In a happy confluence of milestones, this photo will be my 2,000th image over on Flickr, where I just surpassed one million views, in the run-up to what will be – as of next week – my first year as a full-time photographer.

The jobs I’ve been lucky enough to undertake over the last twelve months have been pretty far-reaching: contributor to Getty Images, exhibiting throughout Scotland, working as resident photographer at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and seeing my work in print across the world – in news (The Glaswegian, Yahoo, MSN, and The Huffington Post to name a few) and advertising (Telstra Mobile, Rogers Communication, Viacom, the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority, and Logo TV’s NewNowNext to name a few more).

When I think of the photographers whose work inspires me most, the quote that always come to mind is one of G.K. Chesterton’s – that, “The duty of the artist lies in keeping alive a sense of wonder in the world.”

My initial fear in choosing photography as a career was that it would somehow diminish my love of taking pictures – that the moment it started to feel like a job would be the moment I would stop reaching for the camera. The reality, however, is that I’ve never felt more inspired, and couldn’t be more grateful to be earning a living by sharing – a million times around the world – the wonder I see in it.

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