I have two places where I will always have a wave of nostalgia and feel a bit elated. One is London and the other is the beach. They are two polar opposites but they both completely fill me with joy and make me relive incredible memories.
When I was little we had a holiday home down by the sea in West Sussex. I spent all of my Summers there and I think my time there is what made my childhood so wonderful. I spent so much time on that beach, playing, walking the dogs, swimming in the sea or just sitting alone with my thoughts and the sound of the waves.
Back in the day we were busy living life instead of taking pictures. -I sound so old now! I have a fair few photos taken with my old 35mm camera, nothing amazing, they aren't great quality but they make me smile. I always loved the anticipation of not-quite knowing what to expect when you picked up your photos. It was always a surprise and I would spend hours looking through pictures and reliving memories. It's a bit of a shame that we don't get to experience that anymore with photos being so instant and everything being uploaded to social media.
A few years ago I went back to that beach along with my digital camera and I made sure I got some pictures that I knew I'd want to keep. I wanted something I could look at every day and I was after something a little different.
The weather was bright but a bit chilly, perfect to capture exactly what British Summertimes at the beach are like!
With the help of Photoshop and Canvas Pop I turned one into a giant Polaroid. I felt like that really fitted in with the 'snapshot' feel and nothing is more nostalgic than a polaroid.
I sent off the image to Canvas Pop and they added it to one of their 2cm deep canvases.
They are created by hand so you can be sure a lot of care has gone into making sure your canvas is perfect. They also adjust the colours and can even remove red-eye at no extra cost.
I love how it turned out, I've had canvasses in the past that are a little thicker (which they do have the option of) but I think the thinness really adds to the polaroid effect.
Prices start at just £31 and Canvas Pop have kindly offered a 35% discount for my readers so you could get your own canvas printed and save a little money if you use the code PHOTOJENN35 before November 30th. I think these make a lovely Christmas present, anything with a personalised aspect shows there's been a lot of thought put in.
If you want a chance to win one of your own canvases just click the picture below and enter the competition.
One lucky winner will receive a 16 x 20 canvas print stretched on a 0.75" frame depth. You can also head over to Twitter for more chances to win. The competition is running till 2nd December 2015 at 11.59pm.
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and Good Luck!
and Good Luck!