A New Chapter

03/04/2020


How does the old saying go? When you close a door, a window opens? Seems highly unlikely to me, unless a reasonable amount of positive pressure had built up within the room, and the window is on well-oiled hinges and only already slightly ajar, but I appreciate the sentiment none the less. Right now, it more than adequately describes my current situation.

I had been feeling for some time now that a change was due, and channelled this energy into my photography with varying results, but still, without the sense of satisfaction, I longed for. There was this burning desire within me to bring a new sense of satisfaction with my photographic work, but I just could not focus on it as I had previously, which made me think that perhaps I was focusing in the wrong direction.

Life is but a balancing act that we all partake in every single day, something that is all too evident in these current strange time with Covid 19 stretching governments, families and businesses beyond the fringes of what is considered normality. Under 'normal' circumstances, this balancing act for some appears easy and almost effortless, but the reality is that everyone is in a constant state of flux maintaining this ever-evolving sense of being we call life. Principally, this can be broken down into 3 factors, what we want to do, who we want to do it with, and how are we going to do it. These factors are constantly pushed and pulled beyond our control, so it is down to us as individuals to grab hold of what we can and control it to the best of our abilities to influence the remainder and steer life in the direction we choose.

What I want to do is take great photos, and I have tried to focus on this as hard as I can, but in doing so I completely neglected to balance the how in the equation. How do I find the time? How do I afford it? How do I do anything at all? Well, simply put this comes down to income and work life, and it's this part of my life that was quietly gnawing away at the back of my mind until a shone a light on it and took action.

This action was to leave my previous employment in search of a new challenge, a challenge that in the short term will put me at odds with my pursuit of photography, but hopefully only for a short while. As romantic a notion as it would be, I could not see a way of combing these two important factions of my life by making photography my full-time career, as this would require such a radical change of lifestyle which would ultimately be unsustainable and probably see my relationship with the art diminish. Instead, I have taken a leap of faith into starting a new business in my current professional field, coincidently with the greatest international crisis, the world has seen for generations. I know, my timing is always impeccable. Early last month Pink Technical Services was born, a partnership with a Prime Residential fit-out specialist designed to deliver the highest standards of mechanical and electrical services with little old me at the helm. A huge challenge, but one that fits perfectly with my internal struggle for personal development and growth. The short term downside to this will be that I am unable to practice my photography quite as often as I had previously as I build the business into a well-oiled machine, but it doesn't mean that I have to give it up altogether. Watching the interview with Mo Brezegar by Sean Tucker I learned that I am able to continue, but just alter the way I approach my photography.

Early last month Pink Technical Services was born, a partnership with a Prime Residential fit-out specialist designed to deliver the highest standards of mechanical and electrical services with little old me at the helm. A huge challenge, but one that fits perfectly with my internal struggle for personal development and growth. The short term downside to this will be that I am unable to practice my photography quite as often as I had previously as I build the business into a well-oiled machine, but it doesn't mean that I have to give it up altogether. Watching the interview with Mo Brezegar by Sean Tucker I learned that I am able to continue, but just alter the way I approach my photography.


Balancing your Photography with a Busy Life (feat. Mo Barzegar)


Mo's story, and Sean's always perfect delivery thereof, really inspired me and showed me that even if I were to take a short break from my craft, it will be there waiting for me to step back into. We are going to soon wake up into a new world, and a world like we have never seen before, so the photographic opportunities will be in abundance as this strange new environment is documented and recorded. We are in the grips of a battle, a battle for survival, but I would encourage everyone to heed the advice of medical officials whilst keeping an eye on what the new future will bring.

It has been a crazy couple of months as I slowly begin to plan my new life as a business owner, as there have been many things to consider and plan. Quite possibly the most difficult of all the things I have had to do recently was tell my previous employer that I was resigning. Over the past 3 years, we have grown together as individuals and become good friends in the process. I have the greatest respect for him, and I'm brimming with gratitude for the support he has given me in my professional and personal development, but also in his support of my photography. I'm fairly certain he owns more pieces of my work than anybody else in the world! I'd like to say a special thank you for Andy for his support and belief in me, he is truly a remarkable individual and I learned a lot from him and will always look back fondly on our time working together.

What are you going to see from me in the future? Well, I still intend to travel as much as I can and continue my recording of these adventures, but these are likely to be a little more sporadic than they have been previously. I do enjoy writing this blog and feel as if I had found my stride since I first cautiously began this blog as it has been a great way of navigating my thoughts and clear my head, but for the foreseeable, I am likely to scale back my writing to focus only on key photographic events such my 6 in the City series. My shop will remain open, and prints are still on sale, including my collection of limited edition prints, so please do feel to browse and see if anything will brighten up your walls in these dark and uncertain times.

So no new work to show you now, pretty disappointing for a photographic blog I know, but this is yet another important step in my personal journey as I enter a new chapter in my life. I'll sign off for now and hope to be back very soon with some exciting new work, but until then please stay safe and keep shooting and enjoying the works of others. We will catch up again soon, I promise. 


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