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Being one of the London Marathon photographers this year was such an immense pleasure for me. I had never done anything like it before. I'm usually just taking photos as a hobby while travelling or adventuring. But this was different and so challenging in many different ways. Our group of photographers started in Greenwich where we were split into areas to photograph the runners before the race. This also included a lot of engaging and socialising with them. I tried to support them as much as I could and used humour to make them smile before/after I snapped their photo. I'm glad they laughed! It was fun. We were then transferred to St James Park to get ready to photograph the first runners coming in. I was standing right after the finish line, right in the middle of it all. I had a very clear front row view of them. It was emotional to watch as they approached us. I could tell by the way they were running and the look in their faces how much they put themselves through. I had goosebumps just watching. I had to shake myself and focus and get ready to photograph. I remember sometimes I was going to take my eye off the viewfinder to regain balance, but there was always another runner after, appearing. It was intense! Eventually there were hundreds of thousands running slowly my way with all kinds of emotions. My viewfinder was full of runners. All I could do was keep snapping their photo. Hours of nonstop of photo taking. I'm not sure how many times I said "Congratulations" and "Well done!" before I snapped their photo but I'm glad I was also there to congratulate them. Some of them cried of happiness to me. I'm so proud of them. Apparently we outdid our goals and managed to capture 1,250,000 photos of 40,300 finishers. Despite the dehydration, carpel tunnel pain I'm so happy I got the chance to be part of such a memorable event and captured these moments for these LM runners. It was taxing just being a photographer for this event so I can't imagine what actually running the full marathon must feel like! What an achievement. Congratulations to everyone running the marathon and to all those supporting and helping. Amazing day!
“How many of us hide behind lifestyles and trends? Probably most of us. I like to think of myself as an authentic human being but honestly I spent much of my teenage life looking up to people and wishing I was them. It’s only been recently with the help of my girlfriend @p.t.k.illustration and friends that I now stand in front of the mirror a see myself rather than a stranger. I would say we all try to be someone we’re not. We see people that inspire us and often our immediate reaction is “I wish I was them.” Or “I wish I was living their life.” You could spend the next 10 years of your life wishing you were someone else but you’ll never be the. Similarly you could wish to be a better photographer, artist, athlete, scientist or teacher but wishing will only get you so far. It took so long for me to figure out who I wanted to be and I’m still figuring it out. But one thing I know is that to be better you must live and breathe the passion you wish to pursue. To be better you must chase it and pursue it. Be inspired and be yourself. It takes time to find yourself and you’ll learn new things about yourself every new day but you might as well live everyday as you rather than wishing that you were someone else.”