I have not looked at, or thought, or had time to write anything for a few years and i’m surprised at how long it’s been. Both work and life have felt rushed. I’ve continued to work across a diverse range of settings it’s just that it hasn’t felt right to write about some of the work i have been doing- at times it can feel like i am objectifying the people i work with. For a while i found it personally challenging to continue working at such a pace without a break in career. I was burned out, unmotivated and tired to the bone. At the end of March i was diagnosed with a giant cyst and ended up in hospital for a week while it was removed. My recovery was slow and steady but i got back to work as soon as possible. By summer I had decided not to take on much collaborative work which, until that point had involved driving 400 miles a week. I barely touched a camera and opted to paint the house instead. Photography was always my obsession and my passion but i had fallen out of love with it. I was not moved or motivated to shoot my own work since all my energies were pushed towards helping others realise their creative and personal potential.
By September, i was ready to get back to work again. I tend to work to an academic timetable and consider September the beginning of my working year. This year i have work five days a week across five very different settings. These projects will hopefully take me through the academic year to next April at the earliest and i will try and find the time to write about the ones which are most appropriate. I’ll also talk about the merits of taking my dog Bob in to work with me- he’s now two and a half and has been coming with me to work since he was four months old. Some photographs of him at work with young people last week accompany this blog.