I’m taking part in Kat Sloma’s Find your Eye photography program.

Very excited as I used to work as a social documentary photographer in London – in the 80’s – and since then my photography has been languishing.

So – why do I love photography?

Photography is a feast for my visual self.  I love taking the photo and I love looking at them after – I feel my heart quickening, it feels so exciting.

I think a big part of it is that it enables me to create a sense of spaciousness – I like clean, simple images.  This appeals to my desire for a spacious life – room to breathe, and think.  It allows me to close in on something and cut out the distractions – something I’m always attempting in the rest of my life.

Photography feels like the perfect thing for an introvert and it gives me an excuse to explore things I would never explore otherwise.  When I worked as a photographer I loved using photography as a reason to get into places I was curious about.  It gives me a record of my experiences – without all the noise around it.  This next photo is an example of this.

I took this photo at the Art Deco Festival in Napier, New Zealand, in February 2011.  A very busy and noisy festival for an introvert!  And something I had wanted to do for a long time.