“There’s no point having wishes if you don’t at least try to do them”
― Sally Nicholls, Ways to Live Forever

I’ve always been a wisher on stars but the years have taught me that the only person in charge of your destiny is you. Perhaps the stars can align for you but unless you’re already pursuing your dreams you’re likely to miss the opportunity. So for this image I wanted it to be ambiguous – when you look at the image do you see a girl catching stars or a girl creating them?

Luminary was inspired by one of those highway traffic jams where you’re left wondering what trouble lies ahead. To create it I had someone drive me up and down the highway while I took pictures of the road and then I composited myself into the scene. You can read more about its creation here.

  • Date: May 8, 2016


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    October 27, 2017

    tus fotografías son alucinantes. Quiero alguna ves llegar a hacer algo así porque amo la magia!

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    January 18, 2018

    I just discovered you today and what a wonderful find! I am a female photographer, now retired
    I attempted your type of ephemeral visions all my life sans computers. Now I am learning from you. I love your work!

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      Hayley Roberts Photo

      January 18, 2018

      Oh that’s lovely! Thank you. How did you find my work? I hope you continue to create now that you’re retired. Computers have certainly brought some magic to the photography world.

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    January 20, 2018

    Your comments on being an artist are right on. I take on fewer projects in retirement, but the urge to create is lifelong. I found you through your tutorials, looking to add water to image. It was clear and very informative. Thank You. I am in Seattle, Wa. & truly find your work beautiful, moving and personal. I can’t encourage you enough.

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