On Sunday I put on my borrowed goose-down coat and headed out into the driving snow to the station to catch the train to Birmingham in order to visit The Photography Show at the NEC. To my surprise not only was the train running, it was running on time and the journey and connection could not have been smoother.
It was worth it. The show is massive (compared to the old Focus on Imaging show which this has replaced) and any business with any photographic connection seemed to be there. Loads of gorgeous cameras and fancy paraphenalia so beloved of photographers were on display. At a rough guess it seemed to be 90% male visitors. I managed to get round the whole show without rushing, visiting my suppliers for a chat and to pick up the latest catalogues and price lists, and in a couple of cases to set the challenge of beating the competition on price. Because of the snow it was not too over-crowded, though it was busy enough. I spent a bit of money on some samples and a discounted box of my favourite paper for small images, plus a rather good book about my camera which promises to be really useful. I resisited buying a wide angle lens however.
The journey home was uneventful though I feared I would have to stand all the way from Birmingham New Street as the coaches were packed, but they soon thinned out and I found a seat. The trudge back through the icy streets was a bit tough but had the feeling it was well worth the effort. So my thanks to Tetenal UK Ltd for sending me the chance of a free entry ticket as a professional trader.