After five years and exactly 700 posts it is time to retire this blog. It has been both fun and challenging to post regularly about travel photography, but posting three times a week is also a chore. However, it is not the drudgery of regular posting that is causing me to move on (it's really not that bad), but the simple fact that I am growing and changing, as a person and as an amateur photographer, and a blog no longer fits with what I want to be doing and how I want to share my photos.
I never intended to have a popular or successful blog, and I certainly succeeded in that. Over the years this blog has averaged about 10 visits a day, mostly from people finding an entry as the result of a Google search, rather than regular readers. As I say, that's perfectly OK. I was posting more for my own edification than for anything else.
Although I still enjoy travel and travel photography, and hope to do lots more of both, my interest in photography has grown both bigger and broader over the years. Most of my photography now is less representational, as above, and more abstract or impressionistic. I hesitate to use the word "art" (it sounds pretentious) but I have moved from simply trying to picture the world to trying to express myself through photography. This work is highly personal to me, and of much less interest to others, so a blog is the wrong format for sharing it.
To those of you who have read this blog regularly or semi-regularly over the years, I am deeply, deeply grateful. It has been an honor to share my photos and talk about travel. I am honored to have had your attention.
I am ending this blog, but I am not going to take it down. I look on it as a finished document, and it will be here as long as the vicissitudes of the Web permit.
For those with interest in my ongoing photography, I post photos regularly on flickr:
I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org