I finished my teaching contract with University of Sheffield on 30 June this year. The last working day was Friday 28th June, which I took as leave.
The last day of any contract tends to be gloomy. Concerns about the future are highlighted, and regrets about past choices surface afresh. On this last day, the weather got into the spirit of things. The sun failed to break through low-lying clouds and gloom prevailed. Neelam and I however, were not feeling gloomy. Thanks to PRIME’s publicity machine, we were expecting a visitor who came equipped with sunlight (well - an electrical substitute).
Not long beforehand, we had had a phone call from Saga Magazine. They were running an article on PRIME and wanted to include some case studies. Look-in-the-Bag was selected (along with LinchpinPA). Saga phoned to ask if it was alright to send round a photographer. I thought about the somewhat chaotic state of our house and the even more chaotic state of our garden and suggested meeting the photographer in a local beauty spot*. Sadly the suggestion was declined. We were informed that the photographer, one Murdo Macleod, preferred to shoot subjects in their natural habitat, and would arrive at 10am.
I googled Sheffield-based photographers by the name of Murdo Macleod but didn’t find any. The only photographer I found by that name was an Edinburgh-based, award winning press photographer. To our amazement, it turned out to be him.
Despite his numerous accolades, Murdo proved to be engaging and entertaining - which is just as well, since I spent the next four hours posing for him and Neelam spent the next four hours throwing things at him.
*Yes - Sheffield does have beauty spots!