“Meeting the people at the soup kitchen was a new experience for me. I was meeting new people, without the security of the camera to hide behind, without feeling that I had to take something away with me. We talked to each other because we wanted to. There was a brief temptation to photograph the people, but I felt I would have been ‘taking’ something from people who had nothing.
I can pinpoint the exact turning point in my life. I was walking my dog one November morning when I realised that I didn’t have to be unhappy. Encouraged by my work at the soup-kitchen, I had enrolled on a counselling course. Here I had discovered that I had choices. I didn’t have to be a photographer.”