Welcome to Foxglove Lane Studio
Contemplative photography is about exploring intimacy, vulnerability and the mystery of time passing. Taking time to encounter both the love and loss, of land and life. Capturing the light and shade through your own lens.
I'm Catherine Drea, artist, photographer and writer. I follow a practice of contemplative photography and also document the ordinary and the everyday of rural life in Ireland. The images on this page are some of the large macro photographs of lillies I made recently. They featured in an exhibition called From Seed to Blossom, from Blossom to Fruit, in the Imagine Festival 2017.
I like to describe myself as a nature loving feminist and have been an activist for most of my life. I follow my instincts, blending all of the things I love and care about even if they don't quite fit tidily together. There are always connections.
Photography is a very democratic art form. Everyone now has a camera in their pocket. So another part of my work is collaborating with community groups to use photography in creative ways. Photography enhances their work, helps to tell their story and it's great fun.
I have been blogging since 2011 and the Foxglove Lane Blog has won 4 national awards for Photography and a Silver Award in the Open House/Architectural Journal Competition, London. I never set out to become a writer but I am now also a columnist with a local newspaper, the Waterford News and Star. When asked by the Editor if I would like the gig, I immediately said, "but I'm not a writer." Luckily she thought otherwise and it's been a whole new experience finding a voice as an opinion writer.
I am a Graduate of the National College of Art and Design in Dublin and University College Cork. I spent ten years as a Lecturer in the Waterford Institute of Technology. In 1994, I co-founded Framework-building ethical leadership and practice with Glynis Currie. Over the last 25 years Framework has developed creative methodologies, inclusive facilitation, training and set up and supported community projects all over Ireland. It was a privilege to build an organisation which could contribute something to social change in Ireland.
I somehow found the time to qualify as an Integrative Psychotherapist in University College Cork and completed a Masters in Social Entrepreneurialism (UCC)
I live and work down this long green lane, strewn with ferns, heathers and the spectacular summer foxglove. It's a typical, small, off the beaten track kind of place. Nothing much happens, and yet absolutely everything happens. If I observe it, it becomes part of my work, my blog or simply makes for a happy day.
Yes indeed, you can buy signed prints of any image on this site! I print them here in the Foxglove Lane Studio, up to A2 size and they can be posted anywhere within a few days.
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On a rainy Sunday in 2011 I posted a photo on the first Foxglove Lane Blog Diaries.
I write about living and working creatively in a rural setting, the mysteries of the natural world and the practice of photography with heart. When you follow the blog, you will get a regular update to your inbox and a downloadable Guide to practicing Photography with Heart.
- Exhibition From seed to blossom, from blossom to fruit as part of Waterford Imagine Festival in October 2017
- Photography as memory project. An group exploration as part of the Bealtaine Festival in collaboration with the Garter Lane Arts Centre. You can view a slideshow of the process here. May 2017
- As part of the County Waterford Arts Office response to Rural Networking for Artists, co-founded a Women's Circle along the Copper Coast.
- Recently joined the Board of Waterford Healing Arts Trust 2017
- Collaborations with Artist Roisin Sheehy, Casadh and for Feile na Bealtaine, An Bean a Chuireadh Crainn
- Fortnightly column in the Waterford News and Star called As I see it.
- The online Heartography Course will come on stream later in the year. You can sign up here if you want to be kept informed about the launch.
- Just launched with the Women's Circle is the Women's Creative Cafe, check it out here.
- Bealtaine Festival 2018, in collaboration with Garter Lane and the Waterford Women's Centre, a new photography workshop over the month of May 2018.
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“We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.” ― Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life […]
Living as a rural artist is challenging. Out here in County Waterford, we have to make our own fun as they used to say. We make everything up from scratch. Since leaving Framework the organisation I co-founded in 1994, I have had to review living out here in the middle of nowhere. Of course […]
O I could gush! Spring has arrived and underfoot things are hotting up. Although these wild couple of acres give fantastic cover to all sorts of small animals, every field outside of these boundaries is now preserved for a local a gun club. The guns are a worry for a wandering photographer like myself. […]
And everything is slower here. I have to keep reminding myself. This ice will melt. The evenings will lighten. The soil will warm. Spring will come again. And the slower it is, the closer it binds time to me. Binding it tight. Hundreds of seconds and minutes of this time thing. This wiry, […]
Q. How many Irish Mammies does it take to change a lightbulb? A. Sure don’t mind me I’ll be grand in the dark. Irish joke So the snow eventually thawed, although for days it was banked up on both sides of the escape route. I didn’t venture down to the […]
“This earth is my sister; I love her daily grace, her silent daring and how loved I am, how we admire this strength in each other, all that we have lost, all that we have suffered, all that we know: we are stunned by this beauty and I do not forget; what […]