Let’s kick off the last week of 21.5.800 with a renewed sense of commitment to our writing and yoga!
Here is a video interview that Susannah Conway and I made especially for you to start off the week with some zing and up your inspiration to keep going and dig deep.
On Tuesday, day 15 of 21.5.800, I will host a photography show of her polaroids that will act as writing prompts, so be sure to tune in tomorrow for part 2 of this extraoridnary woman and artist and friend.
Hello! I’m a photographer, writer and e-course creator living in the UK. I hold an HND in photography and a first-class degree in journalism, and spent many years in London working as a fashion editor and freelance journalist. So that’s the career stuff out of the way.
At the beginning of 2005 my partner died very suddenly from a heart attack; soon after I left London to live in a small flat beside the sea. Thirteen months into my grieving I started writing a blog called Ink on my fingers; blogging was (and continues to be) a way to share my heart and connect with others while diving back into my creativity. A trip to the USA in November 2006 rekindled my passion for photography; surrounded by so many new sights, the camera focussed my attention on the present, taking me out of my grief and allowing me to connect with how I was feeling in the moment. It was a revelation.
Returning home I threw myself into digital photography, learning new skills and taking photos every day. Lately I’ve been shooting solely with film – my first love – but whether it’s analogue or digital, I find that photography is a form of meditation for me. As I moved through the stages of grief I unravelled layer after layer of my self, a painful yet ultimately healing process; it was therapy and my renewed passion for photography that stitched me back together again, with a profoundly changed view of the world and my place in it.
On January 1st 2007 I started a photo blog and wanted to find a title that encapsulated what my photography was about and where I was in my life at that point. Unravelling (I use the British spelling) perfectly describes both my healing path and my picture-making processes:unravelling… letting go… peeling back the layers to find the real beauty inside.
In 2008 I began teaching Unravelling workshops locally, and early 2009 I launched my first e-course, Unravelling: Ways of Seeing My Self. The healing path is one that never ends and it’s my hope that by sharing what I’ve learnt I can help others reconnect to their own true selves, using photography as the key to unlock the door.