Self as Muse
Since starting to photograph water in detail and often in the abstract in 2012, it has taken me on a journey that I could not have anticipated. I’m still travelling. Through it I have found artistic focus, made new friends, and ventured in new directions. My dialogue with water has changed the way that I view the camera and by reflecting on and writing about my journey I have learnt much. Increasingly I look to create images that show that the camera can be used as a creative tool as much as a paintbrush. These personal interpretations have, for me, a richness missing from documentary views. They allow me to combine an early love of drawing and painting with a long-standing passion for photographing the landscape. As with everything, it is a case of how closely you look and what you choose to see.

Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens”. Carl Gustav Jung

Michéla draws inspiration from the landscapes of the Upper Dove & Manifold Valleys around her home in the Peak District National Park, close to the Derbyshire - Staffordshire border, as well as from occasional visits further afield. She prefers to explore small areas on foot and to make repeat visits - familiarity with an area and a connection to the land is important.

Her images of water and light were commended in the UK’s “Landscape Photographer of the Year 2013” competition & in the “Staffordshire Moorlands Open Art Exhibition 2013”. In November 2013 her portfolio of “Streamscapes” led to her being accepted as a member of professional artists’ group Peak District Artisans. During 2014 she was invited to exhibit her work at Lichfield Festival as part of the visual arts programme and offered two solo exhibitions. “Moments of Confluence: A River’s Song” took place at The Joe Cornish Galleries, Northallerton, from 6-30 June 2015. You can read - or view - Tim Parkin's video interview with Michéla to coincide with the opening of "Moments of Confluence" in On Landscape. The second solo exhibition, “Liquid Light”, was at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery from 12 September to 14 November 2015. 2016 saw a solo exhibition at the Peak Photography Gallery in Bakewell (Liquid Light) and a joint exhibition at the Foxlowe Arts Centre in Leek (Within Elements) as well as a number of group shows with PDA. Details of forthcoming events can be found via the 'Exhibitions' tab.

Michéla interviews other photographers for and contributes the occasional article on creative image making to landscape photography magazine On Landscape.

Michéla’s work has been featured in a number of magazines including On Landscape, Cameracraft, Artsbeat, Staffordshire Life, The Derbyshire Magazine, Derbyshire Life, and Pure Buxton. Some of the features are available to read online and you can access these via the links here: Derbyshire Life, Pure Buxton, and Artsbeat.