Unlocking images hits the marketplace!

So the time has come to unveil the unlocking images shop…!  At the moment, I’m focusing on Christmas cards but in the new year I’ll be opening it up to include more general photographic and art cards as well as prints and other surprises!

In the run up to Christmas, 50% of the profit from any purchase will go to the Violet Chambers fund.  This amazing fund lets children and young people who are looked after in York apply for funding for a meaningful and memorable experience. Previous applications have included spa days, a trip to a show in London etc.



Formal introductions


I’m Helen, a disabled photographer and artist from York, UK.  There’s lots of things I could tell you but I guess the main thing is that creativity is really important to me – it helps me with mental and physical disabilities and I really do believe it helps me to know myself.

In terms of photography, I like to play.  I prefer getting an unusual angle or shot to spending hours reading technical instructions.  This is one of the reasons I love to use film, especially on old cameras and expired films.  You really can’t plan what you’re going to get.

This is one of my favourite film photos.  It was taken in Bridlington a few years ago and the colour was how the film turned out.

beach huts with drop shadows

Changes in my day job mean I am working towards selling my photographs and art work.  To start with in the form of Christmas cards which are working their way to me in the post as we speak (or as I type!) so I look forward to being able to share them soon.



PS. in case you’ve stumbled onto me from the internet – my photos are at http://www.flickr.com/helen_of_troy and my blog about writing and me and life is at http://www.unlockingwords.wordpress.com.

Siam Reap, Cambodia

Ta Prohm, Siam Reap, Cambodia

What you never see in pictures of sites such as Ta Prohm in Siam Reap (above), is the hoards of other tourists looking round with you.  There are so many fantastic opportunities for photographers and yet if you wanted it free of strangers, you would never finish walking round the temple complex.  That said, it is a beautiful site and being unable to take the obvious iconic shots, does make you look a little harder and a little more creatively.