From being completely self taught, with the help of an amazing online friend Robbie O'Neil, he would take me through the basics and give me feedback about my work. I was not confident enough to do more. I gradually found I wanted to get more from my images but not the confidence to go further. A CPN called Barbara Cairns and a psychiatrist Dr. G. Jones spent a long time supporting me. It was decided to trial me with ADHD medication. I was in the process of enrolling for photography at my local college when we were posted to Waddington.
For the first time in 14 years I held down a part time job. Every day is tough. But I switch on my camera and instantly feel good. I am now studying in Lincoln college HND in Commercial Photography. I have amazing support with the learning and focus aspect and feel more comfotable each day. I did give up my part-time job as it was too much to mentally contend with. But I see it as a positive rather than a negative. I am moving forward.
I debated about being quite so honest regarding my mental health and ADHD disabilities. But I have never been more proud of how far I have come with the right help and support. It shows anyone out there, even at your lowest point there is a "ray of light, silver lining, determination." Call it what you like but I passionately feel it is nothing to be ashamed of. In fact it has made me into who I am today.
You can read the full article here, http://thelincolnite.co.uk/2014/02/lincoln-photographer-credited-at-international-awards/
Thank you to the Guild, all my clients, friends and family.