After four years of working and operating in Newcastle I have left for new pastures. It was with a heavy heart that I said goodbye to a city that I had grown to love and call home. Life is full of adventure and this is a new one that brings its own trials and excitement.
It is important in life to approach everything with a sense of adventure and make the most of the opportunities. I like to think that I can end each chapter of my life with no regrets. That is certainly easier said than done, but I believe that if you throw yourself into every opportunity then it is achievable. upping sticks and moving to Cornwall may not be for everyone, but even the smallest challenge can open up doors or give you a life changing experience.
This can be applied to photography. Challenge yourself, get out of your comfort zone and throw yourself into it. For me, as a past time, I like to indulge myself with street photography. I find it soothing and exciting and each time I shoot there is always variety. Cornwall however is not overly abundant with cities and is much more rural. The coastal landscapes are breathtaking in this part of the country, so this may become my new pastime, cliched I know, but it is something that I find quite challenging.
This meant that tonight I was down on the beach with my tripod, no doubt making a fool out of myself. As the sun set on another beautiful day, I fumbled around trying to remember all I had learnt about landscape photography. Possibly the last time i read anything about the topic was when I bought my first Dslr about 9 years ago. I looked at the screen on my Fuji X-T1 trying to work out why my images weren't coming as I visioned. I then looked up just as a freak wave came crashing in to the beach. I grabbed my tripod, but didn't have chance to move my feet. The water receded back over my sodden ankles and shoes. I could have shouted something obscene at that moment, but clocking the stunning scenery, awash with the beautiful red glow from the sunset. I took a deep breath, readied myself, and squelched off to find another scene to fill my lens.
Look for challenges, accept that there will always be trials, and above all, keep creating.