I have always been interested in art and design and have studied Fashion Design, Interior Design and Art History. I have been taking photographs since I was in school, fairly unenthusiastically, mainly as records of holidays and special occasions. My photographic epiphany came when I acquired a Nikon Coolscan and Photoshop 4 in the 1990’s opened up the whole new world of digital manipulation of slides and negatives. I bought my first digital camera in 2002 now have a Nikon D800 which I have had for just over a year, Photoshop CS6 and and Epson A3 and A2 printers which John and I share. Joining the Conwy Camera Club about 6 years ago gave me the incentive to review and work on photographs already lurking in the computer and added to the enjoyment of taking new ones. I like to take pictures which suggest a story and although they are usually heavily manipulated in Photoshop, my aim is usually to produce an image which could have been taken – often I have a picture in my mind and set off on a quest to find the relevant components. I still record family and holidays, but scrap book pages are now montages created on the computer and made into books which I print and bind.
Images Most of them are self explanatory –
Aspens – montage of tree trunks and autumn leaves, won the Cambrian competition at the Annual Dinner this year. Printed on silk and quilted, it was awarded third prize at this year’s North Wales Open.
Two faces of Russia – I saw the Vogue advert from the bus on a tour of Russia and then spent the rest of the time looking for a suitably contrasting lady and a street to put them on.
Posh Squat – this is made up of separate photographs of various items with the wall constructed in Photoshop.
Sculpture gallery – a very messy background was replaced and the two other sculptures added.
Grand Central Station – to keep the clean lines of this picture I had to remove a couple of people and a waste bin!