An article from way back when. Looking at these pictures feels like looking at a portrait of the woman I was at 32.
It's interesting to look back, see how I lived then, contrast it with what matters to me now. Realise that I have grown so much as an artist and woman, but that in some ways, little has changed.
Making work about the beauty in this life as a counterpoint to what's tough still matters deeply, it's just the method of delivery that's different.
"I love to make other people look beautiful because I know what a gift it is to feel like that. I admire the work of (photographers) Diane Arbus and Mary Ellen Mark and I want to create something as real as they did but as opposed to them I want to create images that are about all the beauty in the world, not just what is harsh and sad."
One of Fleur's images from a fashion shoot for Wellington designer Nicola Screen.
In the living room a fibre-optic light by Lothair Hayman contrasts with a brocade daybed reminiscent of another era.
"Fleur Wickes describes herself as "quite a romantic." You can see it in her work - she is an award-winning photographer specialising in portraits (and naturally) weddings. And you can see it in her house.
Mementoes adorn Fleur's lightshade. The chandelier over the dining table is an op shop find. The bench unit came from an Island Bay church where it was used to store vestments.
Fleur checks out her latest shots of Rosie, a favourite subject, while Jasper draws on the wall-sized blackboard. Rosie-dog is installed under the stairs.
A new glass top was all that was needed to transform this display unit, once full of ribbons and hat-making pararphernalia, into pantry storage.
Fleur at work on Lyall Bay beach which is overlooked by her garden.
Paul Craig, who framed the large image in the dining room, has worked with Fleur for nearly thirteen years.
Years of op-shopping mean there is no shortage of containers in this house - on the dining table a silver cruet set doubles as a vase.