After having spent a hectic week back in Chesterfield (my old home town) to run my Coloured pencil 'Pet portrait' Workshop which ran on the 9th of May (2015) and catching up with family and friends too, once back home in Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, I decided to take a rare day off from work to recuperate and myself and my partner John Graham, decided to head out on the bikes with our camera's to hopefully capture some new reference material and simply enjoy Mother Nature in all her glory! We headed off up the coastal road through Cresswell stopping off at Cresswell Pond to spend some time in their hide looking out at the waders and ending up at Druridge Pools who also has a few hides dotted around their lake too. A 20 mile round trip gathering such great photos were totally worth sore bottoms the next day!!
As an Artist working from photographs, it is natural for most Artists to take up
Photography as part of their business, and having found a passion for photography as well as Art, I was asked by a good friend if I would be the photographer for a local group of friends who wanted to do something special to raise funds for Chesterfields local Ashgate Hospice whose mission statement is:
"To enable people with palliative care requirements to have access to appropriate professional assistance and care and to help patients achieve the best possible quality of life in accordance with their wishes"
Of course I jumped at the chance and so a couple of dates for the photoshoots were set up, alongside a few glasses of dutch courage for the models during these shoots. Great fun was had by all and the easy job for me was pressing the button on the camera, the harder part is the editing, part of which I will be working on this weekend - 1 image has already taken 5 hours to edit so far and still has a way to go before it is complete, so as you can imagine, the designing will take a good few days, if not weeks to complete. I will be offering the calenders for sale through my website once they are available and if anyone wishes to purchase 1 or as many as you wish, to raise money for such a great cause, then please contact me.
Karen M Berisford