Wednesday, 1 January 2020

2019


Reading my 2018 review post, I didn't do everything I mentioned.

Motorsport photography was a genre that really started my journey but I haven't added anymore pictures.

It certainly seems I haven't done as much photography this year.

But I think I have made some big steps.

A shoot was published, and proved to me what I am capable of. I put a lot of pressure on myself and was very pleased with the results.

A long term collaboration has started to bear fruit. I first worked with a model and her mum many years ago. I can't believe it been three years.

This year the trust and respect we have built resulted in my working with them on a project for a designer, Jo. The feedback I received was just what I needed. I had started to lose motivation, I wasn't sure where to go.

I am planning a studio day with Alex, I know it will be a big confidence booster. We have worked together this year, the rapport was great. I came away with extra motivation. Next year I want a relaxed day experimenting with lighting. I won't have to worry about lack of time, and I know Alex will be full of ideas.

I have greatly improved the pictures I take when cycling. The 2020 calendar I printed has been very well received, it's a bigger size showing them off better than the previous years.

Next year we'll have to explore more cycling routes, find new destinations. I'll continue getting out, almost, whatever the weather. The weekend before Christmas had terrible wind and rain, and it was very cold; I just couldn't face it on Saturday. I did get out on the Sunday. Over Christmas, I rode whenever possible.

Looking at my cycling app I rode further in 2019. And that's despite not doing RideLondon or Caterham to Canterbury, both big mile days.

Cycling and photography allow me time to myself, to just think about the task at hand. Life can be very hectic, so many tasks and thoughts jostling for my attention. The rides aren't distractions, they're a way to reset, to take a breath.

I intend to do more longer rides next year, and a few focused photoshoots. I look forward to more shoots with the Jo, Saskia and Janice.

I am very pleased with what I have achieved this year, and I'm looking forward to 2020.

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