I hope we are all safe and well in this increasingly crazy world. It's been quite a few weeks since my last blog mainly due to the complete shutdown of my creative brain. Alarming to say the least. I can now see the world through some sort of colourful lens again so it's time to pick up where I left off, such a relief. It was impossible to force anything, I just needed to ride it out.
As an aside, some fun has been had in this house! If I needed reminding how much my life has changed over these last few years I need to look no further than my little puppy. She had her first birthday (so probably not a puppy anymore...) and I threw her a party! A cake was baked for her and her little Whippet friends which went down a complete storm (recipe available on request). Accompanying humans had a very nice lunch too in amongst the chaos. After a good few hours of excitement we were both completely exhausted, such crazy fun though...
The main reason for my blip was my book. It took much longer to arrive than expected which just increased my anxiety. I am not usually one to catastrophise but I really did on this occasion. It permeated every aspect of my creativity, essentially I felt paralysed. I lost sight of why I titled my book as I did, that should have been front and centre.
Once the pre-orders had been posted I was humbled to receive some incredibly positive feedback. For that I am eternally grateful. I now feel I can open my eyes and blink in the sunlight again... Some of the comments have completely blown me away and I am delighted that I went ahead with the project. It being an emotional roller-coaster is an understatement but it was absolutely worth all the time and effort (and stress...).
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The Joys of Travel
After so many months of uncertainty, it was lovely to have the opportunity to travel overseas again. Spending a fabulous week in The Loire Valley, France with the ever inspirational Valda Bailey and Denis Hocking was such a shot in the arm. The trip didn't start well as some of us were caught up in the travel chaos that seems to be the default in the UK these days. The joy of planes (on the way back at least!), trains and automobiles...
I am generally unenthusiastic about going out and about with my camera on my own. I enjoy the company of other photographers even if we are just milling around doing our own thing. If I go somewhere on my own I just feel on my own, something I try to avoid. Having such fantastic company on this trip made all the difference. It was great to be able to add to my photographic catalogue again too rather than work the archives.
Images sprinkled throughout this blog focus on poppies. At this time of year there were poppies to be found in amongst the corn fields. Not as many as we thought there would be but definitely enough. Mixing these with images from a quartz flower installation has been huge fun. All have been processed quite quickly but it's exciting to feel that creative spark again.
It was so lovely to be out and about and I feel excited about the prospect of visiting new places. It's so worth it once you get there no matter the route or how long it takes.
So now my thoughts turn to my upcoming exhibition at the Obsidian Art Gallery. I can't believe it is within touching distance now. It's felt so far away for such a long time but I have about a month to get my act together, round up the prints that I have been working on over the winter and get them ready for the walls. Exciting but daunting in equal measure! If I can I will take some videos once it is all ready to go and include that in a future blog.
So that's it... Thank you so much for getting this far, as ever please let me know what you think, I will always reply.
I am thrilled and much relieved to be excited about my photography again. It gives me energy and happiness, I am a little lost without it. Trying to live a creative life is definitely a roller-coaster, riding the highs is truly a privilege and definitely not to be taken for granted; the less said about the lows the better.
Take care and stay safe
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