A last post as the earth turns towards the east- a letter to my friends
Te Rerenga Wairua
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Shoot data immaterial
Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.
Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky
All things change. If there is one certainty in life, it is the inevitability of change. And change brings consequence. And consequence brings decisions that can perhaps no longer be put off.
For the last week and a half I have been laid up in hospital with plenty of time to think, to reflect and to take stock. The fantail has had his feet set in plaster (literally). And that has led to thinking about the way forward.
I began writing this blog about 11 years ago, as far as I can tell. It was very much a thing to do at the time. It is less so now. It was also a great way to keep in touch. I began it as a way of offering something to all of you. As time went by I realised I was writing it for myself as well and, at times, to myself. I enjoyed writing the reviews and finding the holes in a particular piece of software or camera gear.
However things have changed. The Earth has continued to rotate to the east and the world is different. The world of our beloved medium is different. In spite of the manufacturers’ best efforts, there no longer seems to be the warfare between owners of different brands. There are no bad cameras out there anyway. Enthusiasm for the latest and greatest seems somehow subdued. The Internet is awash with reviews and there is no need for me to add to the babble.
There are any number of software reviews out there. Anything you might want to know about Photoshop can be found on YouTube. The arcane techniques I have evolved for my own work are better taught in a workshop situation.
My stats show me that my readership has been dropping. I cannot help feeling that the day of the blog has passed/is past. Or at least my take on what a blog should be. People are simply too busy.
It was ever the intention of the blog that It should be of value to readers a was to offer a little wisdom for their own practice. As a number of you know, I have been writing for f11 magazine for several years. F11 has a far vaster readership than my own little blog ever could. I enjoy the pressure of deadlines and being under Dear Leader’s editorial scalpel. There seems little point in repeating myself.
For that reason (among others), it seems time to call it a day on the blog.
There is more.
The Thistonybridge banner has worked well for 12 years as a way of covering all the different parts of me: the landscape, portrait, event, wedding and commercial photographer; the artist ,writer and photoeducator. However those things are shrinking and refining. Some are falling away. Their time is done. It is time for a major refocusing. Sometime in the near future my website will resurface as something more relevant to who I am now.
Increasingly I am becoming immersed in the life of my community here in Hokianga and the wider world of Te Ao Māori. Increasingly I am called to work in ways which have little to do with photography. And yet they do.
I have a limited amount of energy and a limited amount of time for what needs to be done and for what I feel called to do. To that end there are things which must be surrendered and/or passed to others.
My heartfelt thanks for your support over the last decade.
May the days ahead serve you well.
Nga mihi ki a tatou katoa.