Catherine Drea is a contemplative photographer, blogger and facilitator living and working in rural County Waterford, Ireland. You can contact Catherine here.
Contemplative photography is a way of seeing the world through soulful eyes; small details, the ordinary and the everyday, the light and shade of daily mysteries. It’s about “knowing the simple wisdom of what’s all around you and playing that” as Clare born fiddler Martin Hayes says.
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Catherine grew up in Dublin City but always wanted to live down a long green lane. After graduating from the National College of Art and Design she moved to County Waterford. She initially worked as a Graphic Designer, an Art Teacher and a Community Artist. She now works in digital formats and began this blog in 2011 to share her contemplative photography and writings about nature and the healing power of finding beauty in the ordinary. Since then she has won 4 Irish Blog Awards for Photography, (2013/14/15/16) was a participant in the Open House Architectural Photography Exhibition, London, 2014, the Being Here Exhibition in Waterford in 2014, Lens Flare in Central Arts, Waterford 2016 and the Sea Horse Commemoration Exhibition in the Coastguard, Tramore, County Waterford. In 2016 she began a fortnightly column in the Waterford News and Star called As I see it.
Catherine is also co-founder of Framework-building ethical leadership and organisations in Ireland where she works as a facilitator supporting community based projects. If you would enjoy a longer read, here’s a chat between Catherine and blogger Donna Abel Donnabella of Living for Happiness or this one on Tara Leaver’s Art Blog.
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