I have been incredibly lucky recently to have survived a life threatening illness.
All apologies to those of you with whom I may have arranged to work with only to have gone “off the radar” for a while. rest assured that I am much improved and am raring to go. Years ago I did a bungee jump in New Zealand – quickly followed the next day by a tandem skydive. Truly and honestly these experiences changed my life for at least the next few days.
However what I am coming through at the moment I expect to change my life for the better for ever. Getting to the punchline I have suffered from my first episode of severe depression. I am (no longer) ashamed to speak about this and am all to aware how common this is in particular within the creative community.
How is this of relevance to photography? I suppose it may be clichéd but I truly feel that my life has gone from monochrome to colour. In fact I would say that my personal camera has had a roll or two of Velvia inserted. I am happier than I have been for a good few years. Continuing along the photography analogy it would be unfair however to suggest that this was as simple or quick a process as changing the film in a 35mm camera. I am aware of others who are continuing to suffer from this and am coming out or “fessing up” in an attempt to ease the isolation that others feel.
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