An exceptionally brave and inspirational man once said, "I have a dream". The funny thing is, we all do. We all have dreams and aspirations, hopes and desires, yet very few people will ever attempt to peruse their dreams, no matter how big or small, let alone declare them over 250,000 people like Martin Luther King, Jr. did in August 1963.
I was very much in this category of the people who said, "maybe next year", or "not just yet", until this year. For the past several years I've wanted to make a career change and completely switch tracks from the relatively easy and secure IT sector that I've worked in for 10+ years, and into the insanely difficult to get in to and exceptionally demanding professional photography industry. And when I say "professional photography", I don't mean portraits or weddings (not to belittle them, they are very challenging!), I mean motorsport photography, and even then, I mean the pinnacle of motorsport photography, F1. When Formula 1 is on the TV I'll give as much attention, if not more, to the photographers trackside and in the pits, as I do to the cars themselves, trying extract as much information as possible from this tiny glimpse into a world reserved for a chosen few.
So this year I have decided that, with the ever present love and support from my amazing Fiancée and friends, I am going to try and follow my dreams. I have decided that I will no longer sit at home saying "I wish that was me in that pit lane", I'm going to try and make it happen one way or another. To that end, I am in the process of investing in all new equipment (including my 1st full frame Nikon camera) and have also booked a flight and hotel for the full 4 days of the final Spanish winter test in Barcelona on the 26th February to the 1st March.I hope to use this trip to get a small taste of what F1 is all about, having never been to a live session before, and to gain some invaluable experience. In 2 weeks time I'll be walking a large number of miles around the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya trying to hone my skills and get shots that are worthy of submitting to agencies and being used.
While I am in Spain, I am going to try and produce a Vlog which will document my trip to the F1 testing and will include information about the equipment and accessories I'm traveling with, the traveling itself, my thoughts on the circuit and of course the testing and some of my images from it.