For as long as I can remember, I always wanted to draw and paint, and well, to be honest, I am utterly rubbish at both!! I can see an image in my mind but that never translates onto paper. Maybe that is why I fell in love with photography? It gives me the opportunity to create that image via another medium. And I love it! I love that I can meet people, capture photos and then create a collection of images that will last.
I am a sociable, chilled out person who loves the beauty of the world around me. I drive my family nuts because I am always stopping to capture a view, a flower or some random thing I’ve spotted. Either that, or I’m moaning because I have so much stuff to carry that I had to leave my camera at home (it never ceases to amaze me how much stuff little people seem to need on a trip out!!).
But every photographer will tell you that won’t they? (Well maybe not the bit about being rubbish at art…..or taking half the house on a day out, come to think of it). Let me tell you a bit about what I don’t do:
I hate posing for photos so I hate posed photos too - you know that stand-there; smile; say ‘Cheese’ type of photo (‘cheese’ is such a bad word to say anyway because it makes people look like they are grimacing!). These images can end up looking uncomfortable. I won’t tell you to ‘stand there’, ‘look that way’, smile on command. I am all about having fun and leaving me in the background. To me, these are images which capture a smile, a personality, a shared moment, fun in a special place.
In order to get to know me a little more here are some random facts about me:
Coffee is very much my drink of choice, closely followed by white wine preferably consumed whilst sitting on a balcony with a beautiful view!
My favourite chocolate is probably Smarties - I have to empty the packet and divide the Smarties into colours before I eat them. (It drives my husband nuts!)
I too have 100s of iPhone photos that I never get round to doing anything with.
I was once - almost - in a Hollywood film when I inadvertently nearly shoulder barged Matt Damon at Waterloo Station. He was filming The Bourne Ultimatum. My 15 seconds must have ended up on the cutting room floor.....
I have a degree in Russian which has proved to be a fat lot of use to me, apart from that it was whilst living in St Petersburg that I first really discovered a passion for photography.
It is my dream to live somewhere where I can tell the state of the tide by looking out of the window.
Seeing cows wandering in a field in summer evening light makes me nostalgic (a bit random, I know but aren’t a lot of memories?)