They were too few and too far away. The most important was spending time with my teenage son who lives on the other side of the world. It’s a too rare treat and one that I wish I could make happen more often, more regularly, but as he gets older and begins to pursue a life of his own, it will become even rarer and harder to connect with. I’ve spent half of his life largely out of the picture and that fills me with immeasurable regret.
A less significant moment but still memorable and something that I am proud of, was getting to photograph a music festival in Australia that I had been attending since I was a teenager. Music photography has always been a hobby but having pursued an interest in music journalism over the last five years I have become lucky enough to be given access to photograph festivals and concerts all over the world. The last and most significant of which was achieved in 40+ degree heat in Sydney, Australia in January 2013.
It’s a shame that both of these things happened at the beginning of 2013, and that for the other 11 months of the year life got increasingly harder and emptier, with few moments of brevity or happiness between. But that’s life. You hold tight to the moments that matter and try to find solace where you can. I don’t take photographs as much, or write about music anymore, and I wish I had the money to see my son again, but hopefully I will find the strength to make a change and turn my life around.