What a venue for an early breakfast, even the weather played ball with a glorious June morning.
Gallons of fresh coffee and a good cooked breakfast gave the 60 attendees a good kick start.
And I got a nice surprise as a charity video I’d made with film maker Ben Atkinson got played too! More on that later.
Who was there?
What I like about the Stratford Business Forum is that not only is there a huge range of business sizes and types, but also several voluntary organisations, the local council, local educational establishments – all coming together to talk about how they can help each other. It’s a very warm and convivial atmosphere.
As well as the mingling and chatting, coffee and breakfast, there are also a few good talks from local people making a difference. All kicked off by the Forum’s cheerful and hugely connected organiser Jonathan Smith, and his makeshift bell.
When I showed up at 7am I had no idea that a piece of my work would be shown on screen, get several laughs and a huge round of applause.
At the end of Sara Aspley’s talk about the Town Trust, she showed my and Ben Atkinson’s short film about The Men’s Shed, supported by the Trust.
There was laughter, perhaps the odd tear and all rounded off by applause – what a lovely recognition of our film, and the work the Men’s Shed, Foundation House and the Town Trust.
You can watch the film here:
We had a number of other quick talks:
The next Stratford Business Forum Big Breakfast is on the 17th of July, but there are more events organised by the Forum and the neighbouring Leamington Business Forum and Cheltenham Business Forum. For details look here: http://www.stratford-business-forum.co.uk/index.php
I’ll definitely be at the next event, so if you’re there come and say hello. And if you need photography or video for your business, drop me a line here.
So until then, here are a few more pics..
I may be videoing the next event… so make sure you brush your hair if you’re coming.
This is my first blog on my new website. In it I’m going to tell you a story. Just a short one. In fact all my blogs will be stories.
I’ve got blogs planned where I tell a story of a single photograph, others where I’ll include half a dozen photographs to give a flavour of an event.
Other blogs will show you how I created a particular video, or cinemegraph, or photograph, so you can learn the same techniques.
If you like stories, I hope you’ll like my blog.
Here’s the first story.
On 31st October I fell from scaffolding and broke my back. My own fault. Idiot.
But I won’t hold it against me. That won’t do anyone any good. It’s all about moving forwards.
I cannot ever fully repay the debt of gratitude I owe to the NHS, from the paramedics (who gave me the entire gas and air supplies of two ambulances, bloody hell that’s good stuff), to the cleaners (helping prevent MRSA and keeping me entertained with family stories while they cleaned the ward), admin staff (making sure everyone and everything is where it needs to be in a huge, spaghettilike organisation), doctors (peeling bone away from my spinal chord, and bolting me back together with, er, surgical precision), nurses (who washed me, laughed with me, gave me lots and lots and lots and lots of drugs, put pills up my bottom, and destapled my back), scanner staff (thanks for Smooth FM in the hot and claustrophobic MRI scanner, I was so relaxed I nearly nodded off), catering staff (black tea, more black tea, more black tea, thank you)… Everyone. They put me Dumpty Humpty back together, with screws, rods, staples (rather a lot), pills, and care.
Family and friends have been hugely supportive. Visits, and cake and more cake, and a vegetable hamper, and more cake (I like cake)… But most of all, sitting with me for hours, talking about anything and everything. We have busy lives, and I find it’s rare to get a few hours, alone with one person, to just chat. It was such a delight.
My Darling Jules. She’s my wife in case you don’t know. She’s been through the wringer. She’s written a brilliant blog about it all herself. She was the first on the scene after I’d fallen, and called the ambulance. She was with me through all the most difficult hours. Visited me every day. She didn’t know whether I’d walk again. She kept everything going. Told me what I needed telling. Didn’t tell me what I didn’t need to know. Stiff upper lip and all that, in front of me anyway. I was dangling off a cliff, and she was my emotional safety rope.
Bloody hell I’m lucky.
A New Beginning
I used to earn a living as a full time decorator, but I can’t do that now for at least six months, if at all.
So I’m going to use my skills as a photographer and video producer to earn a living. And this website tells you about that.
My first project is two rather whimsical calendars. I’ve made calendars before, once for charity, and most years I do one for family members. But now I need to do them to earn a living, to pay the mortgage and bills. The images in the calendars are perhaps a little ‘otherworldly’. I’m not totally sure what that says about me.
My next plans are to develop a video production business. That may sound grand, but it’s not. I’ve got all the kit I need to get started, and the skills that I’ve developed over the past few years.
I’m going to concentrate on making short films for small businesses. Telling stories which connect with people. Small, simple, intimate productions. I’m already working on a few projects, but the calendar project has used up all the stationary-arse-computer time I can manage at the moment. (I have nerve damage in my buttocks. I know you wanted to know. So I told you.)
I’ll start editing a few videos in January 2018. I can’t wait. I bloody love video.
I’m going to fiddle with this website over the following months, give it a new hairstyle perhaps, and a decent diet of stories…