Keeping time

November 15, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Black and white photograph of a young mother, father, son and baby girlFamily at homeNew born baby completes family I glanced at the "Now Serving" clock for the umpteenth time in just a few seconds.

When I entered the surgery waiting room it seemed quite full but my ticket put me at just 12th place in the queue. “Not be long going in”, I said to myself as I took my seat.

An hour later and I'm still only 5th in line. I thought to myself, “That's sixty minutes of my life I'll not get back again!”
- and I still had to wait 5 lingering places more, willing that damned clock to move forward!

Black and white photograph of father and his daughters at Drew McWilliams PhotographyFather and daughtersFather and daughters enjoy a laugh I started to reflect on other seconds, minutes and hours I'll not get back in my life.

- watching the spinning wifi connection icon.

- waiting on the kettle to boil.

- holding for a human to talk to whilst pressing through a series of telephone keyboard choices.

- And how many minutes have I sat and watched the BBC News 24 introduction scroll through 30 seconds (it actually seems longer) of reporters around the world - while mentally counting down the seconds on the screen!

Not exactly memorable moments of my life; instantly forgettable. And that's exactly what happens to all those lost seconds and minutes - straight into the waste bin.

Black and white family photography by Drew McWilliamsFamilyContemporary family photography in Northern Ireland When I think about the best ways in which I’ve used time it's definitely been with my family.

When I was younger, I may not always have appreciated it at the moment but how I wish I had those times and those photographs now.

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Professional family and children's portrait photography in Northern Ireland. Drew is a qualified Associate member of both the 'Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers' and the 'National Photographic Society'. He is qualified to Licentiate level with the 'Professional Photographers Association of Northern Ireland' and is a Master Photographer of the 'National Photographic Society'.