I have struggled in the past, when giving lectures, to describe what it is like to be a professional photographer. The best I have been able to verbalise is that it's like having itch you just have to scratch. The many times I have been late home because I just 'had to stop' to take the picture is a source of constant frustration to my wife and the rest of the family. I have however just read an entry on Joe McNally's blog which describes our 'addiction' perfectly. McNally is an inspirational photographer who still get's that buzz for picking up his cameras even after a lifetime of photo opportunities all around the world for National Geographic magazine. He is still in great demand and it's easy to see why. His pictures, and especially his lighting, are beautifully lit and composed. He does what all great photographers do; he sees the invisible and makes it visible to the reader.
It's not every day that you meet a real-life Dragon but I did yesterday. Self-made millionaire Shaf Rasul is one of Scotland’s most successful entrepreneurs and the latest dragon in the online version of Dragons’ Den. The Aston Martin driving entrepreneur has an extensive portfolio of businesses focusing on property and technology investments. His main company, E-Net Computers, which distributes blank DVDs, is one of the largest media storage distributors in Europe. He ranks 1,152 in this year’s Sunday Times Rich List, and is estimated to be worth £48m. All this and they guy hasn't even turned 40!
One of the privileges of being a photographer (and I honestly believe that it is a privilege) is that you get to see some unusual sights. Case in point was last week when I spent the day at the Dundee Dental Hospital & School. Now I must profess I'm not a very good patient when it come to visiting the dentist, in fact, if she wasn't one of our best friends I doubt I would go voluntary to my own dentist. There is just something about the high pitch whine of the drill and the way you have to submit yourself totally to their will - on reflection maybe it's a physiologist I need to see!
I'm posting this blog from Elkins, West Virginia, US of A. My son Christopher plays golf and wants to be a professional in the future, however we also want him to finishing his education and get a degree behind him as well. So when he was offered an athletics scholarship to study and play golf for a University in the USA he jumped at the chance. He was offered a choice of a few Universities but finally decided on Davis & Elkins College in West Virginia as they have a very good and inspirational coach in Scott Goddard and they play in the NCAA Collegiate league.
A brand new series of the iconic TV show, Rab C Nesbitt, returns to our screens next week after ten long years. Actor Gregor Fisher will once again don that famous grubby vest and headband, brandish a rolled up paper and, in his own words, he'll say - "I will tell you this boy, I will tell you this.....” This all brings back happy memories of a picture I took years ago.
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