ChinchillaBluePhotography

June 28, 2009 at 1:45 am 10 comments

Well, I’ve been threatening it for some time – a second blog – but not the one I thought I was going to launch (which was around environmental issues – that’s still on the backburner). My new blog is devoted to what I’m increasingly viewing as my “next career phase”. I’ve found my passion for photography has gone haywire over the last year. Not only digital photography – I’m now working with film and “toy cameras”. You can read about my love of the Diana F+ camera here.

Way back in the Dark Ages, when I was a teenager, I used to take photos with my father (a keen amateur photographer and bird fanatic). Then I got caught up in the corporate world of lawyers; had a spell as a teacher; and for over the last 10 years, have had various roles as a knowledge management practitioner. Never once did I pick up the camera. Until about a year ago. I literally woke up one morning and said to myself “I’m going to take up photography again”. No idea what triggered this (probably mid-life crisis; no wait can’t have been, that was 20 years ago!).

So I bought a Nikon D40 and a Sigma 18-200mm lens. My beloved Nikon has travelled with me everywhere I’ve been around the world in the last year or so. And then this year, whilst teaching in Hong Kong, I discovered my new love – the Diana F+ and lomography.

I’ve landed a couple of paying photography gigs too. So I thought I’d set up an “online portfolio” of my photographic work. Eventually, I’ll get a professional site designed (I have two young dudes at work who are going to do this – one 26 year old who will design the site and one 22 year old who will design my logo – gotta embrace Gen Y!).

The Grand Plan is that when we move to Europe (yes, it’s happening – news on this soon), I will give corporate life the finger and take up photography and writing full-time.  I have a number of photography books in mind and am co-writing a novel with two outstanding women (an American who lives in China and a French woman who lives in Texas). It’s amazing how much my life and interests have changed since picking up the camera again and writing fiction.

And so to the name – ChinchillaBluePhotography – well, I’m sure Patrick Lambe will mutter “thank God she didn’t name it PhotographyShift”. He well knows I have a tendency to name anything “Shift”.  After weeks of angst over a name, I decided to go with two words:

  • chinchilla – this is my favourite word in the English language and also represents an endangered species. Chinchillas were extremely popular for their fur in the 19th and 20th Centuries. Shy animals, they were relentlessly hunted and killed for their silky, gray fur. Many varieties of wild chinchilla are now on the endangered species list (eg Chilean chinchilla) but despite conservation efforts population numbers are still declining.
  • blue – in colour therapy, blue is associated with the throat chakra, which is about communication.

So if I put those two words together, then it represents two things I hold dear – endangered species and the need for more authentic communication in today’s world. The camera allows me to see and intrepret the world around me and communicate this through photographs and a lot of my photography centres around birds and nature.

It’s early days yet for my new blog but it’s a “shift” in direction for me and is the first concrete step towards where I wish to head!  Here’s the link to ChinchillaBluePhotography and there’s also a permanent link to the new blog in the right side bar of ThinkingShift.

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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. cherokeebydesign  |  June 28, 2009 at 1:52 am

    Good luck on the up and coming website.

    Raven
    http://cherokeebydesign.wordpress.com/

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  • 2. thinkingshift  |  June 28, 2009 at 1:57 am

    thx Raven…who knows how it’ll go but when you’re obsessed, you’re obsessed 🙂 Your photos of autumn leaves are amazing.
    Kim

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  • 3. creativespark  |  June 28, 2009 at 6:39 am

    oh goody… looking forward to it! **rub hands together**
    in terms of format, one of my favourites is http://wvs.topleftpixel.com/
    rollover to see shooting specs.
    I see http://www.chinchillablue.com also exists… are you going to continue it?
    =) M

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  • 4. thinkingshift  |  June 28, 2009 at 6:43 am

    Hey Marc
    Back from good ‘ol USA yet? I’ll check out the link and thx for that. It’s hard to find a photoblog format that doesn’t have some annoying features.

    Chinchillablue.com is the “behind the scenes” website (blog and discussion forum) for environmental, sustainability issues I am working on. The forum particularly is for people to share ideas. It took a backburner for awhile but I’ll be back onto soon I hope!! In fact, Liz was going to “guest blog” on it – must get back to her on that.
    ciao

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  • 6. thinkingshift  |  June 29, 2009 at 10:28 am

    ur a genius Marc 🙂 gotta be a good theme in all of those!

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  • 7. Marc  |  July 2, 2009 at 8:02 am

    Hi Kim

    Sorry, I just had a bit of a duh-moment where it twigged that custom WordPress themes aren’t much good to you if you’re using wordpress.com (because you can’t upload them).

    Blame it on the jetlag.

    Course you could swap over the addresses so http://www.chinchillablue.com becomes your photography and http://chinchillablue.wordpress.com becomes your sustainability platform. Then you could go nuts with something nice for the photos.

    If none of the freebies are quite doing it, then there are some nice low-cost ones here:
    http://www.inspiredm.com/2009/06/30/15-fresh-wordpress-themes-to-get-the-coolest-portfolio-for-you-or-your-studio/

    I especially liked Flashlike Photographer and ePhoto.

    =) M

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  • 8. thinkingshift  |  July 2, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    great idea Marc to swap addresses…I’ll look into it! And I’ll check out Flashlike Photographer and ePhoto – don’t know of them.
    thx!!!

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  • 9. Patrick Lambe  |  August 1, 2009 at 7:19 am

    Lightshift would have worked for me 😉

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  • 10. thinkingshift  |  August 1, 2009 at 7:52 am

    and now you tell me Patrick 🙂

    Reply

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