So I've decided to start my own personal project, inspired by the lovely Jodi at Che and Fidel.
There are just 20 weeks left for this year, which firstly is crazy! (I can't believe how fast this year is flying), and secondly gives me the opportunity to start a 20 week photography project. Lets hope I stick to it.
I've always been baffled by how many people are in this world. The earth is so big, yet so small. There are thousands of people with millions of stories to tell and I want to be there to capture them. One by One.
Baby steps though.
For the next 20 weeks, I will be taking a portrait of a person I know, meet or come into contact with. One portrait each week, one story each week.
I thought I would start with a familiar face to me. He isn't a familiar face to many around me though. While he plays a vital part in my life, many people don't get to meet him or get to hear his story, which is a shame because it is a great one.
Meet my Dad - Roberto.
My dad was brought into this world to be a leader, a teacher and an inspiration to many. His story revolves around passion and fight. A passion and a fight to be healthy, happy and the best person he can be.
Taking up Martial Arts as a young boy, my dad has now been a Sensei and a Fitness Instructor for decades and has helped hundreds of people feel proud to be living in their own skin. He has taught in Australia (still does), USA, Oman, India, South Africa and, the home of karate, Japan and has met and been influenced by the best of the best.
I am confident to say that my dad has never stopped and I really mean he has never stopped. He is always going, always moving, always achieving. He doesn't believe in ageing, he believes in persistence.
He raised me to be a person that never stopped trying. If I couldn't do something, I needed to learn how. From cooking to sewing to gardening to training, my dad is a jack-of-all-trades and always pushes me to be someone who doesn't need to rely on other people but can solely rely on themselves.
He has a fight I have never seen in anyone else. It's what makes him a great leader and teacher. I am pretty proud to call him my father. He has taught me so much over the last 21 years. I hope that his passion and fight will me mirrored in my life as I go out and experience the world. Thanks Dad!