For some reason January always feels like such a long month. Is it because after the partying and celebrations of the Christmas period it seems dull; and boring by comparison? I don't know, I'm generally glad to be shot of it though.

Old EnglishThat's right, it's a bunch of Dulux hounds, how could I not include these guys?

I've mentioned a couple of times that I'm taking part in an Arts festival this coming May and I think it's time to be more explicit! The Arts Festival in question is "Mentmore Arts Festival" . It's been going for a few years now and is a relatively small and genteel affair and also makes a good "fit" for me to dip my toe into the world of "facing the public".  As these things go it's quite expensive both from a paying for the space and paying commission point of view but the money goes to good local charities so I'm comfortable with that. I don't think I appear on the list of attendees yet but as they're a small bunch of amateurs I'll forgive them. I'll run my own publicity. The majority of exhibitors are painters, in fact I think I'll be one of only two photographers. This being my first exhibition, I've been working hard to produce enough images to print and display; they need to be framed ( so I need to source frames) , I need more than I'll actually display at any one time because in theory I might actually sell some pictures. I suppose from a "being more proactive" point of view it's not a bad start. I do finally feel like I'm getting on top of it all though. 

View from the northFrom here the dam is behind me.

I'm also off to New Jersey / New York at the beginning of May... I can't do much actual preparation for that just yet but that hasn't stopped me checking to things to do and see. In many respects this will be the perfect way to spend a trip for me. I'm going to stay with my very good friend Cathy (and her husband Mark) who has very kindly offered to put me up for my stay. They both work, which means that I can bimble about the place on my own during the day and catch up with them in the evenings. It would be fair to say that I'm really excited about this trip.

Lastly, this month saw a flurry of new page "Likes", I just wanted to say thank you to everyone that has liked my page, I hope it's because you also like my images! If you haven't already checked out my website then please do, my best work goes on the website, I  say this all the time but I really can't stress it enough. If you've got an opinion about my work, good bad or indifferent I'm always happy to hear it. 

Thanks for reading

Feb 12th 2017