About - Michelle Brooker
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My love of photography started with my first Saturday job in a local camera shop. I saved my pitiful earnings to buy my first camera.  I think I spent more time taking it apart to see how it worked, than taking pictures, but it sparked what has become a lifelong passion for photography. My first 'proper' camera was a Minolta film SLR..bought in Hong Kong during a 6 month overland journey through Europe, Russia, Mongolia, China, Hong kong, Thailand, Malasia, India and Nepal.  But that was 25 years ago and since then the pressing need to earn a living meant photography was on the back burner. After two university degrees, one in Psychology, the other in Mathematics and a career as a teacher, I was ready for another challenge and so husband, Chris and I took a career break and moved to Europe for fun, food and travel, starting in Vejer de la Frontera, Cadiz, Spain.

While travelling in Portugal in 2007..I fell acutely ill with a genetic condition that caused my liver to fail.  After being given 5 days to live...I had a life saving liver transplant in Portugal.. and I will be forever grateful to all the amazing people who helped in my recovery.  My health will never be the same but I am so thankful for this second chance at life.

I now live in Southern Spain on the Costa de la Luz, Cadiz with my lovely husband and best friend Chris, where the pollution free, natural environment has been such an aid to my ongoing recovery. The intensity of the light here and the amazing Atlantic Ocean have been such an inspiration as well as the wonderful people living life to the full, on and around it.  It has been wonderful to focus on my passion for photography again and embrace the new challenges of the digital world. The ocean reinvigorates, breathing new life into everyday and makes me feel truly alive. It is this sense of exhilaration and wellbeing that I hope, my images, in some way convey. 

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