Rose Hardy Captures Stunning Self Portraits

Photographer Rosie Hardy lives and works in Manchester, U.K. Describing herself as an “escape artist”, Hardy photographs herself in various surroundings and edits the photos so they look like something straight out of a fairy tale.

Hardy became interested in photography 12 years ago, when she was 16. In the years to come, she learned and improved her craft. “I first got into photography when I was around 16 years old,” she said in an interview with Digital Photography School. “I would always flicker through magazines and wonder why pictures I took never looked like they did, I was slightly confused and intrigued by it all. Like any teenager, I wanted to feel pretty, so I started taking random snaps of myself and playing around with them in photoshop and posting them to my old Myspace.”

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Hello! My name is Rosie Hardy, I’m 27 and I’m a photographer. This is a self portrait – like most of my work on here – with my first proper camera. It’s a little bit battered, as you can see 😉📸 (but still works!) When I was 17, I picked this camera up, looked through the viewfinder and decided I was going to try and express all my teenage angst through this little piece of kit. Not for the purpose of carving a career, or being the best at anything or getting loads of likes and recognition. It was simple therapy for a heavy head, taking whatever was going on in my life and making a little character who could escape from it all in her own world. Recently, this little camera company @canonuk decided to make me an official ambassador for them! ☺️It’s something I haven’t quite wrapped my head around yet, part of me still feels like I’m 17yrs old, stopped in time, running around with all these cool ideas without a “real job”… part of me also feels like I’m having a constant mid-life crisis trying to juggle all the emails and shoots and life-things that tend to happen when you least expect them…😌 Either way, it’s a surreal moment for me – who would know that looking through that little camera could result in all that is has? I’m eternally grateful. This camera has given me my career, most of my friends, my sanity, but most of all, my purpose through this life ☺️ Cheers to that! 🍻

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Dream Catcher. It’s been a tough year. Through all the wonderfulness that life has brought, the colours feel as though they’ve dimmed a little, and my heart has noticeably grown a bit harder. I’ve grieved through death differently this year – I think tried to take all the answers I thought I found from Tim’s death in 2016, and tried to focus on just keeping my stride through the pain this year, instead of surrendering to the darkness. Losing my cat in February, James’ broken neck and back from his crash in July, my dad becoming incredibly ill and seeing how it breaks my mum to pieces has been a simply dizzying challenge after challenge. “Keep striding forwards” I told myself, “you can’t spend another year flattened on the ground.” And yet, despite my strides turning into desperate running, sometimes I don’t quite feel like I’ve made any real steps forward, emotionally. I suppose it’s a good comparison, living vulnerably, softly… vs curling into a ball and just trying to roll through the madness! HOWEVER. On Christmas Eve, when I set out onto the hills with a beautiful still lake ahead of me (armed with my tripod, camera and some music for company), I had a little glimmer of hope that feeling really, truly, madly alive again wasn’t too far off. Here’s to a reflective, gentle new year with lots of dreams to be caught, hearts to be softened and moments to be awed at. There really is no better fight ✨😌

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