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Seven years ago in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, I sat beside a friend, staring out at the horizon on the flat calm waters. I turned to my friend and asked her for five words of her choice. This time I would openly invite inspiration into my work and allow myself to be guided by her impulses. A chain of creation was born as a poem was written using her words.
The joy that poem had brought about struck me as something I could spread further than just my close circle of friends. I began to ask everyone I met for their five words of choice, in gallery spaces or just in passing.
People from all walks of life began inspiring me and that moment of connection not only inspired me to write poetry but would occasionally relight the creative fire in others.
Collaborations were taking form with hundreds of people.
This book will show a selection of these with each collaborator being photographed in relation to the world born out of the poem from the seed planted with their five words.
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French born and half English, it was never clear where home was. A childhood on the Isle of Wight, Dance and Performing Arts School in Surrey, University in Kent then Paris and Acting School in New York meant life was always on the move.
Having travelled the world extensively, unable or unwilling to stop, I finally put down some roots in London in the Spring of 2013. Sailing across oceans, climbing mountains and discovering beaches would be put on hold (momentarily) in order to put pen to paper as well as moulding an acting career.
For as long as I can remember, I've documented my travels and written stories, screenplays and poems that are all tucked away in the piles of journals around the house. This will be my first collection of poems to be shared with the world!
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Samples from the interiors:
Take me to the Edge
My love, my one
I implore you
Take me to the edge
Surrender your heart
Never lose faith
And join me in
A dance beyond
A simple hello to
Defuse any tension
Dark night of the soul
A rose drops her thorns
A creak of divine
Smudge the truth
A stranger in time but not in spirit
Lives in a utopian reality
A dream to the layman
He will smudge the truth
And promise a magical
Transcendental eternity on earth.
- 17th September 2018 Front Cover Revealed!!
To all my lovely supporters!
The time has come to reveal the front cover to the book that will soon be gracing your coffee tables and shelves! Exciting times! I hope you love it as much as I do in all it’s quirky, eyecatching glory!3rd August 2018 TAKE ME TO THE EDGE
Happy Friday everyone!
Things are getting really exciting as we get down to business in honing the details for the book!
Just wanted to give everyone a heads up that the title has been decided and having been extracted from one of my favourite poems, TAKE ME TO THE EDGE will now be on the cover of the book!
Exciting times and still eternally grateful for all of the support thus far!…2nd November 2017 An Artist at Work...
Minutes after his return from a summer in Europe painting and in the middle of packing up his studio for renovations, the incredible artist Luc Waring agreed to shoot with us whilst working on a piece inspired by his poem! What a joy it was to capture these moments!!2nd November 2017 Beauty in the Trees
Imogen climbed trees and swung on branches to capture our gorgeous final shot! An amazing sport and so incredibly photogenic that it was so easy to get what we needed! Thank you!!2nd November 2017 Museum Magic & Tweed delights
Thank you to the amazing Max Rodman for spending a Sunday afternoon shooting with us in the beautiful Natural History museum. Thank you also to Walker Slater for the stunning Tweed suit! Some stunning shots!!30th October 2017 Street ballet & Passers By
Thank You to the amazing Portia for performing ballet in the streets of Brighton and sharing her joy with the world! She was so free spirited and graceful as her pointe shoes grazed the concrete that the passers by had to take a second glance!30th October 2017 Beach days & Seaside smiles
My very own mother braving the ice cold waves in Brighton! With her spirit and determination we managed to capture the perfect shot to accompany her poem!22nd October 2017 Autumn Days & meditative minds!
Who's that among the leaves? Could it be my editor? How wonderful to have Kwaku onboard and actively involved in my book! A beautiful light came pouring in at close of day and we captured some stunningly peaceful shots with incredible Autumn colours! Thank you Kwaku!22nd October 2017 Secret gardens & a magical mum to be!
Honoured to shoot the incredible force, Wonder Woman, mother to be and amazing actress that is Maggie Sverlander! Became a family affair with subject and photographer being sisters and what a lovely shoot it was! Look out for this beauty in the future! So fortunate to have her gracing the pages of this ever growing book of wonders!5th October 2017 Legends and Fables
A very spontaneous shoot as two locations fell through at the last minute so with the amazing actor, Matt McCabe, we ended up on Westminster Bridge with Matt reciting poetry to the public and climbing on the bridge! This lead to crowds gathering and police interventions...but even this didn't stop us and we managed to wrap the shoot with so many amazing shots to choose from! Thank you to Matt for…5th October 2017 Letters of Love & Whimsical Fancies
A beautiful shoot took place in Shoreditch, London with none other than the stunning Naurija Ziukaite! An absolute natural in front of the camera with the willing to go above and beyond to capture the perfect shot! What a pleasure to work with such an inspiring lady!5th October 2017 Photos in London - Part 1
The adventures with the incredible Eli Sverlander continue as she journeys from Paris to London for the next stage of photoshoots. A busy few days are ahead of us as we attempt to photograph 7 of my incredible inspirers!!31st August 2017 Hummingbirds and Hollywood
The singer/songwriter invited us to shoot in his house where he has never before had photos taken and the outcome was somewhat iconic! I wish I could post all the incredible videos of him singing and playing the piano as it is truly transcendental but they haven't been released yet! Just look out for Jonas Myrin!!31st August 2017 Secret locations & Romantic shoots
Shooting the very special Andrea Schroder lead us to the Pacific Coast Highway and far into the hills of Topanga Canyon...do not want to reveal too much but the outcome was pretty magical!31st August 2017 Met museum & Barber shops
Gary Lippman, a NY based writer joined us for a day as we shot him going through a life changing barber shop visit and losing all his hair...it surprisingly went hand in hand with his poem...all in the name of art!!31st August 2017 New York City rooftops...
This wonderful lady and her beautiful daughter spent a sunny morning on a rooftop in New York City shooting with us...31st August 2017 Photos and Travels...
It's been a while since my last update but for good reason. Myself and the incredible photographer Eli Sverlander have been travelling between New York City and Los Angeles to shoot 4 incredible people for the book and what a journey it was! We really captured the poems and got some beautiful shots that I am very excited for you to see when the book is published!!27th July 2017 Live Poetry!!
This Saturday 29th July, I can be found at 4:30pm in a quaint cafe in Clapham called 'Devotion'! I will be writing and reading poetry for passers by! Come down if you are around and bring friends!
THANK YOU to my amazing supporters so far! 33% raised and so grateful to be able to share poetry with you all!
Look out for videos of the imminent USA adventures where we will be taking photographs…
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