I embarked on an adventure that is the Extraordinary Mind Project. Nearly a decade later, I am as creative as ever.
Over the past few years, my main focus has been photography. I am fascinated by the natural environment and enjoy photographing nature, particularly fungi, wildflowers and landscapes. I love exploring places, making discoveries as well as seeing familiar things from a different perspective. The ongoing challenge for me is creating images that are unique and authentic.
A large part of this is noticing things that others may miss and thinking outside the box. It is incredibly rewarding when making a new discovery, such as finding a new variety of fungi. It is a magical experience. I often find myself in the creative flow and it feels awesome; a nice mix of excitement, peace and connectedness with the world.
Through photography, I have visited many places that I'd never been to before and have made many friends. I organise regular photography events, thereby bringing together a circle of like-minded people.
During the past six months my photographs have appeared in two exhibitions. Recently, one of my wildflower photographs was a finalist in the “Flora” category of the "Images of Jirdarup photographic competition 2021.” It is an added bonus to a fulfilling creative endeavour.
In addition to photography, creativity has allowed me to transform many areas of my life and come up with solutions to some of life’s challenges. I have taken a completely new direction career-wise and am working in a flexible, more balanced way while maintaining hobbies and fostering social connections. There is definitely a creative-flow on effect.
I truly believe that life is a work in progress and I continue to evolve. In so many ways, life is better now than it was a decade ago. I am incredibly thankful for the Extraordinary Mind Project and for getting to know Jan. I look forward to plenty more conversations about fantastic fungi!
"Since Jan’s courses I have focussed on recreating the joy of what I can now see."
Since attending the Extraordinary Mind Project, Fay has been displayed in major galleries in Perth, WA.