Here is what others have said about the book “Wings To Fly” and Joanne’s work:
“I greatly admire Joanne Chilton’s work. Wings to Fly is an appropriate title for this book as her photographs are full of movement. I love how she can make bark and rocks and trees seem to dance and even the photographs of industrial and man made objects are full of motion. These works are extremely evocative, they can make one feel hopeful, sad or full of wonder; so it is fitting that her colleague, Jeanne Ripley has supplied her own emotional responses to the images in the form of short poems, that also chronicle her journey from despair to hope.”
“The photographs by Joanne Chilton and the poems by Jeanne Ripley work together very well to make an attractive book which we will enjoy looking at and keep for a long time.”
- Alex Colville, Artist
“I found the natural progression of the sections comparable to the stages in flying. At first we are on the ground, but by the last chapter we have taken flight. The poetry and images provide a lift to the spirit. Often times it is spaces between words and simple designs, as in the image next to Für Elise, that triggers contemplation a simple twig becomes a celebration of life.
I personally like simple and find that often less is more, with images as with poetry, the reader is prompted to fill in the spaces. Considering the title of the book I found pages 94, 95 as an effective ending. It tells us how we get wings to fly. The imagery is very strong as we have all experienced throwing a stone in the water and as we watch the ripples we contemplate the meaning of life.”
“Joanne’s images were simply beautiful to behold: they exceeded even the expectations that Yousef Khanfar’s build-up had created. Having now seen more of Joanne’s work on her website, I have no doubt that this is a rare and special talent and I only hope that the reproduction here can come some way towards recreating the stunning feel of her delicate originals.” Digital Photo Art, London England. 2005
“Her photographs are found moments that express a truth revealed in the space and time between motion.” Elissa Barnard, Arts Reporter
“Work meant to provoke meditation.”
- George Elliott Clark, poet and Playwright
“Wings to Fly shepherds us through inner territory with delicacy and precision. Each word cleanly counts and each image goes the appropriate depth – many way deeper. It has the authenticity and strength of a long and honest journey that the photographer and wordsmith have taken individually, discovering intimate revelations common to both.
The wise, connective tissue that threads between the mind and heart, light and dark, being and full becoming, is explored here, with the gap between pages, between word and image, offered up as a kind of open, compassionate space through which our own experience can breathe and fly.”