I rediscovered photography when I was given a quality camera on retiring from a successful business career in 2005.
I had been taking pictures of the beach at Borth, the scene of many happy childhood holidays, for a number of years already. Returning to Borth, with more time to spare, I found myself looking at the beach in an increasingly reflective way. As I watched the more I became intrigued by the relationship between the sea, the stones and the groynes and felt inspired to capture these fascinating aspects of the natural elements at work.
From these early endeavours I became encouraged to improve my photographic ability and was really delighted to find that others were excited by the work I produced and shared my passion for the beauty of nature. It has given me great pleasure to be able to create quality canvas prints and blocks from my images for people to enjoy in their homes.
2011 was an unexpected and very enjoyable year. Because my book had captured the historic views of the beach prior to the sea defences work, I was invited to hold a solo exhibition of prints from 'A Coastal Reflection' at the ADRIFT GALLERY in Borth during July and August, which was a wonderful experience. Other exhibitions followed later that year, in Shrewsbury, Worcestershire and closer to home in Warwickshire too.
In January 2012 I was delighted to be able to take the Borth exhibition to The Gateway Galleries in Shrewsbury, my family home town. It was great to see the images displayed in such a lovely location on the River Severn, and there were many wonderful comments in the Visitors Book from other Borth lovers living in Shrewsbury. See Exhibition page for notes from other exhibitions.
I have since produced a second book of Borth photographs 'Changing Coastal Reflection'. It contains more historic images of the beach at Borth, images of the beach works in progress from April 2011, as well as some images of aspects of the new elements of the beach.
The books are available at the ADRIFT GALLERY in Borth and from the SHOP here on my website. They are created using Blurb software and are also available from www.blurb.co.uk. You can just go the www.blurb.co.uk and search for me and they will appear.
I have also created books of my photographs from photography trips to Argyll in 2010, Tuscany in May 2011 and Venice in January 2014. I have now completed my book on Umbria and will soon put some images up on the website.
Here’s what some people have said about my work:
"Mary's contemporary compositions are simply great statements of natural beauty" M Cook
“A stunningly beautiful collection……….you can almost smell the sea and feel the sand between your toes” A Kimblin
"Utterly beautiful, from two Borth lovers"
"Very impressive, you've captured an infinite beauty - your pictures are full of moving life"
"Inspiring reminder of lovely childhood memories"