The womb holds enormous mythic symbolism; it is the place we each begin. I've had a complex relationship with my womb. I wanted to learn how other peoples' lives are affected, good or bad, by this part of the human anatomy. To see and learn more about my ongoing documentary photography project, visit Womb online, for stories on the myriad ways this part of human anatomy affects our lives.
In Irish Gaelic, 'anam' means soul or spirit, essence. My parents emigrated to Canada from Ireland in the 1950s. Throughout its history, people have long been known to be Ireland's greatest export. Its diaspora reaches around the globe. I begin to explore my own and my son's heritage and what it means to be Irish in Ireland and elsewhere; what it meant in the past and what it means today.
An offshoot of my larger, umbrella documentary project to do with the Womb, I focus specifically on women and non-binary individuals entering perimenopause and menopause. Because the aim of this project is to de-stigmatize open discussion of this once taboo topic, an audio component of shared conversations is included along with portrait photography session of each participant.
OF the Arctic
In August of 2016, I took a solo photography trip to Greenland. While there I began a series, 'Of the Arctic'. Because First Peoples regard the land as alive and simply an other-than-human form of personhood, I capture 'portraits' of both the Arctic landscape and its inhabitants.
The term 'tundra' originates from the Finnish word, 'tunturria', meaning 'barren lands'. I aim to explore concepts of barrenness and fertility in the lives and landscape above 66°33' North Latitude. The project will seek to challenge a colonial perception of the Arctic as ‘barren’ and examine colonial consequences upon both Arctic inhabitants and landscape. Watch this page for more about this documentary photography project I hope to launch in 2019.
Discussions have begun with a local publisher for a photo book of rural Waterloo Region landscapes I've documented undergoing endless seasonal cycles of implantation, growth and harvest during and since my decade of infertility struggle.
Women of the arctic
As a contributor to Plan A, a digital storytelling platform on women and gender in the Circumpolar North, I was invited as Photographer for a side event at Arctic Congress in Helsinki in September 2018 called "Women of the Arctic: Bridging Policy, Research, and Lived Experience" where I hope to further network for my Tundra project. Watch this page for more Plan A-related news and info.