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Where did my Creativity Start?
I’ve always been creative, I was encouraged by my Nan from an early age to cut & stick and paint, make a mess and it was OK. Explore the quality and textures of my materials. She also encouraged me to be “ME” and to follow my own path.
My love of colour also came from my Nan, who was a seamstress. One of my jobs was to sort the cotton drawer into tones & shades, the colours of the rainbow. When I was older I was allowed to fit patterns to material and any material left over was mine for my dolls or if I was lucky enough to have a piece big enough, something for me. I think all these skills are now what I use when I’m making my images.
My Great Aunty Marie had a Box Brownie and loved taking photographs. Another family connection, when I was on school holiday, we’d often go to stay with my Uncle in Ingleton. He took many monochrome images and always had a camera by his side. He developed his own images in the darkroom, this I think was my first step in darkroom photography.
All these things came together to make my passion for photography.
After joining Southport Photographic Society, I was encouraged and helped by Keith Suddaby. I worked with four and five year olds for many years using creativity to develop their skills and knowledge of the world and themselves, encouraging them to work towards something they enjoyed.
Where do I get my inspiration?
The world is my oyster as far as inspiration is concerned. I look and absorb anything around me, from bus shelter posters to visits to great artists in Galleries. Simple things around me inspire me; a leaf I pick up from the ground to a giant tree in the park. I walk the dog on the beach and the sand patterns or the child paddling in the sea can inspire me. I think the simple daily events are the things that create emotion. I try to put emotion into most of my images to bring back a memory or evoke something of the place or person when I took the shot. I spend time looking at exhibitions of art or photography. There are often images in a film or television that have so much photographic merit that they stick in the mind. There are many inspirational images on the Internet that you can take a simple idea from and then make it your own, I think I go out of my way not to copy work of others and hope people won’t copy mine.
Often sounds inspire me; music, children playing, birds on the shore. I think my feelings about the images is often very important, either soft or gentle or anger and frustration.
In my early days of Camera clubs, I took inspiration from many people who did talks at the club or shared images. Many people have inspired me: Steven LePrevost and Rikki O’Neill as great artistic photographers, Irene Froy for her soft gentleness in her work, Ann Miles for the off centre way she looks at things and the many people whose work I’ve looked at and enjoyed over the years.