National Poetry Month Day 29

Helen Mavoa is the newest member of the Clayoquot Writers Group, hailing from New Zealand, where she lived and worked as an anthropologist. Nuu-cha-nulth people had stewarded this coast for at least four thousand years before Helen “discovered” it, and she found many parallels with Aotearoa (New Zealand)—vestiges of primaeval forest, a coast that had been inhabited for thousands of years. Helen’s interest in photography has expanded to include words and she’s recently begun setting words to her images, as she’s done with this one.

Helen’s interest in photography began at the age of 12 when her parents gave her a box Brownie camera. Her pursuit of photographic images that evoke questions about relationships has expanded in the last few years when she has spent increasing time in Clayoquot Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island, BC. While most of Helen’s images are crafted with and through Nature, some explore the form and function of the built environment, and others capture moments with people she meets.

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