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:
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.