Even though we are getting close to the end of January now (hurrah!!) I am sure it's not too late to wish everyone a Happy New Year! I always find the holiday season tricky to navigate but overall we had fun and certainly made the best of things. We look forward now into the new year with a clean slate, the days are getting longer and it feels like the nightmare world we have been living in for the last couple of years might finally be passing... fingers crossed...
I am not a lover of winter, I find the short cold days incredibly difficult, always have and probably always will. Being an early riser I have been up and out to walk my little Sparkle before the sun comes up. We have been rewarded with some incredible sunrises which have stopped us in our tracks, intense pinks, reds and purples, it's a priviledge to bear witness. There are definitely worse ways to start the day, finding the positive...
During the holidays I spent time thinking about my photographic journey, what I loved, what I didn't particularly enjoy, where I spent my time. Printing has been the focus of late, something I absolutely love and can lose myself in happily for hours (days!). I wondered if I had spent maybe too much time printing and not enough on making new images either by getting out with the camera or working the archives.
Some small bodies of work have emerged recently but all have been created in between printing sessions. Time for some focus on image making... the metaphorical printing button was 'paused' and I have allowed myself to focus on creating a nice big new body of work. I've had such a lovely time...
Ancient Philosophy of the Stoics
I am in the middle of a short introductory course on the principles of Stoic Philosophy, a fascinating series of principles handed down through the ages which still have incredible relevance for today. My interest was originally peaked when I heard a discussion on the topic on the fantastic RichRoll Podcast (ep 168, 239, 470, 636). I always have podcasts on the background when I work but rarely pay much attention, this had me turning up the volume. In summary, this ancient philosophy promotes a very simple, but not easy, way of living: Take the obstacles in your life and turn them to your advantage, control what you can and accept what you can't.
One of the exercises was to think of a word which will accompany you through the coming year, essentially a tone or undercurrent to the way you intend to live. In chosing the word it was important to think of the destination and to view the word as a kind of polestar; it should be both the port of call and the wind at your back helping you get there; it should push and pull at the same time.
I have chosen the word 'Believe'.
This series of images has been created as a result of my giving myself time to play with no pressure or distractions. They will also act as a reminder to me to believe in myself. As creatives we are often riddled with self-doubt and sometimes struggle to feel confident, I know I do. As I look forward I will have my word keeping me company - it is everywhere I look just now, post-it's on my screen, index cards on my dressing table and in my kitchen. There is no escaping it. Quite exciting to be honest...
All have been created from a single file again with an additional sampling of some curves. I have intentionally included the curves similarly in each image to bring the panel together and create commonality.
I have absolutely loved creating these images, to me they feel joyful and free. This time last year my work was all about restriction and feeling locked in, that was how we were living. Not so today...
Please let me know your thoughts, I will always reply although it might take me a while... I wish you all the very best for the coming year. Maybe you would like to have a word to underpin the year, if so please let me know what you choose and why.
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Hi Everyone, Just a few days to go to the holidays. It’s hard to know what to make of it all this year. This time last year we knew for certain that the world was on fire. It may be again, or it might not be, so very difficult to know. All we can do […]
Hi Everyone, I hope we are all safe and well. Winter is well and truly underway here, most of the trees have shed their leaves and our walks take us through carpets of red, orange and yellow. It’s tempting to kick swathes of colour into the air and enjoy watching those vibrant shapes spiral back […]
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