It is just over a year since I first visited the Donkey Sanctuary. My wife Sharon had just had Little Vijay adopted for her as a present so we were visiting him for the first time. We were both quite taken by the place and the work that goes on all over the world. We soon signed up for Donkey Week in May and will be doing the same this year as long as my University course doesn't clash. That brings me nicely to what I have been up to this week...
I am a mature student at the University of Gloucestershire in Cheltenham studying Photojournalism and Documentary photography. Part of the course requires me to take part in some work experience which was a strange proposition being someone at the tail end of my 30s. I decided to approach the Donkey Sanctuary to see if there was something I could do with the press/public relations office. Thankfully there was and I've been working on an exhibition for the Sanctuary from Suffering launch and 40th anniversary party on Friday 27th February 2009. The images will also be on show in the Hayloft restaurant later in the year.
I've had a very productive week and have been delving through the archives looking for around 15 images for the exhibition. It has certainly been an eye opener seeing images of how poorly some donkeys are treated around the world. I may have finished this week's work (well almost) but I am hopeful that there is more I can do in the future.
My thanks to everyone who made me feel like part of the team.