Been way too long since I put a post on this page especially since the switch to Fuji but I wanted to get something up here just to say I'm still active, still taking pics and just having plenty of fun and changing how I look at a lot of things in life. I intended making this post a bit longer as well but this weekend has been spent with screwdriver in hand and plenty of flat pack action courtesy of Ikea....god forbid that I have a life away from G+, Twitter et al. I honestly just want to sit down now and have a beer, the #leanin15 is on hold until Monday.
My photography journey has taken plenty of twists and turns but I've also been on holiday recently visiting new places, spending some wonderful time with Mrs M and the two other most important people in the daily routine, my kids! It's been so refreshing to take that step back and think about what really matters. I've got to know a lot of people through social media but it's only now after a reasonable period of time that you get to realise who the stickers are, the folks who really want to get to know you and want to have a bit of a laugh and learn more about you as opposed to just how interesting or boring your last image looks or how much rubbish you actually tweet about. Hopefully you're one of them and there's a fair chance if you are reading this then it'll ring a bell. I don't need to name names, not just for fear of offending anyone but, because it doesn't really matter unless you stick around and become a friend. Those who do already know who they are.
I'm also very thankful for the opportunities that social media has afforded me particularly as I've had the chance to meet up with good friend David Kelly aka Norn_IronMan just this week. We shared a meal and a pint at last and had a few laughs. David never ceases to surprise me with his kindness and he turned up with some awesome goodies on tow. It's been a taste sensation so far and I've been introducing a few others in the office to the way of the Bhut Jolokia chilli jam. Lets just say it'll put hairs on your chest! You may also have noticed recently that I've been uploading images from the American trip when I get a chance and that's mainly just to remind me of the great memories we had while we were away and just how fortunate I was to be able to spend that time with family and friends. I know a lot of the images were with my iPhone and aren't crackers by any stretch of the imagination but when I look back at them they put a smile on my face. It's maybe something you've forgot about whilst you idle endless hours away looking for that online image gratification. Just a thought...not looking for a debate, just don't forget to photograph the important things in life as well along the way as it's easy to get sidetracked.
Even though we had many brilliant moments on holiday one of the highlights for me was meeting up with someone else that I'd only got to know through my work for the Antrim Guardian. It's strange that our paths crossed but I'm sure that fate had a big hand in it somewhere. I have a real love affair with Scottsdale and I noticed these articles in the paper from a lady called Yvonne Watterson who was originally from Antrim but now lives in Phoenix. I connected through Twitter and discovered this tremendous blog along with a wonderful writer who had a such a positive outlook on things and came across as having a great personality. Thankfully we both made a point of arranging a meet up while I was in Arizona and not only did we have a beautiful meal in downtown Phoenix but myself and my family also had the pleasure of spending the evening with Yvonne and Sophie at their house. We had such great crack and it's an evening we'll always remember and at least now when someone asks if you have friends in Phoenix, we can say yes.....at least I hope that's true, Yvonne.....?
Well that's enough from me today, time for that beer and some relaxation. Enjoy the rest of your weekend ;)