I don’t know about you, but I find that it’s all too easy to close in on yourself in these wintry times. To sit around and feel small. To feel like after the feasting of Christmas, already fading into memory, that there is nothing to do but plan adventures in the far-distant summer.
That is how I feel at the moment. Like the coming weeks are merely obstacles between me and the next dose of escape from normality.
Why do I think this way? Why when I have just had a day with colleagues I love? With students I care about? Why, when I have beautiful people around me? People to eat and drink and laugh and talk with?
Looking through some pictures this evening, some good and some very ordinary, I am reminded of the generosity of community and friendship I have received. I am receiving.
I need to learn to be more grateful. To them and to God for his goodness. To recognise that beauty in the ordinary, even amidst the frost and snow.
That is my hope.
So I have finally got around to developing some film shots from 2018 and I wanted to share a few of my favourites. Shooting film has been a relatively recent development for me and I just love the excitement of seeing what you’ve got (and which shots you forgot you even took.)
Shots on Kodak Ektar 100 with my much-dropped Canon SLR.
Obligatory shot of the Brooklyn Bridge – it doesn’t capture just how sweaty I was at this point.
Beauties on a throne of hay
Wood wandering with Anna in autumnal Prague.
My favourite Father-Son duo – Jake and Sam.
Luke & Anna
Jessica in Summery Prague
The Brooklyn Bridge
Day drinking with Karly in Virginia
With the sister at Luke & Anna’s amazing wedding
Anna & Ellie
Some photos I took in beautiful Malta, quite simply one of the most photogenic places I have ever been.
All shots are on Kodak Ektar 100 film and were taken using my beat-up old SLR.
My travel companion was also pretty photogenic.
Below St Elmo’s Fortress in Valletta.
Waiting for the perfect wave.
Above the cruise ships in Valletta harbour.
Honey-coloured stone is everywhere in Malta.
Mdina old town.
Dingli cliffs sunset.
Exploring above Golden Bay.
The sunset at Dingli cliffs.
I took my camera on a recent trip around the Balkans. Visiting nine countries in two weeks, we saw some truly beautiful places. Here are a few snapshots.
The abandoned bobsleigh track in the hills above Sarajevo.
This photo also nabbed me an honourable mention in a photo competition. Pretty cool.
My travel companions, Ryan and Kiki, checking out a pretty great lake at Plitvice Lakes in Croatia.
A roadside picnic in Bosnia. An amazingly green country.
The waterfalls are also pretty great at Plitvice Lakes in Croatia.
This was the view from our place in Mostar, Bosnia.
The Montenegrin coast is rather nice. We travelled to the islands in the bay with a rather sketchy but very friendly local guide.
The rather majestic Kotor, Montenegro.
Close to Thessaloniki, Greece.
Some of the many strays we found. We had to exercise all of our self-control not to come back with several extra passengers.
Sofia, Bulgaria. Surprisingly green and decidedly church-filled.
We finished our trip in Serbia. The final sunset in Belgrade was rather wonderful.
I can’t recommend the Balkans highly enough. Though the amount of grilled meat I ate may have stretched my stomach to the limit, the culture and landscapes (not to mention cheap and cheerful prices) of these small nations made for an incredible trip.