I thought I’d introduce myself and let you in on my dreams, which are the reason I do what I do.
I’m Astrid. My passions are photography (Landscapes & Wildlife along with Weddings & Portraiture), rock climbing, fishing, and classic Volkswagens. To support my passions I work 3 days a week as a graphic designer (a skill which comes in handy with my photography work!).
Why do I do what I do? Simple, I love photographing things! More importantly though, I love sharing my passions. What is an artist without an audience, after all.
I’m not greedy. I don’t want to make a heap of money. I just want to make a modest living that will help to support a mindful, artistically-satisfying lifestyle with my Mr.
Our dream is to one day own a smallish piece of land (2 – 10 acres) where me and The Mr & I can build our dream Eco BarnHouse (yes, a barn that’s a house – very modest aspirations) and work from our little piece of paradise as Artists: Photographer, in my case; Musician, in the case of The Mr.
While we’re saving up for the land we’re living in a converted barn on my parent’s 10 acre block near Christchurch. They very kindly took us in after the devastating earthquake of February 2011 when the house we were renting was badly damaged and threatening to slide down the hillside it was perched on.
Living in a variety of campervans and caravans for 11 months before upgrading to an 80 square meter barn has taught us that we don’t need as much space as we thought, and that actually a barn could be turned into a really nice house.
We’ve also learned a ridiculous amount about growing vegetables for year-round self-sufficiency from my mother (although she still won’t share how she manages to grow such enormous beetroots. They’re HUGE!). Before the earthquake we dabbled with growing our own vege a bit, but since then it’s been rather like a self-sufficiency-apprenticeship, and we’ve discovered we LOVE it.
Ultimately, we want to lead as self-sufficient a lifestyle as possible: keep chickens, ducks and other poultry for eggs and meat; plant an enormous vegetable garden, fruit trees and as many varieties of berries as space allows; and (if I get my way) maybe raise a couple of pigs… I’ll want to make bacon & sausages with them, however this could be problematic as The Mr will make friends with them. Let’s be honest, they’re going to be pets!
What all of this boils down to…
I’ve learned over the last 2 years that leading a more mindful lifestyle has made me happier, which in turn makes me more creative, and THAT has made me a better photographer.
That is why our little Eco-Barn-Lifestyle-Dream is important to me, as I’m sure that when I achieve those personal goals my Artist-Self will continue to blossom even more.
So, here’s to dreams becoming reality!