Having just enjoyed reading Erwin’s latest blog I am so glad that I am not alone in my struggle to balance both my home and work life. The last five months have simply disappeared in a blur of travel, photography, image processing and spending time at home with my wife. In September I travelled to the Shetland Islands for a month to put the finishing touches to an article, October saw me make my first foreign trip for four years when I returned to India’s Bandhavgarh National Park for 2 months of tiger photography and since returning to the UK I have barely left my computer, except for one day that I have managed to get out with my camera. And I don’t even have children!
How those that do manage to become successful wildlife photographers whilst having children is beyond me, I really don’t know how you do it! Though if I’m being completely honest I probably haven’t been working as hard as I should have been since returning from India. Both myself and my wife run our own businesses from home and we have both become quite adept at providing distractions for each other. There are always cups of tea to be made, dogs to be walked and chats to have but it is these little moments that are the most important to me and after a somewhat relentless 8 weeks in India I felt like I’d earned a bit of ‘self-employed’ laziness!
Sub-adult defensive posturing as an adult passes closely overhead, Shetland Islands, Scotland
Unfortunately the rapidly changing world of wildlife photography does not allow this approach for too long and with dimishing returns from stock sales and a convenient continuation of the miserable February weather I now have to set about the tedious process of trying to catch up on some agency submissions. Oh good…more processing! This selection of ringed plover images are a perfect example of what’s been idling on my hard drives since I took them on a remote beach in the Shetland Islands last September and they represent the tip of a very large processing iceberg!
An iceberg that shows no signs of thawing any time soon. Cup of tea anybody?