Beginning: I just didn’t know
Like a lot of people looking for meaning and value in their life, I felt lost. I tried everything to find my place in the world. As a kid, I wanted to sing and act. I was very good at athletics and thought I would set a goal for world domination at the Olympics. But then I grew up! Boo ☹
I worked hard in the corporate world trying to get promotions and then managing staff in creative ways to get the best results however no matter what I tried, I always felt lost and my life seemed meaningless.
Middle: The turning point
The year I was turning 50 started out great. We had purchased a house on a bit land and renovated it to have our own little paradise. We had moved in early September and in October tragedy struck our family. My Stepdaughter Maddy, who was 18, caught the flu, which then developed into Sepsis. On the 12th of October 2017, Maddy passed away.
This left the family terribly traumatised. My own experience in the tragedy was hard. I was the Step-mum, and I didn’t know who or where I was supposed to be. I felt very alone in my grief.
At this point I decided to try some activities that would give my mind something else to focus on, so I decided that hiking and photography would be the things to do it. I had this little digital camera that had letters on the dial and I didn’t know what they stood for. So that was my goal, to hike and understand my camera.
Well, the hiking lasted a couple of weeks, so the next thing was my camera. I had a good friend who is a photographer spend an hour with me to explain how a camera works.
This was it! My passion, purpose and meaning!
I was capturing nature in an artistic way that made me feel connected and I could see beauty in something that at any other time you would just walk past and not give it a second thought to. I felt like this was the connecting thread that was keeping me going here on this earth.
Continue: Now, the journey begins
Nearly every day I have a camera in my hand, either in my own backyard, or travelling and visiting other places within Australia.
Many people have said how they love my photographs and asked if I sell them so, due to popular demand 😊, I now have a website with my photography for sale.
I can’t help but feel beyond grateful that I have photography in my life and now I can share it with everyone.
All of this would not have been possible without the wonderful support of my Husband and Daughter.