Living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome as an Emerging Artist…

Sadly, I have had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for the past 15 months. Although I am very slowly improving, I still have my days were I can walk 40 minutes around the neighbouring suburb, to still having days where I can’t even make it to the front letterbox. It’s almost like life is on hold for the time-being. And each time I estimate when I should be gold-as-gold again, that time passes with no real insight to when I will be fine again. It’s just a condition or illness as such, that will simply pass in it’s own time. Prior to coming down with an unknown virus late 2013, I had always been an extremely busy person, with a lot of things on the go. Maybe this is how the body tells you to slow down and, learn a lesson for now and the future. It certainly means a lifestyle change that will be foregoing…

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My chance at capturing this year’s blossoms, both digitally and film based…

Spring is in the air, here in  New Zealand, and what a fantastic chance it is capture some of the beauty around these parts.

Unfortunately for me, I have been battling chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS/M.E.) for the last 10 months. However, I am slowly progressing into better health as I have been managing to keep my spirits high and look for the little pleasures around me.

Magically, in the past several days, I have managed to shoot off 3 rolls of colour film using my natural-water-distortion-technique I devised a couple of years ago (check out my Water Distortion Photography and the June Archive for earlier examples). So hopefully there will be some exciting results when I get those films back from the Kodak Photo Lab…

In the meantime these images here are digital shots from my Canon EOS 7D, where I have used a large depth of field.

And one last thing for all those budding photographers out there… A beautiful quote to take away with you….

‘The only photographer you should ever compare yourself to, is the one you use to be”  -Unknown

Take care of yourselves everyone, and my warmest wishes, Victoria

For the love of deadpan photography…

When some free time, ideal over-cast weather conditions, an able body, and a ready-to-shoot camera are all at hand the magic of deadpan photography can created. Unfortunately, today I had 3 out of 4 of those necessities needed and instead I could only dream from my backyard of the photographic possibilities of when I am able.

If there is one love I have out there for a particular type of photography, my award would be given to the one and only, deadpan. It is a style that does not seek out beauty or cries attention, it is in fact a matter-of -fact, detached style, that I most admire. While I am having a brief rest period at the moment, I continue to dream up my great ideas and concepts that I am longing to explore and create in the near future.

My current photography course through The Photography Insitute is in its final stages where soon I will begin to produce a final portfolio and of course, it has to be a sub-genre I am most passionate about. Continue to watch my journey and I will show you the world I capture through the lens of my camera. Stay tuned…