What I have always wanted was to make a difference and give something of myself to the world. That is why I quit my job in Biotechnology and retrained as a teacher; that is why I now work in a junior school teaching Year 5 and that is why I love my job. There are times when the job is really tough, politicians moan relentlessly about us, parents are dissatisfied, and even Joe Blogs on the street will helpfully comment, “rather you than me love!” But there are other times where I am reminded of what a privilege my job is. If you don’t know what I mean, then go to a nativity play at a school; you will totally understand. Watching children stand on stage with tea towels on their heads, singing earnestly while frantically rocking a plastic baby Jesus has a certain magical quality.
So why am I writing this on my photography website? Well, if teaching is giving back and making a difference, then photography is my pure, untainted, innocent pleasure. It is just for me. It makes me see the world how God intended me to see it; through my lens I see the beauty and awesomeness in everything. It’s like standing on a balcony; watching the sunset over the sea, you want to bottle, cork and seal that feeling and preserve it forever. Photography allows me to do that. I can capture the beauty of a smile, innocence or peace and I can keep that image with the feelings I have associated with it and go back there whenever I want. Of course, I would love for other people to be able to share in the joy I get from my pictures; to see the beauty within the image; to allow it to touch their hearts. But if not, for now I can settle in the knowledge that I have touched the hearts and lives of the 240 children who I have taught so far and all the children who I have yet to teach, and photography will remain my innocent pleasure, just for me.