This new life in the USA

This new life in the USA

I never wanted to be a photographer   It wasn’t a life ambition, not the career I dreamed of at school.  Back in those days I dreamed of being happy, not getting such a hard time, perhaps living a life which had smiles in it.  In fact the only career aspiration I had was to be the next ‘Kate Adie,‘ if you are too young to know who she is feel free to log off now!  Or perhaps a Hollywood actress, there’s still time I might give it a try. Spin back the clock for almost a decade & I started on this path to be a photographer.  I’d already been in Sales & Marketing, having left school and home by 16 I needed a job not a career but had been pretty good at it.  Trained as a florist, started an events company and produced three children..plus a few other sidelines in between..a true ‘female’ Del Boy.  A ‘Jack of All Trades’, & Master of none?  But actually, maybe, I disagree, I mastered the art of moving in the direction that life took me, seeing an opportunity, recognising the skills needed and putting myself out there. Taking pictures came from nowhere..I love advertising and the imagery, posed myself on the odd occasion but held photographers in high regard and didn’t believe that I could be one..with three young children I needed to sell my demanding events & floristry business and found myself needing something more to do. I took myself off to college to study photography, I was 33 years old. A decade ago. Did I become a Master of this one thing?  My photography...
Day 3 505050 UK 2011

Day 3 505050 UK 2011

Day Three: 50 Portraits 50 Days 50mm lens No pre planning, no fixed poses, just people doing their thing..so on the most part they will be strangers, so courage required too! A bit late tonight guys although I took the image first thing this am, manic day and Bride & Groom have been with me for hours, didn’t realise how challenging this sort of project could be. But anyhow, my image is of Emma, she was dropping her children off at Summer Club and clearly pregnant she was also in labour! She has three boys already under 8 years of old and as I started editing her picture I had news that she has just given birth at home to another gorgeous boy Otto!! Well done Emma apologies I made you pose whilst in labour and with no make-up on, but I think you look incredible. xx...
Day 47 50/50/50 Roger

Day 47 50/50/50 Roger

My next subject is retired, an Englishman living in Orlando, spending his days on the Chain of Lakes taking people on tours and showing them the wonderful wildlife and fabulous properties the area has to offer.  Not a bad existence and judging by his relaxed demeanour, fabulous tan and general look of contentment he is enjoying all the benefits.  Roger, his name quite fitting for a his current role in life, has a kind face and a personable disposition, pleasant to be around and a great storyteller.  There are lots of stories to be told when talking about the families that live in the grand mansions that reside in all their splendour on the lake banks of Windermere. He has had many a famous face on his boat and clearly he enjoys the company.  It’s good to hear an Englishman talking, the gruff voice from Burnley still strong despite his many years living here. Name: Roger Occupation: Retired but Runs Orlando Lake Tours.  Previously ran a Promotions Company for National Newspapers 1.Where were you born and raised? Burnley, Lancashire in the UK.  Raised there and lived there for 35 years. Moved to Yorkshire & Isle of Man. ‘I was an only child, just me and my parents and I can never understand brothers and sisters.  I could never understand how my friends who had brothers and sisters were always fighting.’ ‘Very working class, we had a corner shop on a terraced street.  My Mum ran the shop and before that she worked in a mill.  We were a good solid family.’ 2. Tell me a childhood memory. ‘Probably in 1953 we were the...
Day 31 50/50/50 Kelly

Day 31 50/50/50 Kelly

I took my time looking for someone today.  Back in Windermere its a little quieter, Clearwater Beach offered so much more diversity!  Nonetheless there are plenty of people about here with incredible stories I just have to find them. I’m sat on a bench drinking my latte, watching the world go by thinking about who to ask.  Sometimes thinking is the worst thing to do, it stops me approaching people, I think about how many men versus women in the project, older people in ratio to younger, I’m sure no one else is paying attention. There’s a little clothing store for children in front of me, I worry about disturbing people at work but its small and probably quiet as it is lunchtime so I go in and manage to grab a few cute things too..any excuse. Theres a very young lady working behind the counter, very young, I worry that she may be under 18 so unable to talk to me (unless parents are present) turns out she is over 30 so clearly I need some of what she is having. She looks straight out of High School, I tell her this, the sort of girl that comes over to babysit your kids and brings her book bag full of homework.  Her long brown hair normally curly, she tells me, is tucked behind one ear.  She is rightly proud of her lovely long hair, it’s her thing and she won’t be cutting it anytime soon if ever. The store belongs to her, its her 2nd baby, the first, her son Kayden, is in daycare.  A new venture and...
Day 23 50/50/50 Joan

Day 23 50/50/50 Joan

I have already found a few favourite places here. It could be because of the people, the decor, the food or very likely the wine.  One place I love is a little antique store on Main St in Windermere.  It’s crammed full of art, sculpture and eclectic creativity, so full it spills out onto the street, it reminds me of home a little, the UK.  We had so many places like this. I have seen two people coming and going from here, a man and a woman, in fact I’d love to speak to them both for the project, we all chatted together today but for now the interview was with Joan. Joan was a little guarded, she wasn’t particularly keen to be interviewed, once she had given me the once over she relaxed a little and without her realising it I got quite an insight into her life, her loves and the woman she is. A little like me perhaps, strong, ambitious and a life seeker but maybe a few blows along the way have quietened her down, either way she had fire in her eyes.  Mess her around and you’ll know about it but when this lady loves, she loves hard. Name: Joan Occupation: A retired Real Estate Broker for 30 years in Windermere now a Sales Assistant in the Antique Shop. 1.Where were you born and raised. Fall River, Massachussetts.  It was part of Massahussetts that was a big Mill Town at the turn of the century, it was filled with immigrants from all over Europe and the Middle East.  All of the immigrants lived in their own...
Day 21 50/50/50 Carey

Day 21 50/50/50 Carey

No, its not me!  You know enough about me already. I had the best day today.  We went to Daytona 500 had wonderful hospitality, incredible seats and met some fabulous (and famous) people.  The first gentleman who sat right next to us was called Carey..it had to be him. Daytona is an absolute melting pot of people.  Every culture, dress code, colour, religion, RV drivers, Harley bikers, Nascar superstars..it truly is a photographers dream. I took so many pictures and spent the day with a huge smile on my face, such a visual feast of humanity, love it or loathe it the diversity is incredible. Today’s subject, Carey was an interesting character, visually he wasn’t as ‘colourful’ as some of the characters at the race but I can absolutely imagine that his life is every bit as colourful as the display before us. He was a brooding gentleman with the sort of eyes that tell many a story, an impressive moustache and a quick wit!  This is the chap that you want at a dinner party, to tell stories and liven up the party. Name: Carey Occupation: Business & Investment Management 1.Where were you born and raised? Washington DC. Montgomery County Marilyn 2.Tell me a childhood memory. ‘As a very young boy I had two younger brothers and sisters that took a lot of my parents time and I had a pony that came from England, an Exmoor.  Named Bumble. Bumble would pull a little pony cart for me.  So he and I would go all day in the pony cart with a lunch.  My mother wrote a book about him, Bumble & me.’...