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Cindy-Lou Ramsay with her dad Louis who lost his fight with Parkinson's in 2013
Talented photographer Cindy-Lou Ramsay has produced her East Kilbride calendar for 2016, inspired by her wildlife-loving late father. In the calendar, entitled ‘East Kilbride: The Polo Mint City’, the Calderwood snapper and filmmaker has captured images of the town in all its glory.
And the 42-year-old said her fourth calendar is her best yet as it is particularly close to her heart.
Cindy-Lou said: “Thanks to my dad’s influence I have a huge love of wildlife and plants, which is evident in this year’s images. One of my favourite aspects of East Kilbride is the fact that, although it’s a big town, it’s surrounded by countryside which means we’re lucky to have a great deal of wildlife around us.
“For that reason the James Hamilton Heritage Park remains one of my favourite locations. I’m always amazed at the variety of birds found there, the swans being my favourites.
“There are always plenty of photo-opportunities to be had.”
She added: “In the beginning I made the mistake of concentrating too much on images I thought other people would like instead of going with my own instincts but this all changed after I lost my dad.”
Cindy-Lou’s beloved dad Louis lost his fight with Parkinsons’ disease in December 2013.
The death of her dad hit Cindy-Lou hard and she admits that in her grief she lost her passion for taking pictures.
“My dad had been living with Parkinson’s for several years”, she said.
“It’s an awful illness. He was my wee hero and when he died at the end of 2013 I really struggled to come to terms with it.
“It wasn’t until I went on a trip to Nashville, Tennessee, later in the year that my creative side began to emerge again. My dad was a big country and western fan so that was the music I grew up with. Being immersed in the music and culture proved to be cathartic.
“Don’t get me wrong, though. I still cried my way round half of Nashville: all through the Willie Nelson Museum and The Gran Ole Opry, as everything reminded me of him. But it must have been therapeutic as my passion for pictures finally returned shortly after that.”
Cindy-Lou has donated hundreds of pounds to the Lanarkshire and Glasgow South Parkinson’s group (LGS) over the years, with 10 per cent of the sales of her East Kilbride landmark calendars going directly to the charity.
She described the group as a lifeline to those struck down by the degenerative disease, adding: “Parkinson’s has a terrible impact on both patients and their families.
“This group is a great source of support for everybody involved by providing exercise classes, day trips and generally a wee lifeline for them. They rely on public donations to keep them going so every penny counts. They were a great source of comfort to my wee dad so I’m grateful to be able to give something back to them.”
To make a donation visit www.justgiving.com/cindy-lou-ramsayphotography