There’s been lots going on this week but the highlight for me has to be the opening of The People of Kingston exhibition at the Rose Theatre. For those of you that haven’t heard about it, it’s a community portrait project which was created by the lovely team at Click Photography Workshops – Sheridan Morley and Philip Hollis. To give you a little background to how I got involved, it was about this time last year that I was contacted by the team and asked if I wouldn’t mind being photographed by some aspiring young photographers from the area for the said exhibition and obviously, I had to say yes! I remember the day clearly as it was quite a warm and I was running around like a lunatic trying to get there on time! They had set up a little photographic area upstairs at the Rose and it was there that I met some fantastic young people aged between 11 and 16 who were so enthusiastic and excited by the experience. But it wasn’t just me being photographed – this project was about photographing the wonderful, diverse mixture of people the borough of Kingston has within it which includes charity workers, amazing folk from the hospital and even newly-weds who I had the privilege of bumping into in the lift!

I have to say it’s a real honour to be included in the exhibition and have my picture alongside some inspiring people whom I live amongst. I’ve been down to see it and it’s fantastic especially knowing all the hard work that went into getting it on show – so much goes on behind the scenes and I’m sure there were some late nights in the making! Please go and see it if you can as it’s on until Sunday 3rd June. Oh, and here’s a bit of information for you, if you look to the right of my portrait, you’ll see Peter Wilson who is a consultant surgeon at Kingston hospital, and his great-great-grandfather was the Surrey Comet’s first editor!