I’ve always had a vivid imagination and love colours and images. When I was little I would spend a lot of time either staring at people or looking up at the sky. As I’ve got older I try not to stare too much, but find people and their myriad of emotions fascinating.
I have a diverse career background in management, coaching and brand and marketing. I am a published writer and after realising my dream to become a photographer, took a Diploma in Photography.
I’m currently working on a book project called, Children Say the Funniest Things that is a collection of photography and funny anecdotes and quotes. It will be published later this year and the profits donated to the NSPCC.
I am inspired by several photographers; Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879) who like me, came to photography later in life and developed the soft focus technique.
American photographer, Margaret Bourke White (1904-1971) who was the first woman to photograph for LIFE magazine. I am inspired by her work around war; being described as, “one of the most effective chronicles of violence”. She also took the last photograph of Gandhi before he was assassinated.
British photographer, Cecil Beaton (1904-1980) was renowned for photographing Queen Elizabeth at her coronation and the Queen Mother.
He also took the famous photograph of Audrey Hepburn as Holly Go Lightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Marilyn Monroe and the Rolling Stones were other favourites of his to photograph.
Young Rinpoche, Bylakuppe, India, 2001
Magnum Photos, NYC56564, MCS2001010 K048
Finally, I love the work of Steve McCurry (1950) who is most famous for his photograph, ‘Afghan Girl’. My favourite photograph of his I have featured below.
I would love to travel and capture culture and other issues close to my heart, bringing them back home through photographs.