Entries by leeaspland

Tales from a hospital bed 5

This second week of recovery is a slow moving beast. How I can remain sane, positive and support my well-being is at its heart. Today, I thought I would ramble on about how art is helping, not that I am not engrossed in reading, Netflix and podcasts. But every morning I crack out my camera, […]

Tales from a hospital bed 4

There has been much occurring in my hospital bed. And even though it has involved drugs, vomiting, and shooting it has been a little less edgy than Trainspotting. A couple of days ago I was attached to the feed line and still had two canulas in for intravenous drugs. These all have gone. But there […]

Tales from a hospital bed 3

There is a risk that these medical missives could turn into a moan fest. During the middle of last night’s drug dispensing (not as dangerous or exciting in hospital as on the mean streets) I composed today’s tale in my head and it was a catalogue of whingeing, mainly about those who are caring for […]

Tales from a hospital bed 2

I’m feeling a bit rubbish today. For the first hour or so I was nauseous, dazed, dizzy and tired. Anti- sickness meds were consumed immediately – I can have pretty much anti-everything drugs it appears. Though the unnatural balance achieved can’t be ideal, it is better than puking with a stent and trachi in place. […]

Tales from a hospital bed 1

Three days after my major op I’m alert (well I am right now, it comes and goes) and healing. The process all went as expected and now I have a couple of weeks in the hospital where patience will be my watch word. That’s easy to say, but I have to sit around the ward […]

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Impending Change

I have throat reconstruction surgery planned for November. I have recently had the date officially confirmed and have begun to consider how this major change sits in my life path. My current feeling is that I am at the edge of a significant new period of my life and the surgery is a flag that […]

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Cartier-Bresson was a Mindful Photographer

“Photography is putting one’s head, one’s eye and one’s heart on the same axis” Henri Cartier Bresson I do love this quote. Not only does it summarise my view of photography beautifully, it has also been an inspiration for my development of a mindful approach to photography. Henri Cartier Bresson was a French photographer who […]

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Mindfulness and Creativity

“Creativity is a wild mind and a disciplined eye.” Dorothy Parker You are creative. It is in your DNA. It is in your soul. Every day you create. You may have a bright idea. You may invent a witty one liner. You may put together a fabulous meal from the meagre ingredients in your kitchen. You […]

Develop mindful attitudes through photography

Mindful Attitudes were detailed by Jon Kabat-Zinn in his book Full Catastrophe Living 1991, which was developed from his stress reduction program- Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Seven attitudes were initially explained, and then two more added in later editions. The nine attitudes are: Patience, Non Striving, Beginners Mind, Acceptance, Non Judging, Trust, Letting Go, […]

Where’s the Brexit Boris?

You may remember my first ‘Where’s the Brexit?’ photo (below) which I had exhibited as part of the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition 2019. I was also fortunate enough to sell it. All that experience and the continuing Brexit chaos has encouraged the creation of a follow up photo. The first photo was all about the […]

Criw Celf – Photo Workshops

Over the last two weekends I have delivered photography workshops to talented young people in Bridgend. This has been organised by Criw Celf and Arts Active, organisations who provide high quality art activities and experiences. My aim of the workshops was to encourage the young people to develop their photography skills: particularly to develop their […]

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A Mindful Photography Practice

In my new eBook – Mindful Photography: How to use photography to develop mindfulness (published later this month!) I share 16 Mindful Photography Practices. Each one is designed to hone a photography skill and develop mindfulness. I promised to share one from the new eBook so here it is. Mindful Photography Practice – Ordinary Beauty […]

New eBook coming

I have been writing a book on Mindful Photography for 5 years. I have had a version of it for that long and it has been through many, many edits. Finally, this month the first one of two (yes two!) eBooks will be published. Why has it taken me this long? Probably the heart of […]

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2019

Finally, we made it to London to see this year’s fabulously diverse Summer Exhibition. This year it has been coordinated by Jock McFadyen, a Scottish painter of monumental urban landscapes – with life comment for good measure. Jock’s intention was to create an exhibition that reflected contemporary themes and boy has he achieved this. We […]

Celebrating Life

This year has been a challenging one. The last six months have thrown up two life situations that have been full of difficulty, but at the same time laced with possibility and learning. The first three months were dominated by a short term contract in a Welsh school to support pupils to develop their own […]

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Photography @ Elysium

Elysium have recently opened their fabulous new gallery in Swansea High Street. This Tardis like space currently holds the best of their Espy Photography Award 2019 and ‘Reflections on Identity following Brain Injury’ – an exhibition I have been intimately involved with. The Exhibition opened last Friday and runs until 22nd June. Not only is […]

Favourite Photos from last year

It’s taken me way to long to get around to curating this selection of my favourite photos from last year. A sure sign of a busy year. Here they are now, some of them are simply the visual feast that I love, others have feelings or memories attached that were significant last year. I’d be […]

For Dying Out Loud

We don’t much talk about death. We skirt the issue. Express our condolences. Use stock phrases. This unfamiliarity and avoidance becomes self perpetuating. It doesn’t serve us well and it doesn’t support those who are living through death. But I have had a more uplifting experience of approaching death and the final exit over the […]

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Developing a Project #WAIN

Over the last two years I have been working freelance and my working world has become entirely a project driven world. Creative learning projects with the Arts Council Wales, Mindful Photography Courses with the Brain Injury Service and my own photography projects. Each one has followed a similar pattern and I love it. The advantage […]