I follow the WP Daily Post for the Weekly Photo Challenges. It also posts other useful tidbits and features posts that it finds noteworthy and suitable to be picked for Freshly Pressed, the highly desirable selection that gets you noticed in all the right places :)
A couple of posts featured that have been of note, one was about a rape experience and one was about suicide. I know there are other funny clever witty options, but I have found the selection held up for my delectation lately to have been of a decidedly dark and often controversial tone. In fact I remember reading in one of the ‘Tips to get FP” posts that being controversial is a good thing. Since I read the rape experience post today its been bugging me and I was thinking about it in the car on the way home. (Edit to add : I think its really important that those kinds of discussions *are* had, and I like that WP provides an environment where people feel safe and able to have them, that says a lot of positive things about the WP community that cannot be overlooked)
You see, this is not that kind of blog. Not that I don’t have controversial opinions, on a recent discussion about should children be allowed in fancier restaurants, I would probably have been banned for life for how out there my personal opinions are, and I wanted to post SO MUCH.
Instead I choose to share my world with you through photography, and the experiences and challenges I have learning my craft. Those of you who have been following for the last couple of years (and I heart you all BTW) will know that the city I live in has been devastated with two massive earthquakes and I have shown you some of that.
Thats not what my life is about, yes it is a big part of it, and we all have to live with it every day. There are other things as well, ducklings and spring flowers and art and grafitti and food and lovely scenery. I chose to share my life visually and hopefully in a positive way, to encourage other photographers who started from the same beginnings I did, with a camera I had no idea how to use and a confusing manual that didn’t help much and a big hole in my bank account being all I had to show for it at the time.
So no major controversy here, no navel gazing, no deep philosophical discussion, no politics or science or gender wars. Yes there must be a place for that kind of discussion and I fully support that, but we all have to live with some element of those in our lives one way or another. I choose conciously to bring beauty to my readers, to offer help and support and hopefully inspiration to other photographers. I chose to share the good bits of my life because too damn often all you hear about in the news is all the other stuff.
And that, dear readers, is why I will never be Freshly Pressed. You know, now that I have thought about and written this, I am pretty OK with that!