Time for Reflection

Forsterb's Traveler Profile

I have traveled to 41 countries, posted 2,504 pictures and written 272 entries in 14 travel blogs
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Apr 23, 2012

About Forsterb

Favourite music
Guitar, Jazz
Toronto, Ontario
Favourite movie
Raiders of the Arc
Favourite quote
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones that you did do. So throw off the bow lines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Dream and Discover - Mark Twain
Interests and hobbies
Travel, Golf, Tennis
One thing I want to do before I die
See every country, have friends in each one of them and continue to try and live everyday without fear.
Favourite book
Art of the Deal
My friends describe me as
The most amazing moment in my life so far
Travel, travel and more travel. I'm alway surprised at how big this wonderful earth really is and all there is to see and take in.
Web Site:            www.farfrumwurken.com
Travel Blog:        www.travelpod/members/forsterb

Why I Take Photographs

I take photographs so that I can use them as a return ticket to spectacular moments in time, moments for me that might otherwise be gone forever. I take photos to recall places with greater vibrancy.  Those photos, those experiences have shaped me and made me who I am right now.

I take photos to the bridge distances and shorten time, to provide a legacy to the little things and real life that can too soon be forgotten.  I take photos so that I can feel like an artist on a Tuesday - and a storyteller on a Sunday.   My photographs - are as a grand meaning as they sometimes take on - and to have others, my friends, my family - see just how beautiful this world really is.

Thanks to my camera that fits in my back pocket and another one that hangs off my shoulder.  With just one the click of a button, I can share our truths of our experiences and our days meals with equal ease.   I can visually chart our history and our adventures with pixels made up of micro moments in time.  I find healing from my blog stories and I have hope that you can also find laughter in mine.  

Yet I often wondered - in our lives as busy as most of us live - why do we look for pause in the noise, instead of right under our nose - revel in the experiences we are standing in?   Why do I continue to digitally document our lives long after the day's is done?   Am I distracting myself from the experience by tinkering head-down with a camera?  If there were only minutes to enjoy that pink evening sky, would it be better to serve my life to take it all in - sans camera?

I don't have the answers nor am I qualified to set rules around when to put the camera away and when to keep on clicking.  But I do believe that I owe it to authentically examine how photography fits into my own life - paying mind to when it enriches and when it detracts from my NOW moments.   I let my camera be my art, and its images be my history.  My lens carries me through new worlds - and allows my pics to live on as possibly a "new world" for others to see.

I tend to study every square inch of the photograph and celebrate its tones and angles. But I do study my place in these experiences that have shaped me forever.  I save enough room for life to make art for me and me alone.  

And then - after all the photos have been taken and I put the camera down.  I let the last photo I didn't take live on in the quiet place of my memories.

And I return there often.  It's what happens when I hold up the viewfinder to my eye to compose a shot each and every time.  I love taking photographs.

Recent Entries by Forsterb

  • Time for Reflection - Mar 31, 2017

    Like always, I have to end my travel blog in Abbotsford just so that I can close off the loop. I've had the time to spend four hours on the ADO bus traveling to Cancun. Then another five (5) hours ...

  • Just Four Days to Go ! - Mar 28, 2017

    It's been a couple of hectic days in Merida for us. We've been having to deal with the Mexican Real Estate Commission so to speak, it's a little frustrating and certainly not like buying property i...

  • Look Ma - No Cavities - Mar 24, 2017

    Today was dentist day in Merida. I thought I'd check out the local dental scene so I booked an appointment for just a cleaning at Dental of Merida with Dr. Eduardo J. Rodriguez Castellanos (wow) lo...

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