Another year almost over and what a year it has been. A trip down a step (no alcohol was involved) back in July has seen me incapacitated for the past 5 months and while walking is now possible, if only for short periods, I am sure that 2017 will bring a steady recovery.
Being largely confined to the house for such a long time has meant that I have spent much more time than usual browsing the Web and using various social media sites. I have always tried to avoid spending too much time on the internet as it’s not good for you, is it? Actually, I now have a completely different view as the ability to connect with people and events without leaving the house has been heaven-sent. Instead of an actual holiday, I have visited and in many cases taken part in activities (on-line of course) at galleries, museums and other heritage attractions all over the world, this is something I would never have considered doing before. I have even joined a couple of on-line communities that share my interests in the arts and heritage.
One of these groups is called Makelight (https://makelight.com/) run by husband and wife team Emily Quinton and Stef Lewandowski. Makelight is a photography studio who teach all aspects of the medium but with a special focus on social media and small businesses, particularly Instagram. The Facebook group Makelight Community (it is a closed group, so membership by application request only) is full of friendly and supportive people sharing their interest in photography and learning from each other along the way. I am still a fairly passive group member but seeing the different posts, pictures and requests for advice and subsequent answers really makes a difference to the day and promotes a sense of belonging.
As a result of my membership of this group I have decided to join in with is a 365 photo project and will be trying to take one interesting photo everyday during 2017. I will post my picture on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/paisleypedlar/) daily and try to do a weekly round up of images on this blog.
A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all, here’s to a brighter and better 2017!