eleasah E. ridley
My name is Eleasah Ridley, I am a self-taught freelance artist and illustrator living in Brisbane Australia.
My desire to be an artist was first inspired by my mother who loved to draw horses. She would decorate letters and notes and tell stories with delightfully quick sketches, full of movement and personality. I also fell in love with drawing horses, trying to represent them as realistically as possible. These days my art is less about perfection and more about freedom. It doesn't matter to me how technically 'good' my work is but whether or not it is 'alive'.
I strive to bring delight and joy to others' experience of art also and find that my favourite way to create is by being around people and allowing their lives and stories to inspire me.
My chief joy is in giving my work away and using my talent to bless others.
Freelance photojournalist Angela Catlin is one of the most gifted and experienced photographers in the world and has won numerous awards for her photography including Feature Photographer of the Year at the UK National Picture Editor Awards and Scottish Photographer of the Year on two occasions.
Angela has worked in places such as Rwanda, Srebenica, Cambodia and Columbia, Gaza, Guatemala and Haiti. She has worked on a number of projects with journalist Billy Briggs, including an investigation into the rise of neo-Nazism in Russia. Their reportage won both Amnesty International’s Scottish Media Award and Nations and Regions Award.
A feature they produced for Scotland On Sunday’s Spectrum Magazine exposing the racism suffered by Roma in Scotland was voted British winner of the European Union Journalist Award in 2007 and their reportage came third overall in Europe out of more than 800 entries to take the Bronze Prize
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Ray Evans is a a very fine photographer whose work is on many pages of the Dove Tales website. He photographs political demonstrations, empty factories, Edinburgh Fringe performers.
Unusually, he prefers vintage cameras to digital and has a collection of Leicas.
He is also a poet whose work has appeared in many anthologies.
He has two published collections of poetry, Drinking Bright Liquor and The Last Red Telephone Box and is preparing a third, The Apothecary's Hand, for publication in 2018.
Ray was the last Poet Laureate of the iconic Scotia Bar in Glasgow.
To find out more about Ray and his work please visit his websites:
Tom Stoddart began his photographic career on a local newspaper in his native North-East of England. In 1978 he moved to London and began working freelance for publications such as the Sunday Times and Time Magazine.
During a long and varied career he has witnessed such international events as the war in Lebanon, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the election of President Nelson Mandela, the bloody siege of Sarajevo and the wars against Saddam Hussein in Iraq.
In 1997 Tony Blair gave Stoddart exclusive behind the scenes access to his election campaign as Labour swept to victory after 18 years of Conservative government. More recently he documented Prime Minister David Cameron’s daily life at 10 Downing Street.
His acclaimed in-depth work on the HIV/AIDS pandemic blighting sub-Saharan Africa won the POY World Understanding Award in 2003. In the same year his pictures of British Royal Marines in combat, during hostilities in Iraq, was awarded the Larry Burrows Award for Exceptional War Photography. A year later his book iWITNESS was honoured as the best photography book published in the USA.
In the summer of 2012, Perspectives, an outdoor retrospective exhibition in collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross was viewed by 225,000 visitors at London’s South Bank.
Now established as one of the worlds most respected photojournalists, Stoddart is represented by, and works closely with Getty Images, to produce powerful photo-essays on the serious world issues of our time.