30th August 2020

I need to make a decision!

Well, if I am being honest, the decision concerned is not entirely mine.

What I am referring too relates to my intended trip to Malawi which has been further delayed due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation.  Just to recap, last year I made contact with a Scottish based NGO operating in Northern Malawi.  At first, I was hoping to visit the project (as a photographer) last November but this was canceled due to the contested elections.  

Much as though this was frustrating, it was felt that it was best not to encourage unnecessary travel at such a time.  As a result, we agreed to postpone the trip until April – but due to COVID-19, the trip was further postponed.  At the time, anyone travelling to Malawi was expected to isolate for two weeks which meant, for the time we were planning to be on-location, we felt that is was better to wait.

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However, since April, the entrance requirements to Malawi have been updated to being ‘Prohibited except for Malawian nationals and foreign nationals with valid residency visas for Malawi.’  Because of this, the time I had been hoping to spend in Malawi next November has been postponed again!

So, what is the decision I need to make?  Well, I occasionally come-up with grand ideas I would like to pursue, ideas which never quite seem to come to fruition.  I know I am not unique with this, many people can fall into this trap along with the fabled G.A.S. (Gear Acquisition Syndrome), which is the ongoing desire to obtain various pieces of gear which would somehow make you a “better photographer” (topics I have previously covered in this blog)

However, with the Malawi trip delayed coupled with the ongoing COVID-19 situation (which has already proven to be a cause for concern for many), I am in the position to reconsider what I am going to be doing for the remainder of the year.

I already have some thoughts concerning portraits I would like to pursue, but as the saying goes ‘One day I will…”  Well, today is one day and to achieve a goal, you need to do more than just think about it, and now is as good a time as any to consider the months ahead – especially in a world affected by COVID-19.

Perhaps this is a good time to consider the words in my logo!

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