New bonds

It’s hard to think it was so normal and easy to get out there and enjoy a quiet cup of coffee, a trip to a cinema, a stroll with our kids and a dog or simply go for a drive. We miss it a lot as I’m sure many do.
On the flip side, we embrace Cover-19 lockdown situation and discover our kids’ worlds, something we would otherwise miss rushing and trying to make ends meet. 

Every day I remind myself how busy we are (, or should I say, have been not that long ago,) and I try my best to reconnect with the loved ones: friends and family, to re-establish and strengthen connections with people I’m guilty of taking for granted.
My family and I are already starting to talk about ”now” as if it was some kind of an event in history, like a UFO landing, when things were strange and you weren’t able to do stuff you’d normally do. This helps and steers them away from the horrible news we hear every day. And I think we’re getting better at being together, stronger, more appreciative of each other. 

 I really hope all of you out there, both in Market Harborough and beyond, stay safe and take advantage of these times to discover new things or re-discover some that were lost in the rush of an every-day carousel and juggling tasks. This situation will end. Imagine how great it’ll be again knowing you got there safe and sound with new bonds.
We know we will. 

Stay safe everyone! 

Michael


Learning things

These days are strange for many of us. We stay at home and try to be creative. We sometimes worry about what it’s going to be like when it all comes back to normal and, in many cases, who will be around to continue with. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a change many of us will be shaped by for the years to come. The businesses, the individuals, adults and children alike. However, looking at the future I can’t stop but to try and think positive. At the end of the day, how far can we push the planet until it starts responding in ways we cannot ignore any more? 

Change is a much-required answer and a reminder that we need to re-evaluate our lifestyles and approach to life on so many different levels.
As I observe my children who tackle this problem at their own level of understanding, I learn from them. I learn a little bit of ignorance and take the opportunity to get to know them better since normally we don’t get to spend so much time together. I have found out so many things already and I’m eager to learn more. And this is just one of the ways I try to stay positive, strong, even appreciate the situation a little bit if it’s even alright to say so…
I hope all keep safe, stay strong and appreciate each other. Keep living! And remember you are not alone!


Iceland

Standing in front of some of the most magnificent locations our planet has to offer makes us appreciate how lucky we are as human beings to be spoilt with such mesmerising and powerful wonders. It’s been no different during my second trip to Iceland, the land of violent and powerful volcanic activity, crashing waterfalls and shooting geysers set alongside calm and open plains gently covered by snow. This, set in the elements you’re constantly trying to tame both photographically and physically, gives you a certain type of experience only Iceland and the Arctic circle lands can provide. You’re knocked out at every stop and definitely at the end of the day yet you couldn’t be happier. Go figure… 

During this year’s trip to Iceland I travelled whilst still desperately trying to clear a bug that has been battering us this season (, thank you winter:) but also grieving my father’s death at the end of the last month. Inevitably, I think this added to the way I approached nature and photography on location as the output turned out to be very different from my last trip’s photographs. Yet I think it worked and also helped me just for a moment meditate on the scenes and the state of mind. Many of these images will be printed and proudly hung on walls around my house with a book to follow. I didn’t think when planning it that it’d be a requiem to many things but that’s exactly what happened and, at the end of the day, I’m counting myself very lucky to have experienced it. Well, minus the northern lights, which one day I must return to Iceland to capture. But that’s a story to tell on another day… 


Anna Bialous-Griffiths Portfolio Shoot

Collaborating with great people brings joy, fulfilment and satisfaction. Especially when you’re eaten by January colds and touches of flu no jabs seem to prevent you from having.
My recent assignment brought together Anna Bialous-Griffiths, personal coach, therapist, counsellor and book author, as well as Glen McKenna, one of my favourite photographers and a friend in one.

 Set in a business environment the ideas kept on buzzing as the shoot progressed and I couldn’t help but think how amazing it is to work with people who ultimately crave the same outcome.
Below there are just some of the photographs produced from a photoshoot I’ll be coming back to in my mind over and over again. 

Huge thanks again to Anna B-G and Glen for an amazing day!
To find out more about Anna’s work click here, and Glen’s here


Brave New Morning Photo Shoot

It’s not for everyone… It’s cold, sometimes damp and even dangerous but boy is it exciting! I love morning photo shoots and especially the winter ones as they provide the opportunity to take advantage of that special kind of winter light. They’re also very different in another way as our skin reacts differently to the cold than to the warmth and therefore provides a different texture, which I find truer to the subject, more real and less hidden by its normal state. This presents a great occasion to connect the audience with the subject and I love how the muted and low-toned environment blends in to provide the canvas for portraiture. 

For this morning photo shoot at the Union Warf in Market Harborough, I went with the very brave Kamila, who did a fantastic job posing and enjoying time together. Hope this wasn’t the last time! :) 

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