If you have read the introduction to my book you may recall how I discussed turning to colour as a form of solace in difficult or troubling times. That’s exactly what I did this past weekend by taking a last-minute trip to Portugal to go colour hunting with my dear husband. I shared some of my thoughts on business, love, friendships and home earlier in the year, and wrote about how I knew more difficult decisions and painful events would come alongside all the amazing opportunities I’m blessed to receive via running my own business. Despite holding that knowledge, some of the things I’ve come up both professionally and personally in the past month or so have really tested my strength of character. You know those moments where you feel sick to your stomach after discovering a bleak reality in someone you had so deeply placed your trust in? Just horrible. This has happened to me in both my professional and personal life in the past month or so and it hit me really hard, leaving me feeling incredibly drained. I was determined to keep my word and learn from the situations in life that result in pain, heartache and a searing sense of loss. Yet I felt as though I was reaching a point where I felt numb and as though I wasn’t learning: I needed to regain my focus and cleanse what had become a lingering cloud of negativity.
Changing my surroundings and taking time to clear my mind with two days packed full of my two dear loves in life – my husband and colour – really emphasised to me how much colour does impact upon my life. I genuinely can’t express strongly enough how much happiness and joy I get from seeing such gorgeous colours while sharing quiet moments with my man as we wonder hand in hand around sleepy, new-to-us towns. During a quiet and intensely-hued golden hour, I reflected on both the positive and negative events of the last month. I felt a renewed sense of clarity and calm, and I once again began to see what I could learn from those people and situations that left me feeling blue. It was as though these two days immersed in colour gave my mind the space to centre itself and allowed me to realise how fortunate I am to live the life I lead. I’m not perfect; other people aren’t perfect. I will (and do!) make mistakes; other people will also make mistakes. With each passing experience I’m striving to be a better person in all corners of my life, from being a husband to a businessman, and from my friendships to my creativity. So while these twenty six pictures might appear as simply pretty and colourful photographs, they are so much more than that. To me this weekend of colour hunting was the pure essence of make-you-smile style, and I’m thanking all my lucky stars that I was able to share, cry, laugh, grow and learn alongside my heartmate.
// Photography by Will Taylor on iPhone 5S