I have also been trying to get organised for the local Open Studios event - ABC art trail, where I will be exhibiting work at The White Lion Bar and Kitchen alongside 5 other artists, fresh new work will be added with some new additions of fine art cards. I am in dire need of getting out to do some creative photography but other work commitments have been burning into the creative realm, I know it will return when I have the peace and time to completely focus.. with all art, time, energy, solitary time to fire the imagination and inspiration is a neccessity.. as Virginia Woolfe noted, we all need space / room for ourselves to really focus. I think women often find this a difficulty, especially if they have so many conflicting responsibilities and work ties. I am glad that I am self employed and I am also thankful that I have some part time work with a local college teaching, but it is by no means, not as easy as many would like to imagine when also, you have domestic responsibilities too.
I have also found out that I will be exhibiting at the 2015 Uppsala Foto Festival in Sweden. I exhibited at Uppsala in 2013 and it was a inspirational experience. I really look forward to return to the nordic lands. I feel very much at home in the north, amongst the kindness of Scandinavians and the last time I was there, I met many lovely people who also shared a real passion for photography. This time, I really hope to spend more time cycling to the large lake area again - Ekoln and Malaren for some possible self portrait photographing toward my ongoing series of work.
Time to catch my breath with a few weeks over in Greece, part with a friend, and part alone backpacking on Naxos and Hydra. Again, this will be part work, part rest. Hopefully by then, I will have sourced an underwater camera casing or camera for some underwater experimental photography. But more about that later in the year. For now, I want to look forward to these 2 art events but also think about the people in Nepal who are really struggling right now after the devastating earthquake. I hope the aid is reaching these people and that their lives will take on some sort of normality as soon as possible.. In meditation we used to say 'Namaste' and I want to reiterate this to those in Nepal suffering right now..
Namaste - an ancient Sanskrit greeting still in everyday use in India and especially on the trail in the Nepal Himalaya. Translated roughly, it means ' "I bow to the God within you", or "The Spirit within me salutes the Spirit in you" - a knowing that we are all made from the same One Divine Consciousness.'