They say time flies.
They are right!
I can’t believe I’ve completed a full two years of weekly postings.
It has been an interesting challenge: to try to tie photos together in some sort of theme every week, and to not have two successive weeks too similar.
Finding subjects is easy.
What is harder is negotiating an agreement (explicitly or implicitly) when those subjects are people. As a general rule, I don’t practice true street photography – I don’t like having MY picture taken, so I don’t usually make people’s pictures without their knowledge or consent.
Finding story ideas is easy.
Once again, I have been lucky enough to travel a fair bit over the last year, and have had wonderful opportunities to make pictures in seven countries on three continents. What I haven’t always had is the light or weather I wanted, access to the angles I would have liked, or the time (or patience) to craft the picture sequence properly.
Aside from the obvious difficulty of making time to edit photos and words, one of the hardest things for me is always to do with choice. Leaving some of my favourite pictures out – those pictures that don’t quite fit, or that don’t add to the story in some way – is just painful!
While my predominant purpose in starting – and continuing – my Weekly Wanders has been to discipline my writing and photography practice, it is always nice to have an audience. I am very appreciative to those of you who have left comments or who have messaged me privately. Even those of you who are ‘invisible’ count: 11,285 unique visitors last year, according to Google Analytics, and many from places I’ve never heard of!
Thanks to you all.
Special thanks goes, as always, to my ever-patient husband, who is travelling with me more than ever these days, and who often gets the privilege of carrying one of my cameras. In fact, you might notice him in the corner or in the background of a lot of shots.
As much as I love photographing colours, textures, flowers, trees and buildings, it is people that make the difference. I am very grateful to those people who have made photographing them such a pleasure.
Our last year has been one of big changes and I’m not sure what the next one will bring.
One way or another, though, my camera and I will still keep wandering.
I hope you will join me!