Finally, to the festival hub at Paddington Town Hall. There was heaps to see here and I spent along time going back and forth between different exhibitions (I'm not one of those people who goes round an exhibition in an orderly sequence; I dart between things that catch my eye). Of all of the incredible work here, the exhibition that had the biggest impact on me was Paula Bronstein's Afghanistan: Between Hope and Fear. I felt such a range of emotions as I moved along the wall of photos. One image in particular, of a girl begging outside a restaurant stayed with me for a long time - it was so devastating, yet so beautiful at the same time.
I left the Town Hall feeling inspired; to take more photographs, to take better photographs, to work at learning the craft but also to be more creative with my techniques and compositions. Above all I want to be more fearless. I want to stop telling myself that I can't do something, that it isn't "me", that I shouldn't bother trying because it's probably too hard. I want to be courageous. Now I need to do the work to get me there.