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Another winter blasted away with the simple task of finding colour.

It’s tradition that Andrea & I start this color//colour lovers project in January, to serve a daily dose of vibrancy to beat the winter blahs creeping in.

It works. It truly does.

Each week a new colour and new opportunities to bask in technicolour.

I wear colour and have flowers in the house… spot colour in familiar places (like the doors above) and some ordinary ones. Take a photo, make a film… whatever I like. The freedom of the project is anything goes.

This year has been magic… there have been lots of other projects and work things happening that have taken my attention, but it’s so good to commit to this and find inspiration, generate new ideas and push myself to get out and shoot, when really I should be dealing with my inbox.

I’ve created work I wouldn’t have, cheered myself up on grey days, enjoyed watching other people join us on this colourful treasure hunt and as ever, I love collaborating with Andrea.

My favourite pieces of work to come out of this project… were the transition stop motions.

Last year I created colourful collections each week and I wanted something new for 2016, so the idea of saying good-bye to one colour and hello to another seemed fun, as I’ve previously done it with a photo. Especially if I could use totally random things and play with them.

I love this series! Hope you enjoyed them too.


Thanks to everyone who followed along and joined in.

Till next time, we will update our shared space soon, so all the colours can sit together beautifully.

Not sure when we’ll be back, there are whisperings of doing it again, perhaps even this year?… I’ll keep you posted.






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BLUE is always a joy to finish the color//colour lovers project on.

Especially as this is often the week that the light shifts and the BLUE skies appear.

BLUE – you are hope that spring is on it’s way. Thank you.

Found the most darling street off the Kings Road, full of BLUE treats…

BLUE week was lovely! Beautiful BLUES from the lovely Andrea… We’ve been playing on Instagram using #colorcolourlovers

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February 28th, 2016 at 10:18 am


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A fun part of the color//colour lovers project was creating the little Instagram films based around each colour.

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Just gathering bit and bobs I found around the house, in the colour of the week.

Making simple stop motions and mini films of the objects moving and disappearing, makes me smile.

It’s quite simple to do, just requires a bit of patience…

And remembering to keep the cat out of the room!

I even explored the beauty of nature… with petals and leaves.

I’m certain to make more of these! I see blossoms, petals and so many flowers dancing… also… pebbles, feathers, ribbons – my head is buzzing with ideas!

And then I visited some of my favourite shops to play with their products and organise in colour.

Thank you to Pedlars and West Elm, London for letting me come and play in your stores.

Can I return sometime soon?

I so enjoyed the process of playing, experimenting and creating – I’m looking forward to making more… so watch this space.


Along with shooting video and making your own films… I share everything I know about making stop motions using photos and editing them together in iMovie in my online course Creating Time Capsules – It’s super simple once you know how!

There’s still time to register as the course starts on Friday 6th… All the details are HERE.



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The final week of color//colour lovers was all about the BLUES…

Beautiful blues found everywhere you look… especially the sky.

On the table of course…

and the occasional bloom…

It’s been such a fun project… both Andrea & I have embraced as much colour as we could and soaked away the grey of the winter months…

Thanks Andrea for all your colour finds!… and to everyone that played along on Instagram – It’s been a blast!

Till next year… keep tagging your colourful finds with #colorcolorlovers or…

…visit our shared space if you’d like to see the whole project…

and if you’re ever in need of a colour tonic, you can always find me collecting colour here…

Follow Xanthe Berkeley – Film & photography’s board ALL ABOUT THE COLOUR! on Pinterest.


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March 3rd, 2015 at 1:47 pm


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With half of the week spent in the snow, I thought ORANGE hunting might be a challenge…

But I should’ve known… if you look, there is colour… and the back drop of the snow, made it even more special.

Once we back home… there were pops of ORANGE everywhere. It’s been such a great week!

Especially with three stop motions in ORANGE – one :: two :: three.

Now it’s over to BLUE for the final week of color//colour lovers! for my hue loving friend Andrea & I.

And then it will be March… and then spring… and we will have beaten the winter blahs!


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February 23rd, 2015 at 9:09 am


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Hey BLUE… you were lovely and such a great way to end the color//colour lovers project…

Thanks for playing along with color//colour lovers project – we’ll be back next time, when we need a colour boost!


The collaborative colour // colour project with the fabulous Andrea - our shared place is color//colour lovers



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July 29th, 2014 at 12:06 pm


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The color // colour lovers project was a long time coming… Andrea & I first discussed it during our evenings in the hot tub at the Shuttersisters Oasis gathering at the Ace Hotel back in 2012… and then during our run around Paris in 2013… sounds so jet-setter-like doesn’t it?!… I kinda like it, even if name dropping places you’ve been, is just as bad as mentioning famous people you’ve hung with.

So a colour project together was on the cards… it was just a matter of when.

Winter loomed… could we start something in Dec 2013?… not really, with Christmas and various things going on. The new year seemed right, especially as Jan & Feb are notoriously grey, cold and dull. It was going to happen in 2014.

Titles for the project went back and forth via email… then it made sense to be -

Color – because Andrea is in the US.

Colour – because I’m in the UK.

SO color // colour lovers was born.

Instead of a week long colour project, where you photograph one colour each day… we wanted more. One colour per week… to explore it, wear it, play with it… generally seek it out and capture it however we desired.

It was 7 weeks of gloriousness… it beat the winter blues out into the atmosphere.

Completely fantastic to indulge in colour in so many ways.

Both Andrea & I shot in our own way and shared the result in what we’re naming “our happy place”. We didn’t want to be restricted to a timetable of image making or frame formats that can come from a diptych project – we just wanted to let our creativity flow, upload when we could, and work at a pace that suited what was going on in the rest of our lives – this was a side project after all.

Rather wonderfully there has been some magic and some shots that were taken totally separately, are totally linked – I love a little serendipity!

SO that’s why to mark the end of this round, I’ve made some diptychs. I think they’re rather lovely.

Different, yet complimenting to each other.

This is what’s brilliant about collaborations.

Thanks for taking this colourful ride with me Andrea – it’s been even better than I could’ve imagined.

Thank you to everyone that took part on Instagram… there are hundreds of happy making colours over there and it was truly a joy to scroll them daily.

We’ll continue with color // colour lovers at a slow pace for now, uploading to the “happy place” when it feels right – with a view to be back in the June for summer colour extravaganza!

All the diptychs are - Andrea on the left – Xanthe on the right (but you probably knew that!)




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Something rather wonderful happened during BLUE week…

There was a blue sky every. single. day… who would’ve thought this would happen when we started this colour// colour project 7 weeks ago?

It made the blossom even more beautiful. And made me smile everyday.

The blue skies even continued in Germany for the Lumia 1020 tour…

Making it most fabulous for photo taking…

And then yesterday… the gift of all gifts… the cherry on top of the cake.

A warm day of picnics on Hampstead Heath, sitting out on the blanket & lazing in hammocks we strung up in the trees… actually warm enough for bare feet and bare arms, even though the trees are still bare!

I take this as a wonderful sign that BLUE week supposed to happen this week and perhaps a sign of more good weather to come.


I’ll be back to round up this amazing colour // colour project with inspiring Andrea later in the week… can’t quite find the words yet…

But I must share this… I’ve loved the serendipity of certain images we’ve taken during this project. Take this one on the final day… yesterday a blue van spotted on the way to our picnic… and look Andrea found one too…




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March 10th, 2014 at 2:40 pm


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I love blurring the lens as we travel at night and watching the lights move on by.


A collaborative colour // colour project with the fabulous Andrea - our shared place is color//colour lovers… 



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March 5th, 2014 at 10:28 am


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It’s the final week of the color // colour project… BLUE!

I wonder how many blue skies I’ll see this week?

Roll on BLUE, I do love you.


While working at my computer the other day, I was uploading the images from my iPhone. The thumbnails skipped past catching the corner of my eye, after a while the bursts of colour caught my full attention…

Watching the story of the past couple of months whizzing by… mostly frames taken for the colour // colour lovers project, was wonderful – Abundant colour flicking past.

So I dragged the photos into iMovie… unedited, exactly in sequence, as the shots were taken and edited – revealing the way I shoot – which is A LOT of frames and the fact that I’ve been collecting colour whenever I’ve seen it, not necessarily the week of the colour.

I love the way the slideshow is just like a stop-motion… the photos move and flash past quickly. Bursts of colour & movement… my two favourite things to capture… with a sprinkling of silhouette jump shots too!

This kinda of film is a simple way of using all the images taken on your phone to tell a quick story of your experiences and sights you’ve seen.

You can give it a go too?

I share how to make slideshows & stop motion films plus shoot video, then edit it altogether in iMovie during my Creating Time Capsules course… Perhaps you’d like to join the fun we have -

Check out all the details as registration is open now!

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March 3rd, 2014 at 12:00 pm