The joy of my art is working in nature, though it brings many challenges. Up a steep hill from my car, I carry a backpack stuffed tight with my puppets and camera gear, and a heavy bag in each hand filled with lights, battery packs, props and a repair kit. At the top of the hill, I’m already tired but when I see the stream, I forget all of that. It’s a beautiful forest in Nova Scotia and I’m about to shoot a scene of my puppets’ adventures….
Below are some of the spots where I shoot, captioned with the story of how I create in nature, including a few photos of the Maileg toy I practice with (my original puppet designs remain under my hat until published).
It’s a patient process, but I love co-creating with nature, especially when I’m able to capture the best moments on camera. It doesn’t always happen, and looking back over my photos, sometimes I wish the sun could have been a bit to the right, or a random cloud didn’t appear at the wrong moment, but that’s life – you have to make the most of what’s offered and move on to the next shot. On the other hand, sometimes amazing things happen you couldn’t possibly plan! Like when a curious frog came along and sat in exactly the right position in my photo, looking on as my puppets readied themselves for a boat ride at the dock. It was a dream moment I had to pinch myself to believe. Thank you, nature!
(You can watch the moment afterwards, when the frog decided to get a little creative with me in this video – though I’m a nature girl, it really freaked me out! Haha!)