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