you’re reading this you either like my posts about shoes and Trollbeads, or you like my photography…so to make it easier for you to find what you want you can ‘Click to view only posts about…’ in the right side panel. 

To make it even easier when you’re viewing my photos on Flickr, I’ve created two collections – one for Fashion (mostly Trollbeads, Crocs and other shoes) and one for Photography…

Click to see the Fashion Collection here
Click to see the Photography Collection here

If you’re also on Flickr let’s link up – just send me a connection request!

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From 1998-2003 I studied photography from GCSE, A-Level and GNVQ Advanced at college, through to HND and BA (Hons) at University.  My final degree dissertation was based around the rise of consumerism and globalisation.

I wanted to illustrate the fact that certain brands appear in every town in most countries around the world and that those towns are beginning to look the same.  Who better to use to illustrate this fact than McDonald’s?!  Living in West Yorkshire at the time, I travelled home to Surrey at the weekends, spending daylight in the Capital to photograph a McDonald’s cup at some of the most well known sights.

My reading was mainly concentrated on Walter Benjamin’s ‘Arcades Project’ (‘Das Passagen-Werk’), as well as many other sources including John Urry’s ‘Globalising the Tourist Gaze.’

Photos were taken using a Canon EOS 5 camera (35mm film) and the negatives were scanned for digital reproduction. 

You can also view the final series of images on flikr here.

Please note that all images are Copyright 2010 Cathryn Cook and may not be reproduced without permission.

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Did you know you can find me on Flickr too? 

It’s pretty empty right now but soon there will be a wider selection of photos, both in general photography and in products so you can get a quick overview of the pictures without all the words!  If that’s your type of thing, check it out at www.flickr.com/photos/catcook/

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Having spent five years studying traditional darkroom photography from GCSE, A-Level and GNVQ Advanced at College, through to HND and BA (Hons) degree at University, you can imagine I was less than impressed to enter the word of freelance in 2003, to find everyone using digital!

Where possible, I used 35mm film and had the negatives scanned to hi-res digital images, at the time using a Canon EOS 5.  I used a Sony DSC-F717 where clients preffered direct digital (no film/processing costs!), but never quite made the leap to a full digital SLR…until now!

July last year I finally purchased a Canon EOS 450D and I have to say I’m pretty impressed so far.  I won’t go into technical details but it’s a great starter camera into the world of digital SLRs and although it’s never going to be as satisfying as an old-school film camera, it’s certainly less hassle than standing in a darkroom shaking a film developing canister!

Here’s one of the first photos I took on it, about five minutes out of the box…

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Cornish Sunset

I thought I’d start off the blog by showing you the photo I used in the site header…

This photo was taken at sunset last June on a holiday in Cornwall (UK) and is part of a larger series (check out my Twitgoo feed here to find another couple!).  In a previous career I worked as a freelance photographer and teacher and now I just take photos for my own enjoyment!  I am also a keen scrapper (I make scrapbooks), but more about that another time…

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