This project is dedicated to my journey of healing through art.
I used the time during lockdown this spring, to find the stillness and the focus needed to finalise these three years’ documentary film, photography and poetry project.
The narrative of this work is the result of a deep inner exploration following a series of losses after the passing of my dad, the relocation of my mum from Italy to Dublin to finally be reunited as a family. Above all this is the outcome of the acceptance in regards to my visual impairment that art and creativity have been, for me, the best gift of all.
Photography has granted me a new set of eyes, which have allowed me to embrace my disability and the vulnerability that came with it, as a diverse-ability, a source of strength and courage, for both my personal and artistic development.
This journey surely constituted one of those signs that only the universe can send our way, to set us back on the best path for ourselves, by asking us to leverage all our available resources.
The unfolding of my creative path has been the most life changing experience of my life, in the acceptance of vulnerability as a tool for understanding the world within me, and all around me.
In order to create and explore the infinite power of art, I envision a community where everybody could feel encouraged to share an open message, to find support and understanding, whilst facing a time of struggle. A call for all artists to discover self-compassion, self-love, and self-respect.
-Go raibh míle maith agat ó mo chroí-
-Grazie Mille di Cuore-
Curious to know where it all started?
I am interviewed here about how and why I started practicing photography, when three years ago, film camera in hand, I went to what has become my one and only Camera Shop, looking for a photographer who could have helped me illustrating my poetry:
"Nobody better than you can portrait your own feelings, you have to do it yourself" -John Gunn -
"There is no better camera, than the one you have in your hands" -Louise Gunn-
These among others, are the words of on-going support and encouragement, which led me here, to write these words joining in celebration with the entire city of Dublin, the 50th anniversary of this incredible shop and family business.
My warmest thank you to John, Louise, Fiona and Catherine Gunn, from this unique family run camera shop in Dublin, who gifted me of "my new set of eyes", there where it all began ...
It was February 2018, exactly three years ago this month.
Please see LINK TO ARTICLE HERE.
photo-caption: John, my mum, myself and Fiona, on my mum's 72th years birthday in 2019.