We sat in the Cape Town gardens with the closed envelopes. I got the films developed at Orms and this was the moment when I would first see the product – 5 days before my flight to the exhibition in Esbjerk, Denmark. I said to Adri that if it didn’t look good, I wouldn’t be going. We prayed and then opened it …
The exhibition was a huge success. I was setting up the photos in the gallery/ restaurant in Esbjerk, when the local district newspaper reporter made his appearance for a random lunch stop. At the end of that week the exhibition featured on two full pages in the paper! So much grace! I stayed in a room under a church, visiting the exhibition from time to time and explored that part of the world. My running, reading and coffee drinking totally picked up in those few weeks! We also organised a YWAM European reunion with the people I have spent time with in New Zealand a year earlier. They came all the way from Norway, Germany, Finland and Holland for the occasion and we spent a lovely time together.
At the end of my time in Europe, which included a few private exhibitions in London (and a street exhibition on the banks of the Thames by the London Eye for about 4 minutes … oops sorry officers, I didn’t know I needed a permit!), I came home feeling really satisfied and confident. Although it took another couple of years before I turned professional, this was the unofficial start of it all. One that I am very grateful for.
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