Would you like to become a Picture Maker?

Picture Maker’s photography course focuses upon the artist as the photographer.

We will be meeting in Oriel Lliw at the Pontardawe Art Centre in the Swansea Valley. For those of you who require an air fair to attend, how about take part as along distance learner instead?  the course fee is £40. And open to all abilities.

If you are interested and would like to find out more please click on ‘Creative Photography Course’  and complete contact form.

Look forward to hearing from you,






Mastering our creative Process -Annie Leibovitz

Annie leibovitz explains the creative process beautifully here;

We talk about the creative process, about how to sustain it. “Talent is something anyone can have. It can go away. It needs to be nurtured, taken care of. The best thing about getting older is that you kind of know what you are doing — if you stick with something. It doesn’t get easier. But you get stronger. Pilgrimage is an exercise in taking care of what I do. My books are my way of being able to express myself completely.”

Annie Leibovitz

‘Pilgrimage’ is about more than the objects she photographed but objects of simplicity and integrity. When producing this project she was told not to do it because it would not make any money. But to Leibovitz it wasn’t about the money but the thirst to nurture her creative soul.

Sigmund Freud’s Cocuch, Freud Museum, London, UK
Sigmund Freud’s Couch, Freud Museum, London, UK
Georgia O’Keeffe’s pastels, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum & Research Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Georgia O’Keeffe’s pastels, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum & Research Centre, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Elvis Presley’s TV, Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee
Ansel Adams’ darkroom, Carmel, California
Emily Dickinson’s only surviving dress, Amherst Historical Society, Amherst, Massachusetts
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Emily Dickinson’s herbarium, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Gloves worn by Abraham Lincoln the night of his assassination, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Springfield, Illinois

This is the truth………….

I am about to embark on a new project in collaboration with Musician Rich Thair. After we received  a successful ‘research and development grant’ application from the Arts Council of Wales. Our project ‘Age and Legacy’ will take place at The Pontardawe Art Centre. The underlying theme to our work will be the stage and performance with a specific interest in Alzheimers.

My interest in the latter developed in my practice when my maternal grandmother was living with condition Alzheimers. I started to record her  stories of ghosts who would visit her at night using my camera.

After my grandfather passed away in 2003 my Nan slowly deteriorated with her mental health. It started with her literally forgetting words and to the point she would become upset, to  saying ‘no’ to everything which co-in sided with her depression. Until finally my Nan would start telling me stories about visitations from other worldly souls in the middle of the night.

The story she would tell me would haunt her for the rest of her lucid life. But whether this was her going ‘crazy’ or the actual ‘truth’. It was my Nan’s ‘truth’ and that’s all that mattered.

The photograph below shows my Nan’s bedroom. To the left of the photograph is the bottom of her bed. Placed on the floor is a rug and the exact spot  where the apparition would appear named ‘Billie’ he would stare at my Nan in her bed. She explained he wore a hat with its peak covering his eyes, and he would peer down at her with a fixed gaze.



My Nan also shared with me the other soul who would visited her called ‘Rose’. She would appear next to my Nan’s bed peering out of the window. The photograph below is a re-enactment of this experience with myself playing the role of ‘Rose’ and my Nan the photographer who captured this image.

slide 4The visitation from ‘Billy’ and ‘Rose’continued every night of my Nan’s lucid days. And on reporting  her experiences to her Doctor she was then heavily medicated with sleeping tablets.

Here’s a Sneak Peak into what you could learn on the next Picture Maker’s Course starting 3rd Oct.

Source: Here’s a Sneak Peak into what you could learn on the next Picture Maker’s Course starting 3rd Oct.

As well as learning how to get the best results from your camera, we will also be exploring historical and contemporary photographers. And IGNITING your creativity, passion and flare to start creating your own individual portfolios which can be used to continue your passion for photography or use for a platform for Further or Higher Education.

The ERA that’s waiting to start 1923

Alice Paul and Crystal Eastman founders of The ERA- Equal Rights Amendment has been trying to past the ERA in Congress in the United States since 1923. Guaranteeing equal rights to all men and women. Its still being fought now! I am amazed by this!

The United States join 6 other countries in the world; Iran, Somali, Sudan, South Sudan, Tonga and Palua. That have not ratified the UN Convention on the elimination on all forms of discrimination of women. Maybe Donald Trump could be the pioneer?

If you have time check out the link below its nuts the history behind this amendment. Why would anyone oppose this? its just makes sense. Don’t we all deserve basic rights to an equal society?


I live in the UK and the equivalent act is the Equal Act of 2010 which was formed on the anti-discrimination law.


I guess living in the UK I have taken this for granted and just assumed that this protection of Law would be widely recognised world wide.

‘Free The Nipple’ has become the fastest growing movement of our time. The mission behind ‘Free The Nipple’ is to raise awareness, and effect change, in the areas of inequality for women and men that are still being experienced in the world today.

The image that accompanies this post is a self portrait of myself for a ‘Free The Nipple’ Exhibition opening on the 1st Sept at The Creative Bubble in Swansea Wales. I will be showing my work along side other vibrant and exciting artists. Very pleased to be part of such an important campaign.


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