Reversing a Decision

This post is about me and my cameras but it could be about a wide variety of other things other than cameras but the principle is the same perhaps, knowing when to quit one course of action and instead do something else !

The story starts around 15 months ago when I decided to “churn” all my existing photographic kit and the header picture above of a particular camera is what started it off though the journey has had a rather different ending from the one I imagined at outset… Continue Reading →

Armistice Day 2017

I take my turn at the local Catholic Church to do the readings at mass and prefer to go to the Saturday evening mass rather than Sunday morning one. This Saturday was my turn and it also happened to be the 99th anniversary of the 1918 Armistice, the 11th hour of the 11th day… Both during and at the end of mass there were specific references and prayers related to Remembrance Sunday. Especially nice the hymn “For those in peril on the sea” and after a chorus of “God Save the Queen” we finished with “Jerusalem” !

This bought to mind many people like my Irish Grandfather who fought with the Dublin Fusiliers during WW1 and especially my own Father who served in the Royal Engineers throughout WWII. Continue Reading →

Not Currently Posting

Given my propensity to express an opinion at the drop of a hat, there is clearly a big gap in my recent postings, have I lost my mojo and incentive to post after almost 10 years ? Not really, it is the holiday season when people are either on holiday, thinking about going on holiday or, having been on holiday are now back and feeling deflated because they have nothing to look forward to.

This shows up most in the media and has long been known as the “silly season” as far as the type of stories published. In this environment it would be far too easy to get angry over some of them particularly those where people long retired from a job give an opinion on something which is then headlined as if it was serious news from an authoritative source when it is some geezer “giving out” with no IMHO about it. I will ‘return’ when I think I have something to say 🙂

An Overused Word But…

We often hear people bandying around words and phrases quite loosely, so much so that we tend to ignore what is being said but this last weekend I focused on one word and what it meant to me, Iconic. I realised that for me, things that are “iconic” simply means a thing, one single thing that symbolises and stands in for something greater such as a crucifix with Christ nailed to it encapsulates the whole Christian story.

But this past weekend I realised that there was an iconic symbol that I had been chasing for some time that was far bigger than just the thing it is, it represented something far more personal to me, it had echoes of my childhood, and that icon ? The Spitfire. Continue Reading →

A Personal Luxury

Whilst it is true that currently I am more focused on my ‘pictures’ website so that I would be concentrating less on blogging here, there is another facet to all of this which is worth stating. This is the sheer luxury afforded to me by being someone who is posting personal opinions on a website they finance for themselves and does not have to answer to an editor or deadlines the way professional journalists have to.

Where this certainly plays out well is when it comes to the current state of Brexit negotiations. Continue Reading →

Getting Round To It

Over the years I have been writing this blog, there have been a number of occasions when I’ve trashed it, removed all the past content and started over again from scratch because in quite a short time, ‘current affairs’ simply cease to be current. Gordon Brown so important and dominant earlier this century as Chancellor and even PM, is probably as relevant in the minds of young people in their early twenties as Queen Victoria is.

What and who seemed so important at one moment in time becomes irrelevant and meaningless a year or so later. But this time I have been working on something different in terms of doing an upgrade so this post is about this for any who may be interested. Continue Reading →

An Amazing 6 Months

How it all came about is a bit of a mystery, I can be frugal and “think myself poor” if I have a specific objective in sight and want to save for something plus, as you get to my age you want and need less also, I changed my mindset with regard to second hand gear. What has happened over this recent period of time is that I have completely upgraded my main camera gear and in doing so have set myself on specific paths in terms of what I want to achieve with my photography.

However this post it not just about camera gear it is also about reflecting on some aspects of our society and consumerism in a broader sense but “told through a lens” as it were. Continue Reading →

A Confrontation with Honesty

I suppose being 71 and having had to clear up the ‘past’ after both my Parents died, has a lot to do with it as I contemplate my sons having to do the same on my death, I find that I am quite consciously “tidying up after myself” these days. Part of this has been a journey into my relatively recent past as I am reviewing and largely deleting, thousands of photographs I have taken since I moved from London to Somerset some 13 years ago. Continue Reading →

The Age of Instant Indignation

It hardly seems to matter these days what the cause is but at the press of a Twitter feed, an instant rent a crowd will turn up to protest loudly and passionately about something, anything, we seem to be living in an age of total intolerance. On the other hand I wonder whether these mindless displays of passion have more to do with a society where individuals are becoming more not less isolated by this age of so called ‘social media’. Continue Reading →

2016 For Me Was…

Once again at breakneck speed we approach the ending of yet another year, time certainly seems to accelerate as you get older, it seems to me but that may be more an awareness of me “running out of time !” than time itself.  Although there are still ‘news stories’ floating around, even the media are heading for the Christmas break and sloppy reporting makes most of their current output rather like ‘fake news’ so I will take the odd side swipe. However, my main purpose is to look at the past year from a rather more personal perspective. Continue Reading →