Day 59/365 and month 2/12

“The love of family and the admiration of friends is much more important than wealth and privilege.”

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Today was the first birthday of my handsome little Godson Noah, and I joined some of his family, with the wife, for a birthday meal. When I look back on the day, I think to myself what a privilege it is to be called a Godparent, and so hence the quote. The food was good, ribs was a good choice, washed down with a Jack and Coke (its great having a pregnant wife who can drive!) and then off to see another birthday boy, my old school friend Andrew. What a lovely way to spend an evening!

Day 58/365

“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.”

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Really struggled for inspiration, seems to be a Wednesday thing as I spend a lot of my evening at a friends house. Was caught by the moon on the way home and the way it was hiding behind a faint cloud. When I finally got home this image then took a step further and moved behind a tree. I knew i’d found my image.

Day 57/365

“Most of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to get their work done.”

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I wanted to get more black and white shots done and wanted to include a couple of self shots in my 365, this one combines both and kind of reflects my mood a bit at the moment. Tired and having had better days at work, it’s fair to say i’m looking forward to my bed tonight!

Day 56/365

“Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age.”

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I pass this house every day on the way to and from work. Its not easy to stop on a busy main road, but I was desperate to get a shot of it. Today I managed to grab a few shots and have a play with some editing to give it that really old feel. It is one of several derelict old hotels on the Hagley Road waiting to be pulled down, although I feel if they wait much longer, they won’t need to do much pulling!

Day 55/365

“Modern man is frantically trying to earn enough to buy things he’s too busy to enjoy.”

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After a 10k run this morning, I took my aching legs to Merry Hill, a local shopping mall, with the wife to buy a few bits for the baby. I saw the escalators and felt inspired by the whole movement thing. I had to be subtle as people may get freaked out by a stranger pointing a camera. Seeing as all shopping malls are technically private property, security could easily have wanted to have words with me!

Day 54/365

“If my calculations are correct, when this baby hits 88mph, you’re gonna see some serious shit!”

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Didn’t have many chances to get a good photo today, but was inspired with a long exposure idea I had, where I simply rested my camera on the car dashboard whilst driving. The light was fading so it was a perfect opportunity to capture the car lights which enhanced the suggestion of movement!

Day 53/365

“You didn’t have a choice about the parents you inherited, but you do have a choice about the kind of parent you will be.”

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Today I was lucky enough to meet up with a couple again whose wedding I photographed last year. Now they are expecting and I was honoured to have been asked to do a maternity shoot for them. I think this is one of my favourite images of the day. They are a great couple, the kind that make photographing people easy, I wish them a lot of luck in six weeks when bump is due to make an appearance!