Photography, Art or both


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I love my photography and I love bringing the beauty of the outdoors to you in it’s pure form and you will see that in my landscape images and nature shots, however there is also a creative part of myself that likes to start with an image and create something completely different out of it.

A few of my early attempts got lots of good feedback. There is some here.

abstract art

Looking inside a cave and I felt a presence there, so tied to recreate the feeling with the swirling light and then used blend modes to create the final image.

Tunnel Creek

This is from Tunnel creek in Western Australia, I looked towards the entrance to the cave and saw the light and the rocks creating the figure of a woman and so the image was born.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This got me hooked and  I wanted to learn more, so I started an Photoshop Artistry course. This taught me new techniques for blending and composition images but I was still looking for more when I heard they also run an Awake course.

This course is about being awake in life and using your photography and art to bring that about. I was off and running.

Natural spa

This is a place I go to where I feel safe and protected, so I wanted to convey this feeling in the image of the beautiful pool

Jabiru eating

A Jabiru swallowing a fish it caught. This was one of two images that I wanted to create a artwork of to give the feeling of the marsh that it was in.

Hunting time

This was the first in the series of the Jabiru stalking the fish.

frog praying

This little fellow was on my back deck and it looked like he was praying that I just left him to his own devices. The deck didn’t match the iamge, so I created a background using another of my images and created a composite.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So finally I decided to step out even further…my challenge was to create something that could bring about change, a cause that meant something to you and then to create another piece that was just fun….

This is a cause close to my heart and be warned this can be quite confronting.

If any of these images triggers things in you then reach out to someone to help or give Lifeline a call on 13 11 14 in Australia or go to  arkofhopeforchildren.org

happy families

This depicts a family as we dream it to be, how many families look from the outside and it also shows the trust that the child has in the parents, this is what makes what follows so hard to fathom.

verbal or physical abuse

This is the second in the abuse series and shows what is often the first abuse a child suffers and that is parental abuse, be it physical or verbal and this is how it leaves them feeling.

self harm

This is the third in the series. Often a child who has suffered verbal, emotional or physical violence is looking for love and this is when the sexual predictor appears on the scene, they make the child or young teen feel special and loved so they are willing to sneak out and meet them, to keep them a secret. They are left broken and confused. They don’t understand how they can feel loved and used at the same time, how they feel that they are a bad person and deserve what they get. This often leads to suicide or self harm.

hate

This one represents domestic violence. This is usually the most aggressive and confronting and often the violence leads to murder.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

courage

This is the forth in the abuse series f images, this one shows a woman finally taking the step to walk away from an abusive relationship

letting go

This is the final in the abuse series, It depicts a woman finally free to be what she was meant to be.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was a very hard exhibition to put together as it looks at a side of society we try to turn away from, so after this I needed some healing therapy so created my fun peice.

It’s called In Full Swing and was recently published in the 17th edition of the Artistic Life Magazine.

Memories

Remembering times gone by. A wedding in full swing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I will continue to share both my nature based images and my artworks with you as well as articles to help you on your journey.

Thank you for accompanying me along this part of my journey.

You can see some of my images here and they are available for purchase and also here at Redbubble.

Christmas Time Again


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I don’t know about you, but it feels like only last month I was packing away last years decorations and here it is again.

I love Christmas, not the madness of entertaining, but the lights the decorations, the fun of watching children’s eyes light up in wonder.

christmas greeetings

Merry Christmas and may it be filled with love and laughter- designed by me just for you:)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unfortunately this is often a time of stress, frustration and tension for many adults, so today I want to encourage you to look at Christmas through a child’s eyes.

Have you been out an looked at the beautiful lights, put an evening aside to drive around and look at them or join a bus tour. This is a great way to rekindle the joy of Christmas.

Let me tell you a story, when my son was nearly 17 and hadn’t quite got his licence I said, “why don’t we go and look at some lights?” Like most 17 year old boys he wasn’t overly enthused, so I said, “why don’t you ring your girlfriend and I will pick her up and we will go together”

Well what young man will pass up a chance to spend time with his girl so he rang her and asked if she wanted to, she was so excited, she had never been and looked at the displays, but she said, “I’m already in my pajamas” I said, “don’t worry you can come as you are.”

So we went around and picked her up and she was so excited and so awestruck by the beauty of the lights and the fact that people would go to all that trouble just to please others totally blew her away. Some people think we did something great for her by picking her up and taking her with us, but what she gave us that night still brings a smile to my face whenever Christmas comes around.

Why? Because she showed us the pure joy of Christmas the wonder and magic that we can experience as adults as well as children if we allow ourselves the time to stop and take in what is around us.

Why not create a new tradition where you have a night off from the silly season and just marvel at the spectacle all around us, let our inner child out and stand in wonder and amazement.

It is as we take time out for these things that the other ‘chores’ of Christmas will come into perspective.

Christmas is a time of getting together, sharing what our years have been like, relaxing, laughing….who cares if the meal isn’t just perfect, as long as we have food to eat, who cares what we wear, we could come in our pajamas and still have fun.

Let’s choose to change our perspective this year and just enjoy the treats that come with the season and the friends and family we have around us and if we know someone who doesn’t have family around them, why not include them in yours, this is the greatest gift you can give someone.

Merry Christmas to all of you. I am hoping to do a post to give you some photo tips for Christmas day, but in the meantime…Have Fun.