A rollercoaster week

“You take me up and down through emotions
Like a rollercoaster
Spinning like a Ferris wheel
You turn me upside down with my feelings
and I know the reason
Love is surreal”

Janet Jackson – Rollercoaster

Well it surely has been one of those weeks! I knew it would be but had no idea how things would turn out.

The start of my week was focused on a necessary trip home to pay my respects to my cousin who passed away just before Christmas.

It was a brief trip, flying home Tuesday evening and returning Thursday morning.

The funeral went as expected and I was pleased I attended.

It’s especially sad to lose someone who is (relatively) young (55) and leaves behind two children and several grand children. It was good to go home and support my parents who (as ever), have been the stalwarts they are, supporting the family and doing everything they can to help. I was pleased they both were given thanks in the speeches during the ceremony (as, surprisingly, was I).

The other thing I knew about was our anniversary. On this day, 17 years ago, Richard and I met at a very wet and windy Euston station for our first date and the rest is history.

As my god children all grow up (18, 16 and 14) and other people get older (I hadn’t seen my cousins children since I left Plymouth and they are in their 30’s now) it makes me realises how time marches on.

Anyway I am off point. What I was trying to say is time moves fast and things move along at a pace.

I am so honoured and blessed to have Richard in my life. To have the love and support of someone who is my constant, my rock is truly wonderful. After attending the funeral this week I can see how rare this is and am immensely proud to be in such a strong and loving relationship.

The one thing I didn’t see coming was the brown envelope that greeted me the day I returned from Plymouth…

My British Academy of Photography Diploma has arrived 🙂

I am so chuffed, thrilled and pleased to have received this reward. I thoroughly enjoyed my study, learning more about cameras, light, composition and many other aspects of photography that I had never considered before.

I now understand how and when to use manual mode. Have specific settings for specific circumstances set up in my camera. I also know that I can use the Aperture and Shutter priority modes when most relevant to what I am shooting. (There’s way more than that but I didn’t want to bore you).

I’d taken so much for granted by using my camera on Auto as it came out of the box. I have also learnt how much more my camera and I, are capable of.

To be recognised and to receive the Diploma from the British Academy of Photography is wonderful news.

I will definitely continue this interest and passion. I will ensure I constantly push myself and am already making plans to acquire as much knowledge as possible so that when I arrive in Seattle and British Columbia later this year, my landscapes are the best I am able to achieve. (Watch this space).

Thanks to all those who supported me during my study. Thanks also to the models (friends) who put up with me tinkering with the camera (or weird props) to get the shots I wanted. You’ve all been super helpful and patient.

There you go – quite a roller coaster week.

Here’s a selection of some of the photographs I have captured as part of my coursework (you can see more on my portfolio).

Visit ktomlinson.co.uk for more

I end the week with a bit of a sore throat but ever grateful for the people in my life, the love I receive and am able to give and the knowledge I obtain along the way.

What’s past is past, nothing can change that. But the future can be different if we choose to make it so. We have to cultivate a vision of a happier, more peaceful future and make the effort now to bring it about. This is no time for complacency, hope lies in the action we take.”

The Dalai Lama

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