Oh my this is HARD!

I am Australian (Sydney via Brisbane) but currently living in London (loving it except for the weather, brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!) EDIT: It is hot-ish now!!! (May 2008!) I am a lawyer but saw the light a few years ago and am now enjoying working in policy.

I am very new to photography and find it incredibly frustrating but oh so addictive (rather like golf??!). I picked up our point and shoot camera in July last year (2007) and decided to actually think about what I was taking rather than just "banging off a few rounds" and hoping for the best as was my normal style. I have a loooooooooooooong way to go but am enjoying the journey and the incredible learning curve.....

EDIT: Well, I thought I had better edit my profile since I now have my swishy D200 (thank you Mr Messy!!!!!) I have been using this little beauty since mid April 2008 and can't ever imagine being without a DSLR again. Love it!


Nikon D200
AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Fuji FinePix F410 point and shoot (circa 2003)

My dream camera? A Hasselblad H3D-II (oh my, what a camera- I get chills just thinking about this beast)

My favourite photography quote? "The best pictures, for me, are those which go straight into the heart and the blood, and take some time to reach the brain" (Bill Jay)

Every day I am so inspired by the images I see on Flickr-if I can become even half as good as some of the photographers featured, I will be ever so pleased!

p.s. My real name is Vanessa (which gets shortened to Ness, Neddy, Nessy etc) but the daughter of one of my good friends couldn't pronounce Nessy and came up with Messy instead!

ummm and many of my friends say it suits me perfectly :)


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    Subject is too Cute says:

    "Messy's Photostream is a Visual Feast for my Eyes! Her work is Delicious and I love her UK Style! I am excited to see what her Nikon images will produce but for me it's all about her vision and I think she can work magic with a disposable camera if needed."

    April 29th, 2008

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    :=) says:

    "I admire her creative energy,
    I love the strength of it´s images!!"

    March 30th, 2008

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    kate mellersh (come to a halt) says:

    "Messy has that wonderful thing, an entirely unjaded eye ... Her stream offers a freshness of approach and enthusiasm that is really invigorating, whether you're dropping by to check out the latest stranger she's accosted, or lingering in a Sunday morning fashion over a lovingly assembled evocative and stylish still life scene she's put together. I think there's a closet window dresser or TV producer in there somewhere!
    She comments, and responds to comments, with an openness and verve that's really refreshing. Always a pleasure ..."

    March 8th, 2008

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    julian.. says:

    "Messy isn’t just banging off a few rounds. She’s a talented photographer who produces fantastic colours and levels of detail. I for one cannot wait to see what she can do when she upgrades to an SLR. She lives in London. No, Paris. No wait… London. She drinks freakishly weird juice and has recently started bothering strangers. Nobody’s perfect."

    January 15th, 2008

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    souvenirs du passé récent says:

    "She makes beautiful photo's with even more wonderful stories. I love browsing trough her stream on weekend mornings.

    Thank you for being there!"

    January 14th, 2008

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    felimon foto says:

    "Truly a gifted talent Messy goes out to find the beauty and character in everything. I really enjoy coming to her flickr page and seeing what her unique eye has captured. Be careful as you might get hungry or wonder why you feel like having a cup of coffee after you've gone through her gallery!! Keep the good stuff coming Messy!!"

    January 11th, 2008

September 2007
I am:
Female and Taken
Vanessa Jackman