Happy New Year everyone!!! Hoping you had a sweet holiday season with lots of friends, family, fun and Nanaimo bars. :)
Well it’s 2018 and this is the year I’m committing to writing more frequently. I’ve always enjoyed writing but for one reason or another have never been able to sustain any momentum with it. This year that changes. My goal is to scribble down 5 different things; a hodgepodge on photography, portraiture, art, movies, literary pieces, life, whatever and present it in one post per month, essential a monthly newsletter. See you next year. Just kidding.
1) For those wanting to slow down a little this year, I highly recommend Haiku. Channeling my inner Matsuo Basho, here’s my very first, created while making this long exposure photo at Mystic Beach recently.
Sunlight dancing in
All around blueness bouncing
Presence of magic
2) At the end of ’17 I was saddened to hear of the passing of my friend Channy. I didn’t know him all that long but in the brief time we’ve been in Victoria I always looked forward to seeing him come by the house every few weeks. Channy used to handle the bottle recycling in our area and I’d leave our recyclables in a basket in the front yard for him. When I’d hear him in the yard talking to Abby I’d always try to take a few minutes to go and converse. What I found remarkable is although he had fallen on hard times later in life, he was always more interested in how I was doing, or how my wife was adapting to a new city, or if the dog was still on her medication. When I would press him on his world he reluctantly would tell me what was bothering him, and yet always trying to put a positive spin on it. In difficult times he was still a curious and compassionate man, always with a friendly smile that could light up the night and I miss him.
3) For my fellow landscape photography enthusiasts, here’s a little film on Ansel Adams that I thoroughly enjoyed. What an inspiring force in both photography and conservation.
4) For anyone looking to cover some wall space, I’m happy to present the ‘The Snow Horses #1’ as this winter’s “Portrait of the Season”. Head on over to my gallery before March 20, 2018 and receive 25% on this limited edition print.
5) I will leave you with a quote I’ve become fond of.
“Kindness. I think the world needs more kindness. I’ve done a lot in my life, seen a lot and one thing I could always see more of is people being kinder to one another. I think there was more of that years ago. Today it’s different. And it’s so simple – a smile, a hello, sometimes that’s all it takes.” — Chan The Man
Thanks for stopping by and have a great January everyone! DL