Happy Holidays


Christmas is soon approaching and with that a time of sharing, love and appreciation. For most people it’s a time of gathering and reconnecting, a time for the family, a time when we put aside old conflicts and show compassion and care for each other instead. Christmas is also celebration and good food, presents, the glow in the eyes of children, singing, excitement, relaxation, good company and prayer and spirituality.

At the same time Christmas is one of the toughest times for those who have no family, for those who live on the fringes of the regular society, for those who cannot afford presents to their children, for those who live in despair, for those who starve—for all those for which Christmas is a reminder of all what they don’t have. We who have may use Christmas to somehow show compassion and love for those who don’t have. That would really be within the notion of what Christmas is supposed to be. I would like to challenge you all—and myself included—to do at least one good deed, and it doesn’t have to be big, that will make one or more of those for which Christmas is a hard time, feel somewhat part of the celebration, feel somewhat part of the sharing that Christmas is suppose to be.

On a personal level I will use the opportunity to thank everybody of you, who have followed this blog and given feedback and tremendous support, who have given so much of yourselves through my blog. You have truly inspired me to keep posting and make me feel what I am doing is appreciated and more than just scribbles for myself.

Merry Christmas to all of you.

Into the New

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We are about a week into a new year—well, that is for those of us who live by the Gregorian calendar at least. Usually entering into a new year is a time when a lot of us make up status for ourselves and formulate new goals for the year to come. However, New Year’s resolutions are easy to put down on paper, but much harder to follow up and actually put into life. As such, every new year is but a trail of broken resolutions left behind.

Nevertheless, personally I think it’s important to make up status for ourselves and make some goals for what we want to achieve over the next year. Having learned by repeated experiences how hard it can be to follow various New Year’s resolutions, I believe in positive goals.

Making yourself exercise more when you hate to exercise or eat healthier when you would rather not have salads at all or don’t want to abandon sugar, is going to be hard to follow up. In order to make it happen it’s important to find ways around the goals so that they come out as something positive, as something you would actually love to do, rather than forcing yourself through a regime you only hate, anyway. The latter approach will only last so long before you abandon it.

As for myself, I exercise quite a bit and eat quite healthy so that’s not a problem for me. Luckily, I could add. One of the problems I am facing—as I wrote about in a post last year—is a media business, which has faced and is still facing big structural challenges. As a photographer working for various magazines and publications, I feel this very much, with fewer assignments and less work. This disruption—as economists talk about—is by far new, but really hit me for the first time at the end of last year.

My usual solution would be to work harder, put more energy into fighting the tides, because I am sure this is only tide, too, albeit a whopping one. However, this year I have decided to go down a different path. Instead of fighting against the tide, I will rather let go of the reins. I am going to do things I want to do rather than things I think I need to do to keep my business running. I want to explore various creative paths, let myself have fun and find ways to my most creative self. Maybe in the end it will also result in a more stable business for me, but, of course, it’s not given. However, I don’t want to waste my life—or at least this year—doing tasks that I feel is not worth spending time on. At the same time, I see that I am fortunate in that I have sufficient funds and savings to be able not to worry about a loss of income, for a period at least.

One of the goals for this year is putting more effort into writing books about creativity and photography. This is not a new thought, but after the encouragement a lot of you, my readers, gave me last year, I have decided it’s really time to do more than think about it. Thus, I want to thank you for pushing me in this direction.

Talking about the blog, over the next couple of months I will restructure this blog, and launch new ideas and thoughts for it, which I hope will make it more interesting to read and enjoy. Over the holidays, I have had a couple of weeks off from blogging and it’s been good. There is always some pressure in keeping a blog alive, and taking time off, have brought back the inspiration and lust to develop it in new directions and adding new substance to it. I hope it’s going to reflect my new approach to let myself be more creative.

As an extension of what I write here, I want to thank you all for the patience during the time I have been away from cyber space. It’s time to get going again, and I hope we can have a fun year together exchanging thoughts and ideas. I wish you all the best for the new year.

Facts about the photo: The photo was taken with a Panasonic Lumix LX-100, the lens set at 10.9 mm which is the equivalent of a full frame 24 mm. Shutter speed: 1/250 of a second. Aperture: f/13. The photo was processed in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Holiday in Honduras









Lush rain forest; colourful coral reefs; wild rivers; spectacular mountains; white, soft and sandy beaches; ancient Maya ruins; proud descendents of the old cultures; beautiful colonial towns and friendly people all over. That is pretty much Honduras summed up. And yes, mosquitoes – not to forget.

Spending the Holidays in Honduras was simply great – as you can understand. I have travelled extensively in Latin American countries before, but hardly ever have I been so positively taken aback as in Honduras. I usually resent travel stories that talk about the friendly people in the visited country, simply because I find most people to be friendly no matter where you go. But Hondurans were – or are – special, at least that’s how I experienced it. Everywhere we went, we were met with openness, hospitality and curiosity such that I have never found anywhere else. I think one reason is that Honduras has hardly developed any tourist industry – yet, and with the exception of the Bay Islands along the Caribbean coastline and Copan – the old Maya site, which is the biggest tourist attraction in the country.

For anyone interested in exploring Latin America, I would highly recommend Honduras. We spent two weeks in the lovely country, but could easily have spent another month there. I definitely feel like I need to come back again.

Above are a handful of pictures from the trip. This was not a photo assignment, but a pure holiday. That limits the time and effort I put into photography, if nothing else to not become completely antisocial with those I travel with. In addition this became a very active holiday. We did all kinds of physical activities; diving, kayaking, hiking, snorkelling, river rafting and swimming. Nevertheless – and needless to say – I still do take a lot of pictures wherever I go and whatever I do. But these photographs are more snapshots and occasional travel photos.

While at it, I would use the opportunity to extend an apologue to all of you who have followed my blog and commented the various posts the last couple of weeks. While travelling in Honduras I simply did not have time enough to give feedback or follow up on your own blogs. I did read all your encouraging comments, though, since they are forwarded to my email, but on the road I had no chance to read all your own fantastic postings. For me giving positive feedback is what the blog sphere is very much about. But I promise the next couple of weeks I will do my best to catch up with every one of you. Thanks for the patience and for keep following my blog.

Happy Holidays


Christmas is soon approaching and with that a time of sharing, love and appreciation. For most people it’s a time of gathering and reconnecting, a time for the family, a time when we put aside old conflicts and show compassion and care for each other instead. Christmas is also celebration and good food, presents, the glow in the eyes of children, singing, excitement, relaxation, good company and prayer and spirituality.

At the same time Christmas is one of the toughest times for those who have no family, for those who live on the fringes of the regular society, for those who cannot afford presents to their children, for those who live in despair, for those who starve – for all those for which Christmas is a reminder of all what they don’t have. We who have may use Christmas to somehow show compassion and love for those who don’t have. That would really be within the notion of what Christmas is supposed to be. I would like to challenge you all – and myself included – to do at least one good dead, and it doesn’t have to be big, that will make one or more of those for which Christmas is a hard time, feel somewhat part of the celebration, feel somewhat part of the sharing that Christmas is suppose to be.

On a personal level I will use the opportunity to thank everybody of you, who have followed this blog and given feedback and tremendous support, who have given so much of yourselves through my blog. You have truly inspired me to keep posting and make me feel what I am doing is appreciated and more than just scribbles for myself.

Finally, in a seasons of gifts and presents, I have been given a beautiful present by the blogger Being Arindam. He has awarded me with The Rudolph Award. I sincerely want to thank him for the nomination. I will get back to it in more details in a later post.

For now: Merry Christmas to all of you.