I’m not really one for Halloween- or at least, not in the way that most people tend to be. I’m very easily scared and have had quite a few experiences with horror-movie-themed nightmares (seeing IT in the cinema was a big mistake on my part!), so I usually tend to avoid the spooks that come along with the holiday. The idea of going to a haunted house quite literally makes shivers run down my spine, and as I tend to be out early mornings and late at night, the idea of what could be lurking in the dark is definitely something that continuously drifts through my mind the closer it gets to Halloween. However, the aesthetic of the holiday is definitely something I look forward to!
Autumn is my favourite season overall. The weather is not usually too hot, or too cold (although you do have those irritating days where you start off the day wearing a cosy jumper in the morning and end up sweating by the afternoon), and it only just starts getting darker as you move through September and October: arguably one of the best times to get pictures of a pastel sunrise or a vibrant sunset. The weather means that autumn/winter clothes become available once again. I’m a sucker for beanies and hoodies, especially when skulls start appearing a lot more frequently on designs due to Halloween.
Of course, one of the main features that combines both the Halloween and the Autumn aesthetic is the number of pumpkins… both the carved versions and the sudden hype over Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice. I wanted to do something Halloween themed for this blog, but as I’m so easily spooked, I thought I’d focus on the aesthetic. So, I went to a pick-your-own fruit and veg farm, where they specialise in pumpkins around this time of year. The pictures shown on this blog post all come from Essington Farm, in Wolverhampton. Even in the penultimate week of October, there were plenty of pumpkins throughout the farm (at least 3 fields full!), all of them in different shapes, sizes and colours. I’ve been here several times before over the years, but never around Halloween, and I would definitely recommend it for families and for fellow photographers! You can pick any fruit (or vegetable depending on the season) you find, which – in the case of the pumpkins – was then measured with wooden cutouts. Wondering around searching for the perfect pumpkin sounds a bit homier than horrifying, but I strongly believe this is a great alternative to put anyone in the Halloween mood, especially if the jumpscares aren’t your kind of thing!
Disclaimer: I’m not the best photographer (yet!), but I’m hoping that with the following Tea-Stained Photo Journals (TSPJ) I can practice my skills in both photography and editing so that I can eventually look back on such blog posts to see my improvements over time. For now, I hope you enjoy spontaneous pictures!
(All pictures are taken with Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, and edited with Adobe Lightroom CC.)