So pink and full of life. I still get excited about it every day. Everyone is so pleased with him that we don't have to go to Birmingham until his next admission for scopes and biopsies in April/May and only have to go to Chelsea once a month now. He will continue to have weekly blood tests and be weighed at home. He does still have to stay in isolation until the end of May but time is passing and we will soon be out and about again, not that I want to wish away a single moment of our lives together.
In my last entry, I shared that I was going to take the plunge and put some prints into the competition at the camera club I have just joined. Well, I did and managed to get the maximum marks of 12 for one of William running along the corridoor after a blood and only 1/2 mark short for a portrait of him, entitled 'waiting'. I got merit certificates to stick on the back of the mounts. I was really surprised and very happy. The judge spoke to me afterwards and told me I had an empathy with people when taking pictures and capturing them well and that I should keep going taking pictures of my children and other projects involving people. I am really interested in street photography and 'urban portraits' and hope to concentrate on these areas in my photography course. I also want to develop the work I have done in capturing our transplant journey and have an idea. All will be revealed soon in my 'arty farty blog' so watch this space. In the meantime, here are the two images I entered. I have posted them here before but, for anyone interested, is saves you scrolling through all my ramblings to find them. I love the portrait the more I look at it. A picture does say 1000 words. That was what it was like for William to be waiting. The high resolution version shows the sore lips and the tracks of dried tears. I have taken a lot of pictures of him post transplant but haven't quite captured what life is like for him now in that one single image that says it all. I hope I can soon as the comparison will be a powerful thing.