It's very hard to accept the fact that I've just won the Sony World Photography Award in the Professional Portrait category for my series The Last of The Crooners, you know. If you've read any of these posts of mine, you'll hopefully be aware that I busily get along with my projects and of course do what I can to get them all the attention I feel they (and I) deserve. Trust me, I work as hard as I can with whatever angles I have available to me to work that but NEVER did I dare to dream (cliche, sorry) I might get this little pet project picked up by the biggest photo comp in the world and have it actually win the big one.
That's just pure bonkers.
But there I was, on stage on April 21st, making a speech (10-15 seconds, max) thanking my wife and the judges and Sony and WPO and... and... and... what I've learnt is that one of the hardest elements is to allow yourself the moment to accept that this has happened and you've maybe, this time, earnt it. Why that is so hard to do is for therapists and pithy Instagram truisms so dear reader, I'm just going to sit back and reflect on all the times my efforts were completely ignored and how this time, they just weren't.