Making time

November 24, 2016  •  Leave a Comment


“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times", so begins Charles Dickens’ novel, A Tale of Two Cities. suggesting an age of radical opposites. It tells a story of contrasts and comparisons.....

Time is a funny thing. “Time is free, but it's priceless. You can't own it, but you can use it. You can't keep it, but you can spend it. Once you've lost it you can never get it back.” (Harvey Mackay)


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 dammed clock to move forward!

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.

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 wastebin.

mccarter8b2 12x12 print ready (1)mccarter8b2 12x12 print ready (1)DMcW2 (c) 2013 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.

It’s hard to beat a large  family portrait on the wall over the fireplace for reminding you of the best things in life….because family is the most important thing in the world.

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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'.