Tom the Camera Man

Photo collage of @hilldwellertom's Instagram feed

I’m sure Tom won’t mind me outing him as an Instagram addict. He’s always loved taking photos, and he’s been happily sharing them with others over on Instagram for over a year. There’s never a walk where he isn’t getting fodder for the feed, especially if we’re out in the golden hour, and he’s a merry hashtag inventor (#chasingwight and #offroadisland for a start.)

So he was petty delighted to get an email from the guys at IG the other day letting him know that he is now one of their a suggested users; a well-deserved accolade for his beautiful gallery! Do go check it out for a snapshot of this island life: forest, beaches, country lanes, and a few flowers and honeybees…

Holding the camera

Tom Pratt photographing

Tom is certainly the Official Photographer around here.  He is the one with camera in hand for every occasion, who will suggest a walk simply because ‘the light is good’.

Tom on the Sunshine Trail

I love sharing adventures with someone who so happily (and unobtrusively!) records them.  After the classic teenage embarrassments of ‘Say cheese,’ and ‘Just take one more for luck,’ I have a slight aversion to cameras.  So I am happy to leave the snapping to someone else.  But, this does mean that looking through our albums, you’d think I’d been on a decade of holidays by myself.  There is also a danger, on this blog, of my taking credit for pictures that are nothing to do with me!  Tom’s made me appreciate the pleasure of revisiting a trip through pictures, and I don’t want to lose him from every scene.

Tom at Barefoot on the Beach

So, this is me promising to do better.  To not only carry my camera in my bag, but to actually take it out and use it.  I suspect 99% of the photos round here will still be courtesy of Tom, but I will endeavour to add my fair share to our photo memories.

Tom: World Explorer

Happily, living with Tom means that my head is often filled with incidental knowledge and new ideas.  Whether it’s over a strong brew, or walking up a hill, Tom is always sharing the best bits from a recent read, or his latest classroom topic.  This term’s topic on plants had us exploring woodland and looking at beautiful books, whilst the last classroom space exploration had us looking up at the stars and thinking big.  I have been the subject of many mini maths lessons (and I think I finally get fractions!) and my dad’s Christmas present had confusion on particle physics whizzing round our home.  Tom has so much enthusiasm for learning; and I’m so glad I get to share it with him.

Tom returned from his Hook Court field trip on Friday, with talk of rockets, aquaducts and balloon races.  Whilst I was at home by the fire, he was attending tudor banquets, ghost walks and snowball fights.  His return filled our heads with plans for adventure and endeavour, which I can’t wait to begin.  Tom is a world explorer; and I’m so happy I get to be his travelling companion.

I love my guy!