My first book, House of water is now available. It's full colour and features 25 poems, each paired with one of my art photographs. Priced at £12.50, it's available at Amazon UK. I also have a limited number of copies which can be signed and dedicated - if you'd like one please get in touch. Grateful thanks to Culture Vannin for sponsoring publication.
'A beautiful, spellbinding and also devastating collection.'
– Beth Orton
'In House of Water, Janet Lees offers a complex conversation between poetry and photographs that navigates those contested, permeable topographies where the tangible touches numinous. On this shifting shore, vivid images reflect dislocations in both outer and inner space, laying bare a sometimes savagely beautiful excavation of one’s apprehension of the world. ‘What is treasure and what is trash’? As these fragments drawn up from ‘the bottom of the deep blue sea,’ the river’s disinterested murk,’ and the raw edges of experience demonstrate time and again, all is treasure in the reflected light of the House of Water.' – Oz Hardwick
'It can be hard to describe your response to Janet's work because that response is an inner knowing, a sense of connection that is deep-seated. The poetry of her photography is quietly breathtaking, and the imagery that she creates within her poetry gives you that breath back. Janet’s work lands securely in the heart space, it makes you tilt your head and that smile to start at the corner of your mouth, it speaks to you in the ways that it needs to; it is luminescent, it is a quiet but definite delight.' – Breesha Maddrell, Director, Culture Vannin
Amazon customer reviews
'I skimmed this book greedily. It made my heart bang and my blood whizz with recognition of a self understood. I keep it by my chair and dip regularly into each page in awe of the beautiful, beautiful combination of images and words. It's a book that pokes you, it has the ability to both calm and unsettle. This work matters and I truly appreciate the courage of the artist and poet.'
'In this haunting collection of photographs and poems, Janet Lees's deftly chosen words ebb and flow like the sea. Using compelling imagery she explores a range of subjects, bringing us to the nadir of human emotion and demonstrating the redemptive power of love.'
'I love the mix of everyday symbols with the deep, penetrating soul-searching feelings shared in sharp, raw and sometimes haunting language. The combination of image and poem helps you to lose yourself inside the meaning as, together, they draw you in. Beautiful, challenging and evocative.'
'This wonderful collection of imagery and words draws me back again and again, and each time I discover something new. Sometimes, I find a phrase reflects my own mood, shedding new light on my experience. At other times, something looms up at me that I hadn't seen before, reminiscent of gazing at Turner's The Fighting Temeraire - the more you look the more you see. This is one of my best purchases this year.'