Moments in our lives are fleeting. They can’t be repeated or recreated and therefore have to be seized then and there to immortalise them. Carpe diem is a Latin phrase meaning ‘seize the day’ and for me that is what photography is all about – seizing that one moment in time when all around is rushing by. Carpe Dee M is a pun on this famous phrase that also incorporates my name, Dee.
My love of photography began in the pre-digital age when I started taking photos of my family’s breeding horses. Fast forward to the ‘noughties’ when I picked up where I left off and bought my first DSLR and recommenced photographing horses. My images have appeared in publications both here and abroad, and a number have also been recreated on canvas by other artists. I’ve won numerous awards in international and local photographic competitions, including my local camera clubs. While I will always love photographing horses and will still do so for select clients, my primary interest now is to concentrate on other subjects.
While studying for a degree in Art History, I was attracted to the chiaroscuro qualities of some of the most famous portraits ever painted. The expression of light and dark captured by these extraordinary artists was magnetic and it is my interpretation of their art that I wish to draw upon in capturing images of my own. Rather than restricting myself to one subject area, my preference is to concentrate on ‘light and dark’ as my forte. By adopting this principle, I can fuse the two subjects that currently most interest me – portraiture and still life.
Supporting my local businesses wherever possible is important to me. My equipment servicing, printing and framing is all done locally and I also sponsor the student photography sections of the Bellarine Agricultural Show. My support of these groups means I’m benefiting my local community.
If you’re looking for a photographer to help you ‘seize your day’ please don’t hesitate to get in touch. To make an appointment just send me an email or give me a call and we can meet for a cup of coffee to discuss your needs.
Have a great day and thanks so much for dropping in.