Three years ago today I started Creative Splurges. I started on a bit of a whim, thinking I might be encouraged to engage in more creative endeavours if I had somewhere to put them. Back then I had no idea what I was doing, I had no idea what I’d be creating, I had no idea if it would work. I still don’t have the answers to those questions.
I also had no idea how big photography would become to me and this blog. I had expected a roughly even split of the creativity I had hitherto undertaken: photography perhaps, videos, some creative writing, maybe some drawing. I had even planned to learn computer code and create software (I did make a decent start on that, and I still have the book I bought, but sadly the basics I was only just grasping have long gone from my memory). Those links will give some idea as to how successful I’ve been in those areas: two creative writing posts, four drawing posts, seven video posts, and 191 photography posts. Anyway, this is all history. Photography remains my biggest hobby and it’s mainly because of the relative successes of this blog that I’ve been able to continue it so successfully. In the three years I’ve been doing Creative Splurges I’ve seen my work on the walls of family and on the walls of theatres, been Freshly Pressed and gotten to know many great people via the internet that I’ve only met because of this place. So thank you for subscribing and reading and commenting, because you help make this site a fun thing to do.
A quick note on the photo: as is customary on the anniversary of this blog, I take a self portrait for the birthday post. Although last year I deviated from tradition, every other year – including post #1 on this site – I’ve taken a self portrait in my bathroom mirror. I’ve returned to that convention this year because I really like the idea of returning to take a similar portrait year after year, each time varying the shot based on what I’ve learnt and what I now know. This time the shot is black and white to reflect my various inroads in monochrome shooting lately, it’s shot with my latest lens, and I’ve cropped a bit more tightly to cover the fact that I was shooting blind. Part of me regrets not lighting it with a flash or soft box but I’m not sure how I could have achieved such a thing in that space. Oh well, maybe that’s what I’ll have learnt for next year.