Time has gone by so quickly, as they say.
It only feels like yesterday that I established Allinson’s Photography to boost my income with some Social Photography, while I was still working for Kevin Radcliffe at Photogenic Studios delivering Commercial Photography shooting jars of coffee, frozen chickens, Scarpa Boots and flymo lawn mowers etc. It was in fact 1989!
It was only a year later after almost 10 years working for Photogenic I had been in and out of a few weeks working at Chromazone and started up on my own “proper” as a commercial photographer with Nissan as my only client.
So much has happened in that 25 years. I founded (and in recent years wound up) a charity (Design Aid) that delivered in excess of £1.4m worth of aid to Charitable projects and I worked for a short time with the a cooperative of creatives delivering a full range of advertising industry services, “the Studio Cooperative”.
I have enjoyed many different roles in my working life from fundraising to website building yet over 30 years after starting in the Photographic Labs at Ravensworth Studios, here I am still enjoying my work in photography with the same small business I started 25 years ago.
Somewhere in amongst all that I found the time to; ride lots of miles on motorcycles through many countries, get married, get divorced, move in and out of several business premises, as well as moving house several times, twice after meeting Sue. First to live at her home in Makemland and more recently a move to live in “our new home” in Low Fell where I previously lived until I was about 9 or 10 yrs old.
I’ve also gone full circle with business premisses I started out working from home in Heaton in 1989 and recently after years of renting expensive city centre business premises I have returned to working from home in Low Fell all be it a much bigger home better suited to the task.
25 years eh?