I was given my first camera and light meter when I was ten years old, and have always enjoyed being on the interesting end of the lens. I have fond memories of evenings spent in the darkroom (temporarily converted bathroom) helping Dad create magic on paper. The advent of digital photography combined with my computer background has enabled and encouraged me to become creative photographically.
I travelled and worked in Europe and the UK with my husband, Nigel, from June 2013 to October 2016. New Zealand will always be home, but the temptation to travel is still there! You can find out about our travels and view some of our thousands of images at www.nvlive.blogspot.com.
I enjoy creating surreal images. I love getting completely absorbed in developing an idea. The process engages me completely, and the technicalities of creating the envisioned image are both challenging and rewarding.
But, while travelling I found I didn’t have the head-space or time to create my surreal images. Not that I didn’t have some fabulous photographic moments! It seems ridiculous to complain when I’ve photographed tiny Italian villages perched on steep ridge lines and hill tops; Greeks dancing at a private party; the mountains and pastures of Switzerland; bluebell dells, the amazing moors, standing stones and old villages of the UK; olive trees hundreds of years old; the fabulous architecture and art of Florence, Rome and London; forts and castles; Indian wedding festivities.
So, my surreal images are off my ‘menu’ currently and, while travelling, I eventually focussed on capturing images and telling stories of some of the interesting people I met. It was a struggle for many months until I received help to get over my very real fear of approaching people. After that, it became a joy!
Back home I’m struggling with “what’s next?”. You can find many examples of my images at www.agathering.co.nz