Writing or talking about myself has always been difficult – I find my story boring compared to people around me. Yet I appreciate photographers who blog about personal things as well.  They always seem  to add some extra charm to what I already think of them.  This is my attempt to share with you 1. what’s been happening on a personal level and in a later post 2. how I feel about photography.

This past year has been…difficult, to say the least.  I started the year as a teacher and hated it.  I hated it to such an extent that I felt like I was losing a bit of myself every time I drove into the school playground.   My mother’s a teacher, my father is a lecturer – how could I fail at this?  Somewhere I mustered up the courage to stop.  Life is too short to hate something so much.   It’s been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

So many people helped me in this stage of life and there are not enough blog posts to express the gratitude I feel for all the support.

After finishing as teacher I went on a working holiday as an au pair in Scotland and to visit my brother in Cambridge and loved it.  I stood amongst the ruins of the most amazing castles and was immersed in a sense of calm and contentment that is difficult to describe.

After this I headed back to South Africa for some wedding picture commitments and to figure out my life.  It’s difficult to figure out life on a budget.  In this time I spent a month at Huisgenoot’s photography department and applied for every single job I looked remotely qualified for.  Looking for a job is not as fun as they make it look like in the movies.  Even Exclusive Books turned me down!

So at this stage I haven’t figured things out and that’s OK.  Next year I’ll be studying journalism and following a dormant dream of becoming a photo-journalist.   At this stage I have peace.  I couldn’t ask for anything more.