Grace On Tippy Toes

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Nicole Hamill is an ex-pupil who has moved on to greater things. Studying at the Scottish Ballet she has danced with the Manchester City Ballet and studied at the Northern Ballet and the English National Ballet. For me, someone who briefly knew her, but still keeping in touch through social media, it is amazing to see her develop from a student who has a passion; into a proper, professional, creative individual. It is really quite exciting.

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She updates her blog very regularly with positive and inspiring posts about her situation and her experiences, as well as frequently posting to her Instagram – amazing photos of her practice and photo shoots.

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As someone who knows very little about Ballet, other than it being very competitive, disciplined and painful, it is an eye-opener to see the natural beauty that Nicole shows in her photos and poses that I can appreciate more as it’s removed from the stage. Taken away from the context of a Ballet performance, I, and hopefully you, will not be intimidated to be interested and impressed.

Nicole is able to not only break down the elitest nature of a high art such as Ballet and make it digestible for normal people like me, but her photos and honest nature help us see the fun and immense pleasure that can be taken from doing something that you absolutely love. You can click any of the links above/below to see her blog and Instagram, even if you’re not a fan of Ballet (and I’m definitely not) you will not be able to avoid the beauty and magic that Nicole lets us see by giving us a little glimpse into her Ballet life.

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Nicole’s Blog

Nicole’s Instagram

Katie Calls The Shots

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Katie B (S2 / OLSP) has a huge interest in photography. Fortunately for her, she’s also got a great eye for a nice photograph. Her varied subjects and compositions make it a delight to look through her portfolio, below you will see a few examples from that collection.

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Above, a beautiful ‘look through’ showing depth while attracting the eye to the centre of the image. Katie took the image in black and white, making the contrasts between light and dark much stronger while avoiding distracting her audience with colour. Below, Katie uses aperture to heighten the depth of field, drawing the viewers attention to the foreground pebbles while blurring into the background lets us know that the pebbles travel on for some distance. We’re shown a small piece of detail on a vast beach of sepiaΒ coloured rocks and stone.

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Above, a beautifully stark image of the moon, surrounded by black negative space. The moon is slightly out of focus but rather than being a frustration to the viewer, it adds a beautiful halo around it’s outline which is the only element of colour in the whole image; a slight tinge of green. Lastly, below is a gloriously romantic image of what I presume to be cherry blossom. The contrasts in colour between the pink flower and sapphire blue sky adds a sense of dreaminess to the photo. This is only helped by a slight lens flare in the bottom right corner.

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