The creative aftermath

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With recent development in my creative endeavours, mostly away from the camera I have fully committed to the creative industry and an involvement in the 3 dimensional world of making.

Not all so sure at all times; what will happen throughout this process and how to find the moment of reaching creative flow; is what currently intrigues me the most .

With perhaps a clear goal in mind or not – it is the process itself and what is experienced on that path, that gets most of my attention.  It may not be the material, tools, skill or project that gets this motion rolling, but the ability and opportunity of place, space and being fully present.

And of course the inspiration of an end product is not to be dismissed, but I see that as an aftermath of the creative process itself.

Having spend endless amounts of time, behind a screen and camera; befriending the digital and virtual world my tactile senses of touch, texture and navigating on a 3 dimensional plane have been withering. This has changed and outside my work as a member of crew making things happen, my own arts practice is growing – and so am I.

Looking at a picture rather then an experience, wondering what the onlooker can see rather then what happens or had to happen when the picture unfolds in front of the lens; Is one of the perceptions I have set out to change.

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In recent weeks and months I have offered Community workshops ( Bookmaking –  and Rubbish to roses) at my creative home, where I have my studio: at

 Beckenham Place Mansion

Only to offer this experience to others and observing the pleasure of people going through this process, pushing on when you wonder what you are actually doing, realising your very own personal preferences and aesthetics, sharing something quite personal in a group setting, allowing yourself to express, explore and play, learning about your senses and abilities in a joyfull way … coming a little closer to what makes you *you* .

An experience all to valuable in a world where we are mostly conditioned and subject to Consumerism and to perform or act out a role in order to obtain buying power.

So allow yourself to explore an innate human need to create and make and see where it takes you.

Happy to hear about your creative experiences good or bad 🙂

Love & Light xxD

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People and pictures

With Photography as a second leg to my freelance ambitions ( yes I am much more intrigued  by and busy with doing things away from the camera – creating and making things happen) The assignments as Photographer becoming few and far in between.

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When I do these photography jobs, they are pretty special and very enjoyable. As it is with this theatre production run I am currently assigned to as Photographer.

It reminded me of all the things, that I do like about photography; getting to know the people as an integral part ( appreciated and introduced) to the production. Meeting the cast, crew and musicians on their first get together and having an albeit brief but poignant 1-2-1 to create their headshots and portraiture. Seeing these pictures on social media and the internet  (i.e. this BLOG ) and on banners & posters in print, reminded me that pictures meet a purpose; to shout about what is happening, honouring the people behind a production.

Well and the process throughout. Seeing the same faces on another day in heaven; that is the National theatre costume hire, observing and capturing the moments through the lens. Made me realise all that Photography has to offer – holding onto moments and efforts, more then just an end product.

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To then follow up the progress with a visit on rehearsal days I am all too excited to see everything coming together on performance days, for the audience to enjoy in it’s full splendour – with costumes.

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With pictures to document the process and not just to show off the end result, I rest assured that upon reflection these pictures meet a fully rounded purpose and excite my Photographers heart.

Stay tuned for what has yet to happen.