My beautiful god-daughter and muse, Grace Bagot.
Yesterday I appeared on Weekend Sunrise with Monique Wright and Andrew O’Keefe. Thanks to them and the producers for giving me the opportunity to speak about what I love, MY GREEK ISLAND HOME. You can see the interview on UTUBE and take a look at look at MY GREEK ISLAND HOME GUESTHOUSE by clicking here.
Sunset on the Greek island of Lesvos copyright Claire Lloyd
Just to let you know tommorow, Saturday December 14 at 9.35 on Channel 7 Australia I will be talking with Monique Wright and Andrew O’Keefe about My Greek Island Home.
This is the time of year when we all think about a holiday. It’s almost Christmas and if you live in the southern hemisphere it’s almost summer. I am now on holidays hooray! I have left behind the winter months of My Greek Island Home and all my furry friends to enjoy my other life, my Australian life. This is the time of year I spend with family, and friends in the summer sunshine. The sun is not shining at the moment but it is still a beautiful place to be. I am writing this with my computer perched on my lap looking out across Sydney harbour and through the heads. Although it’s grey there is still activity on the water, sailing boats, ferries and ocean liners float across the horizon in front of me. I have chosen this painting by Matthew Usmar Lauder to accompany this post. It’s a beautiful painting small like a gem and touches me. I love it because it reminds me of holidays, it reminds me of the past and it intrigues me. I hope you love it too.
Recently my goddaughter asked me if I found it easy to ask strangers if I could take their photographs. I had to admit I am still really self conscious when it comes to photographing people. I actually find the initial approach scary. I feel sensitive towards my chosen subject and also feel responsible for capturing the essence of them in my shots. When I approach people who I don’t know I am always amazed at how open they are to having their photo taken. I can honestly say that it’s rare that someone says no to me. No is fine and to be respected. When yes is the response I love the fleeting relationship between me and my new friend. I always feel elated after having taken the snap and sharing a few words with the person or people in front of me. Language is never a barrier if you are warm and relaxed, and that’s also when you get the best result. I shared this with Grace and then suggested we sit down and watch the Bill Cunningham documentary, very inspirational. Thank you everyone who has said yes to me and given me your time whether it be 30 seconds or 2 hours. Below are a few faces who happily said yes.
This man was not phased at all by my lens copyright Claire Lloyd
These two were definitely on for a photo copyright Claire Lloyd
A little self-conscious but obliging never the less copyright Claire Lloyd
This gentleman was my favourite. He was so excited I had asked him that he beamed, it was worth it just to see the pleasure in his eyes copyright Claire Lloyd
I snuck in from the side on this one. This lovely couple had asked someone to take their photo with their camera. I thought she was particularly beautiful and there was lots of love there copyright Claire Lloyd
He looks exhausted by life but became quite animated when we talked about Australia copyright Claire Lloyd
This guy was very keen to be photographed he actually asked me and then proudly placed himself in the doorway of his shop copyright Claire Lloyd