Since I bounce my creative tendencies from photos to poems and poems to photos, there must be a middle point and so I’ve made it here:
- Poet ~ As a child I learned and loved to recite poetry. Only in these advanced years have I started to write my own lines. The inspiration does not come readily so I sometimes use another poet as prompt or more often, take my cue from the online poetry communities with their themes and styles.
- Photographer ~ In 2011 my husband Martin bought me my first digital camera and I have not looked back since. The camera has taught me to look more at the world around me, to focus down as well as in. I’ve a long way to go though both technically and pictorially.
[ Photos which do not quite make the grade are often still good enough to be edited as photoart. I sometimes use these to illustrate my poems]
My background is in mental health and therapy, with a leaning towards Freud and the philosophically existential. The backdrop to all this had been, for many years, Central London. In 2019 I moved Northwards, seeking a more rural lifestyle and by necessity a more solitary one, as in October 2018, Martin died suddenly. (and hence this blog is dedicated to him).
I’m fortunate to have a loving family and some very supportive friends. I also own an imaginary dog called ‘walkies’ which gets me out and about to exercise mind and body, in most weathers. Sometimes I have my camera with me, and sometimes the beginnings of a poem begins with these few steps.