Sarah Dingwall’s Favourite Things – Life through The Lense

by Jenny Butler
Friday 19th November 2010

A great big Design Files Thank You to Sarah for sharing her favourite things this week. DON’T FORGET to leave a comment on any of this week’s guest blog posts to be in the running to win a treat of your choosing from Sarah’s brand new ETSY store! – Jenny x

Today I’m going to put up a strange mixture of photographs, a whole roll of them. I guess something I look for most in an image is the way the light fills or rearranges objects. Hmmhm not that I’m a real photographer, but I’m always excited about what can be seen outdoors. Anyhow here are some things I’ve seen.

Thanks for having me!

Sarah x

All photos by Sarah Dingwall

by Jenny Butler
Friday 19th November 2010


  • Suzanna 6 years ago

    these pics are so calming.
    love your new etsy shop as well!

  • briana 6 years ago

    Wow, for “not a real photographer” you have some gorgeous shots!

  • Felicity 6 years ago


    Each photograph is a self-contained story.
    Thank you for sharing your art.

    Felicity x

  • Melissa 6 years ago

    wow, what an amazing burst of colour.

  • Claire 6 years ago

    These photos make me want to pack up my backpack and travel the world!

  • Anna 6 years ago

    Love the photos! You can almost feel like you were there when they were taken. (unfortunately it also reminds me that i actually have to USE my camera if i ever want to produce photos like that – must try harder!)

  • Tracy 6 years ago


  • Kelly 6 years ago

    such amazing photos.

    just what i needed to see to counteract uni exam/ assignment craziness!

  • Kym 6 years ago

    beautiful photographs! thanks for being so inspiring. I think I am convinced to make a proper seachange now!

  • Emma 6 years ago

    The way you have captured the light in so many of these photos is devine!

  • Gemma 6 years ago

    I have loved your guest blog, especially these photos – stunning!

  • Erin 6 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing those beautiful images and amazing artwork with us this week!

  • Claire 6 years ago

    So talented, you have a real skill in capturing light

  • Caroline 6 years ago

    thanks for sharing Sarah, it is lovely to see the direct inspiration for some of your works

  • Elizabeth 6 years ago

    Thes photos are amazing.
    They really capture the magic that is life when you stand still for a monement, take a deep breath, and open your eyes.
    I got into photography myself so i could capture moments like these.

  • jess 6 years ago

    such lovely photos sarah! great to meet you at the calendar launch last night.

  • Lou 6 years ago

    Wow Sarah! Can we be friends? The way you view the world is so inspiring. You’re just a bundle of talent. Don’t stop!

  • Lauren T 6 years ago

    The images you have captured are just beautiful and your work reflects the beauty of the world. Wow!

  • neddy 6 years ago

    Wow, your photographs are as beautiful as your amazing glass pieces. What an amazing talent !

  • Margaret Norcott 6 years ago

    Hi, LOVE your post (just started following this blog). Images above are wonderful. My brother lives between New Castle & Sydney for about 15 years now(teaches at Uni of NC). I love getting his pics he takes of your country there! I visited in 1999 and wish I could have seen more but alas, not enough time and I did spend 7 of the days in New Zealand (luv as well)! Love your jewelry and each are so unique. I love the Green Glass Ring (page 3 of etsy shop). Just love it!
    ~Hope it is open to US Residents! Best to you!
    Atlanta, GA

  • rachael 6 years ago

    yay for nature!!!

  • Siska 6 years ago

    amazing photos. love these and your glass art too. you’re very talented

  • msd 6 years ago

    Ooh, I tagged one of your glass birds as a favourite in etsy the other day….

    Also, geeky question, can I ask what camera and lens you use?

  • Annie Gobel 6 years ago

    i really really love your work sarah……. very peaceful……

  • Mary 6 years ago

    I love the light and colour in your photos.

  • ray 6 years ago

    my eyes are smiling ♥‿♥

  • megan 6 years ago

    the colours are great!

  • Catherine H 6 years ago

    Calming visuals. Delicious glasswork. I have enjoyed this guestblog the most out of all the other ones so far. I need to move away from the city and out to somewhere as visually soothing as this!!

  • Nicola 6 years ago

    Having just pulled out my Opa’s old Canon T70, i am now feeling very inspired to capture the beauty that is Western Australia…. summer here i come!

  • Meaghan 6 years ago

    You’ve got a good eye for framing photographs. Thank you for sharing!

  • Kirsty 6 years ago

    Your photographs are absolutely stunning – thanks for sharing :)

  • Nicole 6 years ago

    Oh gosh that last photo is spectacular!!

  • Jill 6 years ago

    You are too modest Sarah! These images are truly exquisite; beautifully framed and lit and each one a story. Thank you for sharing.

  • Binky 6 years ago

    Great photography! Really inspiring, I hope I get a digital SLR camera for xmas.

    Love your uniquely beautiful jewellry as well.

  • Herta 6 years ago

    Have throughly enjoyed ‘taking in’ your stunning photos, rolling hills, morning dew…just delicious.

  • Belinda 6 years ago

    Wow! You make beautiful things and take great photographs too!

  • PMaiba 6 years ago

    Your work and your photos are incredibly inspiring. Thanks for sharing!

  • Ames and Tash 6 years ago

    Amazing photos – i want to run outside and enjoy it!

  • Bec 6 years ago

    I visit the design files everyday (it’s currently my homepage) so I feel happy energy and creative inspiration everyday! This week however, your posts actually made me really miss my home (Australia)! I live in Japan (so naturally I loved all of Hello Sanwiches posts from last week covering my current stomping ground), but your photos reminded me just how beautiful, delicate and wild our end of the earth can be. I especially love your flameworked rings of captured treasures. Also too the garden, back yard, shack shots … oh to have a garden, my 1m x 2m just doesn’t cut it! x

  • Kayley 6 years ago

    As someone who works with oil rigs as a career, I was amazed you made one look so, dare I say it, pretty! Wonderful talent and thank you for sharing with others!

  • Babun 6 years ago

    mind-absorbing beauty!
    your landscapes are SUPERNATURAL.

  • Matt 6 years ago

    Love these shots- simply glorious!

  • Nadine 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your amazing images with us. Your creativity and talent is totally inspiring!! Love it!!! And love the design files for helping us discover all the amazing secrets of our great town! :-)

  • Nellie 6 years ago

    beautiful beautiful pictures!

  • Beth 6 years ago

    gorgeous pictures!

  • Bron66 6 years ago

    What beautiful photos. You really have an eye for beauty.

  • lisa hamilton 6 years ago

    visual holidaze……your shop is stunning too

  • cathy 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful images. I too love to photograph nature and this inspires me to take more photos.

  • Emma 6 years ago

    I love the dandelions on the hill so much, beautiful photos

  • Olivia Lynn Robertson 6 years ago

    Beautiful photos!!! Couldn’t possibly choose a favourite, I like too many :)

  • Elizabeth 6 years ago

    what a lovely collection of photographs xx

  • Isobel Hutton 6 years ago

    Stunning photos. I wish I lived there!

  • Olivia 6 years ago

    Wow Sarah your work is worthy of a Gallery34 exhibit!

  • Susan Buret 6 years ago

    Your love of light and colour in the beautiful images is reflected in your beautiful works.

  • julie gabriel 6 years ago

    If these aren’t the photographs of a real photographer you can knock me over with a feather. Stunning. Thankyou!

  • Stacey 6 years ago

    Beautiful shots!! Loving the frosted glass wing door handle too!

  • Jeff T 6 years ago

    that last image with the sunshine breaking through – just gorgeous.

  • Leila Sanderson 6 years ago

    Beautiful glass work and stunning photos – if you’re not a photographer then the popes not catholic!! I hope I can make your studio sale. Would love one of everything please! X

  • Pippa 6 years ago

    Your observations, of the beauty of nature has been captured both in the lens’s held in your hands and the glass you heat into being……. so lovely

  • Kate 6 years ago

    Sarah, i know i made comment previously, but your work just leaves me feeling so happy – absolutely stunning and inspiring.
    Well done for such beautiful work!

  • Libby 6 years ago

    Dappled, exquisite moments. These photographs let the light in, allowing ordinary moments to become extraordinary. They are sneak peeks of grandeur. Reminders of how a single moment can take our breath away. Thank you, Sarah for such wonderful images.

  • Claire 6 years ago

    What breathtaking photos Sarah! That green in the photos of the hills is illuminating! You’ve inspired me to pick up my camera again. Thank you!

  • Kathryn 6 years ago

    Your glasswork seems to capture the fleeting moments of beauty which you see through your camera lens. Divine…

  • louisa 6 years ago

    an amazing eye for beauty.

  • Sonya Matheson 6 years ago

    What an amazing and beautiful planet we live on! It is easy to see where you draw inspiration for your glass art. What animal does the paw belong to on your Tuesday blog?

  • Amanda 6 years ago

    Hello Sarah,
    I recently came across your blog while browsing through the design files website, not even realizing there was a message in my in-box waiting to direct me straight to it. After viewing your photographs of the beautiful glass work I wanted to get started on my own projects right away… BUT I still don’t have the money to fulfill my creative desires. I am so awed by your work and the amazing things you are able to create! I hope that some day I will be able to have the supplies and the skill to produce such wonderful artwork. Thank you for sharing your blog and keep up the good work! – Amanda (:

  • Sonya Matheson 6 years ago

    Re: Kayley – post 40 – I was wandering what that image was. Very interested to learn it was an oil rig. Yuk made to look interesting.

  • Elaine Oliver 6 years ago

    Beautiful beautiful photographs Sarah. All the best with your new Etsy shop, we love your work! Cheers, Elaine & Nell :o)

  • julie b 6 years ago

    great work sarah . cant wait till your rings arrive!

  • Megan 6 years ago

    Stunning Simplicity ‘S’elebrating nature – Well Done Sarah!


  • Frankie Sunshine 6 years ago

    Stunning shots, I want to be where you are!

  • G 6 years ago

    Beautiful scenes

  • Christina 6 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing such inspiring photos, creativity and beauty!

  • Megan Godlee 6 years ago

    Somers is such a beautiful place. We used to have a beach house there and sail out of Merriks. It is wonderful to again see the beauty of the area and what surrounds, along with the memories the photos bring. It is also lovely to see the magic of the area capture into your work. Just wonderful.

  • hannah 6 years ago

    simply stunning photos

  • Dada Leeds 6 years ago

    What beautiful shots-it makes me peaceful just looking at them -a mini-vacation from NYC!

  • Eleanor 6 years ago

    amazing work – really beautiful

  • Karen Peet 6 years ago

    I love what Sarah does with nature. Who would have thought…….

  • Ruth V 6 years ago

    Browsing through these lovely photos on a Sunday morning. What a perfect accompaniment to breakfast, thanks for sharing :)

  • Annabel 6 years ago

    Beautiful photos. Another reminder why I too live in this sensational part of the world. Thanks Sarah!

  • amanda r 6 years ago

    beautiful photos

  • micha 6 years ago

    Stunning work, a true pleasure to encounter.

  • Amanda 6 years ago

    I love your nature scenes – gorgeous framing!

  • Toni 6 years ago

    Such serene artistry. Stunning.

  • Brenda 6 years ago

    These photos are just stunning – I especially love the hydrangea…

  • Kate 6 years ago

    Beautiful pictures….I think you are a real photographer. Just another talent to add to your list!
    Love your jewellery too

  • Cathy 6 years ago

    Stunning photography Sarah, congrats on your Etsy shop.

  • Jaine 6 years ago

    Gorgeous landscapes Sarah. I almost feel like I’ve had a weekend away just looking at them. Loved your posts this week too. Thanks Jaine

  • Skye Stanway 6 years ago

    Sarah! I came across your blog whilst searching for florists in Melbourne for a quote.
    Absolutely fantastic stuff you are doing and I cannot wait to come to your opening this Saturday!

  • Deana 6 years ago

    Hello Sarah,
    Your amazing skills and ideas are the best i have seen in a long time. The way you are able to capture the beauty of what nature has to offer us, not only in your glass bubbles but also in your photography, is truley an inspiration. Through your designs you are able to remind us and bring us back to the joy that the simple things in life have to offer us. Congratulations on your Etsy shop, I’m sure you will do very well! Keep up the great work Sarah!! All the best :)

  • Mel 6 years ago

    These images are so elegant… a great way to start my week – THANK YOU!

  • Julia 6 years ago

    Saying you are not a real photographer doesn’t do you justice! Beautiful photos – the colours are amazing…

  • Janine 6 years ago

    It’s an amazing world out there and your photos certainly capture its beauty!

  • Sian 6 years ago

    i love the hydrangea photo, beautiful.

  • Chelsea 6 years ago

    Simple, clean, beautiful, peaceful & divine pictures of the great outdoors. I’m also amazed at your glass rings

  • TJ 6 years ago

    The photos took my stress away! Thank you!

  • Hanna jenkin 6 years ago

    I grew up in mornington for the first 7 years, I haven’t properly been back there for 25 years, thanks for taking me back. Childhood memories of the smell of trees and the softness of shells against my cheek….

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