I've had a pretty eventful week! To be fair I always have eventful fun filled weeks, however this week I had a new experience as I was on the radio for an interview about my personal photography project which is about finding 100 local heroes in and around the West Midlands.
Someone asked me this week, why I became a photographer, and I only had one answer "because I love it", and then after a while I thought about it in little more detail! There are more than one reason really, and some reasons are more poignant than others. My first and initial reason is genuinely because I love being a photographer! I love looking at people and capturing moments and to me it's magical to get that image that evokes feelings in people. I have also always taken photographs. I bought my first camera when I was 9 and I know that a lot of people have always taken photos and had a passion and interest for photography. The key is when photography is prioritised above all else! I take my camera everywhere...I've stopped by so many side roads on the way home from somewhere because I've seen something I wanted to photograph. I've stopped people and asked them if I could photograph them. Some say yes some say a very clear no! Then it's the flexibility of the job. I have three wonderful kids and an active dog and I want to be able to be there at the school gate collecting my kids and spending time with them. So most days I down tools between 3-7pm and then I work in the evening again. I like the diversity of the job too. One day I can be photographing a beautiful baby and the next a interesting Harley Davidson biker. Some days I am at companies sites taking photos of financial directors and the next day I am at a training centre taking photos of personal trainers! The best thing about being a photographer and a very important part why I chose the job is the amount of intersting and diverse people I meet! From a Lord to a homeless guy. And their stories are all individually as captivating as each other.
So why am I a photographer? Because of people! They are the ones who makes my photos interesting.