Monday, 5 May 2014

A little blog tour....

The lovely Cathy over at My Corner Through my Lens very kindly invited me to join in with a virtual blog tour.  The idea is that lots of lovely bloggers will answer the same questions and link up to each other allowing all of us to meet some new creative folk. So.....

Firstly, pop over to Cathy's site, check out her answers and have a little look round.

Don't worry, I'll wait....just don't forget to come back. ;)

All done?

OK.  Here are my answers to those same questions.

What am I working on?
Well.  At this very moment as you read this, I have a stall at my first art fair.  I never really thought this would happen but through this blog and my connection with other creatives I have (very gradually) found the confidence to put my work out there.  If you read my very first post, you'll get a sense of how far I've come!

My work, really though, continues to be growth.  Photography and creativity are the channels that makes this possible and so I continue to work on those areas on a daily basis.  Much of the product of that can be found here on Catching Sundust.


Why do I write/create what I do?
 In essence, I created this blog as a place to put my photographs and find my voice.  I had no idea quite how powerful the (almost!) daily practice of photographing and writing would be.  Not all of it appears on my blog.  Journalling has become a daily routine for me and I take photographs most days, even if it's just a quick shot on my phone.  As an introvert, I find it invaluable in giving me a quiet space to take stock and sort out my thoughts and a great opportunity to practice gratitude in the celebration of my ordinary everyday.  Patti Digh's quote from Creative is a Verb is still one of my favourites

Because it's our ordinary we believe it is everyone's ordinary.  It is not.

If you'd like to read more about how this blog came to be - and how I chose the name Catching Sundust, check out my about page.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Nostalgia and memory trigger play a really big part in both my photography and my writing.  Very few of my images are set up or stylized.  I am interested in capturing simple, natural, everyday moments where an element such as the light or subject matter has triggered a memory or feeling and caused me to reach for my camera.

Afternoon light

How does your creative process work?
For me, all photographs begin with a feeling or memory.  The fading autumn light creating a glow across open books on my dining table or three friends starting out together.  Those are the things that make me pick up my camera in the first place.  Once I have captured the image, I love using processing to enhance the feeling I hope to have captured.

Writing works in a similar way.  It starts with an emotion or sentiment that I want to express.  This can be prompted by lots of things - an image, something I've read, something that happened that day - and I go from there.

I rarely plan my images or writing.  Even if I am writing or creating an image for a prompt, I have to let it sit until, quite suddenly, a feeling or idea will hit me.  It's a strange process for me and very unlike other aspects of my life where I like to plan and be in control!


And now to the part where I pass the baton on to the next participants.  I asked lots of different creatives to join the tour but many had already been asked - and are participating so follow the links and you'll find them! - or were too busy (being creative, so I think we can let that slide!) and I simply ran out of time to find 3.   However, I managed to be the first to ask León of See Blue Lens and I am thrilled that she said yes. :)  In her own words....

León (aka seabluelee) has been taking photographs off and on since childhood and loves the free time that retirement has given her to pursue her hobby. She particularly loves photographing nature and backyard wildlife, but will turn her camera on anything that catches her attention. You can find her at Sea Blue Lens.

And I'm so pleased that Eos said yes too!  You can find Eos at Eos Koch.  She is an artist and graphic and web designer and has a gorgeous, inspirational blog with lovely lifestyle photography.


So, thank you for being here. The inspiration and connections I have made continue to amaze and overwhelm me and I am so grateful for all of you.

(and I am hoping that I haven't incurred 100 years of bad luck for semi-breaking the chain....)

Have a good week. x


  1. Yea for you and your first art fair - I'm sure this is merely the beginning of many more to come - wishing you every success in this venture. It was fun to read about your creative process and how you approach your art and its emotional center.


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