The best thing about being a freelancer is that you can just drop everything for a great opportunity, and when my friend Rachel asked if I wanted her spare ticket to the Photography Show on Monday I said yes without a second thought. The show was held at the NEC in Birmingham, a short(ish) train ride away, and the highlight of the day was a talk by the prestigious Magnum photographer Steve McCurry.
His talk was a great mix of explaining his process, his experiences, and showing his favourite photographs. He’d put together some great little videos to reinforce his maxims; things like ‘stay with the story’ and ‘follow your passions’. He talked in-depth about the famous ‘Afghan Girl’ photograph and the search to find her seventeen years after she made the cover of National Geographic. He also stressed the importance of having a good team for travel photography – people who know the region, can speak the language and have good instincts.
I not only left with a head full of inspiration but also a bag full of inspiration in the form of Hotshoe Magazine, an independent British magazine packed full of beautiful photography and graphics with a powerful aesthetic.
It was great to come to this show so soon after the Martin Parr and Tony Ray-Jones exhibition in London. My inspiration had started to leave me and I hadn’t taken many photos recently, but I’m full of energy again and ready to get back out with my camera.