2012 is only a mere three months old but already a lot of exciting stuff has happened. One thing in particular came about towards the end of January. I was approached, out of the blue, on Flickr by a girl called Lorna, asking if I wanted to do an interview for, and have some of my climbing photos featured in a copy of Photography Monthly magazine. This isn’t the sort of thing that happens to me very often, and of course I was excited to be involved. Lorna and I exchanged a few emails; I answered some questions and pulled together a selection of shots for her to use, and that was that. I tried not to get too excited about the outcome, and kept the whole thing close to my chest. The following weeks passed quickly as I was up to my eyes in work, but a couple of days before the magazine was due to go on sale, I received a tweet saying that one of my shots had made the cover. I just assumed that it would be a small, supporting image, so you can imagine my excitement when I found a copy to see this shot of Ben in all it’s glossy, full bleed glory!
Inside are two double page spreads of my shots (as well as a single page reprint of the cover shot) and an interview. It’s quite a surreal thing to see, but I’m incredibly proud and pleased with how the images have printed up, and my rambling answers to PM’s questions have been skilfully edited in to something much more readable. Hopefully I at least give the impression of knowing what I’m on about!
The whole thing has been very exciting, and I’m totally made up to have my first magazine cover. Even though it’s been on sale for a while now, it’s still exciting to see them on the shelves in newsagents all round London! I have developed a new hobby of whenever I’m passing a WH Smith’s or something I pop in and move any copies to the front of the shelf. It’s bit childish I know, but it makes me happy. Hopefully it won’t be the last time I’ll have a photo on the cover of a national magazine! I really have the taste for it now.
Like I said, it’s been a really good year so far, and I have a lot of ideas and plans to continue to push things forward. Excited as I am however, they’re going to have to wait fir a few weeks at least as I have the small matter of getting married to attend to first. Just over a week now! I can’t wait!