It has taken me quite a while to think of myself as a photographer. I have been a daughter, sister, wife, mother, empty nester, grandmother, great grandmother, widow and partner in my lifetime. Never in those years was I a photographer. Frankly, except for family memories , I didn't have time. Some might, and have, said that I am stubborn. I prefer determined. I have also been described as quirky, but only, as far as I know, by those who say they love me. I have always seen stories in the world around me, laughed when I am nervous, stayed silent when perhaps I shouldn't, and have trouble looking people in the eye because I am listening carefully. I love to explore and learn about new places, people and ideas. In the past year I have been encouraged and honored to be awarded honorable mentions in the Rise Awards, the Urban Photography Awards, the International Photo Awards, the Worldwide Photography Gala Awards, the Budapest International Foto Awards and the Monochrome Photo Awards. And just recently I have been so very pleased and honored to receive a 1st place award in the self portraiture category of the Pollux Awards.