Turning 40

September is the month when I complete my annual trip around the Sun. This year marks the completion of 40th such trips. Holy kaw. 40. Gone. Just like that. Poof. It is a bit unnerving when I really think about it. Especially the realisation that I may have already used up half of my lifetime’s quota of such trips. Well, that’s pretty much it is.

And I am not kidding. 3 years back I went to a doctor and told my problems. And he was all about fixing it. This year, I went to see a doctor and she said something which can be best summarised as “Oh, you turning 40.” Those looks in her eyes. Let’s say it made me search for ‘average human life’ in Google. And well…

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I am not an artist – yet

I am often asked whether I consider myself a photographer or an artist. To that my answer is almost always that I am a photographer. Needless to say, it inevitably evokes disappointment. And I get disappointed to disappoint the person. That’s because I was never able to convince. In short, I never thought through it. It was a gut feeling, if you may.

So after disappointing many people, I decided to take control of my feelings and find out exactly why I feel this way. So this post is mostly a rambling about my justification why I am not an artist – not yet.

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Worlwide Photowalk 2018 – Melbourne CBD

What is it

For the past 11 years, on the first Saturday of October each year, photographers and enthusiasts around the world get out their cameras and meetup to support The Spring of Hope Kenya Orphanage, an organisation that feeds, houses, educates, and empowers young orphans so that they can grow up to not just survive but succeed.

My association

I am associated with this particular photo-walk since 2011. A few hours spent doing photography, contributing to a cause and meeting new people, there was no reason for me not to participate.

This Year

This year I am leading the Melbourne CBD walk. I had done it before in Sydney and was a participant in last years walks which was led by good friend Alan Rogers, a terrific wedding photographer himself. Also this year we may have Joe Jongue, a Fujfilm influencer and co-founder of FujiXAus, the community to be in if you are a Fujifilm user in Australia, Roger Hyland (the human encyclopedia of everything street art, especially in Melbourne), Natalia Naa the upcoming photographer extraordinaire and many more.  So it will be a great day for networking, making images and talking shop.

How you can participate

So, if you are in Melbourne and think you want to be part of this fun day with a cause, head over to this link and register yourself.

If you are not in Melbourne, Australia but still interested, then head over to this link to find a walk near you.

More later. TC