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Women’s Institute – White Ribbon Campaign 2016

WI White Ribbon Campaign Launch at the Senedd, Cardiff

I recently photographed the launch of the NFWI-Wales’s involvement in the White Ribbon campaign to raise awareness to end domestic violence and sexual assault.  The launch on 22 November 2016 included emotional speeches by victims of domestic violence, AM’s and WI representatives in the Senedd in the afternoon.  Sponsor Joyce Watson AM, lead the candlelight vigil that evening with further pledges and victim stories heard on the steps of the Senedd. 

As I photographed the previous years inaugural event, it was a pleasure to witness so many more faces in the crowd, a fact I hope will continue next year.  Many WI members had arrived from miles away by coach to pledge their support.  It was good to listen to pledges of support from AM’s across all political parties without bringing their individual political stance to the equation.  It was most humbling to hear victim stories, but heartening to watch how strong these women have become as they stood on the steps of the Welsh Government building.  Having the courage to stand up and tell their stories to a sea of strangers, all in the name of bringing awareness to the campaign, will hopefully be a catalyst for change.        

Fact – Every third day in the UK a woman is murdered by a (ex)partner.

#notinmyname

 

WI Gala & Conference – St David’s Hall, Cardiff

100 Years of the Women’s Institute

I was invited to photograph the Gala performance at St David’s Hall in Cardiff followed by a Conference the following day.

Over 600 WI members gathered in Cardiff at the weekend for the NFWI-Wales Gala Concert and the 91st Annual Wales Conference.

The Gala concert was expertly compered by Beverley Humphreys with humour in abundance. Members were entertained by tenor soloist Rhys Meirion, harpist Catrin Finch, soprano soloist Elin Manahan Thomas and the Bone Appétit Trombone Quartet from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

During the morning of the Conference, members were addressed by NFWI-Wales Chair Ann Jones, NFWI Chair Janice Langley and Marylyn Haines Evans, NFWI Vice-Chair and Chair of the Public Affairs Committee. The afternoon guest speakers included author and historian Tessa Dunlop and the actress, singer and presenter Connie Fisher. Tessa shared with delegates stories of the incredible veterans she had interviewed for her book The Bletchley Girls and Connie spoke of her journey since winning the BBC competition ‘How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?’

There was also a display of 13 craft panels from WI groups across Wales each focusing on a decade in the history of the organisation.  The fine needlework work and design ideas that had gone into each of them was wonderful to see at first hand.

To find out more about the WI in Wales and further afield check out their website – http://www.thewi.org.uk/

 

Actor Headshots

New Headshots

I was recently commissioned to update actor Owen Lindsay’s headshots. We decided on numerous changes of clothing, lighting set-ups and location shoots to try to capture as much variety as possible for his portfolio. Owen has had numerous successes, check out his acting credits and contact info. Owen’s biggest acting ambition is to play the part of Hamlet, a dream I am sure he will one day achieve.

Polaroid – The Instant Film Camera

Polaroid is Back!

The first camera I ever used was my parents 1970s Polaroid. It was perfectly packaged in a brown ‘carry all’ box with a silver clip (yes that’s me and the box in the picture)! It used to knock my legs when I walked but I still insisted in carrying it around my neck everywhere. Roll on a few years later …. and although that camera has long been confined to history, I still have an affinity to the Polaroid. I recently bought a 440 Land camera as Fuji are still making the 100C film and for other types of Polaroid you can also buy the 600 film made by the Impossible Project.  A pack of 10 pictures costs a little over £10.00 for the 100C for Land Cameras and 8 pictures about £16.00 for the Polaroid 600 film .  Unfortunately no photography shops in Cardiff seem to stock the film I need. Thank goodness for Amazon!

If you are interested in finding out more check out the new products from Polaroid or the amazing story of the Impossible Project, and Fuji’s Instax.  Long live instant film!

Lantern Parade making at The Art Workshop

The children from the Art Workshop after-school group have been working hard making paper lanterns for the Rhiwbina Christmas Festival this Saturday, 29th November from 4.00pm.  This event brings the local community together to celebrate Christmas.  This year BBC’s presenter Sian Lloyd will be turning on the Christmas lights; Santa will make an early appearance in the New Roots Garden Centre; there are children’s rides, stalls and late night shopping; live music; singing carols around the Christmas Tree and my personal favourite will be sipping mulled wine and marking the official start of the festive season with my Village settlers.

The Lantern Parade is set to depart from the Art Workshop at 6.45pm.  Together with these amazing designs, there is an opportunity for people to make their own smaller versions on the night.  The procession then departs on a circuit through the thoroughfare, and trails around the historic Rhiwbina Garden Village.

The Art Workshop runs courses for adults and children in a variety of mediums.  For more information check out their website.