Three Words Spoken In The Clearest Voice

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I’m re-posting this photograph this morning after hearing some heartbreaking news which, for me, can only strengthen the sentiment. I don’t know the details of what happened but the upshot of it is that it has left a teenage girl, the same age as my daughter, my daughter’s friend, in intensive care, severely knocked about. I can hardly bear to contemplate nor make sense of it. It’s thrilling to drive cars fast, but for the people’s sake, for the children’s sake, PLEASE, take care.

I’m sending one ‘up there’ today, for her.

Pick a Story

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Produced for Redeye’s 52 week Challenge, brief title, ‘At Work’.

Searching for work as a single parent, feeling the pressure of needing to be everything, being spread too thinly and finding not much that fits in, let alone anything that ‘grabs me’ and of course we must not mention putting qualifications and skills to good use; constraints and rules put in place by the Jobcentre make things even more complicated. Goal posts frequently shifting. A CV for this, a CV for that and one for the other, on the mind round the clock.

GCSEs coming up, keeping things calm and collected for my daughter and thinking about her future. Thoughts wandering back to sitting in the school hall myself, behind a single desk waiting tensely to be told that we could open our papers.

© Louise Astbury 2014. Moral rights asserted.

The Trees Have Ears

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Upon deciding where to go for the afternoon yesterday, daylight beginning to fade, we visited a local ‘magical’ woodland; the wood that I visited so many times as a child, a regular haunt for Sunday family walks, summer picnics and paddles in the stream. Relatively small, it is absolutely packed with intrigue and has a kind of mystical air, and I almost found myself lost in my childhood once more revisiting the place.

© Copyright Louise Astbury 2014. Moral rights asserted.

As You Are

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Photographs: Copyright © Louise Astbury 2013. Moral rights asserted. louiseastbury@yahoo.co.uk

It’s been a mixed few weeks, with celebrations, farewells, tensions, uncertainty and evermore packed from dawn ’til dusk with more to do than I have energy for. I made space today to edit the photographs I’ve made over the last few weeks and to listen to some quiet music in an attempt to slow my mind down and help me touch base. I think it’s worked?

I will take up all your tears
Salty tissues through the years
Spread them in the sun to dry
Diamonds from each time you cry

I will treasure all your teeth
Your laughter and the pearls beneath
Keep them in a cardboard box
Through the tickings and the tocks

I will gather all your hair
Floating in the sultry air
We will make a braid of gold
For you to keep when you are old

Now I kiss your milky skin
Sheet of silk and soul within
Put this kiss upon your brow
Treasure you as you are now

As you are now: Suzanne Vega

Album: Close Up Vol 4: Songs of Family

Louise Astbury:

I am showing this work as part of a collective degree show at Cube Gallery, Manchester 26th June – 2nd July, evening showing tonight (28th June) 6-9pm. I have a series of twelve prints and a book to show.

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© Louise Astbury, 2012. Moral Rights Asserted.

The project is a personal, reflective diary of life at present and my feelings about coming from a frequently turbulent relationship; my frustrations, thoughts, soul searching and the reality of being thrust into single parenthood. With the troubles continuing, there has been the need for setting boundaries for the care of my girls and my own ‘self’, to know and keep the truth in my own mind and ultimately keep our family’s life moving in a positive direction.

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About Him

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© Louise Astbury, 2012. Moral Rights Asserted.

The project is a personal, reflective diary of life at present and my feelings about coming from a frequently turbulent relationship; my frustrations, thoughts, soul searching and the reality of being thrust into single parenthood. With the troubles continuing, there has been the need for setting boundaries for the care of my girls and my own ‘self’, to know and keep the truth in my own mind and ultimately keep our family’s life moving in a positive direction.