Caped Magician Dancer
Rosey the Riveter Leap of Faith
Orange Poppy Poppy Light
About the Poppy Photos
Poppies are a miraculous flower that give us a powerful pain reliever, they are magnificent to see and yet they have come to represent war. It was first observed after battles of the Napoleonic War that previously barren land would blossom with blood red poppies after a battle. This is because dormant seeds are stirred to life after the tumult of violent conflict. John McCrea’s famous World War One poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ popularized this phenomenon. I photograph these wonderful blooms in order to see beyond the stereotypical view of poppies representing ‘violent addictions’ but instead as a hope for peace.
Biography Lesley Walker-Fitzpatrick
Performed as Maya, Goddess of Magic with magician Doug Henning.
Toured Europe, Mid East and Canada as magician and dancer including
the CNE, Canada Day, Ontario Place, Toronto Stock Exchange, and
Canadian Armed Forces Tours. Created and performed ‘The Fabric of
their Lives’ about WW1.
Photographic work shown in Toronto, Stratford, Ottawa and Rochester. Worked as a psychiatric researcher at the Hospital for Sick Children.
Drama and movement artist; researched and presented workshops with anti-war, social justice and environmental themes. Awards include; YMCA Canada Peace Medal, Du Maurier Search For Stars, Ontario Arts Council , Stratford Shakespeare Festival Guthrie Award, open mike poetry competitions and a Dorothy Shoemaker Literary Award.
Sister and amanuensis to inspiring poet John C. Walker who was quadriplegic and mute.