Didn’t expect it at all but Saturday’s photo shoot with my friend Nathan Black was quite emotional…
I’d not seen Nathan for a long time (maybe 30 years near enough) but during that time in recent years he’s ended up needing and having a kidney transplant. The first attempt donated by his Mom (who was lovely to me when I was a little kid) sadly failed but a donation from a friend has worked wonders. Nathan looked great but it was when I was setting up and asking him all about it, it just hit me. You see when I was a kid Nathan was a couple of years above me at school. I knew his younger brother who was in my year but i totally looked up to Nathan; every kid I knew did…we all wanted to be Nathan. He was the tough kid, the kid that everyone wanted to be friends with. He could do crazy stunts on his bike, lifted weights, had muscle.
But…as the recent years proved…he was still vulnerable like the rest of us. We took a series of pictures but I wanted at least one to show the vulnerability.
Nathan is a Fighter. A ‘Go-Getter’. A ‘Never Giving Up-er’ and I’m so glad he is because that means he’s living up to what I always thought he was…the kid I wanted to be.