More time on photography

I am breaking a couple of month’s blogging, tweeting, Flickring and Google-plussing silence to announce that I am about to do a bit of a Tony Benn.

That formally infamous, lately celebritied ex-cabinet minister, hereditary peerage refusenik and “national treasure” famously said he was leaving parliament to spend more time on politics. A number of times, I’ve photographed him entertainingly—sometimes inspiringly—keeping that faith.

Me? Nothing so ideologically correct. I am leaving the professional photography part of my work-life imbalance to, yes, spend more time and less money on photography. I’ve found the courage and resources to turn amateur! My wife’s on board. Only Warehouse Express, Speed Graphic and a few other online camera stores will be very marginally disappointed.

Here’s why and how:

Ironically, the most lucrative only half-decent money I’ve made out of photography has been from leading landscape workshops. And, as my guests’ testimonials demonstrate, I put 150 percent of myself into other people’s photography. That’s the way it should have been, of course.

My adult education photography classes began as a loss leader but became a de facto, convivial camera club with the bonus that I would learn something new every time I was asked something I didn’t know. I’ll miss that. I’ll miss them.

It was exciting and exhausting photographing a few weddings; capturing joyful images that continue to make me and the happy couples smile or shed a tear. I recouped some wedding photography costs. But, in the midst of a post-film, everyone’s-a-photographer, price-erosive free-for-all, I’ve decided to stop squandering my daughter’s potential inheritance and concentrate on properly paid work.

So it’s back to full-time PR and corporate communications with photography resuming its rightful therapeutic and wonderful distraction status.

But not back to the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District landscape. We are moving to Australia’s Melbourne where my talented wife has accepted a sustainable day job; where I am looking forward to the same. Looking forward to less-is-more spare time photography.

After I figure out which way round are the sunrise and sunsets, I may still offer a small number of  landscape photography workshops in my “spare” time.

If you have any comments, it’d be nice to hear from you. If you make it to Melbourne, it would be great to see you.

21 thoughts on “More time on photography”

  1. David
    the very best of luck – I know it will go well for someone as talented as your good self. Look forward to seeing you in Oz….

  2. I’ve heard that Australia might provide the inspiration for a photo or two. Of course you’ll miss our wonderful dank dismal dark depressing days spent lurking on the miserable moors beneath the chilly cloudbase not being able to see the glorious scenery… I’m also a bit doubtful about the beer down there. But I know that you’ll make the most of a great adventure and I look forward to seeing the digital evidence!

    1. That was a complete suprise David, a big step to take from the Lune Valley & those bleak Howgills. I’m sure you’ll find the better light more uplifting in Melbourne.
      I was up at the Foxes pulpit the other week but never opened the shutter due to the drizzle & mist, I’m sure you’ll miss it…??
      Although we’ve never met I’ve always enjoyed your comments & images on Flickr, so hope when you get settled down under you might find time to post up a few images.
      I hope everything works out for you & your family & wish you every success in your new adventure.

      1. Thank you for your kind words, David.

        Some say the light is rather harsh in Australia, but I reckon that’d make for a style at least. That, and I suspect that the sun goes up and down down there, too. Melbourne has proper weather with rain and cloud and drizzle as well as sunshine, just no frost and snow. The latter can be found not too far away in the High Country. Lots of coastline to explore with or without camera.

        If you are anywhere near Howgill before the end of March, please let me know and I’ll make you a cup of tea.

        All the best and see you on Flickr at least.


  3. Good luck for your future and that of your family, David. I often remember the enjoyable time I had at Derwentwater with the group that you led back in 2010.
    I’m sure that with your drive and enthusiasm you’ll make a success of your move.
    Strange that while I’m reading your blog I can hear “Escape Down Under” on the TV upstairs! Must be a good omen!

    1. Thanks Ken. I’ll miss Derwent Water, too. Next time you are there, if you haven’t already, you should expire Manesty Park for excellent views both over the water and south to Castle Crag. See you in Oz one day perhaps.

  4. Lesley and I were just talking about you today and wondering what was happening. We guessed about Australia!
    I am sad not to have the chance of more tuition from you but fully understand your decision. I wish you very well for the future and hope to see some of your “amateur” images on Flickr.

    1. Thanks Marjorie and to you, too, Lesley.

      And, yes, I’ll do my best to ensure the images I put on Flickr are up to the standard of the best amateur tradition. Do stay tuned to the blog as I may come up with something useful to say eventually. And if you make it to Australia let me know.

      All the best

  5. I hope HF holidays continue with more of the ‘Focus on Light’ workshops you were planning to do this year. All the best for you and your family ‘down under’, and hope you manage to find time between work to enjoy some photography. I’m sure Australia won’t disappoint.

    1. Thanks Phil. I am sure HF will manage without me. Plenty of photographers are generally a giving bunch, which is what they rely on. Drop me a line if you are within a few hundred miles.

    1. Hi Mike

      Thanks for the good wishes and for your grasp of the size of the move. I’ve emailed you about meeting up.


  6. Hi David,

    Good luck with the move to Australia, I appreciate all that I learned from my two outings with you and realise that I’m still on a huge learning curve. Maybe we will meet in the future (my daughter now lives and works in Sydney) when I visit as it can’t be that big a place, can it!!!!


  7. Best of luck down there. think that you are right- quality of life style with family is more important than a photo. Even though I only went on one of your courses(the first I had ever been on) your enthusiasm, general approach means I will be this year doing it again but who with??
    Best of luck

    1. Thanks Peter. I enjoyed your company on the course and there’s no better feedback to be had than seeing enthusiasm passed on. See you down there one day maybe.

  8. Very best wishes for your very exciting move and new challenge.
    Melbourne sounds a very pleasant city with just ahint of the British weather to lessen any unlikely feelings of home-sickness. (I would guess that your story of the boulders striking the house foundations at Howgill will go down well down there.)
    Thanks for all the tuition and inspiration that you passed on. Really enjoyed meeting you and our little class at Sedbergh.
    Good luck, Trevor.

  9. Sorry David only just getting around to my email box – I’ve been ill so not spent time on the computer at all. Good luck in your exciting new life and exploring new vistas and challeges. Thank you for your inspiring classes in Kirkby Stephen. Alex and I are both using the skills you guided us with and and the enthusiasm you gave me. Good luck to you all.

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