No more excuses
Tracy Calder’s Against All Odds article (AP 30 June) could not have come at a better time. My cameras have been gathering dust recently, as I seem to be very good at finding reasons not to go out and shoot. Lots of things seem to get in the way, but none of them as bad as the challenges Chris Nowell, Paul Stevenson and Tesni Ward have had to face. Paul’s shot of waves breaking on a lighthouse was particularly stunning, and Chris has shot some lovely images of the beautiful scenery where he lives, not letting his visual impairment get in the way.
It’s made me decide that I’ve made enough excuses, and it’s time to just get out there and create some beautiful images. I’m fortunate enough to live near some spectacular landscapes, and some wonderfully atmospheric ruins and abandoned buildings (my favourite subjects!) and at this time of year, it barely gets dark in Scotland. So yes – next time the nagging voice of doubt strikes, I’ll be ready to ignore it and go out and shoot. It’s the perfect way to lift my spirits after staring at spreadsheets in the office all day, and if these brave people can get out there when it’s easier to give up and stay in the house, I’ve got no excuse. Thanks for sharing these great stories and images – I hope I’ll have some good images to show off to you soon. Lee Osborne Thanks, Lee. Don’t beat yourself up, as finding the motivation to get out with your camera is not always easy after a long day at work or performing family duties, so we are glad Tracy’s feature helped – Geoff Harris, deputy editor