Alison's Profile Photoblog
I’m usually behind the camera lens but these photographs present and portray me up front in a candid way.
I have been a Fuji Finepix member since January 2010. My love for photography started in 1971 when I first received my first camera at the age of eleven. Since then I have documented experiences and events which have resulted in hundreds of albums stacked in the loft. Since purchasing my first digital camera in 2006 photography has been made easier to store and view photos on the computer. At a click of a mouse my memories are re-lived in an instant.(Photo: Santorini, Greece on 17/9/10. My Fuji F70EXR camera taken by Geoff)
While I was having a trip down memory lane viewing my life in pictures these past six years, I realised there were only a few photos of myself, on my own, in front of the camera. My love for photography meant I was always behind the viewfinder seeing life through a lens. I mentioned to Geoff, my Husband, why this was. His answer made me smile. "That's because you won't let me use your camera very often." Geoff had a point. It got me thinking. For while I was clicking the shutter I was in control of my shot and I was directing the composition so some of the natural shots of me were being missed. Time to change that as Geoff is now going to buy his own little Fuji camera so he can take his own photos. (photo: Santorini, Greece on 17/9/10. My Fuji F70EXR camera taken by Geoff)
Even on our Wedding Day on 14th December 2007 I took 350 photos with my little pocket camera capturing my view, the Bride’s perspective. The memories I captured were priceless to me as some photos were taken on the journey in the wedding car and from my eyes and my angle on the day. Snapshots but precious shots. I even took the little photo printer into the Bridal Suite on my Wedding night. It was so exciting watching the printer roll out a dozen colourful wedding photos to take on the Honeymoon next day. (photo: Fuji S3500 camera taken by my youngest Son)
Our fabulous Honeymoon was celebrated in Kitzbuhel, Austria. Geoff took this photo of me high up on the freezing cold mountain with the Austrian Alps in the background. Geoff’s been given the nickname 'Sherpa'. Sherpa, an apt title chosen by a good friend of mine as Geoff carries my camera, equipment and folding tripod everywhere. (Photo: My Nikon Coolpix S1 camera taken by Geoff on 18/12/2007.)
At the age of 17, I was appointed Head Girl at my Secondary School in 1977 and I experienced a highlight of mine in May 1978 when I received my Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award at Buckingham Palace from Prince Philip. Growing up I had always desired to be a Policewoman or a Nurse but an opportunity arose in the same month as my trip to the Palace, to venture into the Jewellery trade. So just days before my 18th birthday I began my career and worked my way up the ladder from Sales Assistant to Assistant Manageress to then be appointed Manageress. I then opened my own retail Jewellers shop in 1988 in our town and 'retired' at the age of 40 in the year 2000. (Photo: My Nikon Coolpix S1 camera taken by a work colleague on 27/10/06 when I returned to work for a Jewellers for a few months to help the owner open a new shop)
One of my mottos has always been to look on the bright side of life. Having been born on a Friday 13th I still view myself as lucky not unlucky. My ideas and inspirations, dreams and goals have always remained my main vision even through diversity. My photography portrays my path of life. My published poetry presents my inner thoughts and feelings. Life has a funny way of twisting and turning, full of what if’s and what maybe’s. Life deals a pack of cards and it’s up to me how I play the hand. Mind you, there’s sometimes always a joker in my pack. (Photo: My Nikon Coolpix S1 camera taken by Geoff in Tenerife on 14/5/08. Charlie Chaplin street entertainer)
Life at forty in the year 2000 was life changing for me having had my life very much unexpectedly change direction after divorce and 'retirement'. I started travelling and had a few holidays on my own abroad and I went on holidays with my friends and my love for travelling grew. It was the beginning of finding the new me. I joined the gym to keep fit and the 'old Alison began to bubble to the surface again'. (Photo: My Nikon Coolpix S1 camera taken by my friend in Halkidiki, Greece on 27/6/06)
Geoff and myself met through a mutual friend in the Summer of 2006 and soon we were enjoying holidays and cruises together. This was taken by Geoff by St Mark's Square in Venice on the waterfront. My rainy days became less and the sun at last began to shine. (Photo: My Nikon Coolpix camera taken on 17/9/07)
Finding love second time round is all and more than I would have ever dreamed of. Geoff took this photo of me on the Cruise ship sailing the Adriatic. I had introduced him to my world of travelling and he has caught the travelling bug now. The world is our oyster and we now both grab life with both hands. Every day is just so precious as later events would show us. My life at 47 was one of those special years. Three months after this photo was taken by Geoff, we were married. (Photo: My Nikon Coolpix S1 camera taken 15/9/07))
This one of me was taken by the ship's photographer on the Cruise just over four and a half years ago. I fill many roles at present that being a Daughter, Sister, Wife, Mother, Step-Mum, Step Nan, Auntie and friend to many. I was born Friday 13th May 1960 and my Zodiac sign is Taurus the Bull. I have two Son’s aged 28 and 26 years old. I guess I would say my personality traits describe me as being a generous, kind, sensitive, understanding, caring warm hearted person. I have a sense of humour and enjoy the quieter things in life now I am ageing gratefully.
It was in Malta where I travelled on my own for a two week magnificent holiday where I experienced one of my life's highlights swimming with the dolphins. This was the taken by the Mediterraneo Marine Park photographers in October 2005. Geoff and myself re-visited a few weeks ago to Malta although we didn’t get to see the dolphin show again like I had hoped.
One of the photos Geoff took of me on our holiday travels was in Tunisia on a safari camel trek complete with Lawrence of Arabia headwear. The camels stopped for a break and the camel guide gave me a piece of cucumber to place in my mouth and the camel gently took it from me. A party piece indeed and I've never quite looked at a piece of cucumber in the same light since. LOL! (photo: My Nikon Coolpix S1 camera taken on 1/3/07)
On the same holiday in Port el Kantoui in Tunisia I was kissing a baby camel. Ahh, so cute! (Photo: My Nikon Coolpix S1 camera taken by Geoff on 3/3/07)
Here I am again getting close to the camels on the camel safari on the volcanic terrain of Lanzarote. I think I missed my vacation in life for if I had a career choice now I suppose I would choose to be a holiday Travel Rep or venture into Photo Journalism. (Photo: My Fuji F70EXR camera taken by Geoff on 15/2/11.)
Talking of Safaris, here is one of me looking the part in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. We travelled on the Monster truck Safari excursion which travelled through the Dominican countryside and the 8 wheeled drive truck waded through six foot of rippling river across the terrain. Green rolling mountains, endless species of exotic plants and bough trees bending with fresh fruit and it was one of the best exciting day trips we've experienced abroad.(Photo: My Nikon Coolpix S1 camera taken by Geoff on 21/4/08)
One of my favourite photos was when Geoff took this one of me on the beach in Sosua, Dominican Republic. Our hotel was literally on the sandy beach edge and it was a truly amazing holiday with relaxing sunbathing. Sosua Bay attracts many water sports enthusiast, including snorkellers and divers because of its sheltered, calm waters, diverse species of fish and intricate reef structures. In the winter, whale watching is also a popular tourist activity in Sosua Bay.(Photo: My Nikon Coolpix S1 camera taken by Geoff on 12/4/08)
Two months later I travelled back to the sunny Canary Islands again with my friend having only been there two months prior with Geoff. I love Playa de las Americas in Tenerife and looking to book again next year. My friend took this photo of me as the evening sun was setting before our evening meal. (Photo: My Nikon Coolpix S1 camera taken 23/6/08)
Passports were at the ready, washing and ironing done and re-packed from my above holiday three weeks previously, so Geoff and myself flew to Magaluf in Majorca for his 50th birthday. My Niece and her family were on holiday nearby in Cala Fornells and she took this photo of me paddling in the Kayak on Paguera beach. (Photo: My Nikon Coolpix S1 camera 16/7/08)
I'm one for taking photos of meals abroad for my memories but I'm not often photographed eating the evidence these days. We enjoyed a shared takeaway pizza washed down with bottles of cider on this holiday on our balcony overlooking the beach. Magaluf was Geoff's choice for his 50th birthday and although we had a great holiday, Magaluf would not be a holiday destination I would re-visit due to the excessive exuberant youthful night life. (Photo: My Nikon Coolpix camera taken by Geoff on 20/7/08)
Geoff clicked the camera and captured me with a rare hangover sunbathing in Lanzarote. (I don't drink much these days...honest!!) I can still recall that headache perhaps that's why I love a good cup of tea these days instead. LOL!! (Photo: My Nikon Coolpix S1 camera on 28/9/07)
After showing you that last photo I had better show you my good side again. This has to be my ultimate all time favourite photo of myself. One of the happiest days in my life ever. My Wedding Day to Geoff on Friday 14th December 2007. (Just over four years and four months ago) It was the one and only day in the whole of my life so far, where I felt and looked my very best, so I treasure this memory and image. I reached my goal weight of 9 stone 3lb for my Wedding Day and this photo appeared in a national slimming magazine of which I am a member of my local slimming club. It is my inspirational photograph to show me what dreams are made of and shows that fairytales can come true. (Photo: Canon EOS 350D taken by our Best Man)
Here's a change from my natural born blonde hair (which is helped these days by the Hairdresser's bottle of magic to hide those slipping in silver strands) I'm dressed as Cleopatra. I love this photo taken of me on for my friend's Halloween fancy dress party complete with a dark wig. (Photo: My Nikon Coolpix S1 camera taken by Geoff on 31/10/09)
Here I am playing statues in Tenerife in Playa de Las Americas on my 49th birthday,
(Photo: My Nikon Coolpix S1 camera taken by Geoff on 13th May 2009)
Two days later we played mini golf and it was hats off to Geoff as he beat me again. I am very competitive and I like to do my best in everything, however, I am a gracious loser too. (Photo:My Nikon Coolpix S1 camera taken by Geoff on 15/5/09)
This photo of me was taken by Geoff on his birthday on the 19th July 2009 in Halkidiki in Greece. We love Greece and the relaxing holidays and this holiday apartment I have visited twice. (Photo: My Nikon Coolpix S1 camera)
This is another shot of me on the balcony four days later remembering a story of how the hotel had escaped the bush fires as the wind changed direction at the last minute. Firemen had pumped water from the swimming pool the owner told us. It happened after I visited in 2006 and within days of returning home, wildfires caused by lightning ravaged the Halkidiki peninsula in the north, a summer holiday destination especially popular with Britons. More than 1,000 tourists had to be evacuated. Then in 2007, Greece experienced its worst forest fires in recorded history when blazes raged from the north of the country to the south. (I was also alone in another part of Greece once and experienced a small earthquake with three different tremors.) I was on top floor of a third storey concrete building at the time. An eery feeling I will tell you. (Photo: My Nikon Coolpix S1 taken by Geoff on 23/7/09)
A few weeks after our above holiday in Halkidiki, Greece, our lives were to be tossed upside down on the 9/9/09. (coincidently, look at the date when I called the Emergency number. A date we won’t forget) Geoff became dangerously ill with severe Pneumonia and complications. I was told that 'I had saved his life' by calling the Paramedics out with only two hours to spare before Geoff would have died. We had only been married a matter of months and I nearly lost him three times as he fought a brave battle for his life and Geoff was hospitalised for 6 weeks and he had 7 months off work. I stayed at the hospital seven hours a day and my weight plummeted with worry and stress. Our holidays were cancelled to Lanzarote and Mexico while he recovered. Just before Geoff returned to work we went to the Dominican Republic and Geoff took this one of me on Bavaro Beach. (Photo:My Fuji F70EXR camera 7/3/10)
This photo reminds me of seeing the sunrises and sunsets on that beautiful Bavaro beach which were magical as Geoff and myself strolled hand in hand along the sandy beach. Life certainly is more precious to Geoff and myself these days and we appreciate every day that comes along. But little did we know in the Dominican what lay ahead of us in the next few days and is shown in photos below. (Photo: My Fuji F70EXR camera taken by Geoff on 6/3/10)
Well, here I am before we set off to the airport, on crutches forcing a smile to add to the memories of our wonderful two week holiday in the Dominican Republic. Luckily, we had got to within 24 hours of flying home before I collapsed at this very spot with my hips giving way. I couldn't move an inch. The pain was something else. So the holiday Rep called the Hotel Doctor and I was rushed to hospital in an ambulance. Geoff and the wonderful helpful Rep travelled in tow to interpret the language barrier. I had X-rays and was told I would need both hips replacing in the UK and so I was given tablets and strong painkilling injections for the flight home. (Photo:My Fuji F70EXR camera taken by Geoff on 16/3/10)
Facing an eleven hour flight home pumped with medicine, I was half out of it here in the Dominican Airport as we waited for our flight. I did not want to be photographed sitting in my wheelchair. Our flight was cancelled as the plane needed a part and I had to be transported to a hotel for the night along with a plane full of passengers. It cost us dollars for the porters to push me around but we did get through customs fast. The next day we went back to the airport and I was man lifted up the plane steps in front of a gasping crowd in my wheelchair. The only thing I could think of was the fabulous sunset setting in the Dominican distance...and my camera was packed away.(Photo:My Fuji F70EXR camera taken by Geoff on 16/3/10)
I was on crutches for 8 months and although the Consultant is not doing hip replacements as of yet, I have been diagnosed with Osteoarthritis and recently Psoriatic Arthritis and I have had three minor operations and have experienced ill -health for the past two years. We had to cancel Barbados for my 50th Birthday two years ago. Things are getting better and I am gaining strength, walking and driving locally again. I'm losing the little weight I put on since being immobile. I still cannot do aerobics which I miss. This was the first time in a swimming pool for over two years. I am like a big kid at heart. I even had a yellow rubber duck in there, but don't tell anyone. (Photo: 16/9/11 My Fuji F70EXR camera taken by Geoff.)
It was lovely to be able to resume my photography. While I was ill I treated myself to the Fuji HS10 camera and learnt how to use it by reading the manual while I was housebound for months. I took that many sparrows through the patio glass door that I never wanted to see another one. Fortunately, Geoff has been in better health and has been able to support me. This photo was one of me waving and taking photos of the Easter Bike Run in Staffordshire a year ago. (Photo: My Fuji F70EXR camera taken by Geoff on 10/4/11)
My photography gets me out and about in the fresh air and although I am still limited to what I can do I am taking the small steps in the right direction. It just goes to show we never know what is around the corner or what life has to offer. A photograph may paint a thousand words but can never tell the whole story unless it is told. (Photo: My Fuji F70EXR camera taken by Geoff reflected in the lens on 10/4/11)
Look at that chip! It is the biggest I've ever eaten and a more recent photo. Another birthday approaches next month for me as I celebrate being fifty two. No doubt I will enjoy my day somewhere special. (Photo: My Fuji F70EXR camera taken by Geoff on the 15/10/11 in Caernarvon)
This last shot taken in Zell Am See, Austria by Geoff with my Fuji F70EXR camera on the 18/12/10. This is me and I am in my element on holiday having my Fuji HS10 camera in my hand. I love being in my own little world looking at life through the lens.
I hope you have enjoyed my Profile Photoblog and seeing another side of me in front of the camera lens.
Thanks to the photographers involved and thanks to you for viewing.
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