For a year
As a full time photography lecturer working in the city I have a brilliant career, full of creative challenges, working with young vibrant minds and getting to stay on top of my game as part of my job.
After 11 years I took a year off, spending my time with my first child. The return to work was daunting, most mothers will recognise that uncomfortable feeling of leaving their child for the first time as they return to work. I told myself I could do it I could be even better at teaching than I was before, I was determined, I pushed so hard developed some of the most exciting work I had ever delivered.
Meanwhile my home life was becoming dangerously overwhelming, adjusting to life as a single mother - trying to balance a demanding full time job and a child was impossible. Two and a half years on and I’ve taken a huge step to walk away from my amazing job to concentrate on what I teach.
Photography has become a method of communication as my mental health deteriorated and my recovery has driven me to take one of the biggest risks of my life.
Mental Health Awareness in Scotland has never been in a better place, there is a government who recognises that change was essential and has made fantastic progress getting people to open up and talk about their own experience. I have used my passion for photography to focus on improving my mental health, it gives me time to be present and create.
Follow my journey here and see me bring my dreams to life, I hope to inspire others to believe in themselves, breaking down their own barriers and encouraging self-confidence.
"I just want to take pictures" #1Year2Shoot