Make life be your art

“This is for us who sing, write, dance, act, study, run and love
and this is for doing it even if no one will ever know
because the beauty is in the act of doing it.
Not in what it can lead to.” Charlotte Eriksson

Dove Lake, Cradle Mountain

Recently, I read this gorgeous poem by Charlotte Eriksson… and it really struck a chord. Writing and photography have always been my passions (along with travelling). I can lose myself in those worlds… I’ll be writing or working on photos, and time evaporates… I forget to eat… but it dosen’t matter… for in that moment, my soul is satisfied.

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Random Acts to IMAlive Journey: Inside the Life of an IMAlive Volunteer

“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” Maya Angelou

2017 was an interesting year for me: I juggled a variety of temp jobs, along with writing, editing and photography gigs; I enjoyed lots of beautiful gatherings with my family and friends; I managed to travel a little bit; and, most importantly, I began a long-term volunteering commitment with IMAlive, an online crisis network. Looking back, there are plenty of wonderful memories and it was a really rewarding year on a personal level.

I did, however, miss spending time working on my blog, something I hope to remedy this year. Click on the “view original post” link below to read about my volunteer journey with IMAlive; something that came about because of my obsession with a little television show called Supernatural – and because I was inspired by the charitable work of its stars Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins and Jensen Ackles.



From Australia 

“Kindness, I’ve discovered, is everything in life.” Isaac Bashevis Singer

I’ve had moments in my life where I felt I couldn’t talk to anyone or I thought no-one would understand. I still do. And I think we all go through tough times.

For me, the remedy has always been to travel. I feel so alive when I’m venturing to new places and meeting new people. As long as I have some sort of adventure planned, I can put up with the most unsatisfying job, or difficult boss, or really rough days, because I know that I have something exciting to look forward to.

So, when I heard that Misha, Jared and Jensen were setting up a Crisis Support Network through a Random Acts and IMAlive as a coalition partnership, I knew it was something I wanted to be involved with – if they would have me. And luckily…

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“It may be true that portrait photography cannot really describe a subject’s personality in any significant way. Snapshots work only because the viewer is a friend or family member and is thus being reminded, not informed. What portraits can do however is evoke humanity, they can allow a contact, a recognition of human experience.” Greg Neville


I remember examining the question “what is portraiture” at college back in the early 1990s and I came to the conclusion that this was entirely up to the person creating the artwork. And I think my early photographs were just as much self-portraits, as they were portraits of my friends and families. Whatever the result, the experience of creating these portraits holds a lot of meaning and joy for me.

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