What an evocative image for ANZAC day - an unforgiving coast line, the black and white of a thousand ANZAC images, a quintessential kiwi scene. ANZAC is a very emotional day for me, and I found this photograph very moving.
Thank you, Lisa. I've become increasingly uneasy that ANZAC Day is becoming diminished by its own popularity. I prefer to take the time alone to remember what it means, and places like this seem ideal for that. I imagine many of those who fought and died at Gallipoli and elsewhere clung to memories of these places in the hope they'd see them again, a lifetime away from the fear and horrors of war.
Pete, I hadn't been to your photoblog for a while - I need to add it to my feed reader, and will do that right now - but it's always such a pleasure to spend some quiet moments with your fine pictures. I can feel myself slow down and look with you, and that makes me happy. I don't know where blogs are going and feel discouraged about that, but have enjoyed taking more picture and posting on Instagram, sometimes with accompanying text, where I've found a community of people who seems to appreciate and follow each others work, worldwide. Not ideal but it does seem to have some of the feeling we used to find in blogging. For the time being though, I'm still going to hang in at mine and hope you will at both of yours.
Thank you, Beth, and I'm glad you find the photographs encourage a sense of paying attention. As for the future of blogs, I too wonder, but I'm not as discouraged, because I think the best will continue for a long time yet. What I don't expect is to see the 'what-I-had-for-breakfast' type of blogs continue, because those are rapidly being replaced by the — dare I say it — shallower forms of social media where the content becomes effectively irretrievable after a day or two. If blogs become mainly a medium for deeper, more thoughtful, and more artful content, that's fine with me. Your blog is an excellent example of that form; please keep it going, Beth.
Thanks, Pete. I appreciate your confidence and long readership/friendship. It matters.
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