It’s the hottest day of the year so far and to be honest it’s pretty uncomfortable, especially when you work in an office with no air conditioning. I wanted to take a break from Glastonbury pictures today as I don’t want to bore you, but at the same time wanted a nice sunny picture to mirror the weather outside. Believe it or not this picture was taken over Easter this year (ie in April) on the beach in Harlech, North Wales. April is not traditionally known for its blistering sunshine but maybe this year April was a sign of things to come. It’s a picture of my two kids heading into the dunes; Harlech has miles of rolling sand dunes that you can get lost in – great for children but you have to keep an eye on them. They spent all day climbing to the top and running down again at breakneck speed. Anyhow, Summer’s here and enjoy it while it lasts. I hope you like the picture too.
To be honest I am having a bit of a crisis of confidence today and I am not really sure why. Since I took up photography lots of nice things have happened including winning a local competition and getting an image on a greetings card; only yesterday, one of my images was chosen by The Guardian for a feature on British wildlife and was voted second best out of 10. So why do I feel so dispirited?
Sometimes I think that perhaps I have little or neglible talent for this. This is usually brought on by viewing other people’s photographs. Also, I am depressed about not being able to get out more with the camera – its difficult with a full time job and a 2-hour commute each day and at weekends I want to spend time with the family. I would like to buy more equipment but my salary and household commitments preclude this. I have made attempts to licence my images and although the response has been positive (we like your work, keep in touch, etc) I haven’t really got anywhere.
God, this is turning into a bit of a downer and I don’t want it to be (think sunshine!) but I am not really sure what to do next and whether I will ever have the time/money to do it. I am beginning to realise that photography is an expensive hobby and that to get stunning pictures you need to have the best lenses, the ability to get up early in the morning and just go, and the time to do it. Oh and a great location helps – leafy Cheshire is nice but flat as a pancake.
So am I wasting my time? Answers on a postcard please. I hope not and I am certainly going to carry on with the blog. Maybe I am expecting too much and need a dose of harsh reality. Maybe it’s enough just to share my pictures with you… Any comments are welcome as always
I promise to cheer up tomorrow…