MY PERSPECTIVE, INGENUITY AND RUNNING ABOUT…….
Although funding for the Shifting Perspectives exhibition ended in 2013, GlaxoSmithKline still sponsor ‘My Perspective’. My Perspective is a photography competition for people with Down’s syndrome. The annual competition is open to anyone with Down’s syndrome and the only rules are that 1. You must have Down’s syndrome and 2. You must have taken the photograph yourself.
Of the three hundred entries I edit them down to 25 finalists. These 25 images are then ‘judged’ by a panel chosen by the Down’s Syndrome Association. The awards ceremony is held at The Orangery in Kew Gardens, and for the fourth year running it has been a simply beautiful evening. This years winner was Stephen Thomas who received a Canon camera as his prize.
Stephen Thomas, My perspective 2014 Winner
David Kenward, My perspective finalist
Katy Francis, My perspective finalist
I have mentioned this very small charity before, because I just love what they do and I love working with them. Here are two examples of the way they change the lives of the people involved:
Meg loved needlework, but had a stroke which meant that she couldn’t use her left arm. It’s pretty hard threading a needle with one hand, so after her thread had run out she would have to wait for someone to come and thread the needle for her. Remap came along and ‘invented’ this very simple device that now allows her to thread her own needle and carry on sewing for as long as she wants. Brilliant!
Then……..there is Kumba who has Polio and also has triplets! What if she wants to go out? Well, Remap designed, and fitted to her existing wheelchair, a system for all three children to be carried. But….. this was moveable so that she could fit through doors with them as well. Ingenious!
And it all makes you count your blessings, because then we start running about the place and do another triathlon. In the lovely grounds of Blenheim, we swim, cycle, run and raise a bit of money for Billie-Jo’s dance group ‘I Can Dance’.
DOGS, DOGS AND DOGGIES.
Well, I’m playing catch up…….again…….and writing this in August!
So this is just a quick one.
I’m still collecting stories for my ‘Here I Am’ project, so if you have a story about where and why, you or someone you know, scattered the ashes of a loved in a particular place, then please do let me know.
Working with Modern Farmer magazine over this past year or so has been a real pleasure.
It is such a beautifully designed and produced magazine, with well written and wonderfully illustrated articles for anyone who has an interest in ‘food’ and animals.
Next up are the cows and BIG bulls, but in the meantime I mentioned that I was shooting dogs for them, well here are a few of them…….
Old English Sheepdog