Margot Manchester AFIAP AAPS


MARGOT  FINAL SMALL  PORTRAIT forTA  Web Page (2)Margot,s background into artistic expression emerged not from the traditional perspective of using a camera to take family snaps , but ,rather that of being a qualified professional ceramicist for 17 years. She gained a Graduate Diploma in Fine Arts from the University of Tasmania with a post graduate degree in Ceramics. This gave her a background in artistic design , shape, form and texture. Later Margot switched lanes , and used a Nikon film camera to capture the colours and textures of the landscapes to use in fabric designs. However, her love affair with photography really only got serious with the advent of digital technology which enabled her to click off numerous images , and not having to make definite choices in the initial image taking process.

When Margot was diagnosed with serious health issues in 2005 , it was photography that enabled her to focus on another perspective .. Having her husband Peter as her perfect mentor , enabled Margot to concentrate on this creative art form and along with his encouragement she found it very therapeutic, enabling her to discipline herself on to new goals. Margot doesn’t know of another interest where the physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, and creative centre of one’s well-being are all developed and extended at once.

So, Margot just started clicking, and began asking herself questions such as :
WHAT motivates ME ? WHAT Images do I like to take ? WHAT do I look for?
Very soon Margot found she was taking components that enabled her to build up stories-whether they are human scapes or activity based . Stories are central to Margot’s imagery and this keeps her imagination flowing. For over 5 years , Margot initiated and set up a writers’ group where people involved were encouraged to write their own stories, about their life experiences and memories . This gave her an insight into people’s lives and how special each one is. “Every person is an individual, and they all have their own particular cross to bear, and have their own scars to reveal the worth of their personal journey.” Even today , Margot still writes pages every day, and she tries to transpose these story telling elements into a image. It all starts with an idea, then comes the imagination and later the story evolves .

Margot has been a member of APS since 1995, and since turning to photography with

 

such energy, she has gained her AAPS , and been awarded her AFIAP . Margot’s creative challenges come from entering her work in International Competitions.”Being able to put one’s work up against the best in the world is indeed a achievement

 

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