I wrote this post right after I finished A Bit More Soul, over two months ago. I know it’s past the used by date, but whatever.

As I sit in my hotel room, with a slither of light poking through the curtains,  I ponder.

I’ve been on my way home from NZ for 3 days now, but a broken down plane had other ideas.

It’s actually been a blessing, although I’m desperate to see my family I get to sit in this dead quiet hotel room with my thoughts, a pleasure that seldom happens with the constant noise of life.

So many thoughts.

I’ve just attended A bit more soul the photography workshop, which was one of the best experiences life has presented.

I met amazing artists, poets and people that have changed the world, and it’s blown me away. Getting to know them, asking questions, talking about similar frustrations and sharing personal stories has been incredible.

But the one question that is sits on my mind and keeps nudging me, is besides the experience (which is enough anyway), what have I taken away?

This is what I’ve come up with.

As an artist I’m going to stop trying create that perfect picture and just create. I’m just going to show up and tell it like it is, through my eyes. Thanks Emma and Pete

If I want to get better at what I do, I need a plan of action. Thanks Jake

I’m going to remember that judging people is dangerous. You never know what’s happening in someones life.

Be open. It’s ok to be open about how you feel. Put it out there, because it makes people feel like they can be open too. Thanks Rachel Brown.

I need to feed myself with good food not just the general stream of Facebook crap. Seek great art in any form, dissect it and add it to my knowledge bank. Thanks Si Moore.

I should never underestimate the power of writing things down. Writing things down helps me think about things and how exactly I feel about them.

“Who you are is NOT shaped by the things that have happened to you in your life. Rather who you are is shaped by the stories that you tell about those things that have happened to you in your life”. Thanks Joel Mckerrow.

Seek quiet time. This is really hard for me but when it happens I realise how many things were sitting clouding my head just waiting to be thought about, analysed, written down and created. 

It really is possible to change things in this world, you just need an idea and whole bunch of dedication, focus and hard work. Thanks Dave Dixon.

But the main thing I’m coming away is it reminded me how lucky I am to have something that creates such passion in my life.

It’s taken me along time to feel comfortable with the term photographer and even now it still doesn’t sit well. But I do and it makes me proud to carry the title.

It enriches my life more than I can explain. It’s made me a better person because it constantly reminds me of what’s important in life. It makes me feel and when I feel, I think and when I think, I put meaning to those moments.

Images shot with Iphone, Canon Mark 3 and Contax 645, Portra 400

 

 

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