Welcome back to the second month of our collaborative blog series entitled Ineffable Wanderlust. We are a group of photographers from around the world with whom I will be exploring photographic inspirations through a series of words. You’ll find the whole of our monthly series of photos and my other personal projects here.
What a beautiful word the ladies have chosen this month as our inspiration. A Greek word with Arabic origins Meraki doesn’t translate into English easily, our language is too bland to have just one word meaning so much. I adore words that mean so much more untranslated, give me the lyrical flow of a word like Meraki anytime. I read lots of different interpretations, this is the one that resonated with me the most;
Meraki : To do something with soul, creativity or love. When you leave a little bit of yourself in your work.
Meraki took me down a rabbit hole of inspiration, I like to photograph what catches my eye and find a way to create an emotional connection between the viewer and the subject. Meraki had me thinking about what it is I love to photograph the most and how could I put a little bit of myself into those photos. As soon as I thought that I just knew who my subject would be!
Theo is now almost 10 and quite the independent young man, he features less often in my photos the older he has got. A combination of the fact I photograph a much more varied range of photographic subjects these last few years to ensure I have variety within my portfolio at Stocksy United and also, more sadly, he is not quite so keen these days on Mum always chasing around him with my camera. Why do they have to grow up! But grow up they do and whilst I guess I might be biased as his Mother I am very proud of the young man Theo is growing up to be. If I had to use just one word to describe Theo (and cheeky was banned!) it would be thoughtful. That thoughtful lad always thinking of others and wanting to help I remember from his smallest days is still there and as his confidence has grown over the years so has the opportunities he has embraced to let him demonstrate that skill. Of course I was going to have to take my Meraki themed photos of Theo and put my heart and soul into them to let others have a glimpse into what I see when I look at my beautiful boy.
Please do now carry on around our Ineffable Wanderlust Blog Circle to cross the Pond and visit my dear friend Linda Hooper in New York City. Linda’s photos have a calmness and flow that always soothes my mind, I can’t wait to see how she has interpreted our theme this month. You’ll find Linda’s blog post HERE