Allow me to introduce to you my friend Catherine Love.
We first met at one of my show when I was performing in Brighton at a Fund Raiser for our mutual and departed friend Lynn Hazleden.
We have been friends ever since, thanks largely to Social Media, however, our connection has been rooted in deep friendship, respect and love for each other.
When I started this project, I knew I wanted Catherine to feature, because if you read any of her post on Facebook, you will experience truth in her words. When you meet her in person, she is 100% congruent in her offline personality and self expression.
Today, we met up and enjoyed a wonderful conversation about Beauty.
These conversations always, and I mean ALWAYS open up further dialogue around relationships, family, childhood. At times it can get quite confronting. With Catherine, I experienced a woman who has had to endure a quite a bit of challenges in life.
I asked her how does she cope? in her own words; "I try to find something to laugh and smile about”.
Right there, you can see a woman who has a very positive relationship to life.
As she said to me today; "Life doesn't happen to us, we happen to life".
My experience of Catherine today was one of joy and reverence for life. She has reached a point in her journey where she recognised that she has been the creator of all that has occurred in her life. She now is walking the path of reclaiming her identity and celebrating herself, her family on her own terms.
Look at her photograph above.
What do you see?
The energy her exudes, would say she is sad, resigned and cynical about life?
As soon as I created this image in camera, I knew this was the look and expression I wanted from her. We both discovered something, she cannot help smiling. Smiling is Catherine's unique and default gift to the world.
How can you feel sad when she drops one of those smiles on you? No way.
This is Catherine Love, love by name, love by nature and this authentic expression of hers is a wonderful gift to the world.
We are blessed to have someone in our world who is so generous in sharing this part of themselves with us.
She is my friend and I am proud to call her my friend.