It has been an emotional week for me. The feeling that nothing I create could do justice for what else was going on in the rest of the world. But maybe we should all celebrate our freedom to celebrate our national history and identity.
What exactly is national identity?
“A nation as a cohesive whole, as represented by distinctive traditions, culture, and language.”
My national identity helps provide me with a sense of belonging. It is something that I wish to pass on to my children. I was brought up on Manx fairytales and stories on local legends and places. These places and images truly inspire my creativity. Hearing Celtic music and exploring the Isle of Man coastline and countryside revives those images of fairy tales in my imagination.
I am privileged to be able to post what I want, when I want!
I can’t imagine how it must feel to be prevented from sharing what you want. The thought of having to double-check everything you post out of fear of a 15-year prison sentence is heart-wrenching (like citizens in Russia). I feel incredibly privileged to create photography and post what I want. To have had an upbringing where my parents have been free to share the history and stories of the country where I’m from.