I've always liked the idea of taking photographs. It appeals to me in a way that drawing never has. Maybe because it seems more likely to capture a "perfect" image. I always get frustrated that I can't draw what I can picture in my mind.
I got a digital SLR camera a few years ago; but haven't really done much with it. In truth I still use the automatic settings when I do get it out and that feels wrong.
My WI had a talk from a lady who does wedding photography and she specialises in photos that use light in incredible ways. She even told us how to do it and sent us off to have a practise.
I went with my friends and we had a play. I think the results are spectacular and I'm a bit amazed that I was the one taking the photos. It's inspired me to play around with my camera a bit more and I'm having fun with it. I guess time will tell if I ever learn to use it properly. Watch this space.
Claire Wade is the winner of the Good Housekeeping Novel Competition and author of The Choice. She was bed bound for six years with severe ME, trapped in a body that wouldn't do what she wanted. She now writes about women who want to break free from the constraints of their lives, a subject she's deeply familiar with.