Initiation without the butcher

_DSC1443This post is a bit out of the context of this blog but I have to get rid of it. Just read it as some kind as ‘Thought on a Sunday Morning

If you look into all kinds of remarks on social media it’s amazing of what people write about themselves. Sometimes it’s the biggest nonsense that gets the most ‘likes’.

There is this guy, I know, who is a master in fooling his ‘friends’ and ‘followers’. He is in diverse social media under different names. Honestly I have something against people with different ‘aliases’. That on its own indicates some kind of multi-personality-disorder’. ย The funny (?) thing is that he is believed by his audience. He would be a great car salesman I think. And to avoid misunderstandings; I’m not jealous!!!

Let’s say that he is Harry and Jerry to keep it simple for these two examples (but there are many more):

‘Harry’ is an art-photographerย with a small snap shooter with front shutter. Nothing wrong with the equipment (he makes beautiful pictures every now and than) but if you live in a dusty area with gravel roads and nearby a beach you can expect that dust/sand can damage the front shutter during windy conditions. So one day he made a picture of a friend and the shutter got stuck in one or another way; resulting in a picture (on its own a nice one) of a portrait with an aura. But now the story. It’s all about magic and the miracle that overcame him when shooting this picture of this ‘tree hugging woman‘ in an ancient forest. Never had such a laugh; especially when I found out that he had to buy a new camera (the one with the aura was the camera’s last breath).

This week however I was even laughing louder. This time it was Jerry responding to a posting on Facebook “….. You know that I’m trying hard to be a Buddhist ….” etc., etc. And I thought: Well Josef (let’s say that this is his real name ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) isn’t it time to cut the crap, sell your Mercedes (won’t be that difficult for you), fill your rug sack with dried fruits and so on, go and sit for 3 weeks or so in solitude on the mountain top (clouds and dew with provide you with water)? It’s like a tribal initiation but than without the ‘butcher’. Maybe, only maybe, than you will come to your inner self Josef or whatever your name is…

I rather stick to ‘friends’ and ‘followers’ with less blah blah blah. But who am I?

P.S. You might wonder why I’m a ‘follower’ of this person who I know fairly well. Very simple: in my heart I believe he is a truly nice guy who sees the beauty in his surroundings and experiences. He truly cares about people, is an excellent writer and so on. In conversations we always have a good laugh, etc. But I just don’t like it when certain people pretend to be different as who they really are. Speaking for myself I will never tell/write a story and pretend it really happened; the least I would do is mentioning it’s fiction, a fairy tale, a novel or whatever. There are already too many spin doctors out there. It also says something about the ‘believers’ . I’m astonished about the lack of critical ‘absorbing’ and interacting of those ‘believers’ …. And now I come to think of it I’m Laughing Out Loud (LOL). A good comprehensive read for all working with social media is this article about ‘netiquette’ย or ‘online etiquette’.

My Choice

I don’t reblog the beauty of others on this blog for I want to keep it to myself. But…. I see so many beautiful pictures of others that I really would like to share with the world.

That’s the reason I started an additional blog with ‘my choices’ or photographs/postings of other bloggers. “MY CHOICE” is the name of this blog and it’s my window to the world out there.

Personally I think that some photo’s get far too many likes (including ones I post) and others far too less. The general taste rarely goes beyond the average snapshot(-like) picture or like an extra-ordinary one because of the (PR) story with it. Not too far from the place I live is somebody with a camera with front shutter who publishes his pictures on one of the social networks. Every now and than this photographer has trouble with sand or dust that influences the shutter times etc. resulting in blurred images, sometimes partly over exposed and so on. These images are accompanied with stories a ‘normal’ human being won’t believe but the ‘sheep’ do and his pictures are getting the ‘likes’. He ‘elevated’ himself to ‘Art Photographer’ … well that’s fine with me… ๐Ÿ˜‰

There is plenty of real talent out there; yet to be discovered. This new blog is a homage to all those undervalued photographers and bloggers. Indeed …. I am jealous of you guys!!! An old African proverb says that “Jealousy is an ungranted tribute” but I’m Dutch in South Africa and that’s different… ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚