Furlough freedom helps Forres photographer raise cash for charity

A photographer who dreams of making a living taking pictures of people has been getting creative with his lockdown time.

Ryan Macpherson (37) was furloughed from his job in road construction, which meant he had more time on his hands for following his passion for taking pictures. However, with social distancing measures in place, he was restricted… or so he thought.

But a charity challenge that combines daily exercise with social distancing has meant Ryan can partake in his hobby, meet people on their doorstep and raise money for good causes all at the same time.

Ryan said: “I was tagged by a friend on Facebook about the MFR Front Steps project. When I first saw it, I wasn’t too sure how it would work, so I asked my friends on social media and the response was incredible, so off I went.

Ryan has raised nearly £500.

“The idea of the project is to get families together and capture a little memory on their doorstep or in their garden while following the guidelines and keeping 2m apart. Then they can make a little donation for MFR Cash for Kids.

“I set myself a target of £100 and I have now raised over £495 and will carry on for another week. The reaction has been phenomenal from the people around the town. It’s lovely to see the community come together and help raise a little bit for families and kids that were struggling before, but with this situation its a lot worse.

“I started around two weeks ago and have photographed more than 45 happy families now and it’s been great to see them all and I can’t thank them enough.

“Photography is a hobby for me just now, I love landscape, portraits and getting creative. Hopefully one day I can pursue my dream and make a living from it.”

You can see Ryan’s doorstep portraits on his Facebook page.

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