Category Archives: Be Unique

I’ve seen the light

Christmas lights close up

I had an interesting day yesterday. I had the privilege of having one to one tuition with a professional photojournalist and all of a sudden things that had been confusing and complicated to me started to make sense. That little bit of personal help was what I needed. It’s OK to read manuals and books, they can be great but to be able to ask someone ‘yes, but…’ or ‘what if…’ made all the difference.

And so, I had a light bulb moment, quite literally when I was photographing the Christmas lights in the middle of Broad Street. I got it and the magic ensued.

Here we are though at the darkest time of year, the end of November and it’s going darker all the time. Light is precious and all I want is to be out there in daylight, taking photos and capturing the world around me.

I am excited to develop my own style, find out what I like best, what I’m good at, what works what doesn’t.

This is the second jolt of creative juice I’ve had in the past month or so. The first came from reading a book about knitting. An amazing treatise by my new friend Felicity Ford who looked at the bricks of the houses around her, the beer mats in her local pub, the colours and patterns of a biscuit tin and the fruit and leaves from a tree in her back garden and designed beautiful knitting patterns from this inspiration.

Two amazing artistic women sharing the unique way they view the world; a photographer and a textile artist. I have taken what they have to give and mixed it into my world of words and speech and I feel as though I have turned a corner or taken a fork in the road.

A new adventure awaits, I can’t wait to see where my new path takes me.

If you want to look at the work of Lynda Bowyer the photographer who has been helping me on my creative journey you can see her work here

Be inspired by Felicity Ford (you don’t have to be a knitter to appreciate her creative talents).

Peacekeeping Supergran

Lindsey is 61 years old, is a retired English teacher and lives in the UK. She wants to do more with her new found time than walk the dog and play with her grandson. In April 2014 Lindsey is going to the West Bank where she will stand at checkpoints within the West Bank and at gatesContinue Reading

Empowering women with a smile

A close shave for Chao What do you do when you find out your sister has been diagnosed with cancer but you can’t be with her because she lives across the world? Chao Sitei found herself in that position and came up with a very unusual solution. “At Christmas my sister was diagnosed with cancer,”Continue Reading

Dare to be different

Know your own worth A Hollywood talent judge once said of Fred Astaire ‘can’t act, can’t sing, can dance a little’. How many times do we read a sentence like that? JK Rowling had her Harry Potter books turned down by 12 publishing houses before she was accepted. Thomas Edison tried 3,000 times to makeContinue Reading

Do you want to be different? Then get giving

Giving is counter cultural, giving is edgy, giving changes us. Become known as a generous person Whether we give time, money, possessions or anything else you would be surprised how much the giver gets out of giving. When you give it changes you, you expand and grow. Depending on your circumstances it may be easyContinue Reading

A growing revolution

Every living thing needs energy to live, move and grow and as we aren’t trees or plants and can’t get our energy directly from the sun we need to eat food to live. Food is like air and water, we can’t live without it and yet it is an expense, is getting ever more expensiveContinue Reading

Build yourself a sanctuary from 21st Century life

We live in a world where everything rushes past us at break neck speed. The alarm clock rings in the morning and we are on the starting blocks of the rat race once again. The experience of rush and hurry in our everyday lives is what makes weekends, evenings, holidays and time off so precious.Continue Reading

Where is your treasure?

I’m going to tell you a story, I’m not sure where I heard it but it was a long time ago and it has stuck in my memory ever since. Think of it as a parable about our modern lifestyle: The story of the wise fisherman and foolish bank manager There was once a fishermanContinue Reading