Boom ! There it is, the start of the fourth year of my photography business ! When I was made redundant, my Area Manager was made redundant too! He said “what are you doing at the weekend ?” I said “talking at the photography show.” He just looked at me like I was winding him up. I took my redundancy money and decided to give the industry another go after a very long time out! I sold all my Nikon camera gear, went on holiday to Venice, came back and took the plunge.
It’s been really hard graft at times and very gut wrenching scary ! But all the time there has been this little voice next to me ( no not Richie!) saying just keep going. I have sat in the car next to Jane on my way to talk to a room full of 900 people feeling sick and on the verge of giving it up through anxiety but Jane was always there supporting me from the start !
She is supporting me even more now with my weight loss and she is amazing and is the only reason I can do what I do as she gives me the confidence to do it.
Not easy for a guy with Dyslexia and really bad chronic IBS !
Jane gave me the strength to drive forward against all odds at times in an ever changing industry to stop, think and change direction and find a new way to make it work, adapt and evolve.
It’s all getting more difficult, even weddings are becoming a struggle and training companies in the UK are dropping like flies.
I have had some very good contracts and clients but the plan is in four years time is to just have the time to take Photographs for myself and spend some time with Jane.
Well that’s four years away !
In the meantime something amazing and positive.
I have decided to attempt to do something very special ! I want to help my friend Alan and his team turn this industry on its head and put Photography back where it should be, on top !!
I love photography, I have been addicted to it all my life and I admire the great photographers that have gone before us, they inspire me to go out day after day to be just like them. Not for fame or glory but just to one day make one amazing image.
There is more to great photographers than the gear they use. it’s about light, composition, moment, great subject, emotional impact and passion !! Sometimes it’s luck but most of the time it’s hard graft and thousands of hours out there, searching and learning.
You need a camera that is the right tool for the job and is a perfect fit for you, but a great photographer could use any camera.
So the second half of my eight year journey is to get photography for all ages back to where it should be.
I am going to be working with Alan Raw and his Team, Claire, and Richard to bring to Hull an amazing photography show!
I have amazing artists booked but so far only three people from the trade have said yes !! Very sad and proves my point ! They don’t want to risk a new show as it costs money with hotels and stands and staff !! Also, if it’s past Birmingham everyone gets a nosebleed !
Over 8000 people went to HipFest last year on opening weekend and 100,000 over the Festival ! That’s passionate people with cameras and a love of photography !
I know all my friends will support me and make this very special.
I know Jane will be with me all the way putting up with me not sleeping and running around making notes and voice memos and being a driven (and grumpy!) I also have to finish my program of workshops for Wex etc so extra grumpy the next three months.
Even if you are not sure what Photography is all about come to Hull in October for a day out ! Marilyn Stafford is there with her Exhibition at 91 years old! Come and see her images of Einstein, Edith Piaf, Cartier Bresson and be inspired by her passion for creation. Come and have the experience of a pie and a pint in Hull !
So the next four years I will be working with as many people as I can to put Photography back at the top and help creative people have a voice.
I hope you guys will join me on this journey ! Sit down, hold on tight and let’s go….
PhotoCity Hull 5-7th October 2018
From the Hart…
Thanks Jane x
Thanks also to all my friends for all the help and advice along the way, you know who you are.
Thanks to Kevin Mullins for saying just do it what have you got to loose, and it’s easy just get up there and talk it’s your passion…