PhotoTAW is Tracy A. Wheeler, a Photographer, Writer and Researcher currently dividing her time between Cardiff, Los Angeles, Sydney and Auckland.
Tracy As Photographer
I cannot pinpoint when my passion for photography started but I can remember that from an early age black & white photographs had a big impact on me. I never fully understood why but my guess now whould be they offered an invitation into another world.
My picture taking is very much instinctive; I've never been one to read the manual or get fixated on the technicalities. I see the final picture in an instant before I take the photograph; it's a feeling in my gut, a flutter in my heart, a moment where time warps and I am both the taker and the viewer of the image.
People fascinate me; buildings facinate me; shapes, shadows, forms - the coming together of all the elements to make a whole. I'm a dreamer, a philosopher, a psychologist and I take my pictures always with a sense of curiosity - the who, why, what, when and how, are all important to me.
Tracy As Writer
Writing is in my blood and were I not so passionate about photography, I would have pursued writing exclusively. Having the opportunity to write about photography brings both worlds together. The most important aspect for me when I write is that the final piece is accessible to all. Having inhabited an academic world I always get frustrated when academic language leads to exclusion. I'm not saying there isn't a place for academic writing but I do believe that plain English is very important. If you want me to write you an academic piece on photography then I can and I gladly will, but on this website I admit to indulging in my own voice.
Tracy As Researcher
My curiosity once again comes into play in my research role. Always seeking answers or more information. I have a knack of knowing where to look and what questions to ask. It's about being able to see the wood for the trees, extracting it and organising it.
I see these three roles as coming from the same place; a curious and perceptive mind with a desire to communicate to others. Just like those early black & white images I saw as a child, I see life as something which invites you in; but life also asks you to bring something to the party and furthermore, it dares you to leave your mark.
NB. Some sections of this site are still under construction so more information, content and photographs will be appearing soon. In the meantime you can follow me on Twitter by clicking on the link on the right hand side of the page.