Thursday, 8 January 2009

7 things about me

I was blog tagged ages ago by Karen Faulkner, and (better late than never) I finally got round to listing 7 little things about me..........

1. I grew up in the Transkei, in Southern Africa, a place full of weird and wonderful sights....

2. I live in wild and wonderful Cornwall, with my husband, whose mistress is undeniably the Ocean, but I don't mind sharing!
3. My dog Charlie, is a beautiful, chocolate brown, German Pointer. Charlie Brown goes everywhere with me. He is chief security officer at Green Island Studios and his other duties involve running for miles and miles on our local beaches, barking at passing birds, and wreaking havoc on photoshoots. He's not so little now, but he is still as cute now as the day I brought him home just over a year ago (below)


4. My studio is my home away from home, I have a large colour darkroom and studio on the ground floor, but at this time of year I spend most of my time in my office up on the mezzanine, with the heater and the stereo on full blast. I have a steady stream of visitors drop by, so I spend hours in the groundfloor social area, eating, drinking, browsing the books, chatting and getting inspired, while the morning sun shine creates projections on the walls.


5. I teach alternative processes, particularly the cyanotype process to people aged from 4 to 74, I love the hands-on lo-fi wonder of mixing my own emulsions and coating them onto all sorts of unusual surfaces, but for me the best part is sitting in the sunshine with them while they "cook".


6. Mum's hand-me-down Polaroid 600 One Step in my teens was the first camera in my ever increasing polaroid camera collection.

7. I have been making, using and selling TTV's for a few years now. These fabulous contraptions are unique and akward and rewarding and frustrating all at once, the results are worth the challenge though!!

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7 comments:

Karen Faulkner said...

Your 7 things list was well worth the wait! Wish I lived closer, I'd be sure to stop by that beautiful studio of yours.

thinker said...

Studio looks great!
I wish you a lot of beautiful new photos in 2009.

Victoria Bennett Beyer said...

Yes, that was fascinating. Love the ostriches (or emus?). What a fascinating place that must have been to grow up.

Diane said...

tell me more about the TTV's

Jean Levert Hood said...

So interesting, Jo! I enjoyed this. Your work is awesome, I imagine your studio is too!

Seth Apter said...

Really interesting post. Beautiful photos too!

Geisslein said...

Such a nice post! I wish I would live closer, I would like to visit your studio! I love your artwork so much - especially the ttv-pictures. Could you explain this technic? Wish you a great year 2009! Winter greetings from germany, geisslein

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