Starting at the Beginning
This is my first Blog so please bear with me while I learn lots of new things and then, over time, try and unlearn some of them!
I plan to use this blog as a monthly 'diary' to write about my thoughts and activities in the photographic space both currently and as a way of reflecting on the journey.
In the last month or so my life has changed in so many ways. I took the very difficult decision to leave my job at the end of February. After over 35 years of constant work with no significant breaks I can honestly say that I had completely burned out. Every time I googled 'career burnout' I could tick each and every box, there was no doubt, so I took the decision to stop for the sake of my own sanity. I had already booked a trip to Rajastan with the fantastic Valda Bailey and Denis Hocking of BaileyChinnery so it seemed like the perfect 'full stop'. Returning to the UK in mid-March just a few days before the lock down has been very strange.
Life is certainly different but not in the way that I had imagined it would be. The challenge now is to turn the time at home into a positive and to emerge with a new-found focus on things which make me happy and keep me creative. This diary will keep me honest in that journey.
I plan to include a few images each month, a mixture of new and existing work with some commentary on each to add context. The image included here is one from my recent trip to Rajastan and is the first I have processed. I have been heard to say 'I do like a good window!" so there may be a few of those. I will comment more on images looking forward.
So… here goes…
Thank you Linda – it was lovely to share the experience in India with you and it has been wonderful to witness the change in you as the stresses and strains of your work life slowly ebb away. I really look forward to seeing your developing ideas. Vx
Hi Valda, thank you so much for taking the time to look through my efforts. I’ve loved pulling this together – it’s made me think very carefully about what I love about photography… and yes, weren’t we lucky to get to India when we did… for me it’s the perfect full stop between one phase and the next… happy days indeed. Xx
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