Sean Tucker recently came to chat with me to talk about my move to the Isle of Harris, alonsgide my photography work on the coast of Harris, my underwater photography and painting. We spoke about managing life as a creatove introvert and what that looks like. Here is a brief outline of the video which you can watch on Sean’s YouTube channel now.
“I first met Margaret during a creative retreat in Tuscany, where she chose solitude over touristy day trips. It became evident that Margaret understood the essence of retreats – a time for introspection and creativity. Her passion for swimming was equally apparent; she could often be found beside the pool, scribbling down her thoughts between laps. Here was a self-assured introvert who knew precisely what she needed for her mental well-being and creativity”
A Journey to Self-Discovery:
Margaret’s creative journey began with painting in her teenage years. She later transitioned to photography during her college years but faced challenges due to her introverted nature. The structured critique sessions didn’t align with her intuitive and quiet approach to photography.
Despite a hiatus from photography to focus on raising her children, Margaret’s passion resurfaced when she decided to start her own photography business. Photography became a lifeline, allowing her to support her family and nurture her creativity simultaneously.
Margaret’s introspective journey led her to embrace her introverted nature. Reading Susan Cain’s book, “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking,” was a revelation. She realised her introversion was not a weakness but a strength. This self-acceptance boosted her confidence and allowed her to thrive creatively.
Understanding the importance of solitude, Margaret began traveling alone to find pockets of quiet, away from the demands of family life. These moments of isolation proved to be her most creative times. She learned to manage her energy effectively, creating a balance between interaction and solitude.
Moving to Harris:
Margaret’s move to the remote Isle of Harris was a conscious decision to carve out a space where she could fully immerse herself in her creative process. The tranquility of Harris and its coast enabling her to convey the peace and serenity of water through her photography.
The Power of Water:
Margaret’s connection with water runs deep, stemming from her childhood experiences by the coast. Water is not just a subject in her art; it’s a source of solace, a place to release emotions, and a wellspring of inspiration. Her journey has evolved, leading her to immerse herself in the water to capture its essence more profoundly.
Painting and Expression:
Recently, Margaret rediscovered her love for painting. It’s a new outlet for her creativity, and she’s learning as she goes, emphasizing the importance of practice. Painting, like photography and writing, allows her to express herself and find deeper meaning in her connection to the water.
Creativity as a Necessity:
Margaret emphasizes the necessity of creativity in human life, viewing it as an outlet and a fundamental need. She encourages everyone to embrace their creative side, regardless of their artistic pursuits. Margaret’s story serves as a reminder that creativity is not a luxury; it’s a vital part of who we are.
Championing Female Photographers:
Margaret’s dedication to creating a space for female photographers is worth mentioning. In an industry often dominated by men, she actively promotes and supports the work of women in photography.
Margaret’s journey as a creative introvert is an inspiring testament to the power of self-acceptance, solitude, and creativity. Her connection to water and the natural world serves as inspiration, and she continues to evolve as an artist. Margaret reminds us that our introverted qualities can be our greatest strengths, and our creativity should be nurtured as a fundamental part of our well-being.