When I retired from a demanding working life I was determined to give more energy to those things that I enjoyed and had not been able to give enough time to previously. Family, friends, enjoying outdoor activities and (in particular!) photography.
I started photographing things that I found interesting and challenging, including kitesurfing and local community events, and started using images in photography competitions. After about a year it became apparent to me that there were many local organisations that were interested in the photographs I took and often wanted to use them. I sold some photographs but also realised that many local clubs, charities and community groups had limited funds and support. Many wanted good quality images to support their activities but could not fund photography to professional standards. So the images they used were not always showing their activities in the best way to promote interest and support from wider audiences.
I decided that this could be my way of “giving back” to community groups, charities and to supporting small local businesses who were trying to establish themselves. I made approaches to several local organisations where their activities interested me from a photographic perspective with a view to working with them to our mutual benefit. They would get better photographic support and I would get photographic opportunities I would otherwise not have (and be able to use material for competition purposes).
My experience over the last five years has been:
This approach has allowed me to make many new friends and I’ve enjoyed some fantastic photographic experiences!
(This article was kindly contributed by an experienced Creator - you know who you are! Thank you.)
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