This week, the first week of 2020, a new beginning has started for me, and this image is a representation of that
It’s not your typical “New Year, New Me” type of change, but it’s the beginning of something that will lead to bigger changes down the road.
Yesterday, the 5th of January, marked the first step into transitioning back into creating art on a more regular basis.
Over the last year and a half, while my health has been in a pretty dire place, and I have focued on seeking answers for my health and began new treatments, my photography had to take a back seat
Throughout that year and a half, I have done a total of only 5 of my signature conceptual/storytelling shoots, and a couple of other shoots in different styles.
Instead of forcing my body through the extreme physical exhaustion and pain that photo shoots involve for me, I instead put my focus on all the back end/admin related aspects, as well as the exhibiting/competition side of my business.
While I love working on those aspects of my business, I have honestly missed creating on a regular basis more than I’ve missed almost anything in my entire life.
I had to focus on my health though. My health was a more major and important priority (and still is).
Throwing back to the months of March, April, May and June last year, I decided to start building a team of models here in Melbourne, as I knew that I would be in Melbourne on a much more regular basis now that I had found the love of my life, who lives here in Melbourne, and because all of my doctors and specialists are here as well.
I built the team, with the intention of beginning to create with them in July, but that didn’t happen.
Over the next few months, I would try to get some photo adventures organised with some of the models in my Melbourne team, but they would never end up happening due to my health being in such a bad state, and because I was physically and mentally exhausted after having up to 6 doctor/specialist appointments a week.
In fact, due to all of that, it still took another 6 months for me to finally start working with them, and this image, as well as one more, which will be released over the next few weeks, are the result of finally biting the bullet and starting to create on a more regular basis again.
Although the number of appointments I have has reduced for the time being, my health is still as bad as it was, although I will be pushing as hard as I can to shoot more regularly.
No matter how much it destroys me physically, I need to do it for my mental health, as my photography is one of the two major things that keeps me going, the other being my love, Eleni.
This is the first step to some big changes in my life, which will hopefully be happening this year, which I will be revealing as the year goes on.
I invite you to come along on this journey with me, and if you decide to keep up to date with this new and exciting journey which for a start will involve releasing one photo per week as a part of my new 52 Week Project, I hope you enjoy it!
I hope you all have a great week!
See you on Thursday for my weekly extra blog!