Can you believe its mid March already. We’re nearly a quarter way through 2017 and if you’ve been following me on Facebook or other social media you may (or perhaps not) have noticed…..that I took a month off my usual work schedule by pushing out as many work commitments as I could manage so I could take time out for myself.
Besides commissioned work I get I do work for a model agency photographing their models and fashion shoots. I also create stock images for Getty Images and spend months planning and organising the weekend workshops I hold where I teach other photographers my style of creative photography. I have given about 15 talks around the photography clubs of Ireland over the past two years also sell my work in three art galleries in Ireland and one abroad and on Saatchi Art online gallery and other online galleries on the web so keeping up with all this along with updating my social media keeps me very busy indeed……and then there’s my own personal creative images that I like to make which requires a lot of planning and organising from the initial idea of the image to booking the model and choosing the clothing, hair and make up along with the shoot itself.
So I can tell you this….I’m so busy I often wake up in the morning totally surprised when I remember I have four children… AND. MY. BABY. IS. FIFTEEN. YEARS. OLD. ALREADY.
WHEN THE HELL DID THAT HAPPEN ???
Seriously, I like a tidy house and I hate big piles of laundry and I let the kids chose their daily meals for my sanity. I’ll cook until the cows come home no problem but ask me “what’s for dinner Mum?” and you’ll find me with my head in my hands humming the theme tune from the Shining.
Laundry, thank God, I find therapeutic and my house is tidy in the…here’s my shoe and the other one is not far away …kind of way. Things have to be a little ordinary in my life in order for me to be creative. A little boring, a little run of the mill. I need time and solitude to be creative and its hard be that during times of intense pleasure or sadness.
The last time I took time off my work was the day my husband died in October 2011. I did nothing much for a whole year because I was either too busy crying or in the supermarket trying really hard not to.
This time I took a month off because I was happy and I really wanted to enjoy it and I did …..but now its time to get back to my ordinary, run of the mill life and put my head down and catch up with all I have to do.
I’m lucky to have Zakia, an intern, work with me these days and to help me catch up with all I have planned for the coming months. I usually plan six months ahead for my shoots and work commitments and I’m happy that I’m going to be busy and creative again.
Although I’ve enjoyed this last month of respite I have missed creating and shooting my own personal work and perhaps its true that it takes a little time away from what you love to appreciate it. Absence makes the heart grow fonder as they say. It has in my case.
But if I’m being really honest…. so did the €2,500 bill I paid to replace my 25 year old central heating boiler. As my grandmother used to say….someone has to keep driving the bus.
So I’m hoping this day will be a lovely creative day for me when I start working on an image I’ve had waiting very patiently on my desktop this past month.
As long as no one asks me ……..”What’s for dinner Mum ???”