It has been obvious to me for quite sometime that this blog has reached its end, at least in its present guise.
Blog writing can be a bit like photography itself – you can reach an impasse and start to grab at different subjects or techniques in the hope that something will stick.
I started this blog back in 2011 and since then it has had a few face lifts. The idea was to share failures and successes in my quest to learn darkroom printing. The act of writing about them would solidify for me any lessons. Slowly the blog expanded into commenting on what I learnt from other photographers.
The snag is that it’s got a bit tired and repetitive. These days most people who want to learn about technical subjects go to YouTube or its equivalents.
So where next?
I reach 70 years old later this year. Although I am still very fit and active, my circumstances and interests have changed a lot. I am now a full-time carer in my home, facing possible isolation and looking back over an adventurous and varied life rather than forwards to possibilities. This is a normal part of ageing, a process of coming to terms with stuff. The question is how to make the best of it and to continue to learn.
- Firstly, I am lucky enough to have a darkroom and photographic studio in a stand-alone house on my property. I am opening this up to local photographers on a non-profit basis. The idea is to support local photographers and the local photographic arts scene, to support the social dimension of photography.
- Secondly, I want to direct my own efforts towards what photography can do for us as sentient, sapient beings. I am particularly motivated by how photographs can help those whose lives are blighted by the various types of Dementia, but also the whole process of ageing in a dignified way.
- Finally, the content of the site will be less technical. I am more interested in how photographs can move people. Content will therefore include video and soundscapes. It will draw on literature, poetry, music as well as photographs.
I don’t know how the web-site will look yet. Changes will be evolutionary rather than revolutionary.
I hope, dear reader, that you will continue to drop by.