It is with a heavy heart that I announce that I have decided to cancel my New Zealand talk on the Fotospeed stand at The Photography Show at 11am this Sunday. For those of you who have heard the truly awful news from Christchurch, New Zealand, I have decided that I do not feel right in presenting a talk about my two weeks spent in New Zealand last September. My sincere condolences and sympathy goes to the families and all those affected by the tragic events.
Those who know me well will testify how much I love New Zealand. I have family and friends who live there. I have visited the country on several occasions and shall do so again at the end of April to run my ten day workshop. I have a very close connection with the country and consider New Zealand to be like a second home to me, such is the love that I have for the country and its people. I do not mind admitting that I feel numb today and still remain in shock on hearing the news. Because of this, I do not feel comfortable or even able to show my images while recalling funny stories and telling a joke or two on Sunday.
I appreciate that some people will think this is an over reaction on my behalf but ultimately I have to do what I feel is right for me and I only hope that people will understand that. I am genuinely upset in having to let down Toby and Vince at Fotospeed and I thank them for their understanding at this time. Even though I shall not be presenting my talk, I have decided to be present at the stand at 11am to announce the decision to those who may not have seen my announcement online and I am happy to stand and talk freely with people on the stand if the space is empty and available.
Thank you in advance for your understanding and I hope to see you all soon.
Best wishes Melvin