I've been making myself busy since the beginning of the year. I hear a lot of people telling me to make more time for doing nothing, like it's better that way. In my case, it's not. I'd always rather be doing something.
One of my new roles is Project Manager for Shutter Hub (I totally L-O-V-E that team). One afternoon in early February I got to talk to a room of aspiring photographers at a workshop run by Accumul8. Their mission is to empower young, homeless people through creativity. I talked about my journey and approach to photography, and how my camera is my tool, my weapon, my voice and occasionally my therapist. Afterwards I spent some time with one of students who couldn't believe we had so much in common.
The most refreshing thing about the afternoon was the lack of assumptions anyone made about me which is what I had feared the most.
It's helpful to spend a chunk of time thinking about your motivations, your work and the narrative behind the pictures you take. Sometimes it pays off to be honest about the stories to tell and the reason we pick up a camera or paintbrush or pencil or guitar. My most recent projects have helped me heal, forced me to get outside of my comfortable zone and in turn, made me feel much better about my place in the world. The most immediate thing in my gift to change is where I put my energy and which projects I'll focus on. It's my own food for thought this year.
Here are a few pictures from my local park this winter. I can't get enough of Crystal Palace when it's cold.