“Have you seen the photos yet?” asked Jools when we bumped into her on the street on the way back from collecting Meg’s new glasses from the optician.
“What photos?” Then I remembered. “Have they been published?”
“October’s edition of DG Life. They look good. Better go and get yourself a copy.”
Her voice faded into the distance as I grabbed Meg’s hand and charged off in the direction of the nearest newsagent.
DG Life… DG Life… DG life… “Found it!” said Meg.
And there they were, on page 66 of the October edition: my first ever published photos in a glossy magazine
Dumfries and Galloway Life did an article on The Orchard and Wild Harvest Project run by South West Community Woodlands Trust. The project itself is about planting wild fruit and nut trees wherever possible – along cycle and walking routes, school grounds and anywhere else that seems like a possibility (click on the image above for a full sized photo where you can actually read the article if you want).
South West Community Woodlands Trust is based in SW Scotland. Earlier in the year I helped design and build their website, and trained one of the members in how to maintain and update it – see swcwt.org
Jools Cox, who runs SWCWT asked if I would take some photos of children planting trees for the article she knew was being written, promising I would get full credit for any images used. I’d taken scores of images, then whittled them down to the best dozen or so, which I then edited and tidied up before putting them on a disc her. In the end they used 3 of them.
With all that’s been ongoing of late, I’d pretty much forgotten all about it. So it was wonderful to see the all-important, “Photography by Kim Ayres” sitting right there on the page.
They'd even spelled my name right
Smug moment :)