Making sense of my photography hobby in retirement

Posts tagged “Journeys

Go North Turn Left

With our pending three month journey to Europe and North America about to begin in just under two weeks, my wife Valerie and I have established an companion blog to this one called Go North Turn Left.  In this blog we will relate tales of our travels (hopefully not travails) as we venture forth on the various legs of our journey.

So, where did the blog name come from?


We have a very dear friend who believes that everything in the world is up and to the left of New Zealand. Her view of the geography of the world dates back to primary school days when she first looked at a map of the world. On that map New Zealand was at the bottom right corner. This view of the world has always intrigued us, especially Valerie who was a former geography teacher. So, to honour this unusual view we have named the blog “Go North Turn Left”

Our travels this year start at the end of July 2013.  We trust you will enjoy the journey with us.

Posts will also continue here as time and internet connections permit.

Legal Tender

Reserve Bank of New Zealand Museum, Wellington, New Zealand

Legal Tender - Commerce or Art?

A dictionary definition says the act of tendering is to offer something for acceptance. I guess that is what I intended when I started this blog. It was to be about my exploration while on a photographic journey, about finding out what picture taking and image making meant for me, and offering my thoughts for others to reflect upon. So far I’ve found that this hasn’t happened as I intended.  For the most part the images and comment have been quite literal and on refection, disappointing to me. However, the more I explore and read, the more I want to stretch the boundaries of how I see things and interpret them through the lens and to get back to the original vision for this blog.

Over the years I have participated in several psychographic profiling exercises that have generally concluded that I am quite literal and analytical in how I interpret the world. I guess that is how I came to spend most of my working life in accounting and audit roles. But those who know me know that I can be quite contrary as well; inclined to play the devil’s advocate when confronted with an argument that I consider to be narrow-minded or unthinking. So far though, that trait hasn’t found its way into my photography, and I wonder why?

Now that I am mostly retired I have more time to think about this kind of thing. So what I will be trying to do with future posts is to offer up my thoughts and images, not so much for acceptance (although that would be nice), but for comment and review.  Your help with this will be gratefully accepted.

One of the challenges I have set myself for the rest of this year is to take a series of portraits of my friends.  When I put the idea to them they seemed to be as excited about the idea as I am.  What is pleasing is that they are apparently happy to help me with my journey.  Hopefully I can offer them something of value in return. And it will all be legal! With their permission I will show some of the images here.