ONCE UPON A TIME! My interest in the natural world began at a very young age. Raised on a farm in the middle of the spectacular landscape of Cranborne Chase, I was fortunate enough to be a free-range child! I spent all of my spare time combing the hedgerows and roaming the fields and woods. I would carry home armfuls of ‘booty’ for my extremely patient father to name – broken birds eggs, feathers, bones, strangely shaped stones and armfuls of wild flowers. These last were my favourite, I think because their common names were so evocative – Little Mouse Ear, Gallant Soldier, Scarlet Pimpernel and Shepherd’s Purse to name but a few; and who could resist the charms of fungi when they were called Leafy Brain and Jelly Ear? I was encouraged to observe nature at close quarters and I developed a deep affinity with the landscape and its flora and fauna.
DELIGHT NOT DELETE!
As an adult, the advent of digital photography and the ability to manipulate a photograph on a computer screen enabled me to experiment with my images. Instead of deleting photographs which weren’t perfect, I began to delight in the fact that beautiful pictures could emerge phoenix-like, sometimes after a little, and sometimes after a lot of manipulation, from something that I had previously thought about scrapping.
I then began to turn my manipulated photographs into greetings cards for friends who were wonderfully generous with their compliments and with their kind words of encouragement ringing in my ears, Lalografia Photo Art was born!
ALCHEMY & A DOLLOP OF JE NE C’EST QUOI!
I love the alchemy that can turn a papery cistus into something full-blooded and bold; a delicate daisy into an exuberant diva; simple water weeds into a rich tapestry. Taking photographs of all kinds of exquisitely beautiful, natural elements and then adding a dollop of je ne c’est quoi gives me a huge amount of pleasure. I hope that you will find browsing through the gallery an equally pleasurable experience. I put new images on the website regularly, so please look in again soon!