I changed the name and the look of my blog rather unceremoniously. I didn’t create hype or mystery around the changes because I didn’t actually believe that the soul or the content of this space would change. And I don’t think it has. I haven’t had the opportunity to explain the changes (other than I’d left Australia and therefore this space could no longer be Vanisha’s Life in…Australia), especially the name change and that’s what I’d like to do today.
Why ‘A Life Un-Styled’? Because I was bored, frustrated and increasingly uninspired by the large number of styled (positioned, posed) photos I was seeing on blogs, especially on lifestyle blogs. There seems to be a tendency to style our lives for the camera and for pretty pictures. It was then that I decided that I didn’t want to create and position my life for a photograph. And that’s the philosophy behind this blog, it is in part an attempt to move away from a lifestyle that is styled for photographs towards an everyday life worth photographing.
What does it mean? For this blog it means that I’m not going to set a pretty table once a week just to take a picture and show you and eat on the sofa the rest of the week. It means not just putting out the fine China for the photos but photographing our life as it is. It means living a life that I can be proud to photograph everyday and having a home that is ready to welcome unannounced guests. It’s an effort to create a lifestyle that I love and not a ‘set’ for photos that returns to reality once the camera is gone.
What I’ve learnt so far? Having made this conscious shift, I find myself paying more attention to what’s around me. The half dead flowers on my desk don’t bother me, I think they’re beautiful and worth photographing. I’ve got rid of items that aren’t beautiful and that I don’t love. Think about the things in your home that you wouldn’t want in your photographs, if you feel they aren’t good enough for your photos, what is their place in your life? And if they have a place in your life, why are you taking them out of your photo? I cook and serve my family meals as if I’m entertaining guests, everyday. There are no everyday plates vs fancy plates in my kitchen. They are plates that are beautiful and worth using every single day. Miss 9 came into the bathroom as I was putting on some lipstick, she said “Mummy only puts on lipstick on specials days” and I looked at her and said, “Everyday is a special to me” and that’s what I’ve learnt and really embraced.
Where to from here? For this blog, I think the focus is always going to be on trying to inspire people, having a space that I can be inspired by, connecting and interacting with you and establishing meaningful relationships. I hope it’s a journey that you can follow along and share and grow in, with me. All of this is nothing without all of you.
Do you have a blog/blogging philosophy? Please feel free to share.
Is it something that you share or is it something that’s more private that you use to guide your journey?