I’m Victor. This blog started in September 2011 at the suggestion of cousin Amy. It is a collection of images combined with a story behind the image. It spans my photographic awareness in color slide and digital photography. Welcome.
I’ve been on an extended vacation that may be retirement. It’s still not official, but close. I left the Middle East in September. Weather changes again. That would be rain and cold and all sorts of difference from 100 degree days of blazing hot sun. I’ve been to a series of states. That would be the United States of America. I actually had Thanksgiving and Christmas with family. No more prayer time five times a day. I can eat and shop without timing my trips. No diving, alas, you can’t have everything. So far there has been no moss under my feet. Life is still coming too fast to keep up. Sometimes I stop to smell the roses. Living life large these days…
I have been terribly remiss in thanking new visitors and followers who come to this blog. Please accept my apologies in advance and know that I appreciate that you have seen and read my stuff. I’m not an artist or an author. My day job is brain surgery – for now. My photography is technically competent. Occasionally I have pictures that make me proud. But they are not grand and glorious. Just good. I will add that I have been in lots of interesting places. And at the moment I am based in the Middle East. It’s not an easy place to be. The news in New York is that there are way fewer murders now. And the photo above was in Maine. They recently referred to it as overwhelmingly white. Now I am in a place that is overwhelmingly Muslim. I am involuntarily entwined with their prayers five times a day. Lucky, that is down from 72 per day. Early images are land based. But now, I dive! So? You see!
What’s new? Well, I’m still in the Middle East working away. I dive on the weekends in the Red Sea, hence, the fishies. My daughter Jules was just married, one child to go. Life happens. Lately the blog has been about current events. Alternatively, I dive into my archives. Things always change and I find myself flooded with current images so this tends to dominate my recent posts. Images trigger stories. Sometimes I imagine the story as I shoot the image – the chicken or the egg?
Someone I love pointed out that I have not updated this section in a while. Life changes. Things happen. No excuses. It all started as a retrospective on my life. I’ve more than one hundred thousand slides. Yes, I’m old and film and Kodak were king once. Now I have about two hundred thousand digital images. It’s not bragging. I just take a lot of pictures. I’m ok. I’m too lazy to sit for hours or days in a spot to get the perfect sunrise image. I don’t like being up in the dark. But the gist is to provide a thought to go along with my image and to illustrate things that are and were. Thank you for checking on me. I’m still here.
Almost a year… it’s been eventful. My images are largely scattered across my interests. Lately you will see a lot of Middle East and Red Sea. I dive whenever I can. So there are lots of fishies. I live in Saudi Arabia at the moment. I travel home. But home has been a moving target until lately. If it sounds mysterious, it is a work in progress. I laugh more now. Life does indeed have a way of sneaking up on you. There is good and bad. Sometimes it’s better. I’ll take that.
Time flies. It sometimes feels as though life is speeding along. The family is scattered and their lives are changing. My kids have significant others all of the sudden. It’s an exciting time. Diving remains my chief pastime. I stick to a few dive venues. However, each time you dive the geography may be the same but the fish you see are always different. It stays interesting. And I have sprinkled images from my archives among the posts in keeping with stories and the associated memories. I should probably go to the archives more. Meanwhile current events keeps me occupied as photo ops present themselves.
Update time once again. Some people have to travel far to get to a vacation destination to engage in and pursue their interests. I am fortunate to be presently based where I can scuba dive nearly every weekend. This reminds me of when I was younger and envied people who lived near a ski slope and could ski nearly everyday. Yes the twists and turns of life can play out in wonderful ways. It has allowed me to have renewed vigor while admitting I am past middle age. As of this writing, I am about to join my kids and dive for a few days. As you see much of my recent blog is filled with undersea pictures. Digital imaging has made nearly every diver with a point and shoot camera a better photographer. There does remain the fine line between snap shot and photo. You shoot like mad during an hour or two of dive time. And then you try to correct your mistakes before your next dives. Yeah! It’s all fun!
The big thing for me at the moment is scuba diving. It’s not hard for me. But I’ve seen the learning curve for some newer divers and I guess there’s a bit more to it. I just feel like it’s no big deal. You constantly have to be safe. After that, I’m learning to extend my underwater photography skills in a new direction. Digital has afforded immediate feedback like film could never do. My progress has been rapid. At the same time I am humbled by how much my early efforts look so poor in retrospect. It’s a great thing to learn something new.
Time for another update. I’ve let my other two blogs go fallow. I’m letting my photography wander from past to present. There was a computer breakdown in March. Though my images are intact, I haven’t loaded them back to Lightroom, so editing is limited. It’s good that I’m a bit too busy to edit. Diving starts again soon. Right now that is the chief focus of mastering a new skill.
Once again I record greetings from the Middle East. Despite the news reporting turmoil all around the region, I am fairly safe. Cultural differences are evident all around. I might have said that mid life crisis was in full swing, but, no longer. Everything is so interesting. I had not realized how boring it was to be safe in my chosen profession. Right now I see and care for things everyday, which are different and renew my need to stay on my toes. It’s a whole new set of diseases and a whole new mind set in treatment considerations. And I’m teaching again. My only regret is that there aren’t so many photo ops. But that can’t remain for too long.
I update this page once more to say that I have been home to New York for the first time in a while. My daughter’s best friend got married. I had an opportunity to see many casual friends who are blown away by the recent relocation my life has taken. I am settling in and for now continue to have some pretty nice adventures. Time is still linear and forward. On the whole I hope to have few regrets.
Well, lots of things changed in June. I’m based in the Middle East now. It’s desert and high heat. In fact it’s been 100+ degrees each and every day. No rain, just dust. New customs. I haven’t cooked once. I’m maintaining weight and fitness. I learned to dive. And I’m learning underwater photography. I hope to travel around the Middle East, Turkey, India, and Africa. I can’t visit Mecca because I’m not Muslim. Islam has become part of my life. I have experienced my first Ramadan. As for my work, neurosurgery has become a fascinating clash of cultural ideas and technical challenges. I am at once a curiosity and a valuable asset. It has been an adventure so far.
Every once in a while it helps to update. It’s hasn’t been a year for this blog. But I have met and corresponded with people from around the world. What a great experience! There have been people from more than one hundred countries who have visited. And, yes, finally all the states in the United States are represented among visitors. What’s neat is that so many people have been following and visit regularly. I hope I’m preserving some memories for my kids through the photos and stories. In the meantime I hope that finding my blog will entertain and inform you with pictures and observations. Thanks to all.
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In the grand scheme of things, I have accumulated a considerable number of good images. I would like to share them and hope you will enjoy. Sometimes the story behind the picture is interesting enough to make a story. It’s a way to keep me occupied as if there wasn’t enough to do. So here’s to all of you who have served to inspire and encourage me.
Mostly, I work without a plan which is not exactly how Lisa, my wife, would approve. She has been critical and I thank her, because each time I go back and try to adjust. Recently I have become comfortable in seeing things with a better eye toward composition. Autofocus allows me to just hold out the camera and shoot. And, with the new point and shoot Canon G11, you don’t even hear I have taken the image. A new wave of terror has overtaken my wife and family as they try to avoid getting caught chewing dinner.
Well, it’s certainly been a long trip and I hope to reflect on some of those travels. I have certainly been challenged to solve different problems from high speed tennis serves to long exposure fireworks. I value my film and slide background, some work of which you will see. I still have to scan thousands of slides.
Oh, and the title of the blog… is to emphasize a few images, perhaps not the best, but, to discuss the good fortune I have had to have been in the right place sometimes.
Well, I’ve been at this about a month. I’ve learned a lot about blogging. It’s been a welcome distraction. (It’s complicated.) Meanwhile I have learned new terms like widgets, analytics, and flag counters. Mostly I have been introduced to a larger group who are avid photographers and who graciously share their work. I have always enjoyed learning a new skill – blogging. Thanks, to all who have found this blog. I have been humbled by the good work that is out there in the world.
Note: http://imagedevent.wordpress.com/ – is my other site, where I concentrate on events, and where a gallery of images rather than a single image more appropriately covers the story. PhotoCritical covers image criticism.