Art of Woman

LensCulture Visual Storytelling Awards

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Endometriosis affects women worldwide. ‘Life with Endometriosis’ is demonstrating this by entering LensCulture international photography competition ‘Visual Storytelling Awards 2015’.
Click on above photo to go to LensCulture site and read more about the photos.
Now an international audience will view some of the varied experiences and impacts of endometriosis on women. These photos are my photographic responses to what women with endometriosis have told me. Their stories of chronic pain, missed opportunities, misunderstanding and neglect are heartbreaking. These photos are conceptual and expressive of emotion.
Endometriosis devastates on in ten women worldwide. Endometriosis urgently needs more funding for research for cures and better treatments.
‘Life with Endometriosis’ raises awareness by making endometriosis visible.
Please help raise awareness and link and forward to your friends and anyone interested in women’s health or photography.

Life with Endometriosis



Endometriosis? What is THAT!!

Watch a YouTube video invitation to joint me and become part of “Life with Endometriosis”:
'Life with Endometriosis' invitation by Margaret Kalms (YouTube)

Life with Endometriosis - invitation YouTube by Margaret Kalms

Endometriosis is a debilitating and painful women’s reproductive disease. It is surprisingly common. It affects 10 - 15% of menstruating women. This rate is similar to women with breast cancer. While many people have heard about breast cancer, few have heard about endometriosis, even fewer understand the impact of endometriosis on women's lives.

There is still prejudice in talking about pelvic pain. Many people believe that menstrual pain is somehow normal! This results in delays in diagnosis that can extend pain and suffering unnecessarily. I decided to use my art, my photographic skills to challenge these ideas and prejudices, and to raise awareness of this insidious disease.

I’m dedicating an exhibition and an accompanying art book to this cause. "Life with Endometriosis", I call it. I imagine a gallery filled with art - several photos about each story from a dozen or so women and possibly including art created by some of the women. The accompanying book will be a lasting record of “Life with Endometriosis”.

Since August 2014, I have been meeting with women who live with endometriosis and have made recordings of their experiences. Progress with photography has been slower than I hoped because of delays and postponements due to ill health - which is all part of the endometriosis story. I am committed to this project. This will be a journey over many months, maybe years, as we visually explore the impacts of endometriosis on women’s lives.

I’m excited about the visual and photographic challenges this project will bring. It is a privilege to learn about other women’s lives and tell their stories.

Contact me: lifewithendo@artofwoman.com.au

Follow and Like - Facebook.com/lifewithendometriosis

Life with Endometriosis



Endometriosis? What is THAT!!

Watch a YouTube video invitation to joint me and become part of “Life with Endometriosis”:
'Life with Endometriosis' invitation by Margaret Kalms (YouTube)

Life with Endometriosis - invitation YouTube by Margaret Kalms

Endometriosis is a debilitating and painful women’s reproductive disease. It is surprisingly common. It affects 10 - 15% of menstruating women. This rate is similar to women with breast cancer. While many people have heard about breast cancer, few have heard about endometriosis, even fewer understand the impact of endometriosis on women's lives.

There is still prejudice in talking about pelvic pain. Many people believe that menstrual pain is somehow normal! This results in delays in diagnosis that can extend pain and suffering unnecessarily. I decided to use my art, my photographic skills to challenge these ideas and prejudices, and to raise awareness of this insidious disease.

I’m dedicating an exhibition and an accompanying art book to this cause. "Life with Endometriosis", I call it. I imagine a gallery filled with art - several photos about each story from a dozen or so women and possibly including art created by some of the women. The accompanying book will be a lasting record of “Life with Endometriosis”.

Since August 2014, I have been meeting with women who live with endometriosis and have made recordings of their experiences. Progress with photography has been slower than I hoped because of delays and postponements due to ill health - which is all part of the endometriosis story. I am committed to this project. This will be a journey over many months, maybe years, as we visually explore the impacts of endometriosis on women’s lives.

I’m excited about the visual and photographic challenges this project will bring. It is a privilege to learn about other women’s lives and tell their stories.

Contact me: lifewithendo@artofwoman.com.au

Follow and Like - Facebook.com/lifewithendometriosis

More Photography Tutorials

Photography Concentrate is having a sale until 13 December 2013.

There is so much information on the internet, it is hard to know which information is right for you. I have been looking at various downloadable photography tutorials and have selected ones that develop specialist styles of photography. The advantage of downloadable tutorials is that they are not time limited. Once you have them downloaded onto your computer, you can work through the exercises whenever you have some spare time. You can also go practice techniques over and over until you have really gained the skill. My experience is that often what I learnt in class is forgotten a few days later unless I repeat the exercises. With downloadable tutorials, you can repeat them as often as you want. They become a reference material.

Hone your skills with a relevant tutorial from my “Photography Tips and Tutorials” page.

Tutorials include:
Posing Secrets Vol 1 and Vol 2, Landscape photography, Phone photography, Photo editing, Tricks and Special Effects photography, X-factor photography and PhotoShop for Photographers.
If you enjoy these tutorials, please recommend them to your friends.

If you buy one of these tutorials, I will receive a small commission which I will use to fund this website and to continue my “art of woman” photography.


I am presenting a photography workshop as a fund-raiser for Belconnen Artists Network. It is called, "Photography - The Art of Seeing". The workshop is aimed at a general audience and does not assume a sophisticated camera. It will be presented in three parts; 
1. background info such as elements and principles of design, planning photography, overview of camera controls,
2. a practical exercise taking photos and exploring new ways to see ordinary things and,
3. review of participants photos and discussion and evaluation.

The workshop will be held at Strathnairn Arts Centre in the Village Hall.
Photography-The Art of Seeing-Poster-web

House sale photos

I was asked to photograph a home that is for sale. Of course, my photos need to show the home looking good and inviting. The pictures show the different rooms and living spaces and the garden. With care I was able to show some of the outlook through the windows.

The vendor was pleased with my
photos, and gave me a bunch of flowers and a bottle of wine as a Thank You!