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Wednesday, December 1, 2010


Today's post of a photo of some lichen is the one-thousandth daily post I have made on this blog. While it's a purely arbitrary milestone, it seems like an appropriate time to re-define and re-focus Victoria Daily Photo. There are still many aspects of life in Victoria I have not touched here. For example, individuals (except for buskers) have largely been absent from this blog. So I would like to begin to feature some of the normal residents of the city. Some of you may visit some of the other City Daily Photo blogs (link on the right). It is interesting to see how the different city blogs deal with the population of their cities. Some cities are apparently devoid of residents. The photographers clearly wait to click the shutter until the scene is empty. Other city blogs are full of street photography and candid shots of the citizens. Some others are very direct and here I will recommend (as an example) Steffe's blog, Photos from Haninge. All his posts and photos are interesting but the direct way he approaches people, interviews them and photographs them is an inspiration (and a challenge) for me. Click here to see a recent example of this. There are some other changes coming that I hope will keep this blog fresh for me as well as for you.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who visits here regularly. Photography is interesting to me but mostly as a means of communication. It is important to me that people visit this blog and look at these photos. I hope it is not too metaphysical to say that in some sense, these photos do not exist until others look at them. I really appreciate the time that visitors spend here and any comments that are made. I hope to keep it interesting enough to bring you back for the next 1,000 posts.


Mike Laplante said...

I like that you have periodically mentioned the Causeway artists. I think it's nice to balance photos of things with photos of people.
As coincidence would have it, I just profiled an up island artist I encountered in November.
I sometimes try to shoot 'from the hip' to catch people in candid situations such as this (good for a laugh)
Other times though it's a great way to catch people unguarded. One of my favourite photos is an aged couple on a bench overlooking the Dallas bluffs. There was something wistful in their eyes that left me feeling sad. I've often wondered what their thoughts were at that moment.
Looking forward to your 'big changes'...

JoJo said...

Congratulations on your 1,000th post! I'm really glad I stumbled onto your blog earlier this year. Even if I can't visit Victoria as often as I would like, your photos bring the city & surrounding area alive for me every day.

Padraig said...

Congratulations on your 1000th. And I anm, as many others I'm sure, looking forwards to the next 1000 and what they have in store for us.

blue tarp said...

Congratulations on your 1000th! Visiting your site is one of my daily rituals - I enjoy your pictures and thoughtful remarks. Thanks so much for sharing them with us.

Dean Lewis said...

Congratulations Benjamin on the One-K mark!
You have consistently provided us with high quality daily photos that both show us what Victoria is about, and at the same time done it with a true artist's eye.
I don't have to tell you my favourites have been the most simple, abstract compositions which you have a real 'knack' for.
'It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.'
~ Pablo Picasso
Looking forward to the next thousand.

Sheila said...

I will look forward to the next chapters of your views of Victoria. Congratulations on your 1000th post!

Jack said...

Congratulations on this milestone. And, yes, it is a good time to rethink and reinvigorate, isn't it? We might all take Steffe and his Haninge blog as a model for at least some of our pictures. I have to remind myself to include un-posed people from time to time, but then I wrestle with the propriety of including photographs of people who were minding their own business until I came along and found them to be photogenic. Well, we all are works in progress.

Terreelynn said...

I came across your blog during research on my first to Victoria next year with my Mom and my Aunt. I can't wait each day for your photo to be uploaded and looked forward to many more. My Aunt and I each look and then email each other with ooh and ahhhs of the photos. Thank you for sharing your Victoria with us!

Unknown said...

You consistently take interesting and well composed photos of Victoria, and I am always interested to see the photo, and what you have to say...Hopefully you are on the way to thousands more!

Andy said...

One thousand, eh! You still want to do more, eh! Keep up with the great work, eh! Your are so Canadian, eh!

Benjamin Madison said...

Thanks Mike for your kind words. I have looked at your linked photo several times and it always gives me a laugh.

Thanks JoJo - I always look forward to your comments.

Thanks Blue Tarp and P.

Thanks Dean for all your comments - I've learned a lot from them.

And Sheila, Jack, Terreelynn, ngawangchodron, Thank you for your kind comments.

Andy - If you mean I'm so Canadian as a compliment then I thank you, eh?

imquilternity said...

Congratulations on your 1000th post! And every single one a masterpiece! Yours is the first blog I read every morning and sometimes it's the only one I have time to read. It's starts my day in a beautiful way and helps me remember what a lovely world we live in.

Murray in Saskatoon said...

I'm delurking to assure you that more people than you know about visit your blog every day. You consistently produce photos that I wish I had taken. Your technique is great and the subjects are exactly what I find interesting about people in general and my favourite city Victoria in particular.

Keep up the great work! I hope to bump into you and your lens one day. I will ask, "Is your name Benjamin?"