About the Book
In this series of work I am investigating various forms of handwriting. I have used writing as an experiential process all my life. This includes writing a journal for over
forty years, maintaining an active correspondence with family and friends and handwriting manuscripts that were later published. I am also interested in cross-cultural writing including ancient writings, hieroglyphics, Asian calligraphy,
graffiti, illustrated manuscripts and graphology.
I believe that with the advent of e-mail, texting and computers the practice of handwriting may become an extinct practice. Much will be lost if this occurs. My work is a means of creating awareness of the unique qualities of handwriting, as well as celebrating the beauty of the hand-made mark and exploring its connection to the image. I will investigate the aesthetic qualities of the written mark in all its manifestations.
In my research I am continuing the journey initiated by artists such as the Surrealists, Alechinsky, Cy Twombly, Hannah Darboven, Colin McCahon and Vivienne Koorland. I am using my work to draw attention to the transformative qualities of handwriting. By using handwriting in a number of different art forms I am inviting viewers to engage with this special phenomenon, which has nurtured our civilization for centuries and could disappear.
My passion for pictures began as a child watching my father in his darkroom. I was mesmerised as images magically appeared onto printing papers submerged in trays of liquid chemicals. When I studied medicine I had no time to indulge this passion. Advances in my specialty of anaesthesia are driven by new technologies similar to photography's which have rekindled in me a fire for photography. Combining a love of travel with looking through the lens, I find myself transported into a wonderful world of creativity. I’ve been fortunate to learn from some renowned travel photographers. Nevada Wier taught me to wait for the defining moment. Seeing the light, finding patterns and colour are central to my style. Many years in medical practice taught me valuable communication skills. When photographing people, it's this skill that establishes the trust and connection essential to capture the uniqueness of each individual.