I started off so well in Jan and Feb. I took quite a few photos and I took my camera everywhere with me. But as soon as you-know-what hit the world, I didn’t want to take any more photos of life this year. Truthfully, I don’t want to remember 2020. I take photos to remember the things worth remembering, and this just isn’t a year I want or need to remember vividly. I’m quite happy for it to be one of those things we look back on hazily at best.
I’ve watched some of my close friends and other photographers take a myriad of amazing photos which document their 2020. I just really haven’t wanted to pick the camera up. Between April and October I took a grand total of zero photos of my life. And since October I’ve taken two or three if that. Only in the last few weeks have I felt the pull of the camera again, and I’ve begun to take a few here and there.
My kids have LOVED 2020 apart from us not having a holiday. They’ve had endless time off school, spent all day in their pyjamas at home, raided the snack cupboard, and had more console game time than ever. Absolutely living the dream. Although that doesn’t make for great photos so even my usual muses weren’t inspiring me! But they’ve stayed happy this year and that’s all that matters.
So instead of my usual personal round up of a year of family life, this is just a few from the couple of occasions before the virus struck really. I wasn’t going to make this post at all, but much like the weddings post which you can see here, these posts are like a personal diary for me that I’ve done for 8 years religiously, and I want to remember that I didn’t want to remember 2020!
I ended up making some pretty major decisions too with the clarity and time afforded to me this year by not being able to work very much at all. I moved on from NineDots, I finally started a proper new brand for my commercial photography, and I’m working on a new just-for-fun podcast and maybe a new home for my training/coaching for photographers. So watch this space. Or don’t. Your choice!
See ya later 2020. You’ve been an experience.