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nine {with leonie wise}

The Nine is an interview series with creative folks that began on my blog, Be Present, Be Here, in the Spring of 2009; the interviewees are asked to respond to nine questions in photographs (or video). All the interviews can be found here.

Today's Nine interview is with lovely, spirit-full woman who is Leonie Wise. I was lucky enough to meet Leonie in person at Squam last fall, where I learned that her laugh makes me very very happy. To me, her spirit is full of adventure and open-heartedness, and she seems to have such a quiet wisdom about her. A few weeks ago, I ordered Leonie's exquisite new book, all of a sudden, and when it arrived, I slowly savored each photo and poem. If you are a searcher, a person cracking open, a lover of poems plus photography, a person seeking your words, well, this book is one you need to hold in your hands. Yes. I recommend settling in for an afternoon spent with a cup of hot tea, some dark chocolate, and Leonie's book. You might want to have a little poetry reading and read her words aloud.  That sounds about perfect.

Here is a little glimpse into Leonie's world and some of her adventures through her answers to the Nine...


Question 1: Who are you?


Question 2: What do you love about where you live?



Question 3: What might your perfect afternoon look like?




Question 4: If you had an hour alone in your studio/creative space, what would you do?


Question 5: Right now, what are some of your favorite things?


 Question 6: What foods nourish your soul?


Question 7: When you need to simply take a breath and reground yourself, what do you do? 


Question 8: How do you nurture your creative dreams?


Question 9: Does your heart have a secret wish you want to share?



leonie is a poet, photographer, adventurer & life enthusiast. she lives creatively, dreams crazy dreams, laughs a lot and is often seen without any shoes.

she currently lives in london, england with her beloved, though will always call new zealand home.

when she’s not writing poetry (and sometimes, even when she is) you can usually find her at the nearest beach.

visit her at her blog.

(all photos copyright Leonie Wise.)

Reader Comments (16)

this made me SOOO happy. leonie, you are such a shiny beautiful gem.

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commentervivienne

Beautiful beautiful beautiful... love you, Leoniewise x

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSusannah

this is the best interview EVER.
i adore leonie wise.

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrachel awes

Lovely, Just lovely.

Thank you for these additional glimpses into the beautiful, magnificent life that is Leonie Wise.

Lots of feel good energy here!

This post was a great way to begin my Thursday :)

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

How I loved this interview! It was such a refreshing break from words--and yet so intimate and truthful. So much conveyed. Leonie is such an inspiration!

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

This is the first time I've been introduced to the wonders of a photographic interview- and it is powerful. Leonie is a beautiful soul with so much light and laughter and life; her answers shine a light that glows from within.

Thank you for this.

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTitanium

Liz, this is such a wonderful interviews idea, love it ! I like the peacefulness and silence feeling of it but so rich and magical too :)

Leonie, lovely to find out more about you through your photos :)

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterflowing moments

A wonderful pictorial! I am going to check out her blog now. This was great, thank you!

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkelly

lovely lovely lovely
the light hearted tenderhearted bighearted beauty ....

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjane

Leonie is lovely ~ Leonie is magic. I love her so much.
Thank you for sharing.

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbella

What a cool way to answer interview questions ~ with photographs!

I had the joy of being cabin-mates with the lovely Leonie at Squam in September 09 and am very, very thankful to have met her. She is a special lioness, indeed.

April 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBJ Lantz

such beauty and I adore Leonie!

April 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterstef

I so love seeing the answers to your questions via photographs. Somehow, it feels more intimate and revealing.

Leonie, thank you for sharing yourself with all of us!

April 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterelizabeth

great interview!

April 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJanePoet ~ JP/deb

those shots are great...
i love the feet.

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergkgirl

Hi Leonie, I just typed my maiden name into google and it came up with you. I love your blog. Leonie. x

April 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLeonie Ashute

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