Thursday, February 08, 2007


This picture is the 1300th photo that I have posted to my Flickr page. I know it's a bit of an odd number but I find the zeros on the end a bit mesmerizing.

I've only belonged to Flickr for a little over a year but I'm amazed at how quickly the pictures have accumulated. I don't think I truly grasped how wonderful it was to share pictures until I started posting pictures from my 2005 trip to Ireland and Scotland.

It was that group of photos where I started using Flickr as a proper photo album, and began to write comments, tags and titles. Flickr is one of the main tools that allows my friends and family back home to see what I see here in my new adopted home. I try to post a self portrait at least once a month so my Mom can see that I'm alive and well.

But more than just showing off vacation pictures and documenting life events it has also given me a creative outlet to express myself. I guess this blog is also serving that purpose.

Blandness just seems to sneak up on you and before you know it, you're 40 and a dull person. What happened to that kid that loved to sketch and was going to grow up to be a singer? Life just gets in the way some times and you forget to live out your dreams and visions. Instead you get trapped just living to meet your practical needs.

I'm having a tough time properly expressing myself here and I do apologize that this post has turned into a bit of a philosophical ramble... but I think in the last few years I started to recognize that I needed to feed my creative/artistic side and I wasn't finding the time or opportunity as I was just too busy.

Packing up and moving to a different country was probably a bit on the drastic side but I knew I had to shake things up a bit. It's given me a fresh start and the chance to redistribute my priorities.

Maybe I'll take an art class.


John Taylor said...

I know exactly what you mean. My only saving grace is that I don't feel dull - I'm just a nerd - but I'm ok with it. There are so many things that I want to do but, as you said, there's practicality. However, I do hope to 'shake things up' in a year or so. I envy you for being able to move to another country - I really do - but being able to do such a thing and then seeing it through doesn't strike me as something a dull person would do . Maybe you're not as bland as you think.

The Moon Topples said...

Oh, if I could figure out the finances and the visa, I'd have moved to London already. So please accept this freshly-baked jealousy.

I like this picture a lot. A worthy 1300th.

My Flickr page is much the same, but smaller and with less detail and worse pictures. I started it in the fall to use for all the pics I would be taking on my trip to England. Sadly, I haven't really taken much since. I think I became disenchanted with the limitations of my low-end camera.

Chris said...

John thanks, you're sweet.

Mr Moon - I took a quick look around your Flickr page and you do have a good eye. I quite liked your people shots, that's something I'm trying to improve on myself.

I've only got a point and shoot Nikon digital, the trick is regognizing good lighting conditions (I'm still learning).

I'm off to London next weekend (part work, part fun), I'll take a picture just for you.

Colleen J said...

Actually, it doesn't matter if you have a visa debt, you can still move to another country if you really want to. I know someone who had less than $600 in his pocket when he moved to Europe! And I still use my Canadian Visa and send payments back there.

I know what you mean, Chris, about shaking the personal tree - moving to Europe was what I needed to make a fresh start and rethink what I wanted in my life. I think that's an ongoing process anyway, you always have to re-evaluate what you're doing and why you're doing it.