Even when I was a young child, I would come up with wild and crazy creative ideas. When I said, “I have an idea”, my father often shook his head and said “uh oh . . . ” But when I explained to him my ideas for windswept and that I needed to scout around Cape Breton, he immediately volunteered to come along with me. Our agreement was that I could say to stop anywhere and we might explore every road, nook and cranny. So off we went, Simon my vizsla, Dad and I, to rummage around the beauty of Cape Breton. It tuned out to be a very long but wonderful day. We drove down forgotten roads, hiked trails to the sea and discovered so many new places. It turned out to be a very special Father/Daughter day and one I will treasure always.
And then the windswept team arrived, from Nova Scotia, Ontario, and North Carolina. We welcomed everyone with a Nova Scotia lobster dinner in my parent’s yard complete with coleslaw and potato salad. My Mum was especially thrilled to have Fred visiting since she is a big fan. After dinner we tumbled into my parent’s house with all of our stuff : wardrobe, props, equipment, makeup & hair implements. It was an explosion of pretty things and activity as we took over the whole house to prepare for our shoot. My Mum and Dad are very patient and gracious to let me follow through on yet another crazy idea.
After a good night’s sleep our windswept adventure began : 4 days, hundreds of kilometres, early mornings and late evenings, curious locals and lots of laughs. I want to sincerely thank the whole team for all of their hard work, patience and enthusiasm for this project.
I hope you enjoy escaping with me to my beautiful windblown Nova Scotia . . .