Coast to coast | May | Folkestone | Photographic Artist

May saw our first family camper van trip of the year! We normally head out around February but of course this year we were in lockdown and it hasn’t been possible to go to campsites until recently. So we packed ourselves off and of course we headed to the sea! This may be our last trip to the sea in the southern part of the UK for a while as the move north nears closer…

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Coast to Coast – February: Memories of the sea, Part Two | London family photographer

Lockdown has forced me to think about me perspective on the sea in a more introspective manner than I’d intended when I started this project, but it has thrown up some interesting concepts and musings.

Last month I pondered on the water cycle using the snowfall as a means to contemplate water molecules trapped in snow, as a metaphor for how we found ourselves in lockdown – misplaced, adrift even.

For February’s perspective I’ve thought more about how our memories of the sea are closely associated with our relationship to it. And I’ve looked for clues within the city that remind us of the coast.

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Coast to Coast: Memories of the Sea |London documentary business and family photographer & film maker

When our Coast to Coast collective of photographers and artists around the world launched this project on 31st December 2020, we each felt bright horizons were ahead after a tumultuous year. Within days, here in the UK at least, we were flung back into full lockdown, the schools were again closed, my work as a family and business photographer in London is yet again on hold, and our excursions outside limited to once a day for exercise or essential shopping.

There hasn’t been much time for anything but attempting to plough through home schooling and getting acquainted with fronted adverbials and the like – something which, with a background of 20 years in copywriting, editing and proofreading, I’ve never heard of! – and trips to the coast for me are prohibited.

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Coast to Coast: the song of the sea | London photographer & filmmaker

I’ve been drawn to the sea for as long as I can remember really (yes all v Moana and my hair isn’t as good!). I live in London now but I grew up just a couple of miles from the sea and we visited often as a family just as weekend jaunt to eat sandwiches or go plodging (it’s northern thing). My favourite place in the world before I explored further afield was St Mary’s Lighthouse near Whitley Bay, just down the road from my little suburbia. Summer holidays were spent gathering with all my cousins and extended family at High or Low Newton where my mam and her sisters had all spent their childhood holidays and being forced into the north sea with nowt but a bikini on (wetsuits were for wimps or professional surfers in the 70s & 80s!). 

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The sea, the sea | London photo art

This past year I have been focusing a lot on personal projects. My latest art series to be published is ‘The Sea, The Sea …’ in which I’ve been exploring the themes of permanence and impermanence, beauty and bleakness and the way light plays and impacts mood and scene.

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The light through my window | London photographic artist

I’m not sure why Ive been drawn to windows recently. Perhaps it’s the blurred abstract shapes obscured by morning condensation, or night time rain, the lights and shapes and objects merging and reflecting and dispersing that evokes a somewhat somnambulant view of the world. Whatever it is, I know I love the beauty of the simple colours and light reflected through fragments of water droplets. Stunning images perfect to adorn walls as limited edition abstract prints.


Stories of Modern Motherhood. Motherhood and Identity: Tattooed Mamas – Breaking the Taboo


Becoming a mother is a momentous event in any woman’s life and for many can overhaul their entire perception of self and identity. So much of our sense of self is tied up in how we are perceived by others.

Psychiatrist Alexandra Sacks compares the transition to motherhood to that undergone in adolescence where our whole role in society is changing combined with huge hormonal changes and that conflict between our old selves and our new. She claims that this can lead to women feeling like they must be depressed or they’re not normal for having these responses, when in fact it is entirely commonplace – it just isn’t talked about or portrayed in media.


Motherhood and Identity: Tattooed Mamas Breaking the Taboo focuses on tattooed mothers as a visual metaphor to question how the role of motherhood can subsume and overshadow women’s identities as individuals alongside the stereotypes surrounding motherhood and looks at the women behind the title ‘Mother’.

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