Just had the phone call from work, it seems what we all thought may come to light, they are closing one of the plants (not mine) with the loss of 220 jobs across both sites. The plant I work on will stay open but that does not mean any of us are safe. The company has to go through a 45 day consultation period with the unions and it's looking as though the other plant will close around March next year.
Am I worried? Yeah of course I am but now I have to consider the future, I would love to say photography is the way but I would struggle to pay the bills that way, the other may be to continue with the industrial furniture but setting that up will keep me busy, maybe too busy to be able to continue with the photography side of things. I'm just not that business savvy in regards to knowing how to set things up to make enough money from photography to keep going and having a family and a mortgage may determine that I simply cannot.
Kind of bad news but I only have the hope that I'm not selected but plan in case I am. I love photography and don't really want to put it on the back burner but I may have no choice.
They say the eyes are the windows to the soul but like most glass windows can be reflective. I met Patrick and his son, he was over visiting from Nigeria as he son was a student in Liverpool. I was drawn to Patrick's eyes and the gentle nature of his face as a whole. I asked if I could take his portrait and he simply nodded and gave me a small smile. I could see as I took this how clearly I could see myself reflected back in his deep eyes.
When I got home and began to edit it the saying of "The eyes are the windows to your soul" but in Patrick's case they are a window to our souls as well.
I have sat on this image for a while, I was selfish, unsure if I wanted to share or not, for me its a personal image, not sure why it just is but I have a tendency to not share what is personal.
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