You may only dance on this earth for a short time. You dance with incredible spirit, and vigour, and creativity and life and joy, and especially, you go out and dance your dance with love.
I just love people, and believe truly great photographs are a reflection of who the client is, not who I want them to be.
Bambi Cantrell, Photographer
Once upon a time ... I spent 3 months living in Berlin, documenting the international exhibition - TASWIR. The hours were long and intense but the rewards, in terms of people met and things learned, were truly worthwhile.
I love being given free reign to capture people doing their thing. Had I known of the possibility, I would have dreamed of being an ethnographer when I was small and out searching for other peoples stories ... or I would have left to be a photographer as soon as I was old enough. But I only knew of studio portrait photographers and never really thought about who was taking the photographs that appeared in magazines and newspapers.
My world ... my mind, they seem to have been quite limited back there in small town New Zealand. Although it was good place to grow up in so many other ways.
But now I'm out in the world and the adventures have been truly grand. I'm posting this series of photographs in response to my poet friend, Ren Powell's, work challenge over on facebook.
Today I wrote: A work meme from Ren Powell. Post your work for 5 days and nominate two others each day. Day 2. Today I nominated two talented friends, jeweler Kim Arrand, and colour therapist, Marcia O’ Regan.
Today, I have a life to organise and work to do. Thank goodness for sunshine and an end to the winter that was ...
I went out with my camera, just for a moment or two, and was lost in our tiny little pocket-sized Belgian garden here in the city of Antwerp.
I loved the way photographing the shadows of plants became, very much, about painting with light ...
The word "photography" was created from the Greek roots φωτός (phōtos), genitive of φῶς (phōs), "light" and γραφή (graphé) "representation by means of lines" or "drawing", together meaning "drawing with light".
Spring is so very definitely happening. The neighbour's Magnolia has been flowering for a few weeks but Friday was our second 20 celsius day. I am daring to hope that that long grey winter is over. It wasn't particularly tough except for the unrelenting greyness of the days.
My pharmacist told me that 80% of Belgians have a Vitamin D deficiency ...
I'm in Genova in a few weeks and truly looking forward to getting back to that exquisite city full of people I really enjoy spending time with.
Until then, it's all about continuing work on the website, about rewriting my photography workbook, and enjoying the sunshine when it appears.
Donna and Lewis of Ngāti Rānana during blessing of the battlefield soil destined for Wellington