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So close, yet so far away…

by Clare Mansell
So close, yet so far away…

Wheat grains
Weald & Downland Open Air Museum

The last couple of days of my course at West Dean went well. On Saturday the sun came out and we spent the morning on an assignment at Weald & Downland Open Air Museum. It’s the kind of thing I have done a hundred times before for radio, but this time I had to reeducate my brain to look for pictures and not listen for audio. So the main interview became a “general view” photo and vox pops became close up pictures – simple! 

By the end of the weekend I honestly felt like there couldn’t have been a better course personally designed for me and where I am right now. Given that the timing worked out so well for our trip down south and that it was the first time they had run it, I was pretty lucky!

However, flying back to Scotland on Sunday was not straight-forward. After first discovering my driving license had flown 24 hours ahead of me (in Jim’s wallet) I then lost my boarding pass in departures and finally endured an hour delay to the flight with absolutely no information (though not as bad as Jim & Theo’s 7 hour delay the day before!) It was almost as if fate was trying to stop me going back…

And guess what? After all that time learning how to sell photos of a news story, the very next day my home village hit the headlines with torrential rain and flooding! Can you imagine how frustrating that was? Have a look at my mum’s Flickr photostream to get an idea of what I missed out on!

So back in Scotland I’m now on the lookout for a good photo story. Preferably one that fits around childcare and isn’t too far away – Not too much to ask surely?!


Magnolia Verandah June 13, 2012 - 1:15 pm

Nice photos – things come to those who wait. I am sure you wont have to wait too long.

Jeanette June 13, 2012 - 1:41 pm

Those photos are amazing. Great job with your course. Too bad about missing the story, but I hope your village is okay!

Isisjem June 13, 2012 - 2:59 pm

I was very close to Bosham on Saturday when it was breezy with glorious sunshine. The flooding looked pretty horrific on Monday. It’s fair to say I’d probably be struggling to get home if we’d got caught up in due to all the roads closed. I’m sure you’ll find your perfect photo story soon.

Diane-crewe June 13, 2012 - 3:58 pm

as long as you all got home safe.. and your family are OK thats what is important x glad you enjoyed your course xx

Nancy June 14, 2012 - 2:32 am

I love those photos – you are a natural artist. I especially like the one of the gentleman’s hands – you have conveyed the essence of his work. I also really like the metal fragment – you cut off just enough, but show the tension of the bolt and lettering. Missing the messy wet stuff at your mom’s might be okay. There will be lots of photos of it. If you take photos of unique items in an innovative way – people will find them appealing. I think you really see the essence of what is around you – and the stories will appear.

Clare Mansell June 14, 2012 - 7:38 am

Nancy, your blogger settings prevent me from replying to you directly (if you want to resolve that, click on the red button on the right that says “are you a no-reply blogger”) but I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to post such a kind comment, your support is much appreciated. Clare


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