For some reason, this winter seems to have hit me particularly hard. The endless grey skies and lack of daylight have created a strong, instinctive desire to hibernate - to completely retreat from the world in every sense - only to emerge once it stays light until 6pm. Talking with others, it seems I am not the only one to feel like this, particularly this year (apparently it's the darkest winter on record) - knowing that inspiration in life comes from getting out, exploring, being with people, just hasn't been motivation enough to do the actual getting out bit.
So, with trepidation, I accepted a photography booking from Fen at Narborough Hall, dusted off my camera and headed down to London last Sunday to photograph her brother Angel, his girlfriend Emma, and their young son, Slaytor. It was the best thing I could have done; an honest reminder that often, re-finding our zest for life comes down to simple accountability, a way to renew our sense of purpose; to renew our sense of why we do what we do through showing up.
And what a gentle way to show up it was - I was welcomed by a quiet, yet determined young couple with an 8 month old little chap. Photographing in an unfamiliar environment is always an unknown quantity - you just have to go with the flow and, both literally and metaphorically, see the light of day...
With grateful thanks to Angel, Emma, Slayter and Fen x
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