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The new blog is Playtime Again. Let’s play!

cheers
Eddy

It’s with some regret, that I have to announce Week 104 is the last for The Visual Weekly, and no more pictures will be added to this blog.

In the eight months since Shelvia’s departure as a regular from this blog, it’s been a constant challenge for me to run it by myself from week to week. On several occasions I was tempted to end the blog earlier, but I’m glad I obstinately kept to my private commitment to see it to its second anniversary. Glad, because the discipline of having to produce something every week has led me to experiment with different genres and styles, to reassess (and sometimes reprocess) my earlier work, and generally to think more deeply about photography and what I’m trying to communicate through it. There are many, many themes and styles I have yet to explore, and of the few which I started on in The Visual Weekly, I wish I could have expanded on them here.

The time is right for a new direction, a more considered, thematic and less time-bound way of making pictures. I intend to take a break, and then return with a new website of photographs co-hosted with a few friends. It won’t be a weekly photo blog, and I don’t yet know what form it will take, but I’m sure it will encourage me to continue with photography, a pastime and art form that means much to me.

So it’s goodbye to this blog, but not farewell to photography. Thank you to all guest contributors, thank you, Shelvia, for coming back recently; you have all helped me immensely with keeping this blog alive, and for enriching it with your artistic interpretations. Thank you, visitors of this blog, thank you, I hope you have enjoyed the pictures!

See you at the next web thingamajig (I will put up one last post here to link to it when it launches)!

cheers
Eddy

My friend Paul, a tenor in the male choir =Low Rez=, invited me to the group’s concert ‘This is What it Sounds Like’. Led by their splendid music director Ursula (also an accomplished mezzo-soprano), these are fabulous singers of pop standards (and the odd Bizet aria). I urge you to catch their next performance! More information at the =Low Rez= homepage.

It saddened me when Shelvia broke the news to me that she could no longer regularly post to this blog. My initial thought was to wind up The Visual Weekly, as it was begun as a collaboration between Shelvia and me. On reflection I’ve decided to let it free-wheel along to see how much longer it lasts – with a couple of important changes.

But first I’d like to note a few things about Shelvia’s contribution to this blog so far: the idea of a photo blog where two friends submit pictures each week which are randomly paired was Shelvia’s and I’m glad she convinced me to commit to it. We weren’t sure how many weeks our experiment would last and I’m proud that the original version of The Visual Weekly went a full 52 weeks. In that year Shelvia put up intriguing and beautiful pictures and I learnt quite a few things from her, for example: how to use tilts creatively, how to vignette, how to use depth of field creatively, how to use different colour treatments, and how to appreciate food!

Shelvia, thanks for putting in the hard yards on this blog and I look forward to many more pictures from you.

What will The Visual Weekly look like going forward?

I’ll continue to post my pictures weekly, but as a concession to my lazy nature, I may choose to post older pictures from my archive. It may mean that this blog becomes less topical, but I like to believe that a good picture is timeless and I’d rather post a picture I’m happy with instead of any snapshot to make up the numbers.

More importantly, especially for followers of this blog, I’d like to take the idea of Guest Week to its logical extreme, and make every week Guest Week! With your help, this blog may yet regenerate momentum to keep it going, and be all the more enjoyable for a wider audience.

So please submit your pictures whenever you can, and let’s keep this gig going.

cheers
Eddy

“All good things must come to an end.”

Over the year, Visual Weekly has provided a much needed outlet for my love of photography.
It has been very much a rewarding and fun journey for me.
Your patron, comments, encouragement and/or critics, pushed the development of my photography skill further than anything else could.

For all of the above, I am forever grateful.
However – with other commitments constantly creeping up on me, I will have to bid farewell to my regular posting of photos here.

Eddy – I wish you lots of fun going forward with the Visual Weekly.
Please know that your constant support, amazing mentoring skill and reliability throughout our partnership here – are all very very VERY much appreciated.
If I may and when time permits, I’d love to submit random contributions during guest posts week. ­čÖé

Again, I thank all of you sincerely,

Shelvia

Thanks to Joe, Mark, Alex and Annie for all their contributions – Joe reports from London, Annie holidayed in Queenstown, NZ, Mark saw something on a downtown Melbourne photowalk no one else saw, and Eddy thinks Alex should get her own camera and take up photography!

We love Guest Week – it means we can sit back and have fun putting together a set of awe-inspiring pictures from friends for your enjoyment. Joe and Anthony have given us story-telling monochromes, Ian has haunting pictures from his portfolio on manic depression, Mark and Paul have strong studies in rock and water, and there is a gorgeous postcard from David.

cheers
Eddy and Shelvia

This week, for the first time, we present pictures from guests. Thank you David, Mark, Paul and Ozgur, for your excellent contributions. We will make Guest Week a recurring feature and call for submissions from the general public every few weeks – more details in due course.

warm regards
Eddy and Shelvia