This blog is entirely non-commercial and private, created to share my photographs and writing.
I started it when I found myself unable to work full-time due a chronic illness. I wanted to be able to connect with people, have conversations and learn new things, even if I was unable to get out and about at times. Also, I was determined to give myself mental challenges, and get myself out of my comfort zone in new ways. I would never have thought that I would be writing poetry, but it’s happened and I’ve won one or two awards.
I am re-defining who I am. In the past, I was a scientist. As a student I was the ‘arty farty scientist’. It would now appear I am a photographer and a poet. I began writing in 2010, but my writing has been nearly non-existent for the last three or four years. But I am always hopeful that my muse will return!
I have never liked to sit still, or be unoccupied. However, the reality of the current situation is that I need to rest more, so I do the halfway house – my body is resting, but my mind will be flying around searching for ideas, words, different ways of seeing, of saying. When I was writing, I tried to learn to make my poetry ‘show, not tell’ …after all, that’s what a photograph does. But I found it quite a challenge to do it with words..
More recently, my personal challenges have been with expanding my photography repertoire, learning how to create images that tell a story through use of composition, attention to shutter speed, aperture, leading lines etc etc.