At the age of 15 I discovered photography. It swept me away and I got immersed in the magic and creativity of the subject. I was taken by its ability to show beauty in unexpected places, and paradoxically to show the ugliness and harsh realities of our world. It became a place where I was able to express my feelings and emotions though an art form and for this reason became more than just a tool, but a source of inner expression.
Having completed my degree in the subject at university college Falmouth, I pursued a career as a photographer. However after a few years of this, I realized I needed to put my camera down for a while and find who I was, outside of the identity of being ‘a photographer’.
In more recent years my interest in self enquiry, healing, meditation and the body, led me to shiatsu and eventually to a three year training. What captivates me about shiatsu is the play between the theory and the practice. The theory is based around the natural cycles alive in the earth and in each of us as humans, and it includes the elements earth, metal, water, wood and fire. In a culture which is more and more seeing itself as separate from nature, I love that in the very language of shiatsu there is no separation between the wildness of natural forces and who we are as humans. How to read the landscape of the body and the human psyche in this way makes complete sense to me. But however fascinating all this is, what touches me most is the power of an embodied conversation between two people in connection, the simplicity of touch and how these alone can bring about profound healing.
In recent times I have been rediscovering my photography and approaching it in a new light, where my identity as ‘the photographer’ isn’t running the show. Not having to live up to some self imposed role, has freed me up to let my creativity flow again and to enjoy the process of working with people in a new way.
Both the photography and the shiatsu are about how I am relating to another being, and how a dance is created whether I am photographing someone or giving them body work.
In both there is the possibility for creative play. In all the work I do, I find it important to come to it from a ground of deep presence, which then allows the process to unfold.
What is calling me is a desire to live this life to the full and wholeheartedly, meeting each moment and welcoming each unfolding of life’s magic.
I am constantly inspired and humbled by life, and what I have learned and gained from my journey so far; from my photography, shiatsu, self enquiry and meditation, to dance and movement; from staying up late and dancing till dawn, to sitting in ceremony and prayer for the heart of humanity.