Recently I have been looking for a new project that can be done when I’m in too much pain to go out. For inspiration, I began looking at photos that were taken when I first bought a ‘proper’ camera (Canon 100D) in 2013. I found some macro photographs and remembered that I really enjoyed macro but stopped focusing on it because dedicated macro lenses aren’t cheap and the adaptor that I used wasn’t great quality (I was made redundant in 2014). After doing some research, I found a suitable adapter for my Fuji camera which allows me to still use my 16-55mm lens. Thinking that this was an ideal way to see if macro was still something that I like, I purchased the Fuji 16mm macro extension tube and eagerly waited for its delivery. Upon arrival, I set up my camera with the tube and went about finding things at home to take pictures of (we’ve all done this, right?) Well, what a fantastic piece of kit it is! The tube gives me a magnification of 0.48 at 55mm according to Fujifilm’s documentation. I’ve found that the lens is useable between approximately 35mm and 55mm, with 35mm having greater magnification but virtually no distance between the subject and lens. For what I’ll be using it for, this isn’t much of a problem, after all, I doubt that flowers will be much of a flight risk! So, here begins another creative journey which means that I can still persue a hobby that I enjoy from the comfort of my own home although I will still be visiting the seaside and countryside when I am able.
Growing up in the Ribble Valley in Lancashire, England, I began to appreciate the beauty of the British countryside at a young age. I also often visited the coast with family for days out and holidays so have many fond memories of being besides the sea. These places are where I now feel inspired to create images, drawing from memories of summers past and how these locations have changed since.
After university, I relocated to Manchester and started a family. It was having my first child six years ago that ignited the passion for photography. Beginning with child portraits, I then expanded to landscapes and seascapes on days out. Shortly after the birth of my second child in 2013, I enrolled on an evening photography course, discovered a passion for long exposure monochrome images and have been building this body of work ever since. Determined not to let my limited mobility hold me back, I often research disability friendly places to visit on days when I feel able.
I have won multiple awards for my work and have also had my work featured in magazines, blogs and featured image galleries alongside some of the country’s best photographers. I would consider the highlights of my photography career so far to be achieving my LDPS Distinction and winning the ‘Best Image in the Advanced League’ award from The Disabled Photographer’s Society 2016 Exhibition in London.