I miss this place. So peaceful, calm, wonderful. I find myself drawn to lakes all over the world. I can imagine myself sitting there, reading a book, writing in my notebook, taking pictures. Wading through the water. Watching fish swim around my feet. Will I ever go back to this one? I don’t know. There are still so many other places to visit, to explore. The heart always asks for more. More of this.
© Els Vanopstal
Congratulations! If you’re reading this, you have made it to 2012 and you probably will continue to live in this wonderful world until the apocalypse takes us all down in December. But not to worry! December is still a lifetime away. To make it all worth our while though, we better make some good old resolutions. Here are mine:
- Shoot more men (I think I have shot in total 2 men in 2011, so I’ll have to photograph at least 3 men in 2012.)
- Practise my French (Voulez-vous parler avec moi?)
- Make more environmental portraits (Like, you know, people in uh.. Environments and stuff)
- Swim in a lake (Any lake)
- Move (To another city)
- At least do one photoshoot using a 4×5 camera (Don’t know where I’m going to get it yet, but must. Must.)
- Travel as much as I can (On the wishlist: France (Paris), Spain (Barcelona), Slovenia)
- Eat more soup (CatSup not included)
- Read at least one book per month (
Jan (The People Look Like Flowers At Last) – Febr (Post Office) – Mar (Norwegian Wood) – April – May – June – July – Aug – Sept – Oct – Nov – Dec).
- Try to make some self portraits again (They are very therapeutic for people who might otherwise need therapy)
- Write much much much more (Keep in mind Bukowski: “Maybe I’ll write a novel, I thought. And then I did.”)
Buy a 2012 agenda (I’d put it in my agenda but I’m currently out)
September. What better month to start off a new blog? It’s that time of the year when some go back to school, others back to work, and then some back to blogging.
I have had a couple of blogs before, but somehow I outgrew them. My interests changed, or the work I had been putting on there just didn’t seem representative to the person I had become. And now, after putting quite some thought into it, I have decided to make a fresh start.
Whereas before my love for writing had to make place for a new love, photography, I now feel like I am slowly finding my way back to the written word, whilst still keeping my passion for photography alive. Also I feel like I am coming closer to a turning point in my photography work. This year I have been focussing more and more on shooting film instead of digital, simply because it feels more real and basically more ‘me’.
I like to think of this blog as my own personal place on the world wide web, where I can on the one hand post photos in a more comprehensible way than on my tumblr, and on the other hand share my thoughts and ideas. And you are of course welcome to share your point of view or – if you’re not the sharing kind – you can feel free to just sit back and relax. So lets go ahead, and see where this takes us.
– x –