The Year of the Horse
December 22nd, 2011
As the year draws to a close, it’s always good to have a look back at how you have fared. What you got, what you missed and what you perhaps could have done better. A cathartic process. It has been a massive year for major global news stories but working for an agency like Getty it’s not all about the earthquakes, tsunamis and civil upheaval. It is also about offering something else, a slice of life, a quiet moment, a peak behind the obvious. This year for me has been a relative success, with several great trips abroad including Tunisia, Cannes and a Royal Wedding In Monaco. Of course we have had a few big jobs including the Royal Wedding and the recent riots. Two jobs where the world’s gaze fell sharply on the UK, something that doesn’t happen very often and an opportunity to try and step up to the mark. Whether I achieved that I don’t know, but I had fun trying either way. The best job of the year though has to be a feature I was assigned at Newmarket Equine Hospital. A story that published really well, and one I featured in more detail in a earlier post.
I read a ‘top tip’ from the director of photography at Getty, Hugh Pinney, last week that read along the lines of, “Have a long term plan in mind and use every opportunity as a stepping stone towards it”. (hope I got that right) It’s true, and made me realise that it’s not all about rushing towards the headlines. We all want to cover the big stories but sometimes have to ask ourselves whether we are ready. I’m getting there, but it’s a marathon, not a sprint. So with that in mind I will be looking forward to 2012, which again is setting itself out to be a biggy what with the Olympics. It should be a great year.
Here is a selection of some of my pictures from 2011, which I will be adding to over the next few days.