details

I still want to collect my thoughts and – I can’t, and now there are these little details, these little details…
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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When I saw this challenge,I knew I would be unable to resist, I have been neglecting both my photography and my writing recently. Tempted to find a lazy shot from my archive, I walked outside and took a shot of the first thing I saw. It is far from technically good, it was hand held, and taken too quickly. But hey, it’s Friday afternoon, it’s Summer and I’ve been writing proposals all day and it’s now time for a beer, no?


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*shot with nikon d700 and nikkor af-s 70-200mm f/4 lens at 160mm, 1/250s f/4 and IS 1250, should really go back with a tripod and do this properly but decided to submit this anyway as it’s friday*

strawberry fields

Nothing I write here could say any more than the lyrics. Obviously.

So, I won’t.

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living is easy with eyes closed
misunderstanding all you see

– lyrics from strawberry fields forever, the beatles


The third in a series of photographic posts featuring a group of friends hiking in the beautiful countryside in the province of Salamanca, Spain.

El tercero de una serie de publicaciones fotográficas que ofrecen un grupo de amigos en excursiones en el hermoso campo en la provincia de Salamanca, España.

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senderismo,la fiesta de la fresa en linares de riofrio, 5junio de 2016
*images taken with nikon d700, nikkor afs 16-35mm f/4 G andafs50mm f/1.4 G lenses*

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(not writing)

“You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing. I wove my webs for you because I liked you. After all, what’s a life, anyway?
― E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web

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(not writing) is both the the title of this post and also what, in the context of the WordPress Writing 101 course, on which I embarked a couple of weeks ago with the best of intentions, I have been doing or (not doing).

So, now, during my lunch break, over a crafty coffee, or hunched up on the train (yes, I am once more commuting to work by train rather than as a solitary occupant of an expensive pollutant on four wheels) I am playing catch up with last week’s posts.

I write but I am not a ‘writer’.

By day, I am a consultant in the media and telecommunications industry, something that pays the bills and, as it happens, involves a great deal of communication, both written and verbal. So, yes, I write a lot for a living, and have learned much from many who have tried to make me write in a crisper, clearer voice ‘can you try to use less flowery language’ or perhaps ‘if you can’t get that idea on to a single page you’re just going to lose them….’

But, I am not a ‘writer’.

Although, I want to be. Try to be. And will keep trying.

My first ‘real’ blog kicked off in the fall of 2011. That is when a little project called belgradestreets.com was born. A little project that, as they say, had legs. A project that gave me two published books of my photographs, two exhibitions (so far) and a documentary on Serbian Television. And an ambition to do more, a lot more, with my photographic aspirations.

That first project was the child of my lifelong passion for photography.

My photography is (one of the things) that I do when I am not consulting, (not writing), or anything else. When crafting pages for that blog, those first two books, I echewed words (I’m not a writer) and let my photos tell the story that I had in mind.

My second blogging project kicked off, again, as a photoblog, a place to share my feelings and views about living and working in Belgium that I called belgianstreets.com

This is also where I began to muck around with words. Still not writing, but not just pretty pictures either. Then, just over a year ago, I took part in the WordPress Photography 101 course and, not content with just posting pretty (or not) pictures, I began to stretch my writing muscles a little.

That, in a roundabout way, resulted in this blog. Not a platform from which to promote my photographic ambitions (yes, that’s another putative project in progress) and not a blog featuring a single place or theme. This blog is where I now do my (not writing). Earlier this year, I participated in two great WordPress courses. Writing 201 in which I published some quite dreadful poetry, and Writing 101 which, of course, I took part in later to learn how (not) to write.

And so, here I am, still (not writing).

And, if you are still here, and if you did, thank you for reading, I really do appreciate it.


This post was written in response the the prompt for Day 9 of the WordPress Writing 101 course in which we were asked to write about what we do when we are not writing. In addition, we were asked to plan to interview a fellow writer, more about that in due course.

abundance

Es muss auch Spiel und Unschuld sein und Blütenüberfluss sonst wär’ die Welt uns viel zu klein
und Leben kein Genuss.”

– Herman Hesse, Bäume. Betrachtungen und Gedichte

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All around and on the ground
Blooms strive to live
Underground, over ground
Nature lives as she gives
Desperation grounded, death confounded
Abundance, living, giving
Never failing to,
Cheat
Extinction

(submitted to Lucile’s Photo 101 Rehab)

*shot with nikon d700 and 50mm f/1.4 lens at  ISO200 and 1/200s , f/7.1 and  edited in lightroom cc , all things survive and grow even in the most unforgiving of places*


WordPress Writing 101 (November 2015): Day 3