Had a brilliant photowalk down on Romney Marsh and Dungeness today. The weather was sunny, but the wind was cold. Eight of us turned out, including a couple who travelled down from Northampton—yes, Northampton—after seeing the walk plugged on Google+. Don’t ever let anyone tell you Google+ is not worth bothering with. If you’re a photographer, it’s the place to be.
I recall hoping 2011 would improve on the utter disaster that was 2010. I have to admit to being disappointed. 2011 hasn’t really been much better. I wonder what 2012 might have in store for me.
Yes, it’s that time of the year when I sit down and review where I have been over the past 12 months, and where I want to go over the next.
Not having a regular income to speak of has rather curbed my wanderlust, so any photographic expeditions in 2011 have been closer to home. Apart from a couple of sallies beyond the confines of Kent—model railway exhibitions earlier in the year took me as far as Wigan and York, and a brief day trip to Shropshire a few weeks ago took in the RAF Museum at Cosford—I have had to be content with places that don’t cost a fortune to visit.
Gear-wise, selling off some other hobby items enabled me to upgrade my DSLR from the Canon EOS 400D to the 7D. I also added an ƒ/2.8 70–300mm lens, and a few accessories like a remote shutter release and memory cards. There’s not a lot more I want to add to my gear, although I have one more lens I would like to acquire in the ƒ/2.8 17–70mm-ish range, and more memory cards and so on. My MacBook Pro will celebrate its fifth birthday in summer 2012, and it is just beginning to show its age. Aperture 3 gives it cause to struggle, and sadly I cannot add any more RAM to the machine to help. I’m looking at options such as a new, faster, bigger internal hard drive in order to eke out a little more life from it.
Looking to 2012, what do I wish for? I am ignoring the real world here, just looking at my own life. There is only really one thing I want: a proper full-time job. I need a nice regular income again. Life out here in the freelance artworker world is totally dead. The lack of a job has meant I have had to let another fantastic opportunity sail by without my boarding it. Later in the summer 2012, I had hoped I would be going on a photographic safari to Svalbard. Circumstances in 2011 meant I simply couldn’t commit to buying the flight tickets. So much for adventure.
I would also like to push to try and get some freelance model railway photography gigs. I’ve already blogged about that, but in the new year I intend to keep pushing at that stuck door. I am fed up with letting life pass me by. 2012 ought to be the year when I make every effort to get life moving again.
If I don’t blog before, I would like to wish you all a merry Christmas, and my best wishes for the new year.
I spent an hour or two on an exploratory photographic visit to Dungeness on Friday evening. The location is not very far from where I’m currently working in Folkestone, but it’s a world away in many ways.
For those not blessed with a Flash-enabled browser or wish to visit with an i-device, you can visit the Flickr set on this link.
I do plan to visit Dungeness and surrounding areas again. Potentially, a full day there will bear all kinds of interesting images. Having made the exploratory trip, I have a better idea of what to expect.