This is a such a big deal for me. When I started my journey into the world of photography, there were many things that inspired me and kept me determined to be true to myself, to look for the alternative, the quirky, the individual. And most of all to be brave and believe in ME.
Noa Azouley-Sclater aka Feather love is a massive source of inspiration to me. The first time I saw her work was like an explosion went off in my head. The images had such strength and honesty. Although they captured beauty through a dreamlike fantasy, it also was filled with a gritty, dirty truthfulness. So unique and here’s that word again... ‘Brave’.. she was nothing like I had ever seen before or since for that matter. You feel the picture, you know its real and true to who Noa is. There is no gimmick or trend.
It is very important as a creative artist to find the real you and what makes you unique. Yes look to others for inspiration and encouragement, but ultimately if what you do is not ‘real’ it will show, you will not feel it, and this will be reflected in your work.
I was lucky to meet Noa last year when she was in London with her husbands band. She shot mine and Pete’s engagement shoot in a simple little church and I will forever treasure these images not only as beautiful pieces of art but also as a reminder of my own personal journey. Since then we have kept in touch as friends, mutually admiring each others work and I always dreamt that one day I would get to work with her…. and now it's happening. Noa is running a workshop in London and Belgium in September and I've been asked to be a guest speaker. Even just skyping with Noa for an hour gave me so much fire in my belly to really celebrate and push my own creativity and I'm so bloody excited to be a part of this...
The Feather LoveWorkshop
Think I might need to lie down.......