I have been a photographer for nearly ten years and the camera is an integral part of my life as it captures moments every day that resonate with me and visually speak to me. It has enabled me to express myself creatively and to recognise the beauty in the every day.
I currently work freelance photographing local festival events and also undertaking private commissions for individuals and commercial purposes.
After successfully completing an HND in photography, studying has become something of an addiction, and so I am about to complete my final year of a fine art degree to enrich my knowledge and take my art forward. I am looking forward to this challenge!
I am a Secretary for a local Arts group – Zoom Arts, who, with our own local gallery space, keep me on my toes managing exhibitions for more than 20 artists in the group. We also hold two major exhibitions each year at a well known local venue and undertake several projects throughout the year. The self funded, and ‘accessible to all’ group has gone from strength to strength and has really created a positive name for itself in the town.
As well as partaking in the Zoom exhibitions I have produced several of my own solo exhibitions. My favourite and most noted one being in July 2016 which was an appreciation of my favourite area of France – Languedoc. ‘Liberte, Fraternite & Egalite’. I found this cathartic for me to produce, curate and hang, especially in the light of Brexit.
Having two young children I am also interested in involving them in the craft of photography, and there has been many a rainy day spent in the darkroom, creating images. There really is such pleasure to be had from seeing children’s faces as an image appears in a darkroom tray.
I am passionate about fundraising for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust (as my daughter has this condition) and have organised many fundraising activities over the years, raising in excess of 50k (to date) and I am particularly delighted that TTL will be donating some money from this event to the Trust.