I am still here… but like so many of us, its been a bit tough!
So you haven’t heard from me for a while, small fry issues really considering what so many people have had to go though in the last couple of years. Simply put, my self confidence has taken a kicking, motivation has abandoned me and questions with no answers start spiralling in your head and feeding the ‘Dark Dog’…..
So I parked my personal work, tried to let my head breath, worked in the garden and cycled in my spare time, tried my best to stay away from social media…. rested.
And after a while I couldn’t ignore the camera bag in the corner of my studio any longer, a few tentative messages got sent and I have shot some more portraits for this project.
Seems only yesterday that I put a social media shout out to see if anyone wanted to participate in a re-boot, re-launch, re-start of my Portrait Project that I started back in January 2016, and yet here I am re-typing for the eighth time the blog post for the first shoot in mid-July!
Andy was one of the first people to reply to my ‘Casting Call’ and fortunately lives opposite, so was an easy one to grab. It also helps he has a fantastically character filled face and we share the same sense of humour!
I actually shot these images back in February but without an ongoing plan I didn’t share them and the longer I didn’t share them the sillier it felt to do so… The human mind does very weird things to itself!
I’ve a small (and I mean small) studio at home now after we extended the house, for those that have even been to Barker Towers, I no longer work in a shed, for the first time since 2005 I have a workspace with central heating – its also right next to the kitchen so my tea consumption has gone up!
Its a small space but I can just about shoot full length portraits I here, I just have to shuffle the furniture a bit first, but the next 2 shoots I’ll share are back in the great outdoors, largely.
I’ll be getting in touch with those people who kindly volunteered back at the beginning of the year to see what we can do together but I am also on the look out for new subjects for this portrait project, so if you are or know someone who you’d like to see me photograph, please get in touch.
Everyone is a story, it just needs a picture…
I’d love to hear what you think of the images, as always the easiest way is to comment the post on my page…..RupertBarker Photographer