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1,000 Follows – Thank you!

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I can still recall when I first started my blog. A friend had suggested a photo-blog years ago and I resisted and delayed. After all , who would be interested in my photos, the process, or anything else about my photos?

I finally set about finding a forum. WordPress seemed simple and was quite popular. I had to consider a theme that reflected my style and made it simple to post a photo and talk about it, and so it started, ever so slowly. I’d post a photo and a few words about it, get a few views, and that was it.

I started connecting with other bloggers, primarily those focused on photography as well, that and a handful of artists, poets, and writers. From that, I got my first few likes and two follows. I discovered, through interaction, what motivated people, what inspired people, what interested them and started thinking of my photos in those terms. Not just what was important for me, but what resonated with those who took the time out of their days to look at my photos and read my commentary. I still had days with a few views and no likes but continued to connect.

Within a few months I hit my first milestone of 200 follows. I could not believe how the blog had grown. This only served to connect with more people, encouraging them through what I had learned, especially those just starting out, changing themes and content every few weeks, in hopes of being relevant.

Then, last August, I got the message saying my blog has 500 follows. My content had matured and I tried to keep the same feel in my writings, continually developing my technique as a photographer, but also, I hope, growing as a writer, all the while, connecting with others in this inspiring community.

Today has left me dumbfounded. At 1,000 follows, I have to look back to the journey, and look forward to what may yet come to be.

Mostly, I am humbled and thankful. As I said before, the thought that 1,000 people have chosen to follow my art and my writing is beyond my imagination and for that I thank every one of you who has chosen to spend some small part of their time with me, enjoying the world through my eyes and words. I hope that what I create remains relevant to you and I encourage you to seek out other bloggers trying to make some small mark on this world, view their content and encourage them too. What an awesome community we have here.

Thank You

Ed

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“Untrodden”

“Untrodden”

“What if you were wrong? What if everything you ever believed was a lie? What if you missed your opportunity because you didn’t know your worth? What if you settled on familiar, but God was trying to give you something better? What if you decided not to go backwards, but forward? What if doing what you have never done before was the answer to everything that didn’t make sense? What if the answer wasn’t to be found in words, but in action? What if you found the courage to do what you really wanted to do and doing it changed your whole life?”
― Shannon L. Alder

What will the New Year bring? I look at it a lot like this image and associated quote, there is a trail, a general direction, though the exact steps I will take are imprecise, at this point. I have liberty to deviate from the path of others and create my own path. That option has often lead me to new and interesting places. What’s over the horizon? I have a good idea, having travelled the path before, but it’s never the same twice, there is always something new, if I have the vision and intent to see it. Will I have to backtrack at some point? I don’t know right now. The one thing I do know is that this is my path and nobody else’s and I have to choose my steps.

At the end of this year I will have achieved a significant goal: that of publishing a photo and accompanying text every single day. I will have published over 450 photos, viewed by over twenty-one thousand people around the world. I realized that the world is active 24/7 and that there are more people with common interests than I could have imagined. Friendships have formed as conversations grow. The post a day goal has not always been easy but has forced me to go beyond my comfort zone. It has not just been the photos but the act of writing something significant about the images.

The exercise has also allowed me to look back on the year, day by day and see precisely what inspired a change in style, subject matter, and composition. It’s been very enjoyable and encouraging. I have to thank the many of you who engage with me on a regular basis as we share our images, words, and thoughts. There were tough times when I felt discouraged, that I was producing material that was of no significance and I’ve found, in this community of bloggers, there is no such thing as insignificance, even the most mundane image can bring encouragement and inspiration to someone else.

That said, I will continue into the New Year with the momentum I have gained, continue to try to produce quality images and text, to deviate from the path, on occasion, and travel into untrodden territory and see what awaits me.

A very Happy New Year to everyone. May 2017 bring growth, creativity, and fulfilment to all of you.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 75 mm
1/40 sec, f/3.2, ISO 100

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If we were having a coffee…

Stouffville Reservoir in Spring

“All thoughts, secret or spoken, belong in a coffee table book written in Braille, so you can really feel the emotions.”
― Jarod Kintz

I decided to start into this forum with my standard quote style. I find looking up suitable quotes to match my photos makes me think about the photo and the emotions it invokes in me and thus, enhances the image. And, I added a photo above of a local reservoir that I did some artistic work on a few weeks back

Which brings me back to the original topic and my reasons for blogging in the first place: Blogging provides me a simple forum to share my photos and my thoughts with an audience who tend to be more creative than the average populace.

I’ve started small and have been pleasantly  surprised to be ‘troll free’, thus far. I tend to be quite open in my posts, trying to stick to a narrative style, as if I was sitting down with friends and being quite transparent about the events and processes that enabled me to make the photo in the first place. I’m hoping to engage in a larger group of people with similar passions to mine, and that has been successful. My feeling is that if I like certain elements of photography, surely there must be a handful of others out there like me?

The experience has also helped me to realize that, while it would be nice to make a few bucks from my photos, at least enough to support improving my work, it’s been more about creating works that bring enjoyment and inspiration to others. Were it not for a few inspirational photographers  who shared their thoughts and techniques freely, I may not be at the place I’m at now.

The reason I started on this journey has many facets, the first being explained above and the second is for me to develop a daily discipline to create and share a photograph, every single day, whether I feel inspired or not. The ultimate goal is to publish this daily journey so a larger audience can enjoy the experience too. I’m also enjoying reading the works of so many talented poets and writers. They are all inspirations to me to keep improving.

I’m looking forward to future #weekendcoffeeshare chats.

For more images like this, please visit my Facebook page:
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or my website (some images available for purchase)
http://www.edlehming.com

Ed