Heather Gartside was born in England in 1964. After working as a designer in Paris, she now writes books and works as a photographer from her base in Denmark - where she lives with her family. Heather has written and published two books. The latest book, Middle Distance is heavily illustrated with her own photographic work and is a departure from the light-hearted style found in her first title, Rice Pudding In A Duvet. Although neither of the works are strictly autobiographical, both are closely tied-into her personal experiences with the addition of plenty of poetic license, and a large twist of "magical realism."
"It's been a long, hard road writing "Middle Distance", and an occasion for me to turn a period of intense pain into an artistic vision... It's all that I can do, and to hopefully help others with my observations - shedding a little light in the darkness and to make an offering of empathy.
The journey began four years ago when my husband arrived home from work and had a massive heart attack. He died for a short time, but I resuscitated him with the help of my children. Perhaps the story ended there, where it began? It was the best outcome possible. But the children's golden childhood's ended abruptly, and I became immersed in a dark place; a place of trauma - of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Throughout that time I wrote and took photographs as a distraction, and as the compulsion that I feel as a creative person. But most of all I turned to yoga and meditation as a place of calm, to find peace of mind. This spiritual journey back to the light is the story that I'd like to share."
You can easily connect with Heather online:
Website/blog - https://heathergartside.com
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/middledistance1/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/gartsideheather/