As a photographer I am not often questioning if I do or do not create art.  However, I know that as a creative I do question my own creativity and how the life in which I lead influences that. So often, my creative boundaries are pushed by those around me and that is not only in the form of photography. For example, when I look at pottery, I am caught up in the use of form to create seamless shapes that not only embrace simplicity but also on most occasions have a function.  Or a gardener who might grow his own extraordinarily meaningful food to not only cleans the soul but also inspire inner health. That is truly inspiring.  And in my mind, an artform.

Art truly is all around us, every day, in so many ways and I guess, a part of me wishes to embrace that side …just sometimes.

Its part of the reason why I am super excited to be bringing into the JinkyArt fold, the wonderfully talented and inspiring  silversmith Celia Davey  who actually inspired the above photograph of my daughter, Talia.  Cee is joining the team next week as a creative peer, and I have to say, her influence has already settled in on me.  I hope to explore my own work through the eyes of others more often, and I promise when I do, Ill share it, even if its not my norm.

So many exciting things around the corner.

And, Cee, welcome!

Oldie Sunday

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byBarbUil (16)

Recently during a meet with a lovely group of creatives, we were discussing how our work  of old can get buried in our “portfolio graveyard” never to be seen again. And the importance of looking back at our old work, and what we use to do to understand who we are as creatives today.

Its been an amazingly wonderful 13 years for me. And I can say that there are some photographs that stick out to me as iconic in my journey and I guess, part of what makes me tick.

This photograph was one that really resonated with me, mostly because of your wonderful feedback (thank you!). So often I would get emails in saying “I love your unicorn photograph”.. ..

There was no need for the horn, or wings..and that is truly where childhood imagination sits. The ability to turn a stick into a sword.

A horse into a unicorn.

I love the idea of allowing children to interact with objects, toys, animals, nature and of course siblings and parents. And watching them create within that space. So often as a photographer I hear the word connection. Its a big word. However, its not often associated with objects and children do connect with objects in such a large way. A rock can become a mystical mountain in which tiny fire breathing frogs may live.

Who knows what a child will think of next. They are just simply the most imaginative, creative, heartfelt, wanderous souls on the planet. And this sweet, gorgeous girl took us away into this moment.

And whilst I am here… thank you, so much, for your wonderful feedback, I read every single comment, email and post – it means the world to me.    I always am reminded of how adults are like children too, we grow so much from feedback – and I think we often forget that.  Just a comment, here or there =) Every once in a while can really mean the world to someone.

Off to pay it forward.

xoxo Barb.