Blogging is My Truth-Telling

Sometimes I wonder  if I am a rare, geek blogger:   I date photos on my personal blog.  What a dork.  Do people really care about photo dates?

One of several outdoor murals as temporary art surrounding construction site for new public library headquarters. Designed by Light and Soul Art Collective. Calgary, AB 2017. Photo by J.Chong

I can’t help it.  It’s about truth-telling –things I’ve seen, propel me to tell stories.  Stories of truth.  My photos are part of truth-telling.

As Witness to the Marvellous and Puzzling
I blog for truths I see, bear witness and for things that inspire, startle, amaze  or worry me.  Some events – one-time art or history exhibit now retired in a gallery’s backroom,  2010 Winter  Olympics, a local 2013 flood that evacuated 100,000 people in my city, foreign places I’ve been or a building reshaped or torn down.  What I’ve seen, are frozen in my blog pages and in my memory.

Rare sight of helicopter flying low over on opening day for completion of controversial Peace Bridge. Bridge now featured in tourism photos, an iconic image for city. Calgary AB Mar. 2012. Photo by J.Chong

Capture Disappearing Reality
Cycle Write is a place for me to capture things fleeting. Things, events disappear.  Then we wonder —did it ever exist at all?  I was disappointed when a suite of fantastic outdoor art murals on Calgary’s history which captivated many locals and visitors, were alas, stripped down after three years in Sept. 2016.   Now I only have the murals in my blog as proof of their presence once upon a time.

Temporary art no longer around for public viewing after construction of outdoor plaza done. Kensington neighbourhood by Memorial Dr. Calgary AB 2013. Photo by J.Chong

I  visited artists who painted cheeky mural panels for temporary fencing around a  new library under construction.   After painting murals of fanciful animals and people lifted by imagination, the artists left our prairie city to live in a British Columbian mountain town. Change is constant if we believe, we can freeze the best moments forever.  By the way, the fate of these murals is unknown when the library is completed by end of 2018.

Fate of temporary art murals is unclear after public library construction is completed at end of 2018. Calgary AB 2017. Photo by J.Chong
Rare sight even for locals: tugboat heading under Lion’s Gate Bridge, seen from Prospect Point, Stanley Park. Vancouver BC 2010. Photo by J.Chong

Even a Memoir for Self
I’ve featured some of my own creations which I later gave away as gifts or absurdly threw in the garbage. Like the stained glass art piece, Spring Thaw.  Such personal art now exist only in my memory and heart.  So my blog photos of my own art is my only evidence, reminder  even to myself, of what I did create.

Everything has underlying roots –no matter how fleeting. Mural art painting design by Light and Soul Art Collective. Calgary AB 2017. Photo by J.Chong
Stylized ice sculpture of a moose or elk, 2 iconic Canadian wildlife. Lake Louise, Banff National Park 2017. Photo by J. Chong. Temporary art melted away within weeks.

For sure, I want to share and inspire blog readers with some great things I’ve seen and experienced.  By dating my photos, is a slight dose of reality for blog readers  –a sliver of experience in time. If it should spur the occasional reader to visit what I’ve seen or at least have similar sensations of marvel and enjoyment, then I’m pleased.

Traditional Inuit sport of high kicking in sculpture. Special display of Inuit sports in art sculpture during 2010 Winter Olympics. Vancouver BC 2010. Photo by J.Chong

I scarcely want to be pulled into the undertow of “false news” zipping across social media.  So I stand on shore with my hand-crafted boat of stories and photos.  I set free, my boat to float along the sea and hope those who look into the boat, ponder and maybe learn something new.  I know the boat will circle back to me where I revisit and refill with more true tales.

Garden of truth-seekers or observers? Mural art painting by Light and Soul Art Collective. Site of new public library. Calgary AB 2017. Photo by J.Chong
Wild racoons by a restaurant which no longer exists. Coal Harbour. Vancouver BC 2011. Photo by J. Chong –as evidence.
Fun animal musicians adorn mural. Calgary AB 2017. Photo by J.Chong.
One of several art banners adorn Inglewood historic road bridge. Temporary art funded for Canada 150th birthday. Calgary AB 2017. Photo by J.Chong

More Background and Photos of Working Artists
Background and photos of artists working on featured paintings in another blog post.


17 Comments Add yours

  1. Sue Slaght says:

    I think the capture of moments in time of things around us and our own lives is a wonderful thing about a blog. I know if I had not put things down like this they would be forever lost to memory.

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    1. Jean says:

      Totally agree, Sue. You’ve travelled to a lot more places outside of North America and what you saw might no longer be there if one had time and money to revisit in a few years. It is capture of our personal small our perspective in the big sea of internet and universe.

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  2. Yes one of the traditional functions of photography is to document. The invention of the camera had a huge impact on painting and destroyed it’s main raison d’etre. That paved the way for painting and art history to take new directions. Jean you might be interested in my colleague’s Stuart blog Louise

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    1. Jean says:

      Interesting you mentioned about the traditional arts taking new paths or diversifying. I do consider a blog if composed, a simple way of graphically presenting stories with photos. I’ll take a look at blog soon!

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  3. Jessica says:

    You are not a dork! We *think* we will remember things, but the reality is, we forget! It’s good to take time to memorialize the things we don’t to forget. And there ARE a lot of things worth remembering.
    Love this!

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    1. Jean says:

      We or at least, I forget a lot of our experiences over a long period of time. Certainly Jessica, you’re probably glad to have blogged about your experiences living and teaching in Asia! The experience shaped part of you.


  4. Mabel Kwong says:

    I have always enjoyed your photos, Jean. You do take quite a variety of them, from animals to street art to scenery. Always lovely that you date your photos. As you alluded to, what you shoot is a snapshot in time. With street art, it can be ever so fleeting. Like you mentioned, artists move away or they have their work taken down or painted over. Sometimes once you see it, that is the last you will see of it.

    I agree with Jessica. We forget things, and through blogging I find myself revising the past quite often – thinking about what happened, reflecting and learning lessons, and you learn to see both the small and big picture.

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    1. Jean says:

      Sometimes I’m even struck by what I’ve written in the past. Like you, I look forward to capturing more moments.

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  5. I like that, Jean, how you date the images and thoughts you capture as a testimony of their living history. You’ve put out a beautiful album of art and history.

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    1. Jean says:

      Thx for your warm compliment, Diana. Certainly it’s a long deviation from the blog’s original name!


  6. Your photos are gorgeous. I would date them too!

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  7. Jean says:

    🙂 Our photo moments are fleeting.


  8. Lani says:

    Blogging is, for sure, a great way to see the trajectory of your life, your photos, and who commented!

    How long have you been blogging now? Do you ever go back and re-read some of your posts?


    1. Jean says:

      I’ve been blogging since late 2009. Occasionally I do browse through some former posts. Sometimes I can’t believe wrote what I did or seeing photos of experiences. Seems like a dream at times. Do you see your blog as something for your family/friends as a legacy?

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      1. Lani says:

        A legacy?? Oh, dear no. I don’t think of myself that way. Hahahahah. I don’t think I should take myself that seriously 😛

        So you’ve been blogging for as long as I have. Yeaaaa us!

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  9. Yes to all of the above!


    1. Jean says:

      We like both truth. 🙂


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