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40 Nelson Road
New Malden

My name is Rachel Carr and I started This Is Carrt in 2014 when my husband's job moved to Germany and I decided to give up my day job in the city and go with him on the adventure! I had always loved to travel and write, and was also passionate about photography so one day I sat down and mingled all three of them on this website and my Etsy page. I write about a wide range of things like how to cope with airline hand luggage allowances to what to wear to any destination wedding. However, when I write up a holiday destination, there are more often than not a few common themes linking what are otherwise very different places:

1) Food. I love to eat. It structures my day to day life as well as any trip that I go on. I think food is a great way to start to experience a new culture as well as meeting new people.

2) Value. I don't get swayed by places to be seen and clothing to be seen in for the sake of it. I hate being ripped off. Be that by a fiver or by hundreds of pounds. If an activity or an excursion I go on is expensive but an amazing experience, I will still highly recommend it, but won't recommend it simply because it is deemed luxury.

3) Beauty. I love looking at pretty things. They don't have to have a purpose!

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On The Sunny Side Of The Street

Our Blog - Dedicated to Travel, Food, Lifestyle and Fashion

With a love of travel and writing as well as a passion for photography, this blogsite and my Etsy page mingles all three.

On The Sunny Side Of The Street

Rachel Carr

Over the last six months of producing weekly Limited Edition Prints, I have noticed that a few themes are a guaranteed sell out. My aforementioned 'Thing With Doors' is a good example, black and white images of food and, perhaps most noticeably, pictures of sunsets or sunrises. As such, I have dedicated this week's blog to one of nature's most remarkable and beloved achievements.

All my images this week center around that great big ball in the sky, that, at the right times of day, have the ability to turn everything around them into the most beautiful objects. Granted, mountainous landscapes, and turquoise seas have a head start on looking good, but, as any photographer will attest, lighting is everything. I have seen banal compositions turned into masterpieces with the inclusion of dappled, late evening sun. Indeed, many brides who are leaning towards the current trend of having weddings on the continent, will invariably time their day (or have it suggested by their photographer) around this 'Golden Hour'. I.e. ensuring their drinks reception is set just as the sun is going down and bestowing everyone at their wedding with flattering light, not least themselves and their, hopefully, handsome groom.

Regardless of its uses, I simply love taking photos when this light is around. On a recent walk with the mongrel, I was lucky enough to be at the top of nearby hill when the sun was a huge red Edam in the sky. The dog kept getting overtly annoyed by my stopping and photographing the scene with my iPhone. (Had I known it was going to be such a wonderful sight, I would have taken my DSLR. Note to self: always take proper camera with me). But the light was mesmerizing and I just couldn't stop snapping away.

Much like the shots included in this week's collection (available in these shapes and sizes). They span so many places and times of year, yet I love them all, and have been loved by my customers, for the same reason. They all contain a raw, natural beauty that no level of post production can take away nor, importantly, add. I hope you enjoy them, and please do send me your own pictures of your favourite sunsets and sunrises (shots of which I have a less!). I love to see them!

Love, Rachel

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