Kristy Saliba was sick of her life. She loathed her job, some of the people she worked with and most of the time she loathed herself.
Bullying had left her depressed and her RSI injuries in both elbows were taking their toll.
“I stuck it out for about a year, but in the end I couldn’t even walk in to the store without ending up in tears,” the 40-year-old Albion Park mum said.
So she got out.
Kristy spent the next two years learning photography skills and for the past three years has made her hobby her job.
Specialising in macro photography – making small things life size – Kristy now focuses on her love of nature and has built a successful business.
”I’ve done a lot healing, soul searching if you like, in the last 18 months and finding that I’m passionate about nature and wildlife has been the best part,” Kristy said.
“I love nothing more than being able to take a picture of something and have people fall in love with what they see.
“I like to think I’m reminding people of the beauty in nature.
“I get some of my inspiration from the people I surround myself with, some of it comes from the want to share what I see, not everyone is able to be outside or aren't able to travel to the places I do.
“I want to inspire people to be more aware of the beauty that is in nature, whether that be watching rain drops land on leaves and seeing how they pool together just before they drip off a leaf, noticing a flower bud open up over a few days, or taking the time to stop and immerse themselves in the glowing of an amazing sunset.”
Kristy says the very nature of our fast-paced modern world means many people forget to “stop and smell the roses”.
“Some of my customers have told me that certain pieces remind them of things, a loved one who has passed, a country they had to flee, a better time in their life, of a childhood happiness.
Certain pieces remind them of things, a loved one who has passed, a country they had to flee, a better time.Kristy Saliba
“For me it’s how an image makes you feel, that’s whats needed now days, a reminder of something you love or that makes you feel at home.”
Kristy’s exhibition is on until Saturday at Art Arena Gallery 1/39 Market Street Wollongong, in between the parking station and the hairdressers.