2008 - ummm where did it go?

Another year snuck by... but I have to say 2008 has been a bit of a corker (Antipodean expression for bloody good!) Even though i'm a bit slow on the uptake, writing my 2008-retrospective blog in early Jan... but hey... i've been hangin in North Wales in a farm house in the middle of nowhere... with no laptop, no internet and no mobile phone coverage. It was seriously like going back in time, but I believe I was all the better for it, for I had my camera bag with a plethora of memory cards and spare batteries... 2008 has perhaps been slightly less conventional than the average year pour moi.

- Moving up to Liverpool to live.

- Finally making the big call and deciding to chase my dream of being a full-time photographer

- Realising that i've finally found (verging on cheesy Hollywood'isms here) my destiny as far as a career is concerned.The incredible diversity you get from all types of photography, means there's never a dull moment and always something unique and creative to strive for. No more "working for the man" in a dull office job. Oh well, i'm sure I will (if I haven't already) get over it!

And what a great little place Liverpool is. It's seriously been the perfect place for me to pluck up the courage, and chase my photographic dreams. The people i've met in 2008 have been nothing short of inspirational. Liverpudlians are direct and to the point, much like Antipodeans, and you then have the ability to win respect that much quicker when the usual "bs" is taken out of the equation.

Everywhere you turn there's people willing to help, or simply have a yarn. Even the homeless people have a good laugh! The networks available to start up businesses have been invaluable also. I joined the BNI group a couple of months back, and that's been fantastic as you end up forging friendships with people in the same boat as you. More recently joining the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce has meant that I got to meet and photograph the Lord Mayor over a cup of tea. Definitely an English highlight!

I've met amazing people, not because i've had to, but because starting up your own business forces you out of your comfort zone and opens up possibilities that I never would have experienced getting lost in the ratrace.

All in all, an absolute bloody pearler. I could possibly 'rabbit on' for much longer with random thoughts... but as i'm still new to this whole blog game. I'm going to save it for a rainy day (soon then!)

Stay tuned for many more photographic ramblings in 2009. For it's shaping up to be the best year yet. With visions, goals and dreams to be achieved... it's certainly going to be a trip... feel free to come along for the ride!

Here's my first sunset shot of 2009. Taken at Plas y Brenin in Snowdonia, the air temp was below zero and the lake was well frozen over...