On the eve of a new year, I thought I’d write a short blog post to round off 2021. It has undoubtedly been a very challenging year for all of us as we continue to navigate our way through this pandemic. On a personal level too, the passing of my beloved mum has brought new challenges and I’ve been struggling with grief for most of the year.
That being said, we are still here. For me, 2021 brought the thing I dreaded most in life but I somehow found the strength to get through it. And although I didn’t travel very far or do anything terribly exciting, I read some great books, had a photograph shortlisted in a competition, grew tulips for the first time and revamped our back garden ready for an abundance of flowers next year. I found solace and comfort being outdoors and developed a new found appreciation for my wider family circle. And from coast to countryside to my own little garden, I witnessed beauty everywhere.
The American photographer Harold Feinstein once said ‘ Let your photography be the way in which you discover this world, this life, your own self’. And with that in mind, I thought I’d share a few of my favourite photographs from a year where I discovered a little bit more about myself and found that, despite everything going on in the world, it is still a beautiful place.
And so I’m ending on a positive and optimistic note. Thank you so much for all your lovely comments and messages this year and I wish you all a safe, happy and hopeful New Year.