is an insight into a little of myself, my inner being.
I believe all art is like a diary, and for me to show my work so
publicly is to expose my inner most secrets, I feel naked, exposed
to ridicule, criticism, or even compliments.
Essentially my work has been about myself, although many themes
emanate from this, I as most artists use my work to communicate
how I feel.
I based a great deal of my work on ëwomení being one
I can relate to the feeling's women have about their self image,
internally and externally.
So much pressure is placed on women to be, act, appear, and ëlookí
a certain way. We have forgotten who we really are under it all.
My work expresses my belief that every woman no matter what the
walk of life or the label stuck to them, or the impression they
attempt to give off to others, that we are all beautiful, and strong.
Often this strength and beauty, is hidden beneath shyness, low self
esteem, due to years of torment, for not looking a certain way.
Many see a beautiful woman as an object, to be photographed, to
be plucked, preened, and cooed over. Or to be taken as if property
by another, by whatever method they feel.
In western society we are fortunate as women, we have the freedom
to be and do whatever we desire, in many other cultures this choice
is something very alien.
My portraits and landscapes cross over in theme - although maybe
not necessarily obvious. My work is an expression of my feelings,
about myself, the women portray my feelings of how women are treated
in society aesthetically and emotionally and how I feel about my
own body, and others perception of me in how they respond to me
as a photographer.
The landscapes, in a more simple aspect, are a portrayal of the
place I studied, and love, Cornwall. The vastness, bleakness, and
beauty, the wonderful colours and textures, surrounded by a living
breathing mass of water, that can save a life or kill it, yet appears
The pictures are also an expression of myself, my feelings are depicted
through the colours and drama created by nature.
The models I used, I generally worked with over a period of time,
so that we could become comfortable with one another in the studio,
enough that I could get from them a piece of themselves, to expose
to the viewer, although essentially to me, so this gives you a bit
of both of us.
Many were students, some friends others were people I felt I would
work well with. There are a few exceptions to this, in the portraits
from India. I was greatly privileged, to be allowed by the women,
to take their photograph.
My personal favourite, is the image entitled Devikundsager, girl.
A very beautiful girl; with so much energy and enthusiasm and yet
in the midst of a drought. Devikundsager is a little village (at
the time lacking greatly in water) in the Thar Desert, India.
I feel my strongest portrait is the image entitled Suzi.
Suzi was a close friend of mine. She is herself a fine artist, and
paints her own portrait, to discover her own feelings about herself.
She is also a life model, so it seemed only appropriate to photographer
I am currently working on my personal work about myself. Having
graduated, I have had to make decisions on my motives for being
a photographer, and learn a lot about myself, that is not possible
in a university environment.
A year on from graduating and my passion for photography has only
I love what I do, and continue unpaid with my work, I have a passion
for photography, I am able to freeze a moment in time the way I
perceived it, and show others, through this I can manipulate the
world into communicating my own beliefs, and using a method beyond
words to portray this. I only hope my passion is evident in my images,
and the viewer enjoys them as much as I did taking them.