After a very busy few months, it was so good to be out making photographs for a few days in a row, a couple of weeks ago in the Lake District.

Dramatic light on Derwentwater

More often than I would like I get caught up in distractions, which prevent me from getting out with the camera. Some of those distractions are enjoyable, such as visiting exhibitions and exhibiting work myself, or teaching photography to enthusiastic clients. Others are less enjoyable, but necessary, such as producing accounts and keeping on top of all the admin work.

Commissions often bring a variety of challenges, and rising up to them kept me busy earlier this year, when I produced work in the field of product/stills photography, something I had never done before. I also enjoyed trying my hand at producing a short video about the “Mistresses of Light” exhibition, held in September at the OXO Gallery, London by members of Landscapes by Women. The danger is obvious: Days, and sometimes weeks, can pass by without me getting out of the office and behind the camera. And I hear the same tale from other photographers, which suggests I am not alone with that issue.

It is a struggle to judge the importance of tasks and events within the context of developing my photography. But when I am able to be outdoors and make photographs, it becomes very clear that this is the most important thing of all – it is where I feel most comfortable and where I draw new strength from.

Japanese Acacia, multiple exposures