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The idea behind the poem entitled: MANIFESTO FOR OLD AGE was to present some light-hearted personal aims to my grandchildren. I created images to illustrate the twelve aims and decided to show them as part of the 2013 Sydenham Arts Festival Artists Trail, when I opened my house to the public. And since my garden featured in the Manifesto, apart from producing touches that reflected the Manifesto, I also introduced some surreal corners to acknowledge those who continue to inspire me. This is a visual record of the exhibition and garden installation.
Born of a Belgian father and an English mother, I spent my early years in Belgium before settling in the UK. In 2002 I felt the need to find expression in a new vocabulary that did not necessarily have recourse to language. Through my photographic work I now endeavour to translate the reality of the captured image into the unreality or ‘surreality’ of the manipulated image. These ‘visual poems’ can stand on their own, or can incorporate or accompany words in English and/or French.